Nirranda A grade coach Steph Townsend believes her sideâs âsloppyâ 11-goal qualifying final victory over Timboon Demons on Saturday will boost their next charge.
The Blues set up a date with three-time reigning premiers Dennington after a 45-34 victory over the Demons..
The playing mentor said she was proud her side could prevail in a wet and windy encounter at Merrivale.
âI defiantly donât think it was our best win,â she said.Â
âI thought we were pretty sloppy in patches that I would have liked us to be.
âBut Iâm really happy with how we fought it out and credit to Timboon they played really hard and I thought they were really well put together today and they definitely made us fight for the win.
âI was happy with our never say die attitude every quarter. Even when we did make mistakes were able to bounceÂ back from it.â
Townsend said the win would do wonders for her side coming into next weekendâs second semi final against the Dogs.
âTo put together a winÂ in not our strongest game will give us a lot of confidence,â she said. âGoing forward, especially against a side such as Dennington, we canât afford to have bits and pieces not put together.
âI thinkÂ we will hit the ground running and train hard over this next week and try to put together four 15-minute quarters.â
Nirranda jumped away in the second quarter to lead by nine at the main break before the Demons stormed back in the third.Â
In the end the wind and Bluesâ defence proved too strong for the Demons as Nirranda ran away to the 11-goal victory.Â
Townsend praised the efforts of Katie Ryan and Kristy Ludeman after the pair played a key role in the victory.Â
âKatie had a really nice game and Iâm really happy with how she has been playing in the second half of the season,â she said.
âKristy had a fantastic game and she is really starting to find her feet in wing attack. She had to adjust this year as she usually plays centre and I thought she is coming into our own really well.â
Georgia Haberfield was also one of Nirrandaâs best players.
Timboon Demons coach Kelly Gowland said she was disappointed in the missed opportunity after her side got within four goals of the Blues at the final break.
âI thought we had a really good opportunity to get on top there,â the playing coachÂ said.
âI was really happy with our third quarter and then we faded in the last quarter and that was enough for them to jump away.
âUnfortunately we had the windy end in the last quarter and it made it really difficult. You had to be really good with you passes and our goalies were a bit off as you would expect with the wind.â
Gowland highlighted Mellissa McKenzie andÂ Cloe Marr as two of the Demons better players on Saturday.
âI thought Cloe did a really good job on Steph (Townsend), who is obliviously their coach and one of their best players,â she said.
âMellissa also did a really good job on Jo coach. I was really pleased with those two.â
Experienced goal shooter Hayley Plozza (13 goals) was the Demonsâ third best player.
Nirranda takes on Dennington next Saturday, while Timboon will take on Old Collegians next Sunday.
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