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BDAFL preliminary final review- Roosters into 2017 GF

In the Black Diamond Plate, magnificent individual performances from Jackson Kolatchew and the brilliant Andrew Scott led Singleton to a tough and well-earned victory over Minor Premiers Wyong Lakes, setting a mouth-watering replay of the 2016 First Division Grand Final; a Hunter Valley derby between great rivals, the Roosters and the Maitland Saints.
Kolatchew’s breakout performance at Centre-half forward, where he produced five of Singleton’s eleven goals, spearheaded the Roosters in the second half, after the Magpies, with Justin McPhan dangerous up forward, kicked five second-quarter goals to lead by two points at half time. The experienced and hard-hitting Roosters restricted Wyong Lakes to just one goal in a brutal second half to qualify for the Grand Final the hard way, via the Minor Semi Final.
Singleton’s win was even more significant given that key midfielder Alex Mitchell withdrew prior to the match with a quad injury whilst Mitch Gaffney (Collarbone) and Richard Wilkes (hamstring) left the ground before half time and would be in doubt for next week as will Zach Bray who injured his ankle in the final quarter.
Kolatchew’s five goals led the way for Singleton whilst McPhan (3) and Tyler Wood (2) led the goalkickers for the Magpies.
Apart from Kolatchew and Scott, the Roosters were best served by Chris Collier, Cam White and Andrew MacPherson.

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