Reserves to play for grand final berth

Terang Mortlake’s Gus Bourke cops a high tackle during Saturday’s qualifying final.

TERANG Mortlake’s reserves football side is one win away from a grand final appearance after taking out the qualifying final last Saturday at Cobden Recreation Reserve.

The Bloods were too strong for Koroit in the final term of their 13.14 (92) to 9.11 (65) victory, after the opening three quarters were a close affair.

HFNL Terang Mortlake Finals Week 1 - Qualifying & Elimination finals
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The Saints jumped Terang Mortlake in the opening term, kicking three goals to one to hold a 14 point lead, but the Bloods responded in the second quarter.

Four goals to one helped the Bloods take a one goal lead into half-time before both sides managed three goals in the third quarter.

That left the Bloods four points up heading into the final change, but with the aid of a slight breeze.

Terang Mortlake finished the stronger of the pair in the last term, with the Bloods kicking five goals to two to win by 27 points.

Matthew Arundell was named best on ground for the Bloods, alongside Macauley Carlin, Gus Bourke, Daniel Kenna, Matt Baxter and Paddy Bourke.

Paddy Bourke led the goal kickers with four, while Martin Wynd (three), Arundell (two), Jake Lee, Gus Bourke, Jake Meade and Tommy Moloney also hit the scoreboard.

Terang Mortlake will now take on South Warrnambool in the second semi-final at Portland this Saturday.

The season ledger sits at one win apiece, with the Roosters winning by six points in round seven, before the Bloods claimed a 38 point victory in round 16.

There will be plenty at stake for both sides, with a grand final berth on the line when the match starts at 12pm.

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