Motton Preston step closer to premiership

MOTTON PRESTON is just one win away from possible back-to-back NWFA premierships after dispatching Sheffield by 73points in Saturday’s second semi-final at Maidstone Park.

In a rematch of last year’s grand final, Motton Preston absorbed a hotly contested first quarter where neither team was given any latitude and was restricted to just one goal each.

Sheffield showed it was up for the contest against the flag favourite to trail 1.7 (13) to 1.1(7) at quarter-time.

Then Motton Preston started to break the shackles with its trademark run and ball carry.

Players such as Aron Shelly and Kane Brooks were creative in the midfield, Claye Sculthorpe and Shaun Guard were potent forwards and the Demons’ team structures had a greater impact when it mattered.

Motton Preston’s 36-point half-time lead came from a workman-like, if not spectacular, 20 minutes of football.

From then on the pattern of play progressively shut Sheffield out of the match before the final score of 18.23 (131) to 9.4 (58) was one way of identifying which was the best team and flag favourite.

Despite its loss, Sheffield still has a chance of making the grand final if it can beat Rosebery Toorak in Saturday’s preliminary final.

The West Coast side kept its finals dream alive with a determined 28-point win over Wesley Vale, after withstanding a third- quarter surge from the Vale, which edged to within eight points at three-quarter-time after trailing by 30 mid-term.

Rosebery Toorak appeared to have squandered its chances with five successive minor scores to start the last term before Terrance Kneebone goaled for Wesley Vale against the run of play to give his team the chance of a belated win.

However, the Hawks regained their composure and assured themselves of another finals game with two late goals from Troy Pile.

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