Australian rules football: 2010 Gippsland Football League semi finals
Monday, September 6, 2010
The Gippsland Football League Semi Finals were played over the weekend. The Gippsland Football League (officially Gippsland League, GL) is the only major Australian rules football competition in the Gippsland region according to the Victorian Country Football League.
The Second Semi Final was traditionally played second, as the name suggests, but recent trends have seen it played first.
Maffra defeated Traralgon by six points after having a week off. Traralgon had defeated Morwell in the Qualifying Final the week before.
Drouin thrashed Morwell by eleven goals (66 points) in the First Semi Final to set up the Preliminary Final against Traralgon. Drouin had beaten Leongatha in the Elimination Final.
Scores are quoted as goals-behinds (total).
Second semi final
Six goals to Tim Aitkin could not propel Traralgon into the 2010 Gippsland League Grand Final. They failed to capitallise on Maffra's in accurate kicking. To quarter time Maffra kicked four goals and one behind to Traralgon's two goals and four behinds.
Adrian Burgiel kicked Maffra's first two goals before Aitkin kicked Traralgon' s first.
Traralgon kick six unanswered goals in the second quarter to take a 23 point lead into the half time break. The most notable of these came after Hayden Burgiel gave away a free kick and then a fitie metre penalty giving Nick Quenault a goal from right in front.
Quarter number three saw Maffra kick 6-8 to Traralgon's four straight goals to trail by three points at the final change.
Maffra kept there inaccurate kicking going in the final quarter kicking three goals and seven behinds. Traralgon kicked a more accurate two goals and four behinds for the quarter.
Final scores, Maffra an inaccurate 13-23 (101) to Traralgon 14-11 (95).
First semi final
Drouin ended Morwells season with an eleven goal thrashing. Morwell kicked all four of there goals to three quarter time and shoul've had more to that point according to their coach.
"Our third quarter was one of wasted opportunities and we kicked ourselves out of it booting 1-5 when it could have been easily 5-1," coach Adrian Cox said.
There was still a contest to be had in the final quater with drouin only leading by fifteen points after the first three quarters. However, Drouin kicked 6-5 to Morwell's two behinds in the last to secure a conforatable win.
Final scores, Drouin 15-10 (100) to Morwell 4-10 (34)
- John Hehir. "Morwell down and out" — , September 6, 2010