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Bracknell’s big final dream is alive after delivering one of his best performances of the season to defeat the hapless Deloraine 11.14 (80) to 1.10 (16). The Redlegs were scorching hot in the second term as they used the strong wind to their advantage and scored five to one in a dominant display. Jordan Blake and Callum Mulder (two goals each) were particularly important as the Redlegs dotted the goals of the second term. The Redlegs ran hard the entire game on both sides of the ball, creating numerous pursuit tackles that interrupted Deloraine’s movement of the ball on several occasions. Tyler Kelly sometimes acted as a man-orchestra to defend the Roos, but in the end, the weight of the entries proved too important. READ MORE: Download our news app today Bracknell coach Corry Goodluck said the performance was one of his team’s best for the season. “Football in the final is all about pressure and intensity, if you can bring that in it makes it difficult for the other team to score,” he said. “All the credit goes to the guys, they rocked with the right attitude and bought it for four quarters… probably the best I’ve seen from us.” Glenn Dawson returned to Bracknell’s roster and was one of their best while Matthew Dennis’ size and athleticism was a problem for the Roos the entire game as he finished with three goals. “You know you can either use [the wind] really good or waste it, and we knew we couldn’t afford to waste it, so we just looked down, we didn’t panic when we had the ball, ”said Goodluck. Defensive pressure was inevitable at times for Deloraine, who endured a three-quarter goalless despite several good chances in front of goal. It seemed like a self-fulfilling cycle for Deloraine, who couldn’t get quality possession due to being trapped in his defensive zone but was also surrounded due to inability to use a clean ball. Goodluck said he was impressed his team bought ruthless intensity for the final. “We talked about it before the game, we can do that stuff and engage with each other and we’ll get the results we need,” he said. “Not only did our best players stand up, but our best players, they carried us today and it was really good in all areas.” Tensions threatened to spill over in the second and third quarters as Bracknell and Deloraine’s players took exception to some of the tackles on the pitch. The players had to be calmed down by the referees to avoid a possible fight between the parties. One such incident happened as Tyson Gardam scored Deloraine’s only goal in the second term, which sparked jubilant scenes from the Roos. The critical moments got the vocal crowd to play after they fell silent during a twisty first quarter. “It was a great crowd and that’s something we’re proud of, we’re not just one team, we’re one club,” said Goodluck. “It was great to look past the goal and see this great army of red and white.” The result means Bracknell will face Rocherlea and Longford will face South Launceston in Week 2 of the NTFA Premier League Final. “Any victory coming up next week gives you confidence, when you score such a victory,” Goodluck said. “Rocherlea are a good team and they passed us last time, there are no questions, they play well and they are well structured. We don’t look any further than that, we just take our time and we are concentrated on Rocherlea. ” Our journalists work hard to provide local and up-to-date information to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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