Preliminary final win keeps Panmure's three-peat dream alive | Photos

PANMURE'S bid to become just the second side in 50 years to win three consecutive Warrnambool and District league flags remains alive.

The Bulldogs withstood an early charge to thrash Dennington 15.15 (105) to 9.6 (60) in the preliminary final at Reid Oval on Saturday.

They trailed 6.0 to 3.6 about 10 minutes into the second term but booted 12 goals to three thereafter in a lopsided contest.

Daniel Roache booted four goals, relishing the freedom provided by the return of sidekick James Keane while Simon O'Keefe finished with three.

O'Keefe and Keane were among the best players, along with Alex White, Tim Condon, Sam Mahony and Shaun Griffin.

But they were just a handful of contributors for Bulldogs. Brady Purcell and Taylor McKenry kicked two goals each and were prolific.

Tom Wright kept Alex Pye quiet after the Dogs forward kicked three goals during a dominant first quarter.

And Ben Meade held his own against Darcy Lewis, although Lewis took the first-term honours and worked tirelessly all day.

Pye finished with five goals for Dennington, which named John Vincent as its best player. Luke Duncan was also miserly against Tom White, who went goalless.

Panmure will play Merrivale in the grand final next Saturday at Reid Oval. The Tigers thrashed the Bulldogs in the second semi-final last weekend.

Panmure was also celebrating victory in the A grade netball, defeating Dennington 45-31. The result marked a 26-goal turnaround from the qualifying final.

Maddy White (25 goals) and Charlotte McCutcheon (20 goals) shot at 76 per cent accuracy while centre Josie Ellerton earned best-on-court honours.

The Bulldogs meet reigning premier Old Collegians in the grand final. Their last meeting was in round 17, with the Warriors winning by five goals.


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