Langhorne Creek defeated by Yankalilla in football

TRIED HARD: Langhorne Creek star forward Ben Warren kicked four goals on Saturday and flies for a mark against Tiger Simon Wiese.

TRIED HARD: Langhorne Creek star forward Ben Warren kicked four goals on Saturday and flies for a mark against Tiger Simon Wiese.

The wind played havoc with the first semi final on Saturday between Langhorne Creek and Yankalilla with both sides struggling to use the ball efficiently.

It was a strong cross wind, but did favour the southern end and the Hawks started the better with a goal to Jed Rothe while kicking against. Kane Rodgers followed soon after and it looked as if the Hawks had the measure of the Tigers.

Hinge was in everything for the Tigers and he drove his team forward, but there were too many easy misses, even though James and Fittock did slot two home to have a narrow lead of four points at quarter time.

With the Hawks kicking with the breeze, it was Yankalilla that did all the attacking and this placed massive pressure on Saunders, Shane Rothe and Derham in defence. A great steal by Brad Fitzgerald saw a goal to the Tigers and goals to Matt James and Fittock had Yankalilla up and about.

Langhorne Creek could not buy a goal and surprisingly could only manage three points for the term and went in at halftime 19 points down.

Leading from the front, Kane took charge, along with Hinge, who was best on ground and they drove the ball forward. Sidebottom, Kay, Luke Bartlett and Jesse Fitzgerald all teamed well to create separation on the scoreboard and give their team another week to fight.

Kane, Jelinek and Hinge all scored goals for Yankalilla, while Ben Warren played like it was his last with two inspiring majors for the Hawks. The margin at three quarter time was 39 points in favour of the Tigers.

In the last term, Langhorne Creek outscored Yankalilla, but it was too late. Warren kicked two more in a gallant display. Perrey and Tonkin gained possessions in the final term, but the game was over. To the Creek’s credit they did not give up.

When it did go forward for the Hawks, the likes of Crawford, Weise, Wilson and Jones repelled the ball with little pressure.

The final margin was 31 points and Yankalilla will now meet Willunga in the preliminary final at Myponga on Saturday, while the Hawks’ season is over.

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