LINDENOW advanced to this season East Gippsland football grand final after defeating Wy Yung 7.7 (49) to 2.2 (14) in the preliminary final.
The Cats led from start to finish, but had to respond to a half-time challenge from the Tigers to earn their way into the big dance.
A clear scoring end was evident at the Bairnsdale City Oval, as Lindenow took advantage in the first quarter and kicked two goals. Wy Yung then had its turn kicking with the breeze and matched the Cats' effort with two goals of their own. At the main break Lindenow had a two-point advantage, and with the hatchet of last season's devastating two-point semi-final loss to Wy Yung still to bury, the Cats took the impetus in the third quarter to wrestle back some control.
A further two goals for Lindenow in the third quarter got the margin out to 15 points in the Cats' favour with one quarter to play.
Wy Yung would have felt its chances of winning would be best served if it could kick the first goal of the final quarter to cut the margin back under double-figures, but Lindenow reversed the trend of going goal-less for a quarter after kicking two the term before, as the Cats slammed on three goals to no score in the fourth quarter to win by 35 points.
Best players for Lindenow were Angus For tune, Jeremy Woodward and Rohan Blandford, while Wy Yung was well-served by Daniel Perrin, Josh Broome and Mitchell Dewar.
The Cats have the opportunity to avenge their semi-final horror show against Boisdale-Briagolong in the main event this Saturday.
In what many people in league circles will feel is just and right, the two teams that have set the competition's benchmark will play for the premiership.
Lindenow will have experience on its side, with a few survivors from the club's 2017 triumph hoping to upstage sentimental favourite Boisdale-Briagolong.
Bombers into twos GF
IN the reserves, Boisdale-Briagolong easily-defeated Lucknow, with the Bombers keeping their opponents to just one goal in a 12.8 (80) to 1.2 (8) demolition.
Scores were level at quarter-time, before Boisdale-Briagolong took control of the match to set up a winning lead.
Toby Leeds was among the best players in the reserves preliminary final win, receiving good support from Aaron Scicluna and Mitchell Rowley.
The Bombers will take on Lindenow in the curtain raiser to the senior grand final.
IN the under 17s, Wy Yung advanced to the grand final after sending Orbost-Snowy Rovers packing in straight sets.
The Tigers kept the Blues goal-less in their 4.5 (29) to 0.4 (4) victory.
Having taken the long way to reach the decider, Wy Yung will now face Lakes Entrance for the title.
Lakes Entrance will be gunning to be crowned both premiers and champions.
EGFNL grand final
Saturday at Bairnsdale City Oval:
Seniors: Boisdale-Briagolong v Lindenow, 2.15pm.
Reserves: Lindenow v Boisdale-Briagolong, 11.50am.
Under 17s: Lakes Entrance v Wy Yung, 9.40am.