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. Despite the improved conditions, both matches were in close and very contested and all teams gave their all for that one day in September.
Walter Galt Reserve was host to the clash between Brighton Beach and Beaumaris. The Roos started off sharply racing away to a 14-point lead which could have more had it not been for the resilient Sharks defence which coped with a lot of pressure. The second quarter continued similarly with Brighton Beach dominating the play and keeping Beaumaris at bay. Although the best efforts of Lucy Bowman and Emma Maggio, Beaumaris could not find a rhythm all day due to tackling pressure of Brighton Beach. Brighton Beach will now line-up against St. Peter’s in a repeat of the semi-final last week in which they were beaten. With a better demeanour and look about them, the Kangaroos will fancy themselves to take it right up to the girls from St. Peter’s and go all the way in 2018. Final Score: Brighton Beach JFC 6.11.47 def. Beaumaris FC 2.0.12
Spring-like conditions at Walter Galt Reserve saw a riveting game played out between St. Kilda City and Oakleigh. A goalless first quarter showcased the desperation both teams had to offer with a place in the grand final clearly on the minds of the girls. However, Oakleigh were first to crack allowing St. Kilda City 2 goals and therefore a 14-point lead going into the main break. Oakleigh were not out of the game however and scored a quick goal to put the Saints under the pump in third, slashing the lead to 9-points. St Kilda City were up for the occasion though, converting a chance late-on to seal-off any thought of a Dragons comeback, keeping their hopes of a flag well and truly alive. They will play a strong Hampton Rovers outfit who previously beat them in the semi-final. The Saints ended up holding on for a slender 16-point win. Final Score: St Kilda City JFC 3.4.22 def. Oakleigh JFC 1.0.6