Yarra Old Grammarians have come home strongly to take a much-needed victory which opens the chance for any of three sides to finish 4th on the ladder and play finals.
Brunswick and Whitefriars had more convincing wins and Glen Eira cemented their third spot. All sides are secure in the finals. Now it’s down to the final round- between Bulleen, Yarra and MHSOB for that illustrious fourth spot. After all these weeks, the final decision will be made in the final round based on wins and percentage. Yarra have well and truly made for an interesting fourth-spot final race home.
Brunswick vs Hawthorn
Brunswick have taken another great win to finish off their home campaigns for the season, beating Hawthorn by 73 points at home.
Brunswick got off to a flying start with five majors, but Hawthorn came to play with some intensity that kept them in close contention in the first quarter, as they also piled on three goals.
The Nobbers managed three goals in the second, but were wasteful for all of their work with 13 points at halftime. Hawthorn capitalized early in the second with one major, but the poise of the Nobbers pushed them ahead. After half time, the early jitters had escaped the Nobbers, as they went on to kick six goals in two quarters, while also holding the Hawks goalless for the second half.
Jacob Adkins for the Nobbers booted his side to victory with five, while Chris Ford had another four goals and BOG votes went to David Royle with one. For the Hawks, who have a do or die clash next week, Stephen Charles had two majors and stalwart Justin Raiti was in the votes.
Glen Eira vs Power House
The Glen Eira boys were simply too good for an injury-ridden Power House side, by 79 points to cement third spot and a finals appearance.
Glen Eira got off to a fast start and dominated in their forward fifty in the first, but were wasteful with six goals and 11 points. The House struggled early with the Gryphons intensity, which tired them going into half time.
The pressure from the Gryphons didn’t stop there, as they pushed to the wings to create and open the play in the second. They piled on six goals while the House managed only one more.
The House were able to outscore Glen Eira by one point in the third quarter and only lost the last term by 11 points, so there were some positive signs from the House as they stuck it out all day.
Glen Eira missed 28 scoring shots but still had a well deserved win and were dominant around the wings all day, proving their fitness.
Power House’s Matt Devine was string in the ruck, supported by Benny Circosta (2 goals) and Luke Stubbs (4 goals) returning from injury.
For the winners, Julius Waras-Carstensen booted a massive seven goals, while Ash Carey received votes alongside Joel Ludkin with three goals.
Whitefriars vs Ivanhoe
With a clean six goal to one first quarter, it was clear as the day that Whitefriars would overcome Ivanhoe and continued their undefeated streak for 2019. The Friars did just that, taking the chocolates by 98 points and continuing on their impressive path.
The Hoers has a slow start, managing only one goal across two quarters into half time. Simultaneously, they struggled to stop the early Friar onslaught, as they went on to boot six first term goals and five more to take a 63-point half time lead. However, the Hoers had a little bit in their tank and managed to outscore the Friars in the third, with five goals to the Friars four.
But, in true Friar fashion, they were able to ice the cake as they wished with a seven goal final term. The Friars midfield shut down any opportunity of the Hoers young brigade breaking them open to apply scoreboard pressure.
Friar and Club-fine veteran Michael Nitas starred with four goals, leading a mass 12 goal kickers to a shared victory. Ryan Malt was best with his four goals also.
For the Hoers, Sam Tansley has two goals and got the BOG votes, supported by Viv Blackmore-Moore who also collated votes.
Yarra Old Grammarians vs Bulleen Templestowe
Seven second-half goals to Yarra forward Luke Barker has led his side to a heroic victory. In what was the most intense battle of the round, Yarra Old Grammarians have come home victorious by a massive 44 points over Bulleen.
This win is a special one for the Bushrangers, who have now cracked open the race for the final four and will push next week for a spot in the finals.
It was a high scoring affair as the Bushrangers booted 49 points to the Bullants’ 29, to take an early 20-point lead. But, in Bullant fashion, they came fighting hard in the second by booting four goals, to trail by only eight points at the main break.
It was a blow out after the first half, with Uarra piling on 14 majors and shitting the Bullants down around the ground. THSI was arguably the best and fittest side the Bushrangers have fronted in their mixed season, which is perfect timing to push for fourth spot.
Bulleen were not disappointing as they booted eight majors after half time, they just struggled to shut down the Uarra midfield breaks which allowed them to score freely.
Luke Barker was an absolute star with 10 goals for Yarra, supported by Ben Trend and Matt Young who both had majors.
The Bushrangers were effective in front of goal, missing only nine shots in their way to victory. This early effectuvensss threw the Bullants off their game as they struggled to gain the lead from the start.
Yarra will take this win and keep their finals hopes alive as they push for that special fourth spot next week. They’ll need a big percentage boost now.
Round 18:
Bulleen Templestowe vs Whitefriars
This game is a big decider for Bulleen as they fight to stay alive in the race for finals.
Whitefriars love a good challenge and the believe Bulleen are one of the better competitors of the Division, so this one could be a high-scoring shoot out.
However, Bulleen’s shock loss last week has shaken the side up, so they’ll be looking to at least soften the blow if they are to lose to Whitefriars.
The Friars would love to go undefeated in 2019 but they’ll need to get past a hungry Bulleen, who are devastated after losing a key game that would’ve set their top four finish in stone. Bulleen have really improved their ball movement and almost mirror a quick moving Friars game, which will test the ladder-leaders early.
However, every challenge thrown at the Friars, they ahve easily overcome and they’d love this win to carry them into a big finals campaign.
Watch for a great midfield battle, lead by David Dakin and his Bullants, as they will charge hard to apply scoreboard pressure and stop the Friars fast movement early. If Bulleen can condense the Friars multi-faceted forward line early, they may be in for a chance. But the Friars are in the best form ever going into the finals and will not lose this one.
Hawthorn vs Glen Eira
What a way to end the 2019 home and away season, with Hawthorn taking on Glen Eira in the second 2018 D3 Grand Final rematch. Both sides had mixed results last week, but both teams will never shy away from a contest to finish the year.
Glen Eira have been getting stronger as the weeks roll on, which is perfect in time for finals, but they may choose to rest some guys for the finals fight. However, Hawthorn are fighting for their D2 season, so they’ll put in everything they’ve got to apply immense scoreboard pressure and boot some goals for themselves. At the Hawks nest, they’ll be more comfortable on their smaller ground to kick some bags, which will come in handy as they try to take down the Gryphons. However, the Gryphons have been massive in front of goal and will like to condensed size to boot to victory. Watch for Gryphon Julia Waras-Carstensen, who will look to take out the goal kicking award for the year.
Hawthorn will be physical as they have everything to go for, which may put the Gryphons off their game early. But, it’s hard to see Glen Eira’s structures being shaken at all.
Ivanhoe vs MHSOB
MHSOB need to take the four points this week to push for fourth spot, especially after results fell their way last week with Bulleen’s shock loss.
MHSOB pick up the extra bye four points, so will need to add another win and perctage to have a chance at the Premiership cup. They’ll get a real chance against a deflated Ivanhoe side, who have struggled across the ground, especially in front of goal over the past few weeks.
MHSOB will be fresh off the bye withe veruthing to play for, so they’ll field their best side in order to get the win. Ivanhoe have struggled with injuries this year and haven’t fielded their strongest side, but their young boys have been impressive for their handful of wins. Don’t be surprised if their young guys work hard again to knock Melbourne High off their feet early. The pace of the Hoers midfield was actually a worry for the Unicorns early this year, so watch for some quick movement and contested ball. However, the MHSOB have their whole season to play for- coming back from a depleated list and little depth to now push for a shot at the Premiership cup. It’ll be MHSOB’s day if they start early and apply scoreboard pressure to shut down the Hoers’ young brigade.
Power House vs Yarra Old Grammarians
Power House will need just one win now to secure their D2 survival while Yarra Old Grammarians are pushing for a slim finals chance.
Yarra will take last weeks’ win and keep their finals hopes alive as they push for that special fourth spot next week. They’ll need a big percentage boost now and have a real chance against Power House.
However, the House were relatively play against a top side in Glen Eira last week, only losing the second half by a combined 12 points. The House have been able to hold on and stop the run one from Dodd’s shown earlier this year, which will probe handy in the last game.
Last time these sides met, The House were close until a last quarter blow out, but with fitness improvements and a lot of the line, they’ll be bursting through the middle and working to corridor for four quarters. Yarra are known for their strong work and wing use, so they’ll try at tire the House as quickly as possible.
This game will be a clash of styles, but if the House can get some Ruck taps to advantage and blown the game open from the middle. However, history shows that Yarra can outclass.
BYE- Brunswick