Terrigal must find lost form quickly

Terrigal must find lost form quickly AFL Black Diamond semi final at No1 Sportsground Newcastle between Newcastle City and Terrigal Avoca. Newcastle City’s Joshua Wheeler tackles Terrigal-Avoca’s Christopher Bishop. Picture: Peter Stoop
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AFL Black Diamond semi final at No1 Sportsground Newcastle between Newcastle City and Terrigal Avoca. Picture: Peter Stoop

AFL Black Diamond semi final at No1 Sportsground Newcastle between Newcastle City and Terrigal Avoca. Picture: Peter Stoop

AFL Black Diamond semi final at No1 Sportsground Newcastle between Newcastle City and Terrigal Avoca. Picture: Peter Stoop

AFL Black Diamond semi final at No1 Sportsground Newcastle between Newcastle City and Terrigal Avoca. Picture: Peter Stoop

AFL Black Diamond semi final at No1 Sportsground Newcastle between Newcastle City and Terrigal Avoca. Picture: Peter Stoop

AFL Black Diamond semi final at No1 Sportsground Newcastle between Newcastle City and Terrigal Avoca. Picture: Peter Stoop

AFL Black Diamond semi final at No1 Sportsground Newcastle between Newcastle City and Terrigal Avoca. Picture: Peter Stoop

TweetFacebookTERRIGAL-Avoca player-coach Chris Bishop said his side needed to rediscover its structure after Newcastle City inflicted a major blow to its Black Diamond AFL premiership defence.

The Blues defeated Terrigal 9.15 (69) to 6.8 (44) in their major semi-final on Saturday at No.1 Sportsground to secure the first berth in the grand final on September 12.

It marked Terrigal’s second straight loss to City in two weeks, after the club went an amazing 19 games undefeated dating back to August last year.

Terrigal will face fellow Central Coast rivals Killarney Vale on Saturday at No.1 Sportsground for the right to challenge City in the decider.

Bishop is not panicking, but admits mass improvement is needed.

‘‘We need to regroup and get back to our structures and find our pressure game again,’’ Bishop said. ‘‘We’ll have to do it this weekend if we want to continue.

‘‘Our pressure has been down and our energy has been flat, so we’ve got to find that.

‘‘Late in the season a couple of injuries have caught up, but that’s all right as everyone is in the same boat. You can’t take anything away from Newcastle City; they have been superb the last two weeks.’’

Terrigal suffered further pain on Saturday when forward Ayden Warren suffered a shattered and dislocated left elbow in the third quarter.

Warren was knocked to the ground in an innocuous hip and shoulder collision off the ball by City’s Conor Haswell.

The 17-year-old received treatment from ambulance officers at the ground and had surgery on Saturday night.

City were completely dominant and scored 30 unanswered points before the Panthers kicked their first behind in the second quarter.

Courtney Knight was again a colossus for City. The senior full-forward kicked four majors, including two in the final quarter. Jake Hartikainen was also impressive in winning possession for the Blues.

Defence proved key to City’s victory, given they restricted a Terrigal side that has averaged 124 points per game to just six goals in fine conditions.

‘‘I believe we have the game plan to beat Terrigal and we’ve done it two weeks in a row and we’re full of confidence,’’ Blues player-coach Mitchell Knight said. ‘‘We’re really excited about the grand final and we’ve got the week off to rest a few niggles and get some soreness out of bodies.’’

Warners Bay’s late resurgence came to an abrupt end when they were beaten 16.7 (103) to 5.9 (39) by Killarney Vale in the minor semi-final at No.1 Sportsground.

Despite being without leading ruckman Rick White, due to whiplash, the Bombers led the Bulldogs at every break.

The match was sealed in the second quarter when the Bombers kicked four unanswered goals through Daniel Lloyd (three) and Jackson Ireland for a 31-point buffer at the main break.

Lloyd finished with nine majors for the match in easily his best game of the season.

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