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The finals series was in full swing over the weekend with some extraordinary games as teams fought it out to try and cement their place in the grand final. The fantastic conditions made for great football all-round. There could only be one winner in each division though.

 

Division 1

Boss James Reserve played host to a sublime preliminary final between Northvale and CHOGS. The fast pace of the game made for some exciting action. Northvale started off well, going goal-for-goal with CHOGS. The game was as hot as expected with players going in hard and putting their bodies on the line for their colours. The second quarter belong to the Panthers who kicked away and went into the half-time break with a 3-goal buffer. CHOGS asserted their dominance in the second half by holding Northvale to a singular goal and running out comfortable 43-point winners. James Eadie was a class above all else kicking 6 of CHOGS’ 10 goals. Jake Bowey and Campbell James also played well and will prove hard to stop against Beaumaris next week. Final Score Highett/Cheltenham JFC 10.8.65 def. Northvale JFC 3.7.25

 

Division 2

South Melbourne and East Sandringham Rovers played out a one-sided game at Boss James Reserve. The sunny conditions and buzzing atmosphere made for some cracking football. The Rovers were switched on from the get-go piling the pressure onto the Districts’ defence which stood strong, only letting through 3-goals. However, the pressure proved too much for the Districts defence as they were outclassed by East Sandringham in the second quarter, even coming off the back of an encouraging victory at Toorak Park over Murrumbeena. The fizz had been taken out of the game by the third quarter as East Sandringham took control to run out as 64-point victors and book themselves a grand final berth, against Bentleigh who they’ve played twice in the past 3 weeks already. Coming off a loss to them last week in the semi-final, they know they’ll be up against it. Per Bellarts and Tom McKinley put on a fantastic performance while Eren Soylemez was best-on-ground for South Melbourne, even whilst being hard-tagged all day. Final Score: East Sandringham Rovers JFC 12.15.87 def. South Melbourne Districts JFC 3.5.23