CULBURRA needed a win to guarantee their place in the semi-finals and they got what they were after, with a 6-nil thrashing of Milton.
If they had lost, they could have potentially missed out, but have instead taken second spot, meaning they will now get two cracks at making the grand final, if required.
Coach Steve Melocco said they went into the game wanting to score lots of goals so they could feel comfortable and they didn’t have to wait long for it.
Their first came after just four minutes, when Dale Blundell scored a penalty to give them an early 1-nil advantage.
They kept them coming with Steve Gray, James Melocco and Justin Butler adding goals to stretch the score line to 4-nil after just 20 minutes.
It’s been a long season for Milton, but to their credit, they hung in there and stuck it out for the full 90 minutes and this was noted by Melocco.
While they were unable to trouble the scorers, they managed to hold the home side to just two more goals for the rest of the game, with both Gray and Blundell completing a double in the second half.
Melocco said he was pretty happy with their performance, but thinks they are still are still lacking a bit of composure going into the semi-finals.
Finishing in second has landed them in the major semi and they will now face competition champions United next week.
“We’re pretty happy with that,” Melocco said.
“We’ve had one win each when we’ve played this year, so it should be a good game,” he added.
They welcomed back Justin Butler on Saturday, who had been out with a long-term injury, while Corey Ryan is also a chance and his fitness will be assessed during the week.
It’s not the first time Milton has been on the receiving end of a big loss this year and their captain Peter Whitmore admitted there was a sigh of relief when the full-time whistle sounded.
“That’s been the story of our season, we just can’t compete with the top teams,” he said.
“Culburra played pretty well and to the boy’s credit, we never gave up, but we’re pretty happy for it to be over,” he added.
Whitmore admitted the club is facing a bleak future and while he is confident they will get at least one side together next season, he’s not sure if they will be first grade standard.
He wanted to wish the top four the best of luck for the finals and said they will just have to wait and see what happens next season.