Federals Reserves side ventured to York for the second semi final against cross town rivals Railways to hopefully, with a win, go straight into the grand final after finishing on top of the Premiership ladder. After recent failures to take the ultimate prize supporters were hoping they could be rewarded for their effort this season.
The game started at a blistering pace but it didn’t take long to realise Railways had come to play. Gaining first use and delivering it down field as a result of their tenacity they soon had the scoreboard ticking over, kicking 7 goals 1 point for the first term, while restricting Federals to 3.1 to establish a handy 24-point lead as the first term ended. The second term saw an even contest as Federals stayed with their rivals managing to restrict them to 1.3, while kicking 1.2 to be 25-points behind at the long break. The third term belonged entirely to Railways as they continued to display superior skills resulting in a 5.3 quarter while Federals could only manage 2.1, stretching Railways’ lead to 45. The final term needed a miracle for Federals to overrun their rivals. But Railways were able to slow the game down melting precious minutes off the clock to coast to a well-deserved 54-point victory. Next Sunday at Henry Street oval Federals take on Keller/Tammin in League and Reserves to see who will challenge Railways for this year’s premierships.