WANGARATTA is the biggest threat to minor premier Albury after advancing to the Ovens and Murray league under-18 second semi-final with a huge win against arch-rival Wangaratta Rovers on Sunday.
The Magpies beat the depleted Hawks by 79 points in the qualifying final. Lavington stayed in contention with an equally emphatic 65-point win against Yarrawonga in Saturday’s elimination final.
Wangaratta started slowly at McNamara Reserve before a five-goal-to-nil second quarter.
With Louis Vescio and Bradley Berrgenger doing well and Patrick Eefting, who made his senior debut this season, booting the first three goals of the second term, the Magpies raced to a 44-point lead at half-time.
They extended that to 63 points before Isaac Willett kicked the Hawks first goal at the 17-minute mark of the third term.
The Hawks kicked another in the third term before the Magpies drove home five unanswered goals in the last term.
Jack Amery, Cody Braden and Lucas Woodward were other key players for the Magpies while the Hawks were best served by Josh Schonafinger and Willett.
Wangaratta Rovers could regain mid-fielder Dylan Wilson for a cut-throat first semi-final against Lavington unless he plays at senior level.
The Panthers led by 11 points at half-time before taking control. They piled on seven goals in a dominant final term.
They were brilliantly served by Hayden Hamilton, who hurt the Pigeons resting forward by booting four goals.
Mitchell Lawrence and Jacob Cincurak were dominant. Captain Tyler Lampe booted six goals from full-forward.
Pigeons forward Nathan Cook was dangerous early and had three goals to half-time. Tom Ferguson, Jake Wild and Jesse Robilliard also did well.