Darling Downs Juniors prelim finals review

Can the Swannies take all three?

University book showdown with Dalby

The University Cougars Under 12’s have booked a Grand-Final show down with the Dalby Swans after the Cougars narrowly beat the Highfields Lions by 8 points.

Erratic kicking has cost the Highfields Lions a spot in this year’s Under 12 Grand-Final, University made the most of their opportunities winning the game with less scoring shots. With a full-time score of 3.2 (20) to 1.6 (12) most would think that was the quarter time score.

But not in this low scoring defensive struggle game.

The Preliminary looked like it was going into extra time when scores were locked at 12 all late in the final term. Two late goals to the Cougars secured their win as the Minor Premiers will look to spoil Dalby’s party in this year’s Under 12 Grand-Final.

Swans to begin daunting task of shutting down the Roo’s

Dalby Swans will no regroup after their preliminary final win over Highfields and will begin the daunting task of trying to stop the Roo’s under 14 juggernaut.

With no tomorrow for the loser both teams went all guns blazing in the opening term, with Dalby getting the upper hand taking a narrow two point lead into the first break. Again both sides came out flexing but it was the Swans who were on-top booting the only goal in the second term as they kept the Lions to just 1 behind.

Both sides kicked two goals each in the third quarter as the margin remained at 8 points.

It was the Swannies who kicked 2.5 in the last quarter as the Lions were only able to manage 1.2, which saw the Dalby Swans record a 6.11 (47) to 4.6 (30) victory over the Lions. Highfields can hold their heads high though as they never gave up in the arm wrestle that was the Preliminary Final.

Bombers kick themselves out of the Grand-Final

South Toowoomba Under 16’s erratic kicking at goal has stopped them from marching into the 2012 Under 16 Grand-Final as the Dalby Swans ran out 9.7 (61) to 5.12 (42).

The sneaky Bombers must be proud of where they have come from, especially when mid season they didn’t look like finals contenders. To finish third in 2012 is a credit to not only the playing group but coach Andrew Smith as well.

Dalby were silky skilled as Dan Mauch was a welcome inclusion after missing the Qualifying Final against University and was very damaging teamed up with Brodie Easton.

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