The Fourth Grade decider will host a much-anticipated top of the table clash as the Harman Hogs do battle with the ANU Griffins.
Harman claimed the Minor Premiership after winning thirteen of their fifteen regular season games, finishing one win clear of the Griffins.
ANU will be searching for the club’s tenth flag, and their first since the 2013 Division Four premiership win.
The Hogs on the other hand, will be looking to cap off a stellar season with their second premiership victory, with their first coming in the 2011 Division Three competition.
Harman’s dominant season is reflected in the Best and Fairest count, with two Hogs players leading the way over the rest of the competition.
Jeffery Toone has been named in the side’s Best twelve times this season, providing the Hogs with plenty of dash off the halfback flank.
Daniel Spratt has played a major role in his side’s surge to the big dance, booting 33 goals in seventeen games.
The minor premiers also had the three Ebert’s selected to lace up the boots for Canberra, with Josh and Rhys partnering skipper Shaun in the blue and gold jumper.
Griffins star John Mitchell has been named in ANU’s best nine times in 2015, putting him in to equal second on the list.
Representative player Tim Robb is by far and away the leading goal scorer for the competition, booting a staggering 74 goals – thirty-four clear of Harman’s Joel Percy in second.
The two sides have met four times this season, with ANU handing Harman three losses – the only blemishes on an otherwise perfect record for the Hogs.
Twice the margin has been seven points or less, with ANU’s third victory coming in the Major Semi-Final by 57 points.
Harman’s lone win over the Griffins came in devastating fashion, a 101-point thrashing in Round 10.
Round 5: ANU 11.10.76 defeated Harman 11.6.72
ANU took the honours in a thrilling top of the table clash early in the season. Down at the main break, a brilliant third quarter saw ANU take the lead and stave off a late Harman comeback to secure the points.
Round 10: Harman 19.14.128 defeated ANU 4.3.27
The ladder leading Hogs continued their brilliant start to the season as they collected their eighth win from nine games. Leading by 56-points at the main break, the home side went on with the job to knock over the second placed Griffins in emphatic fashion.
Round 17: ANU 10.8.68 defeated Harman 9.7.61
The last time these two sides met, the ladder-leading Hogs made light work of the Griffins with a 101-point victory. It was a completely different story this time around as the Griffins handed Harman their second loss of the 2015 season in a nail-biter at ANU South Oval.
Minor Semi-Final: ANU 11.16.82 defeated Harman 3.7.25
ANU stunned Harman in the Fourth Grade Major Semi-Final, handing the minor premiers their third loss for the season to leave them fighting for a spot in the big dance. When the sides met in the closing stages of the regular season, ANU just snuck home, before a devastating win gave the Griffins a week off to prepare for the Grand Final.
There is no denying that the competition’s best teams have made their way to the Fourth Grade Grand Final.
The clashes between these two sides in 2015 have seen thrashings and nail-biters, making this one a very tough game to call.
One thing is for sure, whichever captain lifts the trophy after the final siren sounds will be more than deserving of the honour.
ARTICLE WRITTEN FOR AFL CANBERRA