NORTH BALLARAT CITY 16.10 (106) defeated DARLEY 7.11 (53)
NORTH Ballarat City will be eyeing off revenge on Redan after advancing through to the Ballarat Football League grand final yesterday.
Having been a shadow of its usual self last week against the Lions, North City atoned for its heavy defeat by completely turning the tables on Darley.
Despite going into the match with star players Tristan Cartledge and Derick Micallef on the sidelines, the minor premier showed no ill-effects of the previous week's belting against Redan.
It was a performance that showed North City is back, in a big way.
Coach Rob Waters said although it had not been discussed at length, the side was very much aware it needed to redeem itself from last week's showing.
"We had to make up from last week. It was really disappointing as a footy team but the boys showed a lot of heart and character," Waters said.
"We were very, very hurt about last week and I think that was reflected in the way we came out early. We had to get back to what we do best and we were very good.
"We probably didn't talk about it with the players that much but the coaching staff knew that we had to make up from last week and not bow out in straight sets."
The 53-point win means North now advances through to the preliminary final, equalling its 2011 effort where it went down to Sunbury.
Coming up against the Lions, it will be highly interesting to see if North can redeem itself from the belting from the Lions just nine days ago.
Daniel Ross-Smith appears to be the only additional injury worry for North Ballarat City after he rolled his ankle yesterday.
"It's a massive game next week. We come up against a side in six days' time that smashed us just seven days earlier. Footy's a great game," Waters said.