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MDFL | Semi-finals: Wickliffe-Lake Bolac, Tatyoon battle for premiership berth

With the first week of Mininera and District Football League finals out of the way, results are far from what some people would have expected.
Wickliffe-Lake Bolac turned a 10-goal round-18 loss into an eight-goal victory over Lismore-Derrinallum in Saturday’s final.
Coach Joe Otto drew first blood, kicking the first goal and his team didn’t look back.
The Magpies managed to hold the Demons scoreless in the first and third quarters, which set them up for their win.
Former Ballarat league players Tristan May and Matt Battistello shone on the day, showing they are big-game players who know what finals are all about.
The Otto brothers led from the front, booting six goals between them. They will take confidence into this week’s second semi-final against Tatyoon, which had the week off after claiming the minor premiership.
Dean McPhan, Gary Knights and Brandon Greenwood were shining lights in an otherwise dark day for the Demons.
With Ryan Elliot being the only multiple goal -scorer, Lismore-Derrinallum will look to the rest of the team to step up when it gets a second chance and plays Penshurst in Sunday’s first semi-final.
Penshurst came away with a win by the smallest of margins over Hawkesdale-Macarthur last week.
The Bombers led from the front and took an early lead, although Hawkesdale-Macarthur had plenty of the ball in front of goal and was simply unable to capitalise, kicking 20 points from its 30 scoring shots.
Despite having a good comeback in the third quarter where it booted six goals to one, Hawkesdale-Macarthur was unable to hold off Penshurst in the last term.
Wil McGregor and Chris Eales did all the heavy lifting for the Bombers in front of goals, kicking seven and five respectively, while coach Justin Eales and Adrian Linke provided plenty of support around the ground.
This week’s games are set to be worthy of finals football after last week’s results.
In the other second semi-finals, Penshurst plays Hawkesdale-Macarthur in the reserves and in the under-16 competition, Penshurst plays Glenthompson-Dunkeld.
In Sunday’s first semi-finals, SMW Rovers take on Tatyoon in the reserves and Moyston-Willaura plays Hawkesdale-Macarthur in the under-16s.

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