FINALS bolter Kangaroo Flat will look to continue its remarkable run when it plays Sandhurst for a place in the BFNL’s A-grade grand final.
The Roos have rolled through their opening two finals matches with crushing wins over Golden Square and then last weekend Eaglehawk by 11 goals.
They play the Dragons after Sandhurst fell to Gisborne by 12 goals last Sunday, continuing a difficult run without star defender Heather Oliver.
Kangaroo Flat’s high-octane attacking game has taken hold in finals, the Roos scoring 62 goals against an Eaglehawk defence that always looked like being the Hawks’ downfall.
Ruby Barkmeyer was moved to goal attack to play alongside Adrienne Murphy, a combination that served the Roos well and will give Jaydon Cowling an extra move to throw at Sandhurst this week.
How the Dragons can defensively combat Barkmeyer will go a long way to deciding the outcome of tomorrow afternoon’s clash.
For Sandhurst, it’s not a case of “no Oliver, no Sandhurst” but the key member of their defence has left a sizeable gap in the Dragons’ lineup.
Gisborne controlled last week’s semi-final from the outset and the Dragons couldn’t play catch-up as they have done over the past 18 months.
Their midcourt remains their big strength and the battle of Brooke Bolton and Meg Williams versus Roos captain Chelsea Sartori as the three BFNL representatives in the centre could prove vital.
The winner will face Gisborne in next weekend’s 2018 grand final.
Other games see Sandhurst versus Kyneton in A-reserve, Golden Square taking on Kangaroo Flat in B-grade, Golden Square up against Strathfieldsaye in B-reserve and Kangaroo Flat tackling Gisborne in the 17-and-under match.