MDFL - Rhodes Plumbing Great Western Lions reserves have moved through to the Mininera and District Football League second semi final after defeating Penshurst at the weekend.
The Lions got off to a strong start, booting 6.2 in the opening term to lead by 30 points at quarter time.
They could only manage two goals over the next two quarters and this allowed Penshurst to whittle the margin back to nine points at the final change.
However, the Lions hung in there and thanks to fine performance by Jacob Seeary, Craig Cooper, Clinton Slorach and Steven Lodge, were able to get across the line 13.6 (84) to 9.11 (65).
Tim Shalders booted six goals and Damien Scott was handy in the forward line with three.
Great Western reserves captain Matt Delzotto was pleased with the win, but acknowledged there were aspects of the game the Lions needed to work on.
"We got off to a really, really good start.
"Our attack on the ball and our work rate was really good in the first quarter which is excellent in finals. It's what you want," he said.
"We probably didn't take the game on enough for the majority of it, we let them (Penshurst) back into the contest slowly but surely."
The Lions will certainly be trying to avoid this problem tomorrow when they take on minor premiers Wickliffe/Lake Bolac at Mininera.
Midfielder Steven Lodge and ruckman Craig Cooper are set to once again join forces in the middle to provide Great Western with first use of the ball while veteran onballer Jayson Smith is another Lion to watch out for.
The half forward line could be the key to a Great Western win this week and midfielders will need to be smarter with their ball use, instead of blazing deep into the forward line.
Nathan Shalders is set to return from a calf injury and that will be a big inclusion for the Lions across the forward line, while midfielder/forward Troy Jenkins is also a possibility to line up following a one week spell due to a sore knee.
Delzotto expects a tough game against Wickliffe/Lake Bolac, who the Lions have played just once this season and that was back in round five when they lost by 43 points.
"In fairness, I think we'll have a lot better calibre of players this time. It should be a good game," he said.