Carisbrook has crushed Dunolly’s dreams of a grand final appearance with an 11-goal preliminary final win on Sunday.
Dunolly fought tooth and nail to get to finals and with no second chances to get them through to prelims there was no margin for error.
Dunolly started the match on the right foot by grabbing the first goal off its centre, but the first minutes of the opening quarter would be the only time the Eagles led all day.
Carisbrook wasted no time in catching up by feeding the ball into Chrissy James and Laura Hurse under goal to see the Redbacks lead at 12-6 by quarter time.
Dunolly goalie Hannah Kenny was not afraid to take a long shot during the match, fully aware that she might not get a second chance with the likes of Elise Mottram and Sherriden Byrne defending on her for Carisbrook.
Kenny’s risky shots may have impacted her own percentage, but definitely helped her ring partner Lara Metelmann, who was often covered by Byrne.
Metelmann had to play a defensive role in her goals position as the Redbacks utilised Byrne in the midcourt whenever they could.
Despite its fight, Dunolly had fallen behind by nine goals by the halftime break.
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