BRIDGENORTH outplayed Hillwood to win yesterday's NTFA division 1 qualifying final at Longford by 34 points and book a second semi-final spot against minor premier Rocherlea next week.
Bridgenorth led by 12 points at quarter-time and 10 at the main break but dominated in the premiership quarter, kicking four goals to one behind to set up its 9.13 (67) to 4.9 (33) victory.
Josh Murfett kicked five goals to be one of the Parrots' best players with Leigh Blackwell booting two and singles to Steven Bowden and Matthew Zanetto.
Hillwood found goals hard to target and had four single goalkickers in Tim Gibbons, Mark Walsh, Leyth Gard and Brady Squires.
"It was a good performance especially after the first quarter when we were a bit sluggish out of the blocks," Bridgenorth coach Michael Bowden said.
"Hillwood went forward a fair few times in the first quarter - we had a really good defensive second quarter and came out and kicked a few goals in the third which gave us that break to open the game up.
"There was a wind blowing to one pocket at the Southern end and conditions were heavy but both sides butchered the ball a bit in the first half.
"We won the toss and kicked with the wind in the first quarter but didn't make the most of it and they kicked one into it.
"But then we were able to go one goal each in the second quarter and got a vital one into it which probably boosted the spirits a bit as well.
"We talked about a few things at half-time and put them into place in the third quarter and managed to get some goals on the scoreboard which gave us a break at three-quarter time to be able to defend in the last quarter."
Bowden praised his half- back line for its efforts with Daniel Sellers and Jake Nunn both outstanding, Darren Long played well in the ruck and Nick McElwee was good across half-back in the second quarter cutting off a lot of Hillwood's forward thrusts and set up a lot of opportunities.
"Our two full-backs in Joel Holloway and Heath Williams kept their two main goalkickers goalless which went along way toward helping us win the game and our back six were really good today," Bowden said.
Bowden said the Parrots had some sore bodies but no major injury concerns ahead of next week's match- up with Rocherlea and was hopeful Kalon Beams would come up. Brad Keegan is likely to return.
Hillwood gets another chance to get its finals' campaign back on track this week and awaits the winner of today's elimination final between George Town and Bracknell in the first semi- final.
In the reserves qualifying final, George Town came from behind at three- quarter time to beat Rocherlea 11.8 (74) to 7.7 (49).
Bracknell controlled the under-19s qualifying final for three quarters and withstood a final quarter fightback by Scottsdale to hold on for a narrow 6.4 (40) to 4.13 (37) victory.