Major Semi-Final: Eastlake Demons vs Ainslie Tricolours
Eastlake claimed the minor premiership in Canberra’s tightest finals race of the year, with Ainslie managing to claim second-place on percentage.
The sides will meet on foreign territory, but The Nest has been a happy hunting ground for both of these teams this season, with neither side dropping a game at the venue.
The two sides first crossed paths in Round 5, with Eastlake claiming the spoils with a fifteen-point victory at Alan Ray Oval.
The ensuing two clashes have gone down to the wire in absolute thrillers, with Eastlake backing up their earlier win with a four-point triumph at Startrack Oval in Round 9.
A solitary point was all that separated the sides in Round 14, with the Demons again getting over the line at home.
Jack Connoley has starred for the minor premiers this season, being judged as one of the best afield nine times in just thirteen appearances.
Ainslie’s Jack Powell has been a revelation in 2015, with the promising youngster named as one of his side’s best eight times this season.
This promises to be one of the most exciting clashes in any grade this weekend, with Ainslie determined to avenge their 2014 Grand Final loss.
Minor Semi-Final: Marist College vs Queanbeyan Tigers
Queanbeyan fell agonisingly short of booking a place in the Major Semi-Final last week after a four-point loss at the hands of Marist meant the two sides would meet again in a winner-takes-all clash.
Marist’s nail-biting win saw them edge out the Tigers for third spot on percentage, but fall just short of claiming second, with both sides holding the competition lead at some stage in 2015.
Queanbeyan will however have the home ground advantage, after the club’s First Grade side finished third, earning the right to host the Minor Semi-Finals at Allinsure Park.
The two sides have split the honours in 2015, with Marist winning two of the three clashes so far.
A 35-point win to the students in Round 3 was one of their most impressive for the year, with last week’s four-point thriller giving the students a massive confidence boost coming in to this game.
Queanbeyan’s lone win over Marist in 2015 came in emphatic fashion, with a nineteen-point victory away from home in Round 8.
Marist enforcer Dean Simpson has been named in his side’s Best a remarkable ten times in fourteen games this season, and will provide his side with plenty of dash.
Jack Carroll-Tape has been in brilliant form so far this season, and the Tigers star was duly rewarded with First Grade selection. Kicking 22 goals this year, Carroll-Tape will be vital to the side’s chances.
The Rising Stars looks as though it will be the most exciting finals race, with both of these two sides capable of writing their name in the history books with a premiership win.
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