FINALS WEEK 1 PREVIEW
Second Semi Final: Oakleigh District V East Brighton
Oakleigh District and East Brighton will resume hostilities this Sunday – their second encounter in as many weeks – and their will be plenty more at stake than last week’s dead-rubber.
For the winner lies a date with either the Bloods or the Falcons in the Preliminary Final, while the vanquished faces a much more arduous task to reach the decider, with the unbeaten Murrumbeena standing in their way.
The Vampires have had the wood over the Districts, winning three of their four head to head matches, however, given three matches have been decided by eight points or fewer, this one really is anybody’s game.
Oakleigh have several players capable of doing some damage in attack, including Emily McIntyre and the Mifsud sisters – Jordon and Bailey – and are capable of kicking a winning score with repeat entries inside 50.
However, East Brighton’s midfield group has plenty of quality operators in Rachael Martin, Jade Barnden and Jessie Pham, to name a few, which will cause the black and whites some problems and ensure a contest of the highest quality.
Expect this result to again go down to the wire.
First Semi Final: Mordialloc V Endeavour Hills
There are no second chances when Mordialloc and Endeavour Hills go head to head on Sunday, with only the winner to progress to a Preliminary Final showdown against the loser of the above Second Semi.
The Falcons’ victory over the Bloods in their most recent encounter in Round 11 was their first in four starts, and their impressive form over the last few weeks would fill them with confidence heading into this clash.
Mordialloc, on the other hand, have shown throughout the season that their best is certainly good enough, and will certainly have the fire in the belly after last season’s disappointing finals result.
This one could go either way.
Elimination Final 1: Doveton Eagles vs Murrumbeena
The first elimination final will be played between Doveton and Murrumbeena, and is really anyone’s game.
While Doveton will be going in to this match as favourites, Murrumbeena are not to be written off and will go into this match with plenty of confidence despite having lost by 65 points last time these two faced off. But the rules are thrown out the window when it comes to finals, and this will no doubt be a tight contest.
Elimination Final 2: Clayton vs South Yarra
In a Round 14 rematch, Clayton will be playing South Yarra in their elimination final, with the confidence of knowing that they beat this team rather convincingly last week.
But South Yarra will be looking for vengeance and can learn plenty from last week’s loss, which may work in their favour.
However, Clayton have proven to be difficult to beat since something clicked midway through the season, so this will be an interesting game.