IN a game where a home final hinged on the result, Ulverstone erased a 15-point half-time deficit to came out on top by 66 points against Central Coast neighbour Penguin, 18.20 (128) to 9.8 (62).
Inaccuracy was the main problem for the Robins in the first half, as they kicked 5.6 to the Two Blues 8.3.
Penguin coach Justin Cotton also had three goals under his belt and was causing the Robins plenty of trouble with his overhead marking at centre-half forward.
But on resumption of the third quarter, it was all Ulverstone as it piled on six goals to Penguin’s two behinds.
Jordan Kelly was on fire up forward with two goals, along with Josh Walmsley, who was the main focal point.
The Two Blues’ cause wasn’t helped by losing two of their prime movers in the first half, in Jacob Brown (suspected broken jaw) and Rodney King (hamstring).
Robins captain Jarryd Chatwin, Jacob Campbell and Jeremy Soden were continually pumping the ball forward and with their rivals down on bench players, they moved to being 26 points up at the last change.
Three more goals to Kelly helped the home team kick the first six goals of the last quarter in some powerful play before next week’s semi-final against Smithton.
Ulverstone coach Justin Hays was happy with the end result, which saw his team have 27 scoring shots to six after half-time, saying it was more his team’s inaccuracy that hurt its cause in the first half.
GETTING AWAY: Ulverstone’s Jarryd Chatwin is about to boot the ball forward as Penguin’s Hamish Barron goes to ground in a missed tackle. Picture: Stuart Wilson.
ULVERSTONE 3.5 5.6 11.13 18.20 d (128) PENGUIN 5.1 8.3 8.5 9.8 (62)
INJURY BLUES: Penguin probably knew it was in trouble with its run, when Jacob Brown and Rodney King, were injured in the first half and couldn’t return to the field.
JUMPING JOSH: My father always told me that good things come to those that wait. Well at the 19-and-a-half minute mark of the third quarter, it happened, when Josh Walmsley sat on top of the pack at centre half-forward, in front of the clubrooms and took the mark of the year. Coming back to earth, he capped it off by slotting the second of his three goals.
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