PORT Fairy’s quest to end a six decade-long flag drought lives on but it’s season over for South Warrnambool.
The Standard casts an eye over the first semi-final.
1: Back in vogue
Port Fairy’s season appeared on the skids after a four-game losing streak but the Seagulls recaptured their best form, hitting the scoreboard and using the ball well. Their best is eye-catching.
2: Clean hands
Some players are one-touch footballers. Sam McCartney’s clean marking makes him a dangerous opponent when on song. He would have taken a dozen or so grabs and there were no fumbles in sight. His reward – a game-high six goals.
3: Goals galore
The Seagulls booted six goals to one in the opening term to set the tone and kicked 100 points for the first time since round 15, coincidentally also against the Roosters. They played with freedom and it showed.
4: The rematch
Port Fairy will now meet Koroit – the team it fell to in the 2017 decider – in the preliminary final. Fierce rivals, it looms as an intriguing battle. The Saints have had their measure this season.
5: Teen talent
South Warrnambool’s Marcus Herbert has played three senior matches – two of them finals – but has shown enough to suggest he’s one to watch. His evasiveness will make him tough to catch. He’s not afraid to take on the tackler and plays with confidence.