CUDGEWA will start warm favourites against Corryong in next weekend’s first semi-final after toppling the Demons by 21 points at Corryong on Saturday.
With James McInerney dominating, the Blues led at every change and are likely to be even tougher to beat playing on their home turf in the knockout final.
Marcus Porter, Jake Carkeek and Lachie Lourie were prominent while Brendan McEvoy and Jake Vinge kicked seven of the side’s 10 goals.
Although Corryong were missing key players including Jarrod Williams, Nathan Grimes and Jim Barlee, coach Evan Nicholas wasn’t making excuses.
The Demons were also without a bench after half-time.
“Cudgewa deserved to win,” Nicholas said.
“Next week is different though and we will see how we go.
“A good thing is that our seniors and ressies are both playing.”
Nicholas and Matt McNamara were solid performers for Corryong.
Federal finished the home and away season with a 126-point win over Border-Walwa.
The Swans held their opponents scoreless until the third quarter with Mitch Paton continuing his fine form.
John Fahey, Daniel Hales and Cameron Sheather also played key roles in the victory.
Tim Seymour and Paton were destructive in attack with four goals each.
“It was a pretty good effort,” coach Gerard Midson said.
“We worked on our structures and came through the game without any injuries for the first time this season.”
Border-Walwa’s Deryn Harding and Ben McCarthy battled bravely against the odds.
Bullioh went through the home and away series undefeated after thrashing Tumbarumba by 149 points.
Kelvin Wallace continued his good form for the victors while Zac Burhop was the best forward on the ground with seven majors.
Ben Commins, Mark Nichol and Josh Walters also dominated.
Tumbarumba were best served by James Munday.