Newstead’s dream run came to an end on Saturday with a 61-point semi final loss to a slow starting Lexton.
The Kangaroos had the first quarter sewn up, kicking 3.3 (21) to Lexton’s two minor scores to lead by 19 points at the first break of the day.
This was an incredible feat given the Steaders only just scraped into finals and managed to knock off a favoured Maldon by just four points the weekend before in an elimination bout, while Lexton finished fourth on the ladder after winning or drawing every home and away game since round four.
This Lexton pride reared its head in the second term, with the Tigers kicking five majors while keeping Stead completely scoreless for the entire quarter in a dramatic turn around.
Lexton led by 15 points when the teams broke for half time and things were just going to get worse for the Roos from there on out.
The third term saw the Steaders add just 1.1 to their total, while Lexton kicked 2.3 to extend its lead by eight points to 23 by three quarter time.
Two measly behinds was all Newstead could put up in reply to Lexton’s six-goal final term, sealing its own fate and ending its season after a tooth and nail battle.
For more on this story see Page 22 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, September 3