FIVE lower grade Group Seven teams booked their spots in their respective grand finals, after winning their semi-finals at Ron Costello Oval on Sunday.
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Reigning premiers Kiama have secured their spot at the Collegians Sporting Complex on September 16, by defeating local rivals Jamberoo 24-2.
Despite only leading 6-2 at the break, the Knights, led captain/coached by Marc Laird, used a strong wind in their backs, to come home with a wet sail in the second half.
In the win, Ryan Timbs, Lachlan Farrell, Joshua Norris and Thomas Murray scored tries, with the latter also landing four kicks.
The Roos only points came from the boot of James Moore.
Jamberoo will now face Albion Park-Oak Flats in the preliminary final on Saturday at the Kiama Showground.
Women’s League Tag division one
Defending champion Kiama sent a strong message to the two remaining teams lefts in the competition – Jamberoo and Stingrays – that they will be hard to beat this season.
Tries from Alana Glasson and Kristi Pan, as well as three goals from Zoe Dignam, secured the win for the Knights – sending them straight through to another decider.
The Albion Park-Oak Flats Eagles continued their unbeaten season on Sunday, when they thumped the Milton-Ulladulla Bulldogs 36-8 – to book their spot in the big dance.
Dallas Harrison (three tries) and Dylan Lucas (two tries) dominated the Bulldogs left edge defence, while the dynamic Jack Walsh (one try) also played strongly.
The Park’s final try was scored by Jay Weaver, while Jake Brisbane (three) and Jayden Harris (one) landed conversions.
In the loss, Tarje Whitford and Joel Blakey scored tries for the Bulldogs – who will now face the Berry-Shoalhaven Heads Magpies.
Mount Warrigal again proved to have the wood on Sussex Inlet in finals football, after stealing a late win 28-24 against them on Sunday.
In a replay of last year’s decider, the undefeated Panthers appeared set to book their spot in the decider but a late try to Dylan Riggs, in the final minute, stole the win for the Kooris.
Other to score tries for the Kooris in the four-point win were Luke McKay, Joshua McKay, Matthew Fuller and Robert Moylan, with Ronald Gatt nailing four conversions.
Dale Hammond, Lochlan Broughton, Tory Gillespie and Callum Franchi scored for the Panthers in the loss, with Nathan Dobeson (five) and Ryan Mamo landing kicks.
The Panthers will now face off with Shoalhaven rivals Wreck Bay for a spot in the final.
Women’s League Tag division two
The first team into the inaugural WLT division two final are the Shellharbour Sharks, after they ground out a 12-6 win against the Albion Park-Oak Flats Eagles.
The six-point win was secured by tries to Brittany Jiminez and Carly Staples, with the latter landing a kick along with Nicole Ingram.
The Park, who will now face Kiama on Saturday, had only Brittany Constable cross for a try, as Vanessa Grady kicked one goal.
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