Second half surge in the preliminary final against Rosedale propels Churchill into NGFNL grand final against Yarram

CHURCHILL stormed in the North Gippsland football grand final, with a nine-goal to three second half against Rosedale in the preliminary final.

Winning at Gaskin Park on Saturday, 15.13 (103) to 13.11 (89), the Cougars will meet Yarram in the grand final this weekend.

Favoured heading into the match, the minor premier justified that tag in the first quarter, kicking five goals to two to lead by 12 points at quarter-time.

The momentum shifted to the Blues in the second term, when they piled on eight goals to one to take a 20-point advantage into the main break.

The Cougars made inroads into the deficit during the third quarter, kicking three goals to one, but the Blues still lead by eight points at the final change of ends.

Churchill asserted control in the final quarter, booting six goals to two, to win by 14 points.

Matt Royal stood out for a gallant Rosedale in the forward line, kicking four goals. Luke Stuckey, Adam Diamond and Sam Tudor used the ball well through the midfield for the Blues, while Adam Diamond and Sam Bristow were solid in defence.

CHURCHILL and Yarram will also play for the reserves premiership, after the Demons defeated Traralgon-Tyers United by 37 points.

The Demons didn't concede a goal in the first half on their way to a 9.9 (63) to 3.8 (26) victory.

Chris Pettitt, Dylan Rash and Brett Chapman were Yarram's best players, while Justin Staley kicked four goals.

HEYFIELD fell two points short of Churchill in the thirds preliminary final.

The Kangaroos led by three points at half-time, before a two-goal to one third term gave the Cougars a 13-point lead heading into the final quarter.

The Kangaroos kicked the only goal of the final term, but missed out on a grand final berth, 3.11 (29) to 3.9 (27).

Steven Fleming, Scott Donahoe, Daniel Burton, Riley Havers, Dylan Patmore and Max Hague were among those who made major contributions for the Kangaroos.

Churchill will play Glengarry in the grand final.

NGFNL grand final

Saturday at Traralgon Recreation Reserve:

Seniors: Yarram v Churchill, 2.30pm.

Reserves: Churchill v Yarram, noon.

Thirds: Glengarry v Churchill, 9.30am.