Gordon gains double chance

GORDON has given itself every chance of securing the club’s first Central Highlands Football League senior premiership since 1988.

But Eagles senior coach Corey Grills is keeping things low key ahead of the team’s qualifying final against Hepburn next Sunday.

Grills didn’t want to speculate on whether his team could win the premiership following its 12th-straight win on Saturday.

The Eagles defeated back-to-back grand finalists Buninyong – which cut a 50-point half time deficit to a kick in the final term – to clinch second spot on the ladder and a prized double chance in finals.

“We just want to make sure that we haven’t peaked too early,” Grills said.

“We have got a lot of things to work on because to allow a side to come back like that shows there is room for improvement.

“We want to make sure this is not our grand final.

“We have finished the year off, (we need to) reset

and (get) ready to go again. It starts next week and we will just encourage the contest from Hepburn.”

With Saturday’s win over the Bombers, Gordon becomes just the sixth team to claim a top-four spot at season’s end since the top eight finals system was introduced in 2011.

It gives the Eagles the chance to beat Hepburn and gain a week off before a preliminary final or a second chance should the Burras get the result next weekend at Dunnstown.

Meanwhile, Bungaree secured the minor premiership with victory over Beaufort and now prepare for a qualifying final against Waubra this coming Saturday at Learmonth. The Roos hung onto fourth place on the ladder on percentage despite suffering a surprise loss to Daylesford.

Buninyong and Daylesford will play in an elimination final at Waubra on Saturday, while Springbank and Learmonth go head to head at Buninyong.

tim.oconnor@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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