BUNGAREE charged into the finals series with a trouble-free 60-point victory over Beaufort on Saturday.
The Demons will play Waubra in the second qualifying final next weekend in a match that looks like a blockbuster on paper. Both teams have improved on last year and look to be the main challengers to the powerhouse Buninyong, which remain undefeated and on top of the Central Highlands Football League ladder.
Beaufort started the year in horrible fashion, sitting at two wins, eight losses after round 10, but improved in the remainder of the season, winning three of its final seven games, including a heartbreaking two-point loss to Creswick.
After scoring the first goal of the game, there wasn't much joy for the Crows, which struggled to contain the slick ball movement of the Demons. The well-drilled Bungaree unit was expected to win easily and didn't disappoint, only seeing the onslaught of goals dry up after half time when rain came into the equation.
A key cog for the Demons was assistant playing coach Heath Pyke. The big-bodied utility should be in his element in the finals series where his leadership and cool head will be a fulcrum for Bungaree's campaign.
The Demons now look to have all the pieces of the puzzle in place to make a run at the premiership.With the right mix of talls and smalls in defence, midfield and attack, they appear to be one of many danger teams on the eve of the finals series.