That one day in September has finally arrived.
The Community Football League and Women’s competitions will host their respective Grand Finals this weekend at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval.
The Regional Grade decider will receive top-billing on Saturday, with the two competition heavyweights to do battle after Cootamundra advanced to the Grand Final.
The top two sides will do battle in Third Grade, after ANU halted a firing ADFA/RMC outfit to book their ticket to the big dance.
The Fourth Grade minor premiers secured their spot in the decider after a hiccup in the Major Semi-Final saw them forced to fight it out once more for the chance to lift the trophy.
In the Women’s Grade, the Division One reigning premiers were bundled out of the finals in straight sets after being toppled by a firing Demons outfit, whilst Molonglo’s victory set up a rematch of last year’s decider in Division Two.
The Second Grade regular season has come to a close, with three of the top four heading in to the finals series on the back of big wins.
The Rising Stars finals series is shaping up as one of the most exciting in season 2015, with the make-up of the top four being decided largely via percentage.
SECOND GRADE (ROUND 17)
Queanbeyan 21.17.143 defeated Gungahlin 2.1.13
David Corcoran slotted seven majors to lay the platform for the black and golds to cruise to a 130-point victory. The loss brings down the curtain on a tough season for the Jets, whilst the Tigers are now preparing for a Minor Semi-Final appearance against Ainslie this weekend.
Belconnen 17.11.113 defeated Ainslie 3.4.22
The Magpies will head in to the finals full of confidence after easily accounting for the third-placed Tricolours at The Nest. Nathan Blackburn kicked six goals for the minor premiers. Ainslie will need to re-focus quickly ahead of their do-or-die clash against Queanbeyan.
Tuggeranong 34.25.229 defeated Eastlake 0.1.1
The Hawks scored one of the most comprehensive wins in the competition this season, thrashing the Demons by 228 points. Fourteen Hawks managed to get themselves on the scoresheet, whilst Eastlake could only manage a solitary point.
RISING STARS (ROUND 17)
Marist 9.3.57 defeated Queanbeyan 7.11.53
Queanbeyan fell agonisingly short of booking a place in the Major Semi-Final, which would have given them a second chance come finals time. Instead, they will face Marist again next week in a sudden death encounter after Marist star Rhys Pollock propelled his side to victory.
Ainslie 14.12.96 defeated Belconnen 2.6.18
Belconnen finished their season with a loss at the hands of a finals-bound Tricolours outfit. Jack Powell kicked four goals for the visitors as they secured a spot in this week’s Major Semi-Final against minor premiers Eastlake.
Eastlake 25.15.165 defeated Tuggeranong 0.3.3
The minor premiers showed no signs of letting up as they posted a dominant 162-point victory over the Hawks at home. The loss ends a disappointing season for the winless Hawks. Eastlake are riding a wave of momentum in to the business end of the season, and will be tough to stop.
THIRD GRADE (PRELIMINARY FINAL)
ANU 10.4.64 defeated ADFA/RMC 5.5.35
The Rams were the form team in the competition heading towards the Grand Final, before meeting a classy Griffins outfit that many expected to go all the way in 2015. A four goals to none third quarter ensured that ANU would head to the big dance to face minor premiership winners Woden.
FOURTH GRADE (PRELIMINARY FINAL)
Harman 11.8.74 defeated ADFA/RMC 8.6.54
The minor premiers looked as though they may have been bundled out of the finals in straight sets as they trailed at halftime. The Hogs hit their straps in the third term to edge themselves ahead, before completing a dominant final quarter to set up a top of the table clash in the decider against ANU.
REGIONAL GRADE (PRELIMINARY FINAL)
Cootamundra 18.10.118 defeated Cooma 7.3.45
Cootamundra fell agonisingly short of securing a Grand Final appearance last week, going down by just two points. The Blues ensured that there would be no repeat of that this week, putting in a brilliant display across the park to book their ticket to the decider, knocking over a spirited Cooma outfit.
WOMEN’S GRADE (PRELIMINARY FINAL)
Eastlake 6.6.42 defeated Tuggeranong 3.7.25
In the biggest shock of the weekend, the defending premiers were knocked out of the finals just two weeks after winning the minor premiership. Karina Demant was again the star of the show, booting four goals to move her side to within one win of premiership glory. They will now take on Riverina in the Grand Final.
Molonglo 6.9.45 defeated Ainslie 2.1.13
The Juggernauts clinched their second straight Grand Final berth with a dominant win against the Tricolours. In just their third season in the competition, Molonglo’s big-game experience was on show as they shot out to an early lead. Lori Dunn slotted four majors in a Best on Ground performance.
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