One to go for brilliant Burras

 

Jason Williams is congratulated after kicking a goal for Diggers Rest. Picture: David Crosling.Jason Williams is congratulated after kicking a goal for Diggers Rest. Picture: David Crosling.

Diggers Rest earns another shot at RDFL glory with thumping win over Broadford

A FOURTH consecutive grand final awaits Diggers Rest after the side produced a powerful second half to sweep aside Broadford in the Riddell District Football League on Saturday.

The Burras led by just three points at the 20-minute-mark of the third quarter in the semi-final before putting their foot down and kicking 10 unanswered goals to put an exclamation mark on the win.

The run on resulted in a lopsided final scoreline of 15.18 (108) to 5.9 (39) at Rockbank’s Ian Cowie Reserve, Broadford not only kept goalless but in fact scoreless in the last quarter.

“In the first half we let ourselves down a bit with just skill errors really and structurally we did some things wrong,” Diggers Rest coach Shaun Sims said.

“After halftime we really settled though and were able to get some better forward entries which made a difference.

“They’re a very big and strong team, Broadford. I thought they got us on the inside at the start but we worked our way into the game and competed really well.

“Then on the outside our run and spread was really good which is what we’re after.”

Diggers coach Shaun Sims assesses his options at the three-quarter-time huddle. Picture: David Crosling.

Defence has been the pillar of the Burras’ game all season and Stephen Ruane, Andrew Tyquin and Patrick Jackson again starred at that end of the ground to ensure Broadford got no easy goals.

At the other end, Cameron McCabe stepped up to kick as many goals as the entire Kangaroos team — five — but there were no shortage of options with Brandon Kilty, Taylor Hine and Jason Williams slotting two majors apiece.

 

“I was pleased that we got some goals from some of the other guys, not just the key forwards,” Sims said.

The match had a similar trend to Diggers Rest’s qualifying final win over Macedon, Sims’ side powering home with a nine-goal-to-one final quarter in a 19.16 (130) to 8.9 (57) win.

“It was good to finish off the two finals in that way by posting a decent score and making it difficult for the other team to score,” Sims said.

Diggers Rest — which has lost just one game this year — will now focus on preparing for next Sunday’s grand final as it searches for its first premiership since 1993, having lost the past three deciders.

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2017 Ontime Delivery Solutions Seniors
POS TEAM PTS
1 Macedon 56
2 Rupertswood 52
3 Diggers Rest 48
4 Riddell 44
5 Romsey 44
6 Sunbury Kangaroos 40
7 Wallan 40
8 Melton Centrals 28
9 Woodend-Hesket 16
10 Lancefield 8
11 Rockbank 8
12 Broadford 0

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2017 Melton Toyota Reserves
POS TEAM PTS
1 Wallan 60
2 Rupertswood 60
3 Diggers Rest 56
4 Sunbury Kangaroos 56
5 Melton Centrals 36
6 Woodend-Hesket 28
7 Riddell 24
8 Macedon 24
9 Romsey 20
10 Rockbank 8
11 Lancefield 8
12 Broadford 4

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