WYCHEPROOF-NARRAPORT is through to its third-consecutive North Central league grand final.
Only this time the Demons will have the benefit of a week off to freshen up following their 14-point win over Birchip-Watchem in Saturday’s second semi-final.
The previous two years the Demons had to take the preliminary final route into the grand final after losing the second semi-final.
The reigning premier Demons won 10.14 (74) to 8.12 (60) at Donald in a result that sends the Bulls into the preliminary final against Sea Lake Nandaly at St Arnaud next Saturday.
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The Demons’ tally of 10 goals featured a string of six unanswered from late in the second quarter through to the third term.
The run of six goals on the trot kicked by Robert Binks, Rolly White, Dane McLennan (two), Ricky Allan and James Coatsworth lifted the Demons from 10 points down at the 22-minute mark of the second term to 27 points up at three quarter-time.
“It’s obviously pleasing to be able to get through to the grand final the easy way for a change,” Demons coach Julian Bull said.
“We’ve got a few older boys who will no doubt enjoy the week off… me being one of them.”
Hard-nut skipper George Turner (three goals) played a superb leader’s game in the midfield to be the best for the Demons.
Turner now gets the opportunity to play for a premiership medal that eluded him when he missed last year’s grand final win due to a broken jaw.
“It’s great we’ve been able to get back to a grand final for George,” Bull said.
Crucial to the Demons’ success was they only allowed dangerous Bulls’ duo Stephen Paulke and Nathan Gordon one goal apiece.
Trevor Rumbold played on Paulke and Fawcett on Gordon, with both duly figuring among the Demons’ best.
Riley Hogan, coach Lochlan Sirett in the ruck and Lachlan Foott (three goals) were named best for Birchip-Watchem.
WYCHEPROOF-NARRAPORT v. BIRCHIP-WATCHEM
Wycheproof-Narraport 2.6, 5.7, 9.12, 10.14 (74)
Birchip-Watchem 2.2, 5.4, 5.9, 8.12 (60)
GOALS, Wycheproof-Narraport: G. Turner 3, D. McLennan 2, R. Binks 1, R. White 1, J. Turner 1, R. Allan 1, J. Coatsworth 1 Birchip-Watchem: L. Foott 3, N. Gordon 1, S. Allan 1, B. Murdoch 1, S. Paulke 1, S. Pye 1
BEST, Wycheproof-Narraport: G. Turner, D. Bibby, T. Sheahan, M. Fawcett, T. Rumbold, J. Turner Birchip-Watchem: R. Hogan, L. Sirett, L. Foott, S. Allan, B. Murdoch, D. Hinkley
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