JUST like that, North Ballarat City’s double chance is down the drain.
A scintillating display by Redan on Saturday upset the minor premiers and sent an ominous message to the rest of the Ballarat Football League that the Lions are very much the team to beat.
Despite dropping just the one match during the home and away season and entering the match as favourites, North was made to look second rate by the maroon and gold, with Redan winning by 41 points.
Injuries to star forward Derick Micallef and key midfielder Daniel Kilpatrick will also cause some selection headaches during the week, with the black and white now forced to do things the hard way in the 2013 finals series.
North Ballarat City will now face Darley next week after the Devils staged a remarkable comeback to knock East Point out of the premiership race yesterday.
Having trailed by 35 points at half time, Darley kicked six goals to one in the third quarter to get back into the match before holding strong in the last quarter.
For North coach Rob Waters, it was not a case of being surprised to lose, more so shock in the way his side was completely dominated.
“There’s no way in the world they are a 10 goal better team than us, but they just really played well and showed us up,” he 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.
“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.”
For Redan, which now faces Sunbury for a place in the grand final with a double chance still up its sleeve, it was a sense of business as usual after the game.
Celebrations remained low key, with coach Eammon Gill keeping a tight lid on any unwanted hype.
“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,” he said.
“We may play them again in two or three weeks time so there’s no point getting ahead of ourselves.”