Willunga won their way to the grand final after defeating McLaren in the preliminary final

HONEST: Willunga's Harry Mills is one of the competition's best backmen, who can also pinch hit in the ruck. PHOTO: Jesse Ehlers.
HONEST: Willunga's Harry Mills is one of the competition's best backmen, who can also pinch hit in the ruck. PHOTO: Jesse Ehlers.

The Willunga Football Club were convincing in their A grade win on Saturday in the preliminary final against McLaren.The match was played in windy conditions and the Demons kicking with the breeze, set up a handy lead by quarter time. Willunga kicked 4-7 with goals to Standfield, Fenton and two to Beath.

McLaren managed one major against the flow of the game by Henry Mathews. Still it was a 25 point margin at the first break. In the second McLaren had the game on their terms with goals to Grimley and another by H Mathews, while holding Willunga scoreless and at the long break it was the Demons by 10 points.

The third term saw Willunga hit top gear and book their spot in the grand final. They kicked 6-3 to no score to take a commanding lead into the last of 49 points. Fenton, Warmington, Haskett, Standfield and Beath won the ball. Nye, Irvine and Mills were defending well too.

With the wind dropping, McLaren's task to whittle away the lead was diminishing although H Mathews, Marr, Hopkins, Fenoughty, Lawrie and Bentley were not giving in. However, Willunga still kicked away to win the preliminary final by 63 points. Standfield was powerful in this quarter with two goals. Ellis and Grimley replied for McLaren, but it was too late. Willunga will play Langhorne Creek in the grand final and try to snap the premiership drought that has haunted the club since 2009.

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