By Jarryd McGuane
FIRST PRELIMINARY FINAL
Murrumbeena 7.9 (51) defeated East Brighton 6.4 (40)
Murrumbeena overcame a slow start to advance to the grand final with an 11-point victory over East Brighton in the First Preliminary Final.
The Vampires took an eight-point lead into quarter time after a three to one goal first quarter.
This awoke Beena who locked down East Brighton, only allowing them only one behind, while their two goals straight gave them a three-point half time lead.
The momentum remained with Murrumbeena in the third with 3.2 to 0.0 and they would hold a comfortable 23-point lead at the final change.
The Vampires fought valiantly in the last quarter with three goals, but Beena were able to steady to secure the Grand Final birth.
Margaret Taylor was Murrumbeena’s best, Aisling Muir (2 goals), Lauren Luff, Emma Morison (2 goals), Alice Kovess and Meagan Spicer all had strong contributions.
Anna McDonald was the Vampires’ best, leading the way with three goals, while Alannah Dalley, Rachel Martin, Channing Withers, Jade Barnden and Emma Greetham provided plenty of support.
SECOND PRELIMINARY FINAL
Mordialloc 3.4 (22) defeated by Oakleigh District 8.10 (58)
Oakleigh District get their chance at revenge on Murrumbeena after their 36-point upset defeat of Mordialloc in the Second Preliminary Final.
The game started in a tight fashion with the Oaks two goals to the Bloods one had the lead at five points at quarter time.
Both sides would add a goal in the second quarter saw the margin grow to nine points at half time, before Mordialloc added the only third quarter goal in the third as the game was in the balance at five points.
But Oakleigh District exploded to close the match with five unanswered goals.
Emily McIntyre was the star of the game finishing with six goals, with Jess Szalek, Rebecca Adams, Jodie Bray, Alana Brown and Rachel McNamara also in the best players for Oakleigh District.
Tanya Rosenquist was the Bloods’ best, with Natalie Cardamone (2 goals), Stephanie Sandoval, Megan Tymko, Kate Hills, Alice Allet Shana Jowett performing well in defeat.