Calm Cats claw their way into the semis

FINALS PRESSURE: Wynyard’s Tyler Keene has a few quiet words with his East Devonport opponent Brodie Webb. Picture: Brodie WeedingComposure at both ends of Sunday’s elimination final proved vital for Wynyard as they lived to fight another day in this finals campaign.
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Composure, especially in front of the sticks, was something that was lacking from the Swans, who lost by less than two straight kicks despite having nine more scoring shots.

A 5.3 to 0.5 first term helped set the Cats on course for their 11-point victory, one which ensured plenty of resilienceat the back-end of the match.

The Swans had plenty chances to pinch back the lead in the final term, but the last line of defence for the home team stood up when they were needed andensured a 13.13 (91) to 9.26 (80) victory, to set up a semi-final showdown with Ulverstone.

The 28-point lead at the first change was 34 when Tyler Keene kicked the opening goal of the second term, before East kicked into gear.

Two goals to Sam Borlini in a minute and Jack Triffitt major saw the Swans kick three of the last four goals in the quarter, and the margin was back to a gettable 20.

East were at their best in the third term, but this was the best example of them not taking their chances.

They kicked 5.9 to 2.2 for the term, taking advantage of some horrendous decisions from defence by the Cats to take a five-point lead into the final change.

They should have been further in front though.

Josh Kelly gave the Swans the lead late in the third, and it was a lead that changed hands again in the early stages of the last before LachlanBissett and Brady Allen settled things for the Cats.

Allen kicked four goals and provided some spark inside 50, withCaleb Alford,James Allen,Bryce Haneveer,Taylor Reeves andJacob Hamill all putting in strong performances.

“The start really did help us, and that allowed us to play the game on our terms a little bit,’’ Wynyard coach Shannon Bakes said post-match.

“Sam Gleeson, Taylor Reeves and Jacob Hamill were all really precise with their ball use and didn’t rush, and our start allowed us to do that.”

That strong ball movement was the most positive aspect for Bakes from Sunday’s win.

East Devonport were best served by Borlini.

However, he finished with 3.8 to exemplify their wastefulness in front of the sticks.

Triffitt and Nathan Applebee were other strong contributors for the defeated Swans.

“We just didn’t take our opportunities,’’ coach Dale Perry said, who lamented a lack of class throughout his line-up.

“Wynyard’s ability to distribute the ball from the contest was far better than us.

“We seemed to be getting where the ball was, but we couldn’t prevent them from getting the ball from the inside to the outside.”

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