Acruisy road trip to Malseed Park was the perfect send off to yet another Limestone Coast Football Association Steeline minor premiership for the International A Grade men.
Inter finished the home-and-away season on top of the ladder and did so without losing a game with three thrilling draws to title rivals Gambier Centrals and Apollo the only blemishes on the black and blue’s impressive campaign.
The side showed its brutal best in tough conditions on a choppy Malseed Park surface on Sunday afternoon against Blue Lake United
As expected, when the top side meets the bottom side, a one-sided affair took place and Inter’s key striker led the way.
Hoping to secure another Golden Boot, Matt Bueti was on fire and smashed five goals into the back of the net.
In cold conditions the favourites took some time to warm up, but still managed to record a 3-0 lead at half time.
However, an onslaught followed in the second half as Inter found holes in the Rangers’ defence kicking six more to complete a 9-0 thumping.
Bueti was the main man and was joined by Sam Bueti and Austin Rossi on the score sheet, while the home side conceded two own goals.
The only downside for the victors was a season-ending injury to Kaleb Gentile.
The closest contest of the round took place at MGA Park between two finals contenders Gambier Centrals and Naracoorte.
Despite both sides keeping one eye on next week with their respective second and fourth ladder positions safe.
But the battle for possession was on for young and old in a tight first half.
Both ends of the pitch received action with the Lions mounting the strongest case for a breakthrough fronted by the likes of Christian Fleetwood and Broc Linden, but they could not take their chances as the defence fronted by goalkeeper Brad Pilven and Ciaran Shouksmith held firm.
In the end both sides had to enter the changerooms unsatisfied.
To make matters worse for the home side, Hossian Panahi put Naracoorte on the scoreboard with a breakthrough goal to give the visitors a chance to dream.
However, Thomas Holmes and captain Cam Saint saved the day for Centrals after their two late strikes sealed a 2-1 triumph.
The exciting second half meant the Lions’ run of nine games since their last defeat remained intact ahead of a huge finals campaign.
An incredible solo effort sent Apollo flying into the postseason on a high.
Sunday at Webb Street was the Say Say Wah show as the athletic striker kicked all five of his team’s goals in a dominant display.
Two goals in the first half gave the home side the early ascendancy before he stepped things up when play resumed.
Wah kicked a hat-trick after the main break to complete a special day for the young talent.
A lot of his goals were credit to the hard work performed by his team mates up the ground, but the big win was a friendly reminder of Apollo’s firepower ahead of crunchtime.