ALBURY has clinched a berth in the Ovens and Murray Football League under-18 grand final with a crushing 101-point win against reigning premier Wangaratta at Bunton Park on Saturday.
The Tigers dominated the second semi-final from start to finish to be the first team through to the grand final with the Magpies left to battle Lavington in the preliminary final on Sunday.
The Tigers led by 21 points at quarter-time and extended the deficit to 49 points by half-time with Sam Crawshaw running amok in the second term booting three goals.
Cody Parker was similarly dangerous in the third when he booted three goals.
Alex Blissett chipped in with three goals and Dominic Brew and Brad Sheridan were among the Tigers’ best.
The Magpies were best served by Braeden Brendel, Matthew Hedin and Damien Bradley and will need to re-group quickly to make their third successive grand final.
The Panthers beat Wangaratta Rovers in a first semi-final of fluctuating fortunes by 10 points at the John Foord Oval.
Lavington trailed the Hawks by five points at quarter-time before slipping 17 points behind.
The Panthers were dragged back into the match by Hayden Hamilton, who booted three goals on his way to four for the match.
Lavington went into half-time leading by six before an even third term resulted in the Hawks taking a two-point lead.
The Hawks led by eight points when Harry Dunstan kicked his third for the match but the Panthers responded again to kick the next four goals which set up the victory.
Aaron Jory was a focal point for the Panthers in booting three goals and Aidan Rogers, Connor Clayton, Layne Heinjus and Jacob Cincurak also helped them stay alive.
Stuart Booth kicked three goals for the Hawks in a starring role.