TUNGAMAH had some anxious moments in the first half of the Picola League semi-final against Waaia at Katamatite on Saturday.
But more output from its midfield after half-time set up a runaway 56-point victory to earn a grand final berth and a week off.
It is a welcome break says Tungamah coach Damian Payne.
Waaia started strongly kicking three of the first four goals and had a six-point advantage at quarter time.
Midfielders Brendan Stevens and Matt McCarty won plenty of kicks and provided opportunities up forward where Luke Cowan was a focal point.
It kicked the first goal in the second quarter, but Tungamah responded with four successive goals and by half-time had edged nine points clear.
“We knew we had to win through the midfield,” Payne said.
“It was emphasised a good start was needed in the second half. Slowly, but surely, the boys knuckled down.”
Tungamah kicked the first four goals in the third quarter with dominant displays in the midfield by Nic Doyle, Chris Powell, Drew Haebich and wingman Kade Rowe.
Ruckman Sam Keenan provided his teammates with ample opportunities.
Tungamah rated full-back Scott Sanderson its top performer because he had a tough assignment on Luke Cowan, who finished with five of his team’s 10 goals.
Payne and Lee James kicked three goals each.
Meanwhile, Dookie United had a 14-point win against Shepparton East in yesterday’s elimination final.
Strathmerton poured on the pressure in the north west qualifying final against Deniliquin Rovers to win by 87 points.
Blighty won the elimination final against Berrigan with a solid second half. The margin was six points Blighty’s way after an even first half, but it bolted with 11 goals in the second half.