Federals headed to Tammin oval for their second and final Saturday fixture to do battle with the Keller/Tammin Kats on July 6; and although it became very chilly the oval itself was in good condition for a great afternoon's football.
After a poor performance last week against the York Roos, reserves were determined not to lose two in a row, throwing themselves into the contest from the first bounce and controlling most of the play; kicking 3 goals, 4 points while the Kats kicked two goals to have a 10-point lead at the first break.
The second term saw Federals push the accelerator to the floor. With their smaller mosquito fleet running wild they peppered the goals extending their lead to 34 points while limiting the Kats to a solitary point.
Half-time scores were Federals 7.5 to Keller/Tammin 2.1.
After the long break the Kats came out and played their best football for the day matching it with their rivals and restricting their scoring opportunities to hold Federals to 2.2 while themselves kicking 1.1.
The last term, unfortunately for the Kats, belonged to Federals as their fleet of foot players came into their own running free in the forward area with a further four goals, while Keller kicked three points to be defeated by a margin of 62.
Final scores: Federals 13.7 (85) - Kats 3.5 (23).
With Keller/Tammin having a game in hand and a superior percentage it was of the upmost importance that Federals come away with a win to maintain a two-game buffer over the Kats in their bid to finish the home and away season in the top two and a double chance come finals time.
Federals started the game full of confidence by applying extreme pressure on their rivals causing them to turn the ball over and allowing Feddies to enter the forward 50 metre zone many times; but unfortunately once again they could not find the major opening while the Keller Kats made full use of their limited entries to kick 3 goals, 1 point, while Federals kicked 1.5 giving the Kats a eight-point buffer at the first change.
The second term saw Federals finally start to worry the scoreboard and with their back six holding sway and repelling most forward thrusts by the Kats, Federals added 3.2 while Keller/Tammin were well held restricting them to a solitary point.
As the siren sounded for the half-time break scores were Federals 4.7 to Keller/Tammin 3.4; a lead to Feddies of nine points.
The third term was an even contest. The only difference was a vital one however, which was Federals inability to kick straight when it counted.
While Keller/Tammin were quite accurate adding 4.1 while Federals kicked 1.5, handing the Kats a five-point lead as the clock stopped ticking.
The final term was now set for a thrilling finish. Would Federals finally hit the right target at the goal face or would Keller/Tammin with the home ground advantage have enough in the tank to snare the four points?
Well it was the latter, with the Kats turning up the heat with some excellent foot passing skills, marking and fast ball movement catching Federals on the hop, adding 6.2 while Federals added 2.3 to hand the Kats a 28-point winning margin.
Final scores: Keller/Tammin 13.7 (85) to Federals 7.15 (57).
The Federals Fillies had a good win over the Keller/Tammin Kats to replace them and move into second spot on the ladder. Well done girls.
Final scores: Fillies 54 to the Kats 38 - a margin of 16 goals.
Reserves: 1st Tom Wilding; 2nd Griffin Ryder; 3rd David Slater; Coaches award to Ben Casey.
League: 1st Jarred Patmore; 2nd Jack Blaauw; 3rd Robert Forrest; Coaches award to Blake McPherson;
Netball: 1st Sarah Gomersall; 2nd Lisa Williamson; 3rd Nadine Garlett.