THE Ky Red boys needed to win to finish the season in 8th position and play finals.
They were playing the bottom side and it looked as though they thought they only needed to turn up to win the game.
It was an even contest in the middle from the first bounce and the Ky boys were happy to push forward.
Riley Ironside kicked Ky’s opening goal on the run and expectations grew but not the team’s work rate.
Tatura pushed the ball forward and outpointed Ky’s defence to have an equaliser.
Riley then snapped a clever goal from deep in the pocket after roving a boundary throw-in for Ky’s second goal.
Again, Tatura pushed the ball forward and replied quickly.
A quick kick into Ky’s forward line was cleanly handled by Charlie Lloyd who ran in and kicked Ky’s third goal before the opposition again quickly replied.
It was only a snap goal from Curtis Walsh late in the quarter that put Ky in front.
Cooper Gentle took some strong marks in the wet conditions at CHF while Sam Elliott, Daniel Anderson and Connor Hawes were also handling the ball cleanly and clearing the ball out of packs to Ky’s outside runners.
The second quarter saw Ky with a wind advantage but both sides again went goal for goal throughout the quarter to score three each.
Izac Ferguson showed great attack on the ball and his tackling skills throughout the game.
Jayden Fitzgerald enjoyed his time in the ruck and pushed forward to kick two goals for the term, both on the run.
Alex Newlan missed some weeks recently with injury but got his body over the ball and some creative handballs onto running players.
Noah Ryan won some contested ball at full-back and showed his kicking skills with clearing kicks.
Aidan Robinson continued his good form in the ruck and his ability to rack up possessions at contests or playing a kick behind the play.
Ky went into the half-time break still with a one goal advantage.
The boys got a rev at half-time with their season on the line and Tatura growing in confidence.
The coach mixed the team up with the forwards becoming the defence and vice-versa.
They were all asked for more effort and attack on the ball.
The boys dominated the quarter and only our inaccuracy hurt with three shots hitting the post for a three goal seven behind quarter with the opponents not scoring when kicking with the breeze.
Izac Ferguson, Aidan Robinson, Jayden Fitzgerald, Charlie Lloyd and Sam Elliott were all hard at the ball.
Connor Hawes, Riley Ironside, Cody Harrison and Daniel Anderson continued to rack up possessions and set up scoring opportunities.
Riley Ironside kicked Ky’s first goal of the term and Jayden Fitzgerald the second.
Joe Holloway swept on a loose ball in the forward line to snap his first goal in two seasons and celebrated in the knowledge of mum having to pay out on a bet.
Sam Plumb showed some of his dash out on the wing as he worked his way into the game, while Luke Rennie, Jackson Barnett and Jack Nevill were all getting their hands on the ball.
The final quarter saw the Ky boys again dominate the contests.
Aidan Robinson continued his good form by pushing forward and kicking a running goal.
Curtis Walsh playing in unfamiliar territory deep in defence showed his ability to read the play and provided some good run and carry during the term.
Noah Ryan was on the end of a handball into the goal square from Connor Hawes to rack up his only goal for the season after a few misses earlier in the game.
Riley Ironside continued to impress with his hard running and strength at contests and finished off his good work with some clever kicks to the forwards.
It wasn’t the team’s best effort but the boys ran out the game and showed some form and team work to take confidence into this week’s elimination final.
Ky’s goal kickers were Jayden Fitzgerald and Riley Ironside (three each) with singles to Daniel Anderson, Tom Clark, Joe Holloway, Charlie Lloyd, Aidan Robinson, Noah Ryan and Curtis Walsh.
Awards went to Daniel Anderson, Connor Hawes, Izac Ferguson, Sam Elliott, Noah Ryan, Curtis Walsh and Alex Newlan.
The finals start this weekend with both teams playing on Sunday at Mooroopna Main oval.
Ky Black play Shepp Notre Gold at 9.30am while Ky Red play Shepp Notre Maroon at 11.15am – both are elimination finals.
There is an entry fee of $8 per person over 16-years-old.