Reigning premiers Eagles see SANFL grand final by mere seconds

Eagles and Glenelg players form a pack in the second semi final at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night.
Eagles and Glenelg players form a pack in the second semi final at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night. (Image: SANFL)

A late Tyson Stengle goal was just enough to see Woodville-West Torrens through to its second grand final in a row, beating Glenelg by four points on Saturday night.

Last year’s premiers survived a two goal to six last quarter onslaught from the Tigers to secure their spot in the big dance in two weeks time.

The final siren sounded with a high ball mid-air destined for Tigers hands inside forward 50.

It was a tight first quarter with Glenelg’s Lachie Hosie kicking the first for the night, only to be matched at the other end by the Menzel brothers, as Daniel and then Troy kicked truly.

Stengle got on the end of a loose Kai Pudney ball inside 50 to snap the Eagles fourth in their fiery start to the match.

When Jesse Lonergan became part of the action, the minor premiers found themselves 19 points behind at quarter time.

Last week’s qualifying final winners had then put five unanswered goals on the board as Luke Beecken nailed a running goal four minutes into the second quarter.

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Back-to-back goals through Luke Reynolds and Matthew Allen – on the back of a comedy of errors in defence for the Eagles – brought the margin back to 14 points midway through the second quarter.

2021 recruits Troy and Daniel Menzel were proving to be devastatingly damaging as the Eagles made Glenelg look like a deer in the headlights.

The former Central District players had two and three goals respectively to three quarter time, by which point the Eagles led by 29 points.

However, the last quarter started in a flash for the minor premiers, with goals sailing through from Ken Farmer Medallist Liam McBean and Darcy Bailey.

Ten minutes later and the margin had been cut further to just five points, following goals to Brett Turner, Hosie and McBean.

And for the first time since the 11th minute of the first quarter, the Bays hit the front when Luke Reynolds steadied for a set shot goal one minute into time on.

Step up Tyson Stengle.

The mercurial Eagles forward roved a contest deep inside forward 50 perfectly, before snapping the goal on his right boot from 20 metres out.

James Tsitas was instrumental for the Eagles, finishing with 25 possessions while Dylan Landt racked up 31 touches for Glenelg.

The result means the Eagles book themselves a spot in the grand final in to weeks time while Glenelg will have to face off against earlier winners South Adelaide next week.

Glenelg 2.1 5.2 7.3 13.4 (82)

Woodville-West Torrens 5.2 7.5 11.8 13.8 (86)

GOALS:
Glenelg: Liam McBean 3, Matthew Allen 2, Darcy Bailey 2, Lachlan Hosie 2, Luke Reynolds 2, Will Chandler, Brett Turner.
Woodville-West Torrens: Daniel Menzel 4, Tyson Stengle 3, Troy Menzel 2, Luke Beecken, Matthew Goldsworthy, Jesse Lonergan, Kobe Mutch.

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