The top two sides, Marble Range and Lincoln South came face to face in the reserves second semi final on Saturday and during the first 20 minutes it was clear to see why Marble Range finished minor premiers.

Lincoln South looked tentative and slow out the blocks while the Ranges showed hardness around the packs, got first use of the footy and kicked the opening three goals of the game.

This early dominance was highlighted in no uncertain terms by Eagles coach Scott Jarvis during the quarter time break and it would appear that the dressing down had impact because his Eagles group responded and started to get their hands dirty and started working their way into the contest.

At half time Marble Range had a 10-point lead but one sensed the tide had started to turn.

In the third quarter the Eagles went on a clearance roll thanks to Greg Rowley who was in and under and Jordan Sims who was moved onto the footy for immediate impact.

Goals had been hard to come by, but this quarter was all Lincoln South and as they started dictating terms, a three goal to none quarter was pivotal despite the margin at the final break being just seven points.

The stage was set for a big final quarter, with the prize for the winning side being an appearance to the main stage, “the big dance” in a fortnights time.

Souths came out in the final term with a greater appetite it would appear, their dominance around stoppages continued and the margin extended to 18 points by the final siren.

Alarm bells should be ringing for the minor premiers who were finding avenues to goal difficult.

Key forward Michael Sargent was well held by Eagles best Phil Cummins, while Marble Range best player was awarded to Liam Dennis.

Lincoln South Coach Scott Jarvis was pleased to get through to a grand final despite a slow start but made it clear to his players after the game that there is plenty of work to do between now and that big day in September.


Taken from the Port Lincoln Times

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