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Larrikin Lagoon (857) def by Mount Beauty (1127)
This was a routine win for the Uglies to round out the season, with not much at stake for both teams. Gawn (160) produced what the Uglies became so familiar with last season, whilst Dusty (119) has simply had an incredible season. For the Lefties, it has been a memorable premiership defense for all the wrong reasons, who failed to notch up a win for the season. On a brighter side they will have the first selection in the 2018 PSD in a bid to bolster their squad for the future.
Charlies Opening (1236) def Birdsville (1092)
In another match with little at stake for both sides, the Spelunkers managed to round out the year with a win. Bonty (127) and Savage (115) led a consistent overall team effort. The Battlers were dominated in the rucks with their ruckman turning up to the wrong ground. However, they will be excited by the very good form of youngster Luke Ryan (116) going into 2018.
Venus Bay (1223) def by Waikikamoocow (1563)
Rumor has it Fitzy has decided to take a lengthy overseas holiday to escape the stresses of a possible first premiership. Without a coach to prepare the side, the Vultures tried their best but were dismantled by a dominant Waikikamoocow, who are looking very ominous going into finals. Brad Crouch (149) showed his capabilities, while Fyfe (140) is back to his best. Can the Incorrigibles continue their blistering form to win the flag, or will the Vultures produce a miracle without a coach?
Nunawading (731) def by Cradle Mountain (1298)
Cradle Mountain head into the finals on the back of an easy victory over an injury-plagued Nuffers. Steele (137) produced his best for the year in a confidence boosting win heading into September (August). The Nuffers had a combination of injuries (Easton Wood – 10) and poor performances (Powell-Pepper – 17) in a disappointing finish to the season for them.
Gundagai (1321) def Wagga Wagga (1000)
It was a one-sided affair here with Gundagai running out 321 point winners. Led by Neale (156) and Billings (130), the Hoppers surge into the finals full of confidence in an excellent turnaround from recent seasons. For the Wombats, Sicily (130) looks very promising in his half-back role. It’s hard to find too many other positives.
Wineglass Bay (1180) def by Gariwerd (1280)
Can anyone stop the Cockatoos? They have now won their last five matches to surge into a top eight position. Tex Walker (140) was prominent up forward, with Matt Crouch (139) putting his case forward for elite status. The Packers ultimately did not have enough firepower, and will ponder where they would be on the ladder if Sloane (151) could produce closer to his best every week.
Lovely Banks (1221) def by Marble Mar (1289)
The Misfits held off a courageous effort from the Lilacs to consolidate a very impressive third position. Led by the midfield brigade of Rich (133), Kelly (127) and Murphy (125), Len’s squad will be very optimistic of their chances heading into finals. For the Lilacs, Caddy (137) left his first ton for the season a smidgen too late, while Duncan (132) has been their shining light.
Whitsunday (1083) Darraweit Guim (1216)
Darraweit secured four points but may have cost themselves a couple of draft positions. Nonetheless, a good finish to the season by the Dirigibles, who will be desperately hoping for a full season from Coniglio (120) next season. The Warriors did not have enough consistent performers, with Lambert (118) and JJK (101) the only players to score a ton. Two middle of the road sides who will be aiming for finals in 2018.
Foul Bay (1357) def Iron Knob (1146)
The unstoppable forces of yesteryear fought out the last round of the season, with the Chooks coming away comfortable winners. Eddie (129) was back to working his pocket magic, with Mumford (129) throwing his weight around. The codpieces got a rare mammoth effort from Macrae (162), but were greatly disadvantaged by 2 blokes already on vacation and forgetting there was another game. In any case, although these sides aren’t what they used to be, they have finals experience and will be very dangerous over the next few weeks.