NOT only did the Maroons bounce back from their loss to Foster a week prior, but they also overcame a 32-7 quarter-time deficit to win 82-47 on Saturday and book a spot in this week’s grand final.
Fish Creek got the jump early with Buckland taking control up front and Manne dominating on the ball.
Stony Creek then began to exert strong pressure after the first break, getting back into the game with strong tackling and efficient usage.
The Nolans and Kael Bergles caused problems in the forward line and by three-quarter time the Maroons were up by 15 points.
“We spoke at half-time about our pressure,” coach Andersen said.
“We knew we had to tackle, tackle and tackle to get it back on our terms and I was happy we managed to do that, especially in the third and fourth quarters.”
This paid dividends as the side took complete control in the final two terms.
While Fish Creek managed to control some of the play at the start of the final quarter, the play of Scapin and Spencer in the ruck and 2019 Best & Fairest winner Darcy Atkins in the middle was too strong.
With fluid play inside and on the outside, the Maroons cruised to an impressive 35-point win.
“Scapin and Spencer in the ruck outworked Manne and controlled the game,” Andersen said.
“Darcy was huge too, he had about 20 tackles and he hurts them when he hits. He’s a physical beast.”
The win sets up a huge matchup in the grand final this week, with the Maroons set to take on Foster in a semi-final rematch, a game coach Andersen is excited for.
“We’ve got some momentum now and we’re looking forward to it,” he said.
“We just have to recover during the week and see what we can do.”
Stony Creek withstood a late push by Tarwin on Saturday to win themselves into this week’s reserves grand final against Foster.
The Maroons put together a huge third term to gain an insurmountable lead and emerge eight-point victors.
Tarwin showed toughness to fight back from a quarter-time deficit and take the lead at half-time.
While Stony Creek booted four goals to Tarwin’s six behinds in the third term, the Sharks bounced back and came within two kicks in the fourth.
The Maroons were ultimately too strong in the contest though, and were 56-48 winners when the smoke cleared.
Cooper Cary was the standout for Stony Creek, having a significant impact with his ball-use and three goals.
The side take on Foster this week in a grand final between first and second spot on the ladder, identical to the seniors.