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By Ryan Mann

The 2018 Finals Series began this week in stellar fashion, with shock exits and teams booking their spot in the Grand Final.

Here is our weekend wrap:

Division 1:

Cheltenham’s Le Page Park played host to Beaumaris and Prahran which saw a fierce contest unfold. Beaumaris started off strong, racing out to a 20-point lead and holding their opposition scoreless. But just as it seemed the game was getting away from them, Prahran replied in spectacular fashion, catching up to the Sharks to trail by only a singule behind going into the main break. The second-half took place with Beaumaris kicking another 3.2 in third keeping Prahran scoreless at the same time. It just wasn’t to be for Prahran, who even though kept Beaumaris at bay in the last quarter, couldn’t put enough scoreboard pressure on the Sharks who ran out eventual 2-goal winners.  A defensive masterclass by the Sharks ensured they survived the first week of finals. Prahran’s Sophia Rothfield played valiantly kicking 3 goals, but 6 individual goal-kickers for Beaumaris showed they have class all over the ground and will go into next week knowing they have a real chance to take down Brighton Beach this Sunday. Final Score: Prahran JFC 4.4.28 def. by Beaumaris FC 6.4.40 

St Peters booked their spot in the Grand Final in the last game at Le Page Park taking away a morale-boosting 16-point win over Brighton Beach. Both teams looked like they were up for the fight with the scores being level at the first break. St Peters were first to break away taking a slender 3-point lead into the main break with the Kangaroos hot on their heels. Alana Porter rose to the occasion and helped to break the game open in the second half for St Peters as they took the ascendancy in third term to lead by 10 at the final change. Although Brighton Beach were efficient in front of goal, they weren’t able to control the attacking potency of St Peters and will need a huge effort to take down Beaumaris next week in order to have a crack at the premiership. Final Score: Brighton Beach JFC 2.0.12 def. by St. Peter’s JFC 4.4.28

Division 2:

East Brighton Vampires have bowed out of the competition being beaten by a classy Oakleigh outfit at Princes Highway Reserve. A very muddy ground saw the play slowed but the intensity lifted as the buzz of Finals got to the players. Neither team could steady in front goals but Oakleigh ran into the rooms with a solid 7-point buffer. The start of the 3rd quarter saw that lead cut down after a quick goal to East Brighton who fought to be able to see another round of finals football. The intensity lifted once more in the final term and Oakleigh were up for the challenge even after a scare from the Vamps, kicking 2 majors and closing off any chance of an East Brighton comeback. The desperation of both teams was on show and made for a terrific encounter, Oakleigh coming away as 14-point winners. Final Score: East Brighton Vampires JFC 1.0.6 def. by Oakleigh JFC 2.8.20

Hampton Rovers have finalised their grand final berth with a convincing win over St Kilda City. The game at Princes Highway Reserve was hampered by poor weather which saw only 1 point in it at the half-time break, the way of the Rovers. Hampton changed gears in the 3rd term to take a solid 11-point lead into the last break with St Kilda City left rattled by Hampton’s attack. The last quarter saw them go goal-for-goal but in the end, Hampton knocked off the minor premiers which will see St Kilda City play a revitalised Oakleigh Dragons Sunday. Final Score: St Kilda City JFC 1.4.10 def. by Hampton Rovers AFC 3.3.21