Saints march into grand final

FOCUSED: Millicent's Frazer Bradley looks for options as the Saints defeat North Gambier and advance to the Western Border football grand final. Picture: FRANK MONGER

By Trevor Jackson

MILLICENT 15.11 (101) d NORTH GAMBIER 8.10 (58)

MILLICENT put on a strong display of football to book a grand final berth after a big Western Border preliminary final win over North Gambier on Saturday.

The Saints were never really troubled, leading from the outset and building from there.

The victory was built around the five-goal haul from league leading goal kicker Gene Robinson, who took his current season tally to 112.

but it was the Saints’ combined effort around the ground which made the difference.

By the first break the margin was 27 points and the Tigers struggled from there.

The Saints slowed up somewhat in the second term, but managed to kick two major scores while holding the tigers to the same.

That saw the margin creep out to 30 points and the Tigers had plenty of work to do after the long break.

However, it did not improve for North in the third term, as the Saints held them goal-less while banging on another three majors to all-but put the game to bed.

The Tigers closed the margin slightly in the final stanza, but it was too little, too late, as the Saints ran out emphatic 43-point victors and were grand-final bound.

For the Saints, Robinson was joined by Caleb Williams with three goals, while Kade Varcoe and Jacob Carger kicked two each.

North coach Justin McConnell played a lone hand up forward, to only tiger to kick multiple goals with three.

Millicent now faces South Gambier in the season decider, with a huge task ahead to claim the flag, but certainly in with a good shot.