Last minute ladder shake-up sees Dunolly secure finals placing

Natteʼs Naomi Medlyn wasnʼt put off by the antics of Talbot players in the final home and away round of the season.

Despite a four-goal loss to Newstead at the weekend, a miraculous numbers game has unfolded in the middle of the ladder to see Dunolly into finals for 2019.

The Eagles would have been crushed after a loss to the Steaders on Saturday, in a game that could’ve guaranteed them a place in finals.

But as results rolled in around the district, percentage saw Dunolly granted its place in finals.

The Eagles trailed by three goals at the end of the first term, but were able to narrow the margin to just one at the main break.

The Roos, who have been largely underestimated this year, fought hard to land two extra goals in their favour to lead again by three at the final break.

Some crucial missed shots for the Eagles paired with 100 percent accuracy from Jordan Bagley under Newstead’s ring saw the Roos finish victorious and further cement the top eight placing they had main- tained at a crucial point in the competition.

Kayla Wilson and Shakira Clark were Newstead’s best while Dunolly’s percentage was saved by the hard work of defenders Charlee Gidley and Ash Lierich.

Dunolly’s finals berth was largely impacted by Maldon’s shock draw with Royal Park also on Saturday.

The Bombers had claimed a 21- goal win over the Tigers earlier in the season and probably headed to the Bushy courts with an air of confidence.

For more on this story see Page 20 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, August 20

 

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