PFNL Finals: Rockingham secure grand final berth with win over Baldivis | photos

The Rockingham Rams locked down their spot in the Peel Football and Netball League grand final with a powerful showing against Baldivis on Sunday afternoon.

It was always going to be tough slugging for a Brumbies side missing their top two scorers against the league's most stout defence, with the absence of Blaine Johnson and Ben Higgs proving too big a hurdle to overcome as Rockingham took a 10.12 (72) 6.7 (43) victory at Anniversary Park.

Baldivis was admirable in defeat, particularly James Russell who produced an eye-catching performance, but Will Zilko was outstanding as his Rams claimed the win.

William Zilko was outstanding in the Rams' win. Photo: Justin Rake.

William Zilko was outstanding in the Rams' win. Photo: Justin Rake.

The star defender's run out of the back half continually propelled Rockingham forward, creating opportunities for Tyler Sutton and Ben Otto as they both hit the scoreboard in the victory.

The benefits of Zilko's work were evident in the opening stages, as he and his Rams both got off to good starts in what was an arm-wrestle early.

Sutton was proving the difference in the Rams' forward 50m in the first term as he bagged the opening goal, jailing a beauty after gathering it smoothly at ground level and putting the step on his defender.

It would go on the be the only major of the first term, with the quarter ending in a scary scene for Rams fans as star midfielder Brad Walsh went down hurt in a bone-crunching collision.

But the premier ball-winner would return to the field to start the second, with the Rams winning a quick clearance to give Otto his first of the day in the opening minute of the term.

Rocky Collins quickly followed to give the home side a three-goal break as Baldivis' scoring struggles without their premier forwards was evident.

Teammates flock to Rocky Collins following a goal. Photo: Justin Rake.

Teammates flock to Rocky Collins following a goal. Photo: Justin Rake.

That was until Callum Black gave the visiting side their first major, but another to Sutton followed by Luke Dowling's first put Rockingham in complete control.

The Baldivis leaders stepped into the frame soon after, however, with Emmanuel Collard and Brendan Tingey lifting to help Michael McCann and Joel Ritchie peg back a pair of goals before the long break.

That raised intent leaked into the second half, as the Brumbies continued to press hard out of the change.

Fittingly, it was Russell scoring their next, after the young gun put in a body of work across the first two terms.

James Russell was electric despite his Brumbies taking the loss. Photo: Justin Rake.

James Russell was electric despite his Brumbies taking the loss. Photo: Justin Rake.

But his work was undone when Zilko brought the crowd into the game, providing and inspirational spoil before following up with a dash down the wing to create Sutton's third goal.

By three-quarter time the Rams led by 22 points, with Baldivis needing to double their goal tally in the fourth term alone.

Russell's special performance continued through the fourth as he willed himself into every contest, but the all-important first goal went to Rams star Steve Kenny, which all but sealed the deal on the win.

Majors to Fraser Millar and Otto would prove the icing on the cake, as the Rams cemented their place in the grand final.

Baldivis will go on to meet Mandurah in the coming week's preliminary final, as the Mustangs pulled off a stunning four-point victory to send reigning premiers Pinjarra out in straight sets.