The last round of the regular season for the Community Football League competitions decided the make-up of the final four heading in to the Finals Series.
ADFA/RMC will take some momentum in to the business end of the Third Grade competition, toppling ladder-leaders Woden. Fellow premiership contenders ANU and Molonglo collected the points in their respective clashes.
Fourth Grade’s three leading sides all emerged victorious, with the Hogs securing the minor premiership, followed by ANU and ADFA/RMC. Despite a Round 18 defeat, Woden secured the all-important fourth spot.
In a preview of this week’s major semi-final, Goulburn toppled Cootamundra to win the Regional Grade minor premiership. Cooma finished the regular season in third place with a big win, and Ainslie went out with a bang against finals-bound Yass.
In Division One of the Women’s Grade, Tuggeranong deservedly took out the minor premiership, setting up an enthralling contest with Riverina in the major semi-final. Belconnen and Eastlake will do battle in a do-or-die match-up.
Queanbeyan are finally able to call themselves the Division Two minor premiers, after a win over second-placed Ainslie ensured they finished four wins clear on the ladder. A fourth-quarter fightback from ADFA/RMC saw the Ewes snatch victory from the jaws of defeat against ANU.
A General Bye was held across the Second Grade and Rising Stars competitions.
SECOND GRADE (ROUND 15)
RISING STARS (ROUND 15)
THIRD GRADE (ROUND 18)
ANU 10.15.75 defeated UC 4.5.29
Lee Sloan was judged as the best afield for the victors, after his four-goal effort catapulted the Griffins to their twelfth win of the season. The Griffins finish the season in second-place, and will ready themselves for a major semi-final clash with the minor premiers.
ADFA/RMC 15.8.98 defeated Woden 12.5.77
The Rams have stormed in to the finals with a win over premiership favourites Woden at RMC Oval, with the lead changing hands at every break. The loss was Woden’s second for the year, whilst ADFA/RMC head in to the finals riding a four-game winning streak.
Molonglo 19.16.130 defeated Batemans Bay 10.11.71
Batemans Bay came in to the clash as an outside chance of cracking the top four, but Molonglo quickly put any chance of losing their finals spot to bed. The competition’s leading goal-scorer Ray Jackson slotted eight majors to propel his side to victory.
FOURTH GRADE (ROUND 18)
ANU 16.13.109 defeated UC 2.9.21
The Griffins continued to build on their momentum heading in to the finals with a dominant win over the Magpies away from home. ANU will now take on premiership heavyweights Harman in what looks to be an exciting match-up, after the Griffins toppled the Hogs just last week.
ADFA/RMC 17.10.112 defeated Woden 4.6.30
ADFA/RMC’s Best on Ground Christopher May kicked eight goals in a preview of this weekend’s minor semi-final clash at RMC Oval. Woden will only have to wait a few more days before they attempt to make amends in a do-or-die clash with the Rams.
Harman 14.9.93 defeated Molonglo 8.6.54
Molonglo looked like springing a major upset against the ladder-leading Hogs as they led at halftime, before Harman flexed their muscle to run out comprehensive victors. The season-ending loss saw Molonglo bid farewell to three great servants in Anthony Cutting, Justin Westcott, and Tom Ribbons.
REGIONAL GRADE (ROUND 18)
Ainslie 10.14.74 defeated Yass 7.8.50
The Tricolours finished their season with a 24-point victory over finals-bound Yass at home in front of the Ainslie faithful. With scores locked at quarter-time, Ainslie managed to edge themselves ahead in the second term and never looked back from there, collecting their fifth win of the year.
Cooma 16.17.113 defeated Tuggeranong 4.10.34
A massive win for the Cats sees them tie up third place on the competition table, piling on sixteen goals to take some much-needed momentum in to the minor semi-final. Tony Fleming and Daniel Wicks scored three goals apiece for the victors.
Goulburn 14.14.98 defeated Cootamundra 11.8.74
The Swans emerged victorious in the battle for the minor premiership after turning in one of their strongest performances of 2015. The two sides will meet again this weekend in the major semi-final, with the winner securing a spot in the big dance.
WOMEN’S GRADE (ROUND 5)
Tuggeranong 11.6.72 defeated Gungahlin 1.0.6
Annie Ghirardello was at it again, kicking four goals to steer the Hawks to the Division One minor premiership. Tuggeranong now face a determined Riverina side that has secured second place on percentage. The loss brings Gungahlin’s season to a close.
Riverina defeated Belconnen
Eastlake had the Bye.
ADFA/RMC 2.6.18 defeated ANU 2.4.16
Down by ten points heading in to the final term, the Ewes lifted the intensity of the contest as Thanh Le slotted two unanswered goals to secure their first win of the season in a nail-biting encounter. ANU will now ready themselves for a must-win clash against the Juggernauts.
Queanbeyan 6.11.47 defeated Ainslie 4.3.27
The Tigerettes toppled the Tricolours away from home at Alan Ray Oval in a preview of this weekend’s major semi-final. Queanbeyan have long been certainties for the minor premiership, eventually finishing four wins clear of the second-placed Tricolours in the race to the finals.
Molonglo had the Bye.
ARTICLE WRITTEN FOR AFL CANBERRA