McKinlays hurdle for Gidgegannup

Cougars goal-kicking machine Adam McKinlay is likely to add to his 151 regular season goal tally in the club’s semi-final clash against Gidgegannup. Picture: Bruce Hunt d402421
Cougars goal-kicking machine Adam McKinlay is likely to add to his 151 regular season goal tally in the club’s semi-final clash against Gidgegannup. Picture: Bruce Hunt d402421

Chidlow have not lost a game all season.

Led by the McKinlay brothers ” Adam, Brett and Michael ” the Cougars played 18 regular season games for as many wins.

Adam booted 151 goals to finish runner-up on the national country football goalkickers list.

He kicked seven majors when Chidlow came up against Gidge in their round 14 clash on July 27 when the Cougars emerged impressive 43-point winners.

The Bulldogs also lost to Chidlow by 57 points at their only other meeting on June 9.

McKinlay booted five goals in that encounter.

With such a significant margin between the pair from their only clashes, it’s hard to make a case for Gidge winning.

But finals are finals.

They still have to be won.

And the Bulldogs have such a proud history in finals ” they were premiers in 2006 and 2007 before winning four in a row from 2009-2012. They are certain to give a very good account.

In the first semi-final, played at noon at Wundowie tomorrow, Pickering Brook will come up against the Mundaring Roos.

The Hawks have been building steadily towards a finals campaign all season.

Although they lost five games this year they have steadily improved throughout the season.

They have won eight of their past 10 games and pushed Chidlow to their smallest winning margins of the year in the other two.

The Hawks went down to Chidlow by 10 points at Chidlow on June 16 and by just five points at Pickering Brook on July 21.

With Pickering Brook easily accounting for Mundaring by 13 goals in their most recent clash five weeks ago, it’s hard to see the Roos coming out on top.

Jacob York has been in rare form for the Hawks all season, polling 31 votes and booting 20 goals.

The Hawks have an even spread of goalkickers ” Anthony Faranda has kicked 49 majors for the season but four other players have more than 30.

Tomorrow’s finals will be played at Wundowie.

Noon: first semi-final Pickering Brook v Mundaring

2.30pm: second semi final Chidlow v Gidgegannup.