ULTIMA has taken home the four points after downing Wandella in a fiercely contested grand final replay at their home ground on Saturday.

COMPETITIVE: Ultima and Wandella fought out a tight game of football with ruck contests and centre clearances proving pivotal.

COMPETITIVE: Ultima and Wandella fought out a tight game of football with ruck contests and centre clearances proving pivotal.

ULTIMA has taken home the four points after downing Wandella in a fiercely contested grand final replay at their home ground on Saturday.

It was another step in erasing the humiliation of last year's grand final wipe-out and gives the Roos a psychological boost heading towards this year's finals.

After only one point separating the sides at the first break, the Roos took a 13-point lead in the second aided by a moderate breeze and accurate kicking.

Wandella looked far from out of the match at half-time, with their back-line holding firm and good contests around the ground. Justin Robinson impressed as did ball carrier Sam Sperling. 

The third term saw a switch of favour as Wandella booted four majors while Ultima remained goalless, setting the stage for a nail-biting final quarter. 

But it wasn't to be, as the tables of momentum turned again and Ultima piled on five goals and six behinds to the Bombers' single major. 

Despite a sound 21-point victory, Wandella never allowed the Roos to let down their guard and fought gallantly until the final siren. 

Ultima's win on the scoreboard can be partly attributed to the volume of scoring shots, a total of 28, to the Bombers' 16. Aside from that, it was a very evenly matched affair. 

For Ultima, clear game breakers were 400th gamer Luke O'Toole for his work right around the ground and Arnold Kirby who cemented the win with a five-goal haul. 

While the Roos were celebrating their victory, they still have their work cut out for them with Nullawil still holding top spot on the ladder by a healthy percentage with five rounds before finals.

Get more footy in today's edition of the Gannawarra Times.

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