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2007 GRAND FINAL RESULT
Best - Central Eyre: K Sampson, B Grocke, W O'Brien, M Grocke, J Beard, M Sampson. West Coast Hawks: V Cash, T Montgomery, M Wheaton, J McEvoy, L Carey. Goals - Central Eyre: K Sampson, R Sampson 3, M Grocke 2, M Sampson, C O’Brien, B Hegarty, J Biggs, T McKenna, M Beinke. West Coast Hawks: L Carey 4, A Whitford 3, J Danis 2, M Box, C McCullam, J McGilvray.
MID WEST FOOTBALL - 2008 (Team: Central Eyre, Elliston, West Coast Hawks, Western Districts, Wirrulla & Wudinna United)
SECOND SEMI FINAL PREVIEW
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Media Release - 19 August 2008
Poochera 23 August 2008
All roads lead to Poochera for the Second Semi Finals in the Mid West Football League. These are the best performed sides over the year, with the first chance to book a place in the grand final. Each will be anxious to win here, as the side which won in the first semi final certainly did so comfortably, and the repicharge Grand Final entry via the Preliminary Final will be no easy route.
West Coast Hawks vs Wirrulla
The might Hawks machine finished top at the end of the minor round again this year, with 13 wins and only two losses. They carried the competition before them, apart from one team, Wirrulla. Wirrulla beat the Hawks in two of the three encounters, with the last time being the final minor round game, winning comfortably by six goals. Injuries have played their part for both teams and there remains some concerns. For the Hawks dominating ruckman Darren Guidera missing with a back, will return, Marc McEvoy, Dillon Montgomerie and Cameron Montgomerie all expected to return for this game after short layoffs. Unfortunately the promising Jake Sargent will miss the season hereafter with a knee injury. Wirrulla are anxiously nursing the ankle of Craig Johnson, and are likely to welcome back Tyron Fox, Leigh Freeman, Darren Mudge. Concern still exists with the strained hamstring of Dion Pittaway.
Both teams enter the game with confidence and ability to score quick goals. Wirrulla command respect with leading goalkicker Simon Webb in career best form, spearhead Troy Olsen always a handful, and the strong marking Craig Johnson. The Hawks are well served by Aiden Whitford, and a host of fleet footed runners, Michael Wheaton, Marc McEvoy, Kirk Montgomerie, Cameron Montgomerie. The centre duels will be pivotal to the outcome, The speed and creativity of Yanni Retsas and Mail Medalist Brayden Holmes and Tyron Fox, Darren Mudge against the guile and agility of Dillon Montgomerie, Tyson Montgomerie and Damien Johnson.
Hawk defences are lead admirably by Derick Freeman, Luke Fiebig, with Darren Brown now spending more time on authorised visits forward. For Wirrulla, Simon Riddle has been outstanding, regularly holding oppositions best forward, Shane Kelsh and Mark Binder will play pivitol roles.
In the past, there has been concern at Wirrulla’s ability to handle the increased pressure of finals, and discipline indiscretions have cost games. Coach Mick Kessel has the team well drilled and this time around they represent a formidable unit. For the Hawks part, they are poised and experienced in finals pressure, and are never beaten until the final siren, well coached and mentored by Ian Hood.
Extremely difficult to predict a winner in such an evenly matched contest, however maybe with the Hawks experience they will start a slight favourite.
Western Districts play Wirrulla where these two teams have had outstanding years. The Tigers have beaten Wirrulla twice, with the Bombers one win between to clashes so far. It all starts again here with Western Districts having the luxury of home ground and also that their A grade does not play on the day. Wirrulla probably have the edge in height and experience, however the Tigers boast a host of young runners which will test the older legs of Wirrulla.
Both sides will have viewed the 1st Semi final and be keen to avoid a Preliminary Final meet with the Hawks after and awesome display, therefore expect a desperate and physical clash. Medal winners Jacob James and Simon Tucker will be in action for the Tigers, and will need to be held. Andrew Patterson and Sean Freeman are likely candidates for this job around the centre. Mark Slattery and Dale Murphy dominate the air, and need the running support to help Wirrulla kick a winning score. Western Districts forward line of Wade Shepherd, Fox Frischke and Neil King is outstanding.
In a close game, Western Districts have an edge by virtue of not having the A Grade playing, but Wirrulla are a classy side and will push the Tigers all the way.
West Coast Hawks vs Wudinna United
West Coast Hawks have lost two games in the past five years, and they have both been to Wudinna United this season. Rarely have the Hawks ever been challenged in the Colts, however their challenge is here and now. Two outstanding sides over the season, and an exciting contest looms. For the Magpies, Josh Boylan and Tyson Jackson lead a fleet footed band of hard workers, Nick Wedding with sticky fingers, the wonderful skills of Jonty and Ricky Seal, the jumping ability of Dean , Kev Cummings, and long goal kicking of Stefan Wilkins.
The Hawks boast enormous talent of Dale Montgomerie, forward or midfield he is a ball magnet, Marc McEvoy is a star, workers Angus McInnis, Taylor and Callan Roe, the flair of Gerard Montgomerie, and the outstanding skills of Luke Mann.
Each game this year has been close, and the neutral venue of Poochera will suit both sides style of play, with lots of open spaces. Tackling and pressure is a feature of both teams, with the one to break out of the blocks early being the likely winner. The Hawks for their finals experience in high expectation will start slight favourite, however no doubt the sympathetic crowd support will be with Magpies as they are the latest to attempt to topple the Hawks colts premiership empire.
Ladders after Rd 15