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BUNINYONG is through to a second-straight Central Highlands Football League grand final.
The Bombers earned their chance at redemption from last year's heartbreaking defeat against Daylesford, outclassing Waubra by 17 points in today's preliminary final at Dunnstown.
Coach Joe Gilbert and his men played one of their best games for the season, leading from start to finish to record a 14.11 (95) to 11.12 (78) victory.
Buninyong players and supporters roared the house down following the triumph, which sets up a grand final showdown with the winner of tomorrow's clash between Hepburn and Bungaree at Daylesford.
"It's great to be in this position again. It's what you play footy for. Every single one of these players, plus a few unlucky blokes in the twos, since last year have been doing everything they can to get themselves right for this year. Everyone is rapt, the whole team. It's a good feeling, a good vibe," Gilbert said after the match.
Sam Turner (four goals) starred in the midfield and up forward for the Bombers, while assistant coach Jarrod Morgan (two goals), ruckman Anthony Ebery and skipper Adam Scott all played big roles in the win.
Unlike its counterparts, Waubra struggled to penetrate its forward 50m arc and often fell down across half forward.
Spearhead Tim Boyle tried hard all day and was one of the Roos' best with four goals, Paul Dodds found plenty of the ball, but was wasteful with possession at times and Geoff Taylor Medal winner Nick Sullivan (two goals) showed glimpses.
In more good news, the Bombers appeared to get through unscathed ahead of next weekend's decider.