GEORGE TOWN outplayed Bracknell in the second half of its NTFA division 1 elimination final at Youngtown yesterday to record a 14-point victory and set up a first semi-final clash against Hillwood next week.
In an even first half both sides kicked five goals each with Josh Adams a focal point up forward for the Redlegs but inaccurate in front of goal - managing just four behinds for the quarter, which proved costly.
Bracknell shared its goals around with five single goalkickers but the Saints relied on Shaun Muller and Martin Tuthill as their two main avenues to goal with the pair sharing the spoils - Tuthill booting three and Muller two.
Bracknell led by one point at half-time, but the Saints gained control kicking three goals to none into the breeze in the premiership quarter and finished off strongly in the last with four goals to one by mid-quarter to establish a match-winning 32-point lead.
The Redlegs staged a late revival kicking the final three goals of the game to cut the final margin to 14 points but the damage had been done earlier - George Town running out the winner 12.9 (81) to 9.13 (67).
The Saints turned up the throttle and got on top of the Redlegs in the third quarter despite kicking against the breeze.
They did most of the attacking, using and moving the ball better and finding targets with Muller marking and kicking another two goals for the quarter and Joel Mountney one.
The Saints could have had more - Muller missing another and Joel Baker and Daniel Burr also missing gettable shots.
Bracknell paid for inaccuracy in front of goals managing just five behinds for the third quarter and wasting opportunities with the breeze.
Muller finished with six goals for the game to be one of the Saints best and his strong marking up forward was a highlight as the Redlegs defence struggled to contain him and Tuthill in the second half.
Tuthill kicked four, three of which came in the first half in a fiery battle with Nathan Pendergast.
George Town's defence was strong all day with Andrew Whitmore, Jarrod Allan and Todd Crane standouts and Joel Mountney and Ben Tuthill other good players.
Adams and Adam Scott kicked two goals each for Bracknell, with Craig Burling its best player.
Will Davidson, Danny Bennett and Trent Page were other good contributors.