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Thomson takes direct route to decider

Thomson star Paul Davis celebrates a goal in the second semi-final win over Bannockburn. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

THOMSON has overcome a slow start to beat Bannockburn by 44 points and book a berth in its second-straight GDFL grand final.

Co-coach Reece Holwell was full of praise for Thomson’s defensive unit, which was under pressure for much of the first quarter from Bannockburn, which was kicking with the aid of the northerly breeze, but only conceded the one goal.

Full credit to our back six,” he said. “That first quarter they probably doubled us in forward 50s.

“I think we held really tight and we were under some pressure down there.

We talked about it before the game; into the wind, we knew we had to run and carry and use that hit-up option, and when we got that chance we definitely did that.”

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While satisfied with taking the direct route to the decider, Holwell admits there were some flaws to the performance.

“In the third quarter, we only had six tackles, and we rate ourselves on getting 20 tackles a quarter, so that was a little bit of a fade there,” he said.

“That was probably trying to play outside footy a little bit. We know finals footy, you’ve got to win the contested stuff.”

Holwell was full of praise for P.J DiSanto’s performance in defence.

DiSanto, who joined the Tigers from North Geelong after a year off, has played 16 of a possible 19 games despite carrying four points.

“He is Mr Fix-It for us. He can go back; he’s played a lot of midfield,” Holwell said.

“He is a competitive beast. He thrives for these moments, and that’s why he’s here; he’s here to play off in a grand final, he made that clear when he came here.

We have got full trust in P.J; he can play anywhere for us.”

Thomson will have some tough calls to make at selection leading into the grand final, with former South Barwon and Geelong Amateur star Josh Westwood set to return from a slight hamstring strain.

Holwell also hasn’t ruled out turning to 2018 finals hero Ethan Solly despite being limited to just three senior games this year.

“There were a couple of hard conversations with guys over the last couple of weeks,” Holwell said.

“A lot of guys have played senior footy, and they were told they would be in the early game.

“We felt there was a bit of responsibility as a group to get through once they got through today, so they definitely get the opportunity.”

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