FREELING kept its faint finals hopes alive by beating Gawler Central by 19 points in Barossa, Light & Gawler A-grade football on Saturday.
It was all Freeling in the first quarter, as it was too quick and agile for its opponents, easily getting the ball up forward.
After a succession of behinds, the Legs kicked their first couple of goals through Adam Williams and Joel Cochrane.
Brady Scott added a couple more, while Adam Cockshell and Cochrane helped blow the margin out to 36 points at quarter-time.
Gawler Central coach Matt Whelan was disappointed in his side’s poor start.
“We started slowly and we were always chasing, but I thought for three quarters we played some good football,” he said.
The Tigers finally broke through the Freeling defence at the start of the second quarter, scoring through Jack Nicholls and Jamie Wegener.
A quick reply from the Legs helped steady the ship, but Central had emerged from the quarter-time break as a team possessed, putting enormous pressure on the ball carrier.
A late Tiger goal from Nick Hooker was inspiring for his side, putting it just 19 points behind the Redlegs.
Central started the third term on the front foot once again, hitting targets, taking marks and finding space, unfortunately only resulting in successive behinds instead of goals.
Sam Carmichael once again held the fort for the Legs, slotting a goal to extend the margin to 28 points.
Another goal to Gawler Central eased its worries late in the third, cutting the deficit to an achievable 23 points at three-quarter-time.
The Tigers had the ball forward for the majority of the last quarter, slowly pushing towards goal but unable to get close enough as the Redlegs forced stoppage after stoppage.
Slowly but surely, Freeling kept afloat, booting two important goals to Central’s one to keep itself ahead at the final siren.