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Roos survive and advance

Jordan Erskine flies for a mark in Anglesea’s elimination final win over Modewarre. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

ANGLESEA has kept alive its hopes of ending a 20-year premiership drought, and at the same time finished the season of reigning champions Modewarre, with a 15-point win at Portarlington Recreation Reserve.

Coach Paul Nigro paid tribute to the resilience of his group, who had to quickly put behind it the disappointment of last week’s loss to Drysdale, which cost the Roos the minor premiership and saw them drop from second to fifth on the ladder.

“Mentally, we had to regroup pretty quickly from last week’s loss, and we moved forward pretty quickly to Tuesday and put in what we needed to put in place preparation wise for Sunday,” he said.

“The guys were terrific all-day, and we were seriously challenged a couple of times, and responded well as a group under extreme pressure.”

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Nigro says Anglesea’s consistency and the work of his defensive unit were crucial to his team booking a first semi-final meeting with Torquay back at Portarlington next Sunday.

“We had certain things we needed to tick off which we knew Modewarre were good at, and I think we defended them very well,” he said.

“Their two goalkickers, (Josh) McDonald and (Tom) Worpel have been averaging over 50 per cent of their goals for the last three weeks, so we needed to limit their supply and their output, and our defensive effort was good in that respect.”

At the other end, Jordan Erskine kicked four goals to take his season tally to 98.

It leaves him needing just two more majors to become the first Roo since Jim Kelly in 1987 to reach 100 goals in a season.

However, Anglesea’s broader focus is on Torquay, which had the better of the Roos in both meetings between the Great Ocean Road clubs during the home-and-away season.

The Tigers won the meeting in Round 4 by 40 points at McCartney Oval and in Round 14 by 47 points at Alcoa Oval.

“They got hold of us, and we’re well aware of what’s ahead and what they were good at against us,” Nigro said.

“We’re ready for the challenge”.

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