FALCONS DARE TO DREAM
PNU are through to the Norwood Hotel Division 1 Grand Final on the back of their 8th consecutive win, a commanding 25 point victory over TTG at Perteringa.
It was a sensational Prelim final to witness with as many as 2,000 people in attendance. The game see-sawed with 6 or 7 lead changes until a dynamic third quarter from the Falcons put the game to bed.
The Falcons have clicked in to gear since round 13 and they looked superior in all areas of the ground in the second half. As predicted last week it was the X factor of Michael Ialeggio who led the way in the midfield. He along with other midfielders gave great service to former North Adelaide player Thomas Langford who kicked 6 and Nick “The Situation” Jolly who kicked 3 and set up a couple of others. Youngster Mack Haynes completely shut out TTG star Pete Persinos whilst Josh “Pinchy” Donahue was electric.
This week’s Grand Finalists have an intimate knowledge of each other with half of the Rostrevor team being Payneham Juniors. This should add a little spice to what is already sure to be a cracking contest at Aldi Arena.
In 2015 & 2016 PNU had the wood over the ROCS but they turned that around early in the 2017 minor rounds. In Round 2 at Campbelltown Memorial Oval it was the ROC’s who came from behind at the final change to win by 10 points. In Round 11 at Payneham it was an accurate Falcon’s who got the chocolates by 41 points.
Rostrevor will rightfully start favourites after a sublime season. They have had the dominant midfield in the competition with reigning division 1 medallist William O’Malley and 2 time medallist Craig Holm leading the way.
The Old Collegians also boast a great spread of goal kickers with no less than 6 players having kicked more than a goal a game. Heath Commane has kicked 57 goals for the year and his match up with PNU defender Pierce Seymour will be pivotal. Former AFL player Michael Coad can be dangerous but may find himself down back in an attempt to curtail the influence of the PNU triple threat. Tom Hurley aka Handsome Tom is another that will rotate through the midfield but is extremely dangerous up forward and loves a goal celebration.
The Falcons aforementioned triple threat of Langford, Jolly and Liam Davis is a big reason for their late season charge. If the likes of Matthew “Bruno” Brunoli, Captain John Giannini and Donahue can give them quality service the Falcons will go one better than 2015.