Community Clubs September 13

It’s make or break in finals footy, Grand Final’s especially. The first of our Box Hill boys played in the big dance over the weekend, with two of them going head-to-head, and more to feature this weekend. 

In the Eastern Football Netball League First Division Seniors, Sahaf Ali and East Ringwood took a huge win to claim the title of Premiers over Cayden Maki and Mooroolbark by 83 points. 

The Roos proved too good for the Mustangs with Ali’s side taking the early lead and running with it. They were up 21 to two at quarter time, 42 to 10 at the half and from there it only increased, with a 64-point lead after three terms and the final score was 15.12 (102) to 2.7 (19). 

The EFNL Premier Division Seniors Rowville boys in Mitchell Sruk, Jake Arundell and Lachlan Wynd will this Saturday, play off in the Grand Final at Bayswater Oval from 2.15pm. Their opponent was decided this past weekend, with Noble Park securing the win over South Croydon 17.16 (118) to 7.9 (51). 

The two sides met most recently just a week prior in the Semi Final at the same ground, with the Hawks taking the win over the Bulls, 96 to 60. We hope our boys in brown and gold can get the job done once more. 

Unfortunately, our Vermont Premier Division Reserves boys, Jimmy O’Connor and Harry Banfield went down to Blackburn in the Preliminary Final, 8.9 (57) to 2.4 (16). It appeared a tight contest in the first, with points hard to come by, the Eagles trailed just three to one at quarter time. 

From there the Panthers looked to gather themselves and get majors on the board; 20 points to one at half-time, 39-10 at three-quarter-time and come the final siren, it was 41 points the difference. O’Connor scored one of the Eagles two goals for the afternoon. 

In the NAB League, Max Walton and Gippsland Power bowed out of the finals after suffering defeat at the hand of the Sandringham Dragons, with a 34-point loss. 

It was 20 points apiece at the first break, before the Dragons got ahead to lead by 25 at the half, 44 at the third break and the final score read 14.12 (96) to 9.8 (62). Walton was named second best on ground in his sides final game of the season. 

It’s Grand Final time for Jack Hume and Leongatha in the Gippsland League, with the Parrots set to take on Sale this Saturday afternoon at Ted Summerton Reserve, 2.30pm. 

The two sides last met back in Round 11 of the regular season, with the Parrots securing the victory, 82-64 over Sale – Here’s hoping for a similar result. 

It was a narrow loss for Will Sexton and Yarrawonga in the Ovens and Murray League, going down by just five-points to Wangaratta – 13.5 (83) to 11.12 (78). 

However, Yarrawonga have a second chance to make the big dance and take on Wangaratta once more. To do so they must first beat Wangaratta Rovers in the Preliminary Final this Sunday afternoon. 

Another round of good luck goes out to our boys still battling with their respective teams in finals series in leagues across the state.

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