MDFL - Rhodes Plumbing Great Western reserves have stormed into the Mininera and District Football League grand final.
Lions reserves advanced into the 2013 premiership decider after recording an historic 43 point semi final victory against Wickliffe/Lake Bolac at the weekend.
The records just keep tumbling for the team 10 kilometres down the highway.
Their qualifying final win over Penshurst the week before was the first time in 14 years that any Great Western senior outfit had won a final and this is the first time that a Lions team has reached the Mininera League finals series.
It has been a remarkable turnaround for the Lions reserves, who finished last with no wins in 2012.
Great Western was slow to get going against Wickliffe/Lake Bolac with a very strong wind in the first quarter restricting the Lions to just one behind and the Magpies raced to a three goal lead at the break.
Lions defenders Lachie Kilpatrick, Clint Slorach and Josh McCartney did all the hard work early in keeping Wickliffe/Lake Bolac to just three goals and preventing a blow out.
Great Western took control of the match in the second quarter, booting nine goals and stunning their opponents, leaving them with just one behind to their name.
The third quarter was much tighter with minimal scoring before another couple of late goals from the Lions in the last sealed the deal, and they prevailed 12.10 (82) to 5.9 (39).
Captain Matt Delzotto said it was another excellent game of football where the team put together four quarters of good football.
"Our midfield was really good again, guys like Steven Lodge and Craig Cooper in the ruck, our half forward line and just our attack on the ball really made a difference," he said.
Troy Jenkins was Lions best on ground for his effort across half forward while Clint Slorach, Lachie Kilpatrick and Josh McCartney stood out in defence.
Jenkins and Tim Shalders booted three goals each in the Lions win.
Delzotto said the team will be looking to make the most of the grand final berth.
"It is a good reward for the club for their hard work over the last couple of years and if we can just take one more step we will be very satisfied," he said.
Luckily for the Lions, they escaped with no injuries at the weekend and had a very timely recovery session at Ararat YMCA on Tuesday night ahead of next weekend's grand final.
Great Western must now play the winner of tomorrow's preliminary final showdown between Wickliffe/Lake Bolac and Penshurst.
- With BEN KIMBER