Brumbies secure home final

Aiden BoyhamSound Telegraph

The Baldivis Brumbies secured a home final and second place on the ladder after a gutsy 24-point win over Centrals 11.9 (75) to 7.9 (51) at Mundijong Oval on Sunday afternoon.

A vital win in the race for September, Baldivis knew a solid winning margin would help them leapfrog Mundijong into second place and they did just that with a lightning start.

Baldivis flew out the blocks in the first term kicking five goals, leaving Mundijong chasing the game all afternoon.

Centrals regrouped and came hard in the second term, but the Brumbies weathered the storm and continued to kick away steadily, ultimately securing themselves a home final against Mundijong this weekend.

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Baldivis coach Craig Hamersley was delighted with the win and praised the attitude of his players with high stakes on the line.

“The boys were really up and about and ready for the challenge,” Hamersley said.

“They were probably more focused than I’ve seen them all year — we jumped them in the first quarter; especially in the first half of the first quarter.”

All 22 of the Brumbies players put in stellar performances, with Brieghton Shea, Eddy Dann, Sam Barndon and Brendan Tingey in particular shining.

Meanwhile, the Rockingham Rams thumped Halls Head by 60 points 16.16 (112) to 8.4 (52) at Elite Air Conditioning Stadium.

Led by a stellar five-goal performance from Fraser Millar, Scott Franklin’s young Rams ended their season on a bright note as they also celebrated veteran Ashley Snow’s 250th league game.

Rockingham coach Scott Franklin said his side made a great start against an undermanned Halls Head.

“We started really well; I think we kicked the first five so from there we gradually built as the game went on and came home with a nice win,” Franklin said. He praised Travis Naughton’s performance at centre half-back, as well as the contributions of youngsters Zayne Selkirk and Rhyc Palmer in the win.

While the Rams league season is over, the Colts will play finals this year after they finished third. An away date with Mandurah this Sunday looms for the Colts, with the club also expected to have its end of season wind up in mid-September.

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