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By Jarryd McGuane

The final week of the regular season saw the previous ladder leaders St Bedes/Mentone drop out of the double chance places as they will feature in next week’s elimination final.


Brighton Beach vs East Brighton

Brighton Beach finished their season in a fine fashion as they defeated finals bound East Brighton by 42 points at Brighton Beach Oval. In the opening quarter, Brighton Beach jumped out to a nine-point lead after a two goal to one quarter. Despite having a finals place on the line, East Brighton were not at their best as they would go on to be held scoreless in the second quarter, as they allowed the margin to increase to 17 points. The Kangaroos on the other hand with no chance of finals were intense again after the break as they added 3.2 to the Vampires 1.3, putting the difference out to 28 points at the final break. Brighton Beach were not under any threat in the last quarter as East Brighton was again scoreless and allowed two sealing goals.


St Bedes/Mentone vs Prahran

In a back and forth game at Mentone Reserve, St Bedes/Mentone fell to third on the ladder from first as they lost to Prahran by four points. Neither side could take advantage of scoring opportunities in the first quarter, with Prahran taking a slender two-point lead into the first change. St Bedes/Mentone became the first side to get a major on the board and would lead by four points at the long change. But the Tigers lead would last, as Prahran awoke from the attacking rut of the first half to bang on three goals to one to overturn their deficit and lead by eight points with a quarter to go. St Bedes/Mentone would win the last quarter two goals to one but couldn’t kick the one extra goal that they needed for victory. Abigail Propper and Tess Plowman both kicked two goals for Prahran, as Jemma Owen was the major goal kicker for St Bedes/Mentone with three.


St Peters vs Highett

At Centenary Park, St Peters secured second place going into finals as they defeated Highett by 70 points. Highett did most of their damage in the first half as they were able to kick two goals, but allowed St Peters to kick three goals in both of the quarters in the first half to lead by nine points and 31 points at quarter time and half time respectively. St Peters put the game beyond doubt in the third quarter as they banged on 6.4 to 0.1 to lead by 70 points at three quarter time. That was where the margin stayed as both sides did not score in the final quarter as the fire was out of the game. Bethany Supple, Louise Gordon, Eve O’Meara and Caroline Hart kicked two goals each for St Peters.


Beaumaris vs Bentleigh

Beaumaris overcame a slow start as they defeated Bentleigh by 11 points at Banksia Reserve. The bottom of the ladder Bentleigh went against their previous form as their 1.4 to Beaumaris’ 0.1 gave them a nine-point quarter time lead. But the Sharks needing a miracle to make finals kicked three goals in the second quarter to the scoreless Saints to see the nine point Bentleigh lead becoming a nine point Beaumaris lead. Despite both sides kicking two goals in the third quarter, Bentleigh added six behinds to one to see the game in the balance at four points. Although gallant, the Saints had nothing left in the tank and Beaumaris went on to kick seven final quarter behinds. Jasmine Rossiter was the only goal kicker for Bentleigh with three goals.