Major Semi-Final: Belconnen Magpies vs Tuggeranong Hawks
Belconnen come in to the Major Semi-Final against Tuggeranong riding a fourteen-game winning streak, after a losing their season opener to the Hawks.
Tuggeranong are the only side to have beaten the Magpies all year, with that win coming in Round 1 by eight points at The Nest.
Since then, it has been all Belconnen, with a 66-point thumping of the Hawks in Round 6 followed by an eight point victory in Round 11.
Ben Turnbull is Belconnen’s player to watch, having established himself as one of the premier players in the competition in 2015.
Tuggeranong’s Brett Ward has been in fine form with the boot this season, and poses a significant threat to the Magpies hopes.
Based on form, Belconnen may be too strong for the Hawks, but the memories of the Round 1 defeat will be in the back of their minds.
Minor Semi-Final: Ainslie Tricolours vs Queanbeyan Tigers
Ainslie finished four wins clear of the Tigers on the competition ladder, and will hold the edge heading in to this do-or-die Minor Semi-Final.
The venue works in Queanbeyan’s favour, after their top side won the right to host the Minor Semi-Finals at Allinsure Park.
Round 11 marked the last time these two sides clashed at Allinsure Park, it was a one-sided victory for the visitors, piling on 24 goals in a 124-point thrashing.
Prior to that, Ainslie had recorded convincing wins, with a 52-point triumph in the season opener followed by a 28-point victory where inaccuracy cruelled the Tigers in Round 6.
Ainslie star Darcy Paine is primed for a big performance, enjoying a standout season for the premiership contenders.
Jack Murphy has been one of Queanbeyan’s best in an up-and-down season, with the 2014 Rising Stars premiership winner hungry for more silverware.
Ainslie will be favourites heading in to the match, but the fans can expect a much tighter affair than what we have witnessed so far in 2015.
ARTICLE WRITTEN FOR AFL CANBERRA