Redlegs run out of breath

Redpa’s Stafford Heres played a fierce game during Circular Head Football Association’s Seniors Preliminary Final on Saturday against Irishtown in Stanley. Picture: Ashleigh Force. 

CHFA. Irishtown shattered Redpa’s Grand Final hopes during Circular Head Football Association’s Preliminary Final in Stanley on Saturday.

The Canaries ended the Redlegs’ season with a 38-point victory to see green-and-gold progress to the premiership contest against Forest Stanley this weekend.

Met with wild weather conditions in Stanley, a low-scoring game ensued with high hopes on the line.

Fierce determination made for a scrappy game however both sides took full advantage when the wind direction held their favour.

Irishtown’s Christian Mulder booted two majors while Redpa’s John Lee and Marshall Evans were the only goal kickers for their side.

Registering one point in the opening quarter, Irishtown took a 14-point lead over Redpa before extending this slightly to 18 points in the second.

Holding the Redlegs scoreless throughout the third, the Canaries ran away with a 8.7.55 to 2.5.17 win.

Redpa coach Nathan Bransden was disappointed by the season-ending loss, but praised his side’s progress throughout the year.

“We struggled to control the game right from the outset and at the end of the day, the two best sides will face off in the Grand Final,” he said.

“I was proud of the way our boys improved as the year went on going from easy beats early in the year to gaining the respect of the whole competition and posing a serious threat once the finals started.”

Irishtown coach Jason Gofton said the victory is a confidence booster for the young side as they enter the CHFA premiership this weekend.

“It was a good game to get a bit of confidence back after the second Semi Final loss,” he said.

“We started to use the ball a lot better as the game went on and our only letdown was delivery into the forward line.”

In the Reserves, Redpa failed to register a goal throughout the four quarters tallying just three behinds while Forest Stanley dominated with a 14.12.96 victory to see them now face Irishtown in the main event this Saturday.

Scotchtown will progress to the Under 16s premiership following an 18-point win to Forest Stanley in the Preliminary Final. The 3.8.26 to 6.8.44 final margin allows the Tigers to enter their Grand Final clash against the Canaries confidently.

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