Gibson earned a week off and a berth in this season’s grand final after defeating Esperance by 53 points at Esperance Oval.
Gibson were dominant at centre clearances and constantly had the ball in attach for long periods but couldn’t get reward for effort as Esperance’s back line weathered the first quarter storm.
Jayden Symonds was outstanding in defence, Connor Scott was fighting hard at ground level and Sam Round helped repel many attacks.
For Gibson, Jordan McAllister started brilliantly with Kyran Bridges and Jake Graham also featuring prominently to take an 8 point lead into the first break.
The second quarter was much the same, with Gibson maintaining constant pressure and making Esperance earn every kick and denying them any space to set up their normal running game.
Brenton Bridges and Sam Melican took control of the ruck and Melican also went forward and kicked truly for Gibson’s third goal.
Pattrick Jannings was a prolific ball winner in the centre and around the ground and when Gibson got a fourth goal, an upset looked possible.
A late goal to Kaden Neill on the back of a 50 metre penalty kept Esperance in touch though, with the half time score 4-6 to 2-4.
After half time, Esperance made some changes and, with renewed energy, controlled the play and set up some scoring opportunities.
Richard Bourne was getting some quality ball forward and Brendon White came into the match and his disposal saw Reece Griffiths taking some marks outside 50.
Unfortunately, they resulted in points and, when Bennell missed from close range and Gibson snapped truly down the other end, their chances at getting back into the game seemed to be slipping away.
Gibson took a 26 point lead into the final quarter.
Gibson took control early in the fourth, as Jannings and Melican scored goals and continued to dominate in their positions.
Jake Graham was proving hard to stop and Jordan Whiting and Brett Whiting were stopping anything entering the backline.
A six goal to two final quarter saw Gibson to a comfortable and morale-boosting victory and Esperance have to regroup to tackle Newtown-Condingup in a preliminary final.
Gibson: 13-14 (92 points) def Esperance 5-9 (39 points)
Best Gibson: Patch Jannings, Sam Melican, Jordan McAllister, Jake Graham, Brett Whiting.
Best Esperance: Jayden Symonds, Richard Bourne, Brayden Woods, Rohnan Brooking.