HANWOOD FC has fired a cannonball across the bow of the Griffith first grade football competition with a clinical 2-0 disposal of arch-rivals Yoogali SC in yesterday’s major semi.
The win rockets the premiers straight into the grand final while Yoogali SC will face Yoogali FC on Sunday for the other position.
In a skillful, fast-paced contest at Hanwood Oval, the home side showed poise and professionalism to nail two first-half goals and put the game beyond doubt.
Hanwood coach Anthony “Chong” Agresta said his side – the 2013 minor premiers – had earned its “golden ticket” to the decider.
“We knew today was just a matter of taking our chances because you don’t get too many in finals,” Agresta said.
“It’s a relief to go straight through.
“We don’t have to worry about suspensions and we came out of today with no injuries so it’s great.”
In a solid team performance, Agresta singled out the effort of midfield duo Michael Bresolin and Dem Torino.
After dominating territory and possession early in the match, Hanwood struck in the 21st minute after Anthony “Giggles” Agresta nudged one through from a fumbled Joe Schirripa free kick.
The home side grabbed a second just moments out from half-time when talisman Brandon Barski capitalised on a deft through-ball from Andrew Quarisa.
Yoogali stormed back in the second half but were unable to find the back of the net.
Coach Sante Donadel said a sluggish start cost his side.
“We started slow and there were a few passengers out there in the first half,” Donadel said.
“They put us under pressure and really exposed us.
“Credit to Hanwood, they pushed forward and we couldn’t match them.
“We matched them in the second half but the ship had sailed.”
Yoogali midfielder Joe Preece remains under an injury cloud after coming off with a calf injury in the first half.
In the reserve grade clash, Hanwood FC scored a stunning penalty shootout victory over Yoogali SC.