PFNL finals: Minor premiers kept goalless as Falcons women cement grand final berth

South Mandurah assured they would be a part of a history-making grand final when their women ran riot against minor premiers Pinjarra in a qualifying final at Sir Ross McLarty Oval on Sunday.

Brianna Moyes dominated the contest across all quarters, putting in a stellar performance that spurred her side to keep the top-of-the-table Tigers goalless in a 0.3 (3) to 4.6 (30) win, cementing their place in the finale in a fortnight’s time.

The superstar booted two of her sides four goals, including the first on the day, as she played a crucial role in the outing.

It was through her efforts that South Mandurah absorbed an initial shock from Pinjarra, as the Tigers dominated time in forward half across the first 10 minutes of the match.

Brianna Moyes dominated as the Falcons soared to a win. Photo: Justin Rake.

Brianna Moyes dominated as the Falcons soared to a win. Photo: Justin Rake.

But the home side failed to score as Moyes bounced one through from a fair distance to give her side the only goal of the first term.

From there the Falcons found their rhythm, with Cait Rintoul and April McPherson playing well around the ground while Kasey Edwards put through their second goal.

McPherson almost pulled off the play of the day when she put in a magnificent chase down on a Pinjarra opponent late in the second, but gave away a free kick in the tackle.

The decision did nothing to help the Tigers’ scoreboard woes, however, with the Falcons going into half time with a 15-point buffer.

The Tigers will be fighting for their season next week. Photo: Justin Rake.

The Tigers will be fighting for their season next week. Photo: Justin Rake.

Pinjarra needed to respond quickly in the second half but instead found themselves on the back foot, despite the best efforts of Courtney Fabry and Kate Beswick. 

South Mandurah dominated the air with contested marks all day and Moyes effectively ended the game when she converted in the third to extend their lead to 20 points at the final break.

McPherson put the finishing touches on in the final term, hitting the jets and running her full distance before converting the goal.

The win sees Souths into the inaugural PFNL Women’s grand final, while Pinjarra will have to take on a Baldivis outfit coming off a 105-point win over Dwellingup.