TERRIGAL Avoca have given themselves the chance to win back-to-back premierships, having outclassed Cardiff in the Preliminary Final, winning 26.12.168 to 6.12.48.
The Panthers will now meet Newcastle City in the decider at Newcastle No1 Sportsground next Saturday.
Terrigal Avoca started the match in fine form, kicking the first four goals of the game, including one to goalkicking legend, Maurice Goolagong, a late inclusion for the injured Jared Flint.
Cardiff were able to steady the match through late goals to Tom Quade and Ben Stewart and at the first change trailed by 19.
Cardiff were looking to make the most of the breeze in the second quarter but it was Terrigal Avoca who took the early advantage, with Peter Van Dam and James Polglase kicking majors before Andrew Risby responded for the Hawks.
The Panthers were troubling the Hawks with their strength in the air, with Mitch Betson continuing his good form from last week.
Late goals to Betson and Polglase saw the Panthers go into the long break holding on to a 36-point lead.
The third quarter is known as the Premiership quarter and Terrigal Avoca certainly stamped their authority on this match.
With Elliott Davey medallist James Webster running amok, the Panthers kicked goals at will – nine for the quarter, from seven different goalkickers.
At the final change, the difference was 83 points.
With Cardiff’s season running out of steam, Terrigal Avoca kicked a further eight goals in the final term to blow the margin out to 120 points.
Webster (3 goals), Polglase (7 goals), Jayson Van Dam and Peter Van Dam were the pick for the Panthers while Nathan Smith, Liam Gibson, Michael Ryan and Matt Vukovic tried hard for the Hawks.