With semi-finals upon us we came into the match against the Raiders with a 1-1 record during the regular season.
An ominous weather report hung over the game so getting off to a solid start held extra importance. A tight and hard start was had by both teams with plenty of strong tackles and big contests occurring around the ground didn't lend itself to the cleanest of skills but heading into the first break with two goals to none as the rain started to fall was a good result.
Fintan got us the important first of the 2nd quarter before a massive down pour really caused the game to lock down with plenty of stoppages and contested ball. We got a little lucky with some missed opportunities from the Raiders that let us go into the break with a 21 point ascendancy, thanks to crowd favourite Casa getting his first of the day late in the term.
The 2nd half produced only one more major, that coming from Casa again and from there it became a real wet weather affair with countless stoppages and plenty of in tight contests. The team worked well across the ground to create contests and ensure all along the line targets were locked down, leaving the Raiders to look for the short option. Biggsy was great in the ruck, giving our mids the best chance of clearances with H, G and Dale really strong around ground and at the stoppages. The whole backline proved once again how strong they are in the one on one contests (NZ Richie, Sharpley, Kracken, Mangos, Fulton and Skelly).
As mentioned by Whitey post-match, it was a good team display sending us through to the big one but still plenty more to do. Let's all make sure we're getting down to the track for the remaining two sessions and work hard to ensure we give ourselves the best chance we can get at what we've all been striving for.