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Ressies make it a grand final double date

08-Sep-2018

There were no signs of separation anxiety as the Fitzroy Reserves took to the field on Sunday at Bill Lawry Oval and clinically did what all minor premiers should… won their way into the grand final.

In fact they picked up where the their senior mates left off the day before, opening the scoring with some pocket magic from Gus Richardson and Lachie Henderson.

Again in heavy conditions, a strong Old Geelong outfit took it right up to Fitzroy in the first half before a five goal third quarter really put the result beyond doubt.

The final score was 11.18.84 to 5.5.35.

Fitzroy Ressies captain, Jack Atkinson, led from the front and was awarded best on ground honours, while Michael Cussen seemed to find space all over the ground and even when he didn’t, his one on one marking was just as good. He ended up with three goals.

Henderson and Chris Brown always looked threatening around the goals and they kicked two each.

You don’t get to be minor premiers without a very even contribution across the team and the same can be said of the semi-final. As expected, the players who have had some senior experience seemed to bob up when needed to quell any resurgence from Old Geelong. Mitch McWhinney, Richardson, Ross Borland and Will Zaghis were prominent in that group.

There will be more anxious waits on the condition of Shae Skipper, who was knocked unconscious in the third quarter, and on Will Pickering, who hurt his shin early in the game and couldn’t move it well enough to continue. The powerhouse forward would be a big loss if he can’t get up for the big dance.

In something of an upset, Marcellin comprehensively defeated Williamstown in semi-final one to put them out of the race and now it will be a contest between Marcellin and Old Geelong for the second spot in the grand final.

From all Fitzroy dads and fans who have had a few too many close games in recent weeks, thank you Fitzroy Reserves. Great result.

 


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