FINALS FEVER: Senior Rivals, Redemption and Reward
Welcome to Final’s Footy. This week our First Grade Men’s, UNSW Canberra First Grade Women’s, Second Grade Men’s and CareSuper Rising Stars will begin their attempt to path their way to September 7th…Jaike Altieri Reports…
First Grade Men’s
Ainslie v Belconnen – Alan Ray Oval, Saturday 1:15PM
Ainslie have taken out the minor premiership for 2019 and will look to continue on the road to four straight premierships with a win over the Magpies on Saturday. Belconnen were knocked out in straight sets after making the Grand Final in 2017 and want another opportunity to win their first premiership cup since 2009. The Tricolours beat the Magpies last time these two met in round 12 in a high scoring affair. These old rivals will leave nothing to the imagination, with the winner heading straight to the 2019 Grand final in two weeks-time.
Queanbeyan v Eastlake – Allinsure Park, Sunday 1:15PM
Queanbeyan started the year on fire, holding on to top spot on the ladder until the end of round nine, but have slid to finish third at the end of the regular season. Eastlake will have to do it the hard way for the second year running if they want a shot at the premiership in 2019. The Tigers dominated this match-up when these teams met last, beating the Demons by 62 points. Win or go home is the equation, these two teams have a lot to play for Sunday!
UNSW Canberra First Grade Women’s
Queanbeyan v Belconnen – Alan Ray Oval, Saturday 3:45PM
Queanbeyan have been the benchmark all season, remaining undefeated through 14 rounds until Belconnen got the better of them. The Tigers are still hot premiership favourites, but the Magpies will have a load of confidence carrying over into this match on neutral territory. Queanbeyan are on target to go one better than last year and win the flag, with Belconnen rueing their missed opportunity of season 2018 where they bowed out in straight sets after winning the minor premiership. A scintillating match up.
Eastlake v Ainslie – Allinsure Park, Sunday 3:45PM
The final match of the first week of finals has last year’s premiers Eastlake up against Ainslie. The Demons were able to get the job done against the Tricolours only two weeks ago in round 14, winning by 49 points. Ainslie has a winning culture though, throw in a neutral ground and the added pressure of a finals match and anything could happen. An intriguing match to round out the first weekend of finals matches.