HEATHMONT’S fairytale finals run has continued after the Jets dumped flag favourites Ringwood out of the Eastern Football League Division 3 finals in straight sets.
Heathmont reeled in a 19-point deficit at three-quarter time and only hit the front for the first time in the contest midway through the last quarter to progress to this weekend’s grand final.
The Jets slammed home seven goals to two in a remarkable last term on Sunday to seal an unlikely 11-point win and book a place in the decider against Park Orchards.
The victory continues a stunning run of form from Heathmont, which only qualified for the finals in the last round of the season after a season plagued by up and down form.
“It is very surreal at the moment to be honest,” Heathmont co-captain Dylan Sverns said.
“To think potentially four weeks ago we were potentially not even playing finals to playing off in a grand final this weekend, it is a surreal feeling but it is a great feeling.
“A lot of people have said, and I’d tend to agree, that is the best, outside of a grand final win, the best win we have been a part of.”
For the second week in a row, Ringwood was left to rue letting a three-goal margin slip from its grasp in the final quarter after Park Orchards came back from 18 points down with 10 minutes remaining in the semi-final.
It is also the second season in a row the Redbacks have suffered a preliminary final defeat.
Ringwood will be dwelling on missed opportunities in front of goal, finishing with two more scoring shots but falling to a 15.10 (100) to 12.17 (89) loss.
The Redbacks jumped out of the blocks and raced to a 36-point lead by quarter time, but could have been further in front had they fully converted their dominance on the scoreboard.
Ringwood had 13 scoring shots to two in the first term, leading at the first change 7.6 to 2.0.
“To come back from a six-goal deficit at quarter-time and to grit our way and claw our way bit by bit right until that last five minutes, it is a credit to the boys and the coaching staff,” Sverns said.
“Even the fans that got out, we could hear them supporting and it was really good to feel that support we had and it definitely helped in getting us over the line.”
Sverns said the momentum Heathmont had seized could lead the Jets to its first Division 3 premiership.
“We’ve hit form, we’re just going to keep riding that wave, we’re feeling good as a group, very little injuries, barring one or two so we’re a healthy group,” he said.
“We just know upstairs we can do it and physically we’re feeling good so we’re just going to keep riding that wave.”