Crystal Brooks’ undefeated season continues as the side is now grand final bound, after defeating 2016 nemesis Broughton Mundoora in the second semi-final clash at the Melrose ground on Saturday.
They have just one more hurdle to climb for flag-winning glory and redemption for last year’s grand final loss.
The undoubted star of the day was key forward Daniel Hill.
The powerful Hill, who didn’t played in the 2016 season decider, kicked three goals in the first quarter and finished with 7.3 for the game in a “man of the match” performance.
During the third quarter at one stage the Brooks had double the scoring shots - 22 to 11 - but the Eagles we're still in the contest.
Rian Crane’s troops kicked a late goal in the third quarter to be within striking distance, 20 points behind the Roosters at lemons, but couldn’t impact on the scoreboard early in the final stanza.
Coach Shane Arbon moved former West Adelaide footballer Brad Eagle up forward where he kicked a couple of important goals to ensure victory with a 39-point margin.
Crystal Brook won the contest 14.14 (98) to Broughton Mundoora 9.5 (59).
Better players for the victors included big man David Jefferies in ruck, skipper Luke Kapitola in the middle, along with the SANFL league experience veterans Shayne Biasci and Matthew Gates.
Ben Arbon, up forward and then in the last quarter when moved to defence was useful while Joe Slattery chimed in with two late goals for the Roosters as well.
For the Eagles athletic forward Dylan “DP” Hewitt, who took a magnificent hanger in the first quarter, was the best player for the Eagles, followed by skipper Tom Button and defender Tommy Wheelan.
Jared O'Donohue worked hard in around the ball all game while Kane Bowley had his moments as well.
Kane Bowley, Dylan Hewett and Button each kicked two goals for the Eagles.
The Eagles will now meet Orroroo in the preliminary final played at Roos home ground.
Crystal Brook coach Shane Arbon said:
“We had a couple of significantly advantages but coughed up goals just before the half-time and three quarter time brea, which was frustrating.
“Daniel Hill was simply outstanding.
“He kicked five of our first six goals - six of our first nine and finished with seven goals for the game.
“In the end we didn't have a bench because Scott Atkinson had a strained quad and Isaac Arbon popped his shoulder out, twice.
“It was also the first game back in a month for both Will Combe with his shoulder and Brad Eagle with his hamstring.
“At this stage we expect everyone to get up for the grand final.”
Crystal Brook v Southern Flinders
In the reserves second semi-final Crystal Brook always looked to have the edge over Southern Flinders.
The Roosters were 14 points up at quarter time and snuck out to 20 points at the last interval before they went on to win by 31 points.
When the final siren sounded the Melrose scoreboard read Crystal Brook 11.9 (75) to Southern Flinders 6.8 (44)
Strong teenager Nathan Hooper played a significant role in the triumph with four goals up forward where his marking was an asset.
Josh Gale was given the Roosters best player honours for his work across the game.
Matt Gale, Matt Arbon and Josh Gale all kick two goals as well in the Roosters win, while Ethan Palmer was also an effective performer.
For the Tigers exciting young talent Ryan Hennessy was outstanding with his coolness and composure.
Andrew Henderson, the classy Brett Ballantyne and Scott Combe, were all significant contributors.
Dylan Amey and Dylan Hanson deserve a mention as well.
Both Dylan Tenney and Michael O'Brien kick two goals for the vanquished.
BMW v Broughton Mundoora
BMW is grand final bound in the senior colts after defeating the Eagles.
The Lions kicked five goals in the opening quarter but despite being goal-less is in the second and final quarters they still won by 12 points.
The final score was BMW 10.4 (64) defeating Broughton Mundoora which kicked the last three goals of the game, 8.4 (52).
Leading the way for the BMW Lions were Paul Webb, Lucas Hombsch and Cooper Woolford.
Barney Watkinson, Lachlan Koch and Declan McCallum all produced sterling performances as well.
Hombsch added a three-goal haul, while Woolford, Callum Axford and Mitchell Vogelsang each kicked two goals. Henry Pole chimed in with a major as well.
For the Broughton Mundoora senior colts Seb Walsh was their standout performer.
Jack Dickeson and Nash MacFarlane weren’t fair behind him.
Ryen Michalanney, Blake Burt, who kicked an equal game him three goals himself and Jake Anderson-Murphy were strong contributors as well.
For the Eagles, Cody Rann and Lucas Johnson both finished with a brace.
Orroroo v Crystal Brook
Orroroo gain direct entry into the Junior colts grand final with a comfortable 23-point victory over Crystal Brook.
The contest was close early before the Roos started to edge away in the second and third quarter.
The final score was Orroroo 6.10 (46) defeating Crystal Brook, who only kicked one goal after quarter time, 3.5 (23).
All round sporting talent Will Bowman was a big contributor for the Roos in his win.
Other Orroroo colts to stand out included Henry Slade, Sam Pitkin and Max McKeough
Jed Dignan and Cameron Naismith were also mentioned in the Roos best player list.
The Roos six individual goal kickers included Dignan, Bowman, Tarrant Clarke-Bartlett, Josh Hilder, Pitkin and Bailey Clark.
For Crystal Brook junior colts Sam Merkel and Nick Wilsdon were prominent.
Cooper Promnitz, Xavier Simpson-Dunn and Andrew Horace each took the eye on occasions during the contest.
Max Crouch, Beau Allen and Josh Clements were Crystal brook three individual goal kickers in this clash.