Tigers return to the grand final

Woorinen Youth Girls are through to their second straight Bendigo JFL Under 18 Girls grand final. Picture: PAMELA BLACKMAN

Woorinen Youth Girls are through to their second straight Bendigo JFL Under 18 Girls grand final. Picture: PAMELA BLACKMAN

WOORINEN Youth Girls will have the chance to defend their Bendigo JFL Under 18 Girls premiership after booking their spot in the grand final with a 6.6 (42) to 2.5 (17) victory against Kangaroo Flat.

Played at North Bendigo, the Tigers were too strong against the only side that can say they have bettered Woorinen this year and move through to the September 17 decider. In that game, Woorinen will face either Strathfieldsaye or Kangaroo Flat at Strathfieldsaye with a starting time yet to be confirmed.

The Tigers were buoyed by the return of All-Australian young guns Jordyn Jolliffe and Eden Zanker who weren’t expected to take the field.

The duo played in the AFLW Under 18 State of Origin match at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night, but were granted clearance to take the field less than 24 hours later.

Four goals to a single point in the first quarter signaled the Tigers intent, and despite not going on with the job, the Kangaroos never got back within reach.

The margin was sliced to 17 points at halftime and three-quarter time after the Tigers went goalless during the second term, but they stretched the margin back out with the only goal in the last quarter.

Jeremy Jolliffe’s side will eagerly wait Sunday’s preliminary final between the Kangaroos and Storm with the winner progressing to the decider.

Kangaroo Flat only lost one regular season match — against Woorinen by two points in round 15 — and will be strong favourites to meet their old foe again having beaten the Storm twice earlier in the campaign.

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