Natte Bealiba has ended four years of preliminary final heart- break, defeating Harcourt by 64 points on Sunday.
While the form team of the competition in Carisbrook now lies ahead for the Swans, Sunday’s 14.16 (100) to 5.6 (36) victory paved their way to their first grand final since 2011, the club’s debut MCDFNL season.
Either a lack of serious preparation after an easy 81-point victory over Trentham in the semi final, over confidence, fatigue, or a mixture of all three appeared to impact the Lions from the get-go and the fourth-ranked side looked rushed with the ball and a class below the Swans at Princes Park at the weekend.
Harcourt may have also entered the match with a false sense of security after it was the only team to defeat the dominant Swans this season with a 43-point victory in round 12.
Natte were not prepared to repeat history and was never really troubled during their preliminary final clash, kicking the first five goals of the game.
Four of these goals were in the opening term, including the first two majors to live-wire Emmett Smith who snapped a goal over his head in the first two minutes.
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