REPORT: KEITH booked their ticket to the KNTFL grand final on the weekend with an 11-point victory over Bordertown in blazing sunshine in the preliminary final at Padthaway.
The match was close for much of the day with the Crows just edging ahead in the second half and holding the Roosters at bay.
Both sides were missing key playes with Steve Copestick for Bordertown not getting up for the game and Keith playmaker Jon Wilson sidelined.
It was Wilson's replacement, Benji Gericke, who opened proceedings with a goal very early in the quarter.
Dion Stratford announced his intentions for the day with a three bounce run down the wing to McEntee who made mo mistake after a bad early miss.
Bordertown's skills were a little off early, with missed kicks and small fumbles costing them.
They paid the price when Paul Makin got the ball forward and found Andy Hunt, who slotted another.
This spurred the Roosters into action with Nathan Frederick judging a Josh Searle pass to perfection, marking at the back of the pack to goal.
Adrian Stephens drifted forward and kicked a classy goal off the side of the boot for Bordertown's second.
That was the end of scoring for the opening quarter with Bordertown trailing 2.1 (13) to 3.3 (21).
Frederick kicked his second and third early in the second before opposing spearhead McEntee ran into an open goal for his second of the day.
Not to be outdone Frederick soon notched up his fourth as Bordertown were picking up.
Adam Bradley responded for Keith before McEntee marked an attempt by Hugo Drogemuller on the behind line.
He showed his class with a Steve Johnson-style snap from the set shot which pierced the middle.
Bordertown locked the ball in at their end for a period but a string of behinds was the only result.
Again they were made to pay after a quick rebound set up Hugo Drogemuller, who was winning the battle of the ruck, for a goal on the run.
Rory Tink sent a long ball in for Frederick's fifth.
Brad King marked and received a 50m penalty for encroachment on the mark to make sure of the goal for Keith.
Two more Bordertown goals through young Lachie Eats and then Josh Searle and a second goal for the quarter to King capped off a high-scoring stanza with Keith in front 9.7 (61) to 8.6 (54).
Clint Diment stripped the ball off a Keith defender and snapped nicely for Bordertown's first goal of the second half.
A mix-up in the middle resulted in a Drogemuller goal for Keith after Stephens threw the ball back to a teammate, believing it to be their kick, and gave away 50.
The game was going up a notch with some tough footy being played.
McEntee was being well held for a period but marked strongly and goaled from 50 to get back into gear.
Andrew Wilson was prominent for Keith as their pressure was coming to the fore.
He sent in long, but his kick dropped short, only to be marked by Andy Hunt in a pack for another goal.
McEntee nailed another for Keith as Bordertown started to make silly disciplinary errors.
Hugo Drogemuller skipped through traffic like a rover and handpassed to Callum McMurray for a goal from 50 before Clint Diment answered to keep Bordertown in touch at the last break.
Keith were up 14.9 (93) to 10.11 (71).
It was Bordertown who started the last with more intent, getting the opening goal after Tim Harkness intercepted the kick-in.
Lachie Eats, still young enough to play senior colts, then added another from around 60m with a beautiful kick.
Bordertown were right back in it but Keith hit back when Gericke outmarked Angus Diment deep inside 50.
Frederick soon had his sixth goal after build-up play between Nick Hewett, Harkness and Jed Jarrett.
Stephens goaled off a step from 45 and the crowd was getting right into it.
Neither side side could get a goal as they traded points before McEntee marked in the goalsquare over Kerr, who was dropping back in defence, and put the margin to double figures again.
Harkness kicked one last behind to bring to back to 10 points but Keith had the final shot to King after Stephens was penalised for umpire abuse.
The siren sounded with Keith 16. 14 (110) over Bordertown 14.15 (99).
Keith's best three were Dion Stratford, Hugo Drogemuller and Jon Wright while Nathan Clark, Kerr and Cuthbertson took out Bordertown's top three.
Frederick and McEntee kicked six goals apiece for their sides.