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by Ryan Mann

The 2018 Finals Series began this week for our top-age boys, with some brilliant contests in wintry conditions as teams secure their spot in the Grand Final.

Here is our weekend wrap:

Division 1:

Northvale kept their hopes of a flag alive in 2018 with a convincing win over fierce rivals Ajax at Boss James Reserve, Hampton. The Vale started off strongly and kept the Comets at bay all day, maintaining the lead at every break. Ajax’s inaccuracy would prove costly in the end as the Comets went into the main break with 9 behinds and still in search of an opening goal. They were unable to limit the influence of Northvale’s Sean Welsford who added three majors to his tally in a relatively low-scoring game. Kai Gold finished his season strongly for the Comets but ultimately his efforts weren’t enough to get his team over the line. Northvale’s 16-point win sees them play Highett / Cheltenham in what will be a ripping Preliminary Final. Final Score: Ajax FC 3.15.33 def. by Northvale JFC 7.7.49

Beaumaris cemented their spot in the Grand Final with a fantastic win over minor premiers Highett / Chletenham. The Sharks started off well and used the strong breeze at Boss James to their advantage. They took a 21-point lead into the half-time break, which in the muddy conditions, looked almost enough to hold CHOGs off. However, a determined Highett / Cheltenham outfit took it right to the Sharks by holding them scoreless in the 3rd quarter whilst slashing the margin down to just one major. It was in the last quarter that the Sharks proved their worth and upped their game to run out as 26-point victors. CHOGs will fancy their chances against Northvale next week but this will be another cracking game of football to keep an eye on. Final Score: Highett/Cheltenham JFC 4.6.30 def. by Beaumaris FC 8.8.56

Division 2:

A spirited South Melbourne final term effort proved just enough as they took down Murrumbeena at Toorak Park. The wet weather had it’s effect on play with both teams inaccurate in front of goal, but it still made for a brilliant affair. Darcy Trewarn again proved a handful for the Districts, kicking three of of his own. The lead remained with South Melbourne and the first and main breaks, but a big quarter by the Lions saw them snatch an 8-point buffer as the teams prepared for a huge final quarter. Sam McConchie was inspirational for South Melbourne kicking three goals and heaving his boys to another week of finals. They were able to hang on to record a riveting 9-point win. Final Score: Murrumbeena JFC 5.7.37 def. by South Melbourne Districts JFC 6.10.46

Toorak Park played host to the other semi-final of Division 2 which saw Bentleigh secure a grand final berth, defeating a strong East Sandringham Rovers outfit. Bentleigh were dominant over the course of the game but allowed East Sandringham Rovers into it with some poor goal-kicking. Another victim of the weather, this game was low-scoring and needed cool heads in front of goal and Liam O’Driscoll delivered scoring 2 goals for his term. The third term saw neither team score a goal in the scrappy conditions. A goal to the Rovers in the last quarter saw the margin cut down to under a goal but Bentleigh were good enough to hold off a fast-finishing East Sandringham Rovers. Brett Poll and Jordan Keen played well for the minor premiers and will prove hard to contain in the grand final. Final Score: Bentleigh JFC 3.12.30 def. East Sandringham JFC 4.2.26