By Brian Pallister
THE Pickering Brook Hawks proved too strong for the Bullsbrook Saints in the Hills footy first semi final.
The Saints spent considerable time in their forward line for little result, whereas the Hawks capitalised.
Riley Thompson gave them a key focal point in the forward line with his strong marking.
Josh Vellinga took several intercept marks in the backline while Tim McQuoid, Jacob York and Kane Swithenbank covered a lot of ground getting to the contests driving the ball forward.
James and Sammy Thompson worked tirelessly to keep the Saints in the game.
While Ben Thompson kicked probably the goal of the game with a checkside kick from his non preferred pocket.
Jordan Pickles was used in a variety of positions while Brock Sherriffs, Toby and Clarke Doolan did their best to cut off the Hawks advances.
A great learning curve for the young Saints, who if they stick together will enjoy success.
In the end the Hawks overcame the Saints 99 to 42.
In the second semi final, the Chidlow Cougars and the Mundaring Roo’s rallied for the lead in a heart thumping showdown.
The Roo’s had opportunities with seven shots on goal in the first quarter, only converting twice.
The Cougars radar was on kicking four goals from five attempts.
Eight points separated the two teams at the first break.
Dylan O’Loghlen had his hands full with Adam McKinlay who used his stronger body to protect the drop of the ball.
Matthew O’Keefe was sharing the honours against Jackson Ryan in the ruck duels.
Tyson Hamling showed that he can still pull off some clever moves.
Three points in Mundaring’s favor the difference at the main break.
The scene was set for a cracking second half.
The Roo’s managed to extend their lead to eleven points going into the last Austin Thomas goaled while Jake Davis roamed the ground picking up possessions.
Nicholas Cayley repelled several Cougars forward moves.
The Cougars bounced back to take the lead.
Adam McKinlay tumbled the ball toward goal where Timothy Huntlly intercepted and goaled.
Chidlow outran the Roo’s to score five goals to none, securing the win, and their place in the grand final, by 21 points.
This weekend’s preliminary final between Mundaring and Pickering Brook will be at Mundaring Oval on Sunday August 22 from 2.30pm.
The winner will play Chidlow in the grand final at Gidgegannup on August 29 at 2.30pm.
Entry $6 per adult under sixteen no charge.