McLaren beat Strathalbyn to advance to Great Southern Football League Women's grand final

CLEAR: Mount Compass played a tough brand of footy to beat Willunga in the open women's elimination final, and will play Strathalbyn next weekend. Photo: Andrew Batten.

CLEAR: Mount Compass played a tough brand of footy to beat Willunga in the open women's elimination final, and will play Strathalbyn next weekend. Photo: Andrew Batten.

With McLaren and Strathalbyn finishing equal top of the GSFLW ladder at the end of the minor round, the first week of finals was set to be a blockbuster as they faced off again. Just under 14 per cent separated the two at the end of round 14.

The Eagles and the Roosters battled it out at Willunga on Sunday, July 7, and the Eagles proved to have more stamina and advanced to the grand final with the win, 3.5 (23) to 4.3 (27).

Brittnie Wyld kicked two goals for McLaren and Chloe Isaacson did the same for Strathalbyn. Best players were McLaren's Emma Goldsmith and Strathalbyn's Tessa Grant.

In the elimination final the game beforehand, Mount Compass rolled Willunga, 9.5 (59) to 1.0 (6).

Kira Gibbons starred down forward for Mount Compass, kicking three of their nine goals, and Taylah Eastwood was easily their best on ground.

Kristen Rothwell once again stood out for Willunga, and the league's top goal kicker in under 16s Bridie Nye scored her team's only major.

On July 21, Strathalbyn will take on Mount Compass, and the winner plays McLaren in the grand final.

In the under 16s semi final, Willunga beat Mount Compass to go straight into the grand final, 5.3 (33) to 2.3 (15). In the elimination final, Yankalilla had a strong win against Victor Harbor, 1.1 (7) to 7.3 (45).

This weekend GSFLW representatives play in the Southern zone team at country championships at Port Pirie.

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