Perhaps unsurprisingly, NWFA minor premier, Forth, remained the competition’s only unbeaten team after their 25-point defeat of Wesley Vale, in this, the last of the roster matches, on Saturday.
Their 16th consecutive win was set up with a match-winning seven-goal-to-three second quarter, which left the home side playing catch-up football for the rest of the afternoon.
And that was made more difficult by Forth’s rebounding style of football and players such as Hector Lenton and Adam Garwood kicking goals at crucial times in the match.
Wesley Vale now heads into next weekend’s qualifying final against Motton Preston, who had to rely on three late goals to beat Spreyton, 14.20 (104) to 15.5 (95).
With Spreyton on the verge of an upset win mid-way through the last quarter, the Demons’ experienced forward Shaun Guard, not only provided a goal assist to Ben Cole, but also kicked a pair to well and truly dash the home side’s hopes.
Nevertheless, it was a confidence-boosting effort from Spreyton, and stands them in good stead for their elimination final which will take place next Sunday against East Ulverstone.
The Crows can also take heart from their 61-point defeat of Sheffield, courtesy of nine goals from their full forward Troy Purton.
West Ulverstone also had match winners in Kerry Davison (13 goals) and the club’s 400-game player, Nick Thompson, in their defeat of Rosebery Toorak.