TOO fast, too skillful, simply too good.
Redan crushed North Ballarat City in ruthless fashion at Eastern Oval today, derailing North's plans of an easy route to the Ballarat Football League grand final.
In idyllic conditions, the speed of the Lions' young brigade tore the game away from the minor premiers after quarter time, kicking seven goals straight on their way to an 11.12 (78) to 5.7 (37) victory.
In a performance that left many spectators scratching their heads trying to comprehend what was happening, Redan showed contempt for the supposedly all-conquering North Ballarat City, dominating every single facet of the game.
The midfield was too quick, the forwards took advantage of the heavy supply and the backline was simply impenetrable, allowing just one North City goal after the nine-minute mark of the second quarter.
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The big names of Ash Barker on the ball and Ryan Waight down back were dominant, but it was the electrifying pace of the lesser known speedsters that provided the greatest spectacle.
High school pair Hayden Riley and Cam McKenzie, as well as Ben Schiltz and Jess Dundon; they are hardly household names, but names that were pivotal for the maroon and gold.
In the end, the margin could have actually been far greater.
The Lions wasted a number of opportunities in the third quarter, where the ball was almost exclusively in their forward line.
Redan kicked 2.7 in the third term to North's solitary behind.
But when Dundon kicked the sealer in the opening stages of the last term, the result was secure.
Speaking after the match, Redan coach Eammon Gill congratulated his players, but insisted celebrations remained low key.
The Lions have a chance to make a direct route through to the grand final if it beats Sunbury next week.
"We stuck to our guns and played some really good footy," he said.
"Our pressure was really good, I thought. It gave us the chance to always win the ball back and use it going forward.
"For us it's a great win and a win we needed to have to get us to where we wanted to go, but it's not just about today. We may play them again in two or three weeks time."
For North City, the task was made even harder when Derick Micallef went down with a corked buttock and Daniel Kilpatrick with an ankle injury.
Micallef tried to battle out the rest of the game, but was in visible discomfort and had little impact after kicking the first goal of the match.
Ayden and Tyler George were also both late withdrawals.
Coach Rob Waters was left to wonder where it all went wrong.
And now the question still remains as to whether North can prove themselves in finals, having dropped just one game in the home and away season.
"They just smashed us, we didn't have a winner across the ground," Waters said.
"We looked like we'd been on Redan's heavy ground for a month and they hadn't been.
"If we had a foot race we would smash them in a foot race but when it came to moving the ball they were so much quicker.
"We were second to the footy and Redan put a lot of pressure on us and they got on top. We were just kick chasing."
North will play the winner out of tomorrow's East Point v Darley match in a sudden death semi final next week.
"It's the beauty of having the double chance, we didn't want to use it but we have to now and it's gone," Waters said.
"We just weren't in the game to play. We were probably in home and away mode still, which I thought we had gone through."
In the other final today, Ballarat staged a gutsy comeback in the last quarter, but never really threatened to take the match from Sunbury.
The reigning premiers lead at every quarter, with Ballarat kicking five goals to two in the last quarter to end up going down by 18 points.
The final scoreboard at Darley Park read Sunbury 17.19 (121) to Ballarat 16.7 (103).
Ballarat's season is now over, while Sunbury gains the double chance and will meet Redan next week in a playoff for a grand final berth.