The minor round has concluded and we farewell both the winless Modbury and Athelstone after their brief sojourn in the top flight. Athelstone got the chocolates in the battle of 9th and 10th in the final round with Aaron Stewart BOG for the winners.

Rostrevor will relish a week off to ensure they are ready with all guns blazing for a second semi-final against this week’s Qualifying final winner. Their final round 15-point win over PAOC cemented top spot. Best for the ROC’s was James Butterworth whilst the man they call “Hunky” Tom Hurley had his best game of an injury plagued season.

TTG play Goodwood in a huge clash at Perteringa. On the weekend TTG fell to Payneham by 12 points in a high pressure tight affair that could have gone either way. Best for the Gullies was Troy Menzel whilst Adam Maschotta was superb in his defensive role.

Goodwood’s round 18 contest saw a disappointing and somewhat surprising result as they fell by 8 goals at Uni. It was largely due to the midfield exploits of the Black’s Todd Pfeiffer and the consistent Charlie Parker. Best for the Saints was Jakob Heitmann and Tom Anderson.

Gullies and Goodwood met twice this year with a draw in round 2 at Goodwood and a 22-point home win for the Gullies in the return bout.

It’s a very hard game to tip but home ground advantage is huge. Of great interest is the tactical nous of Adam Jeffries which is certain to play a part. His pro-active game analysis and obscure tactical implementation make this an intriguing battle. I’m not sure the Goodwood press can work on the wide expanses of Perteringa so I’m tipping the Gullies.

The Elimination final will see PNU host Port District for the second year in a row in the cutthroat final. The final round of the year saw the Falcons 12-point winners over Gullies. Matthew Nye was excellent in the middle, Dylan Auciello was supreme in defence and Nick “The Situation” Jolly swung the game in Payneham’s favour in ruck.

For Port the final round saw a surprisingly slow start at Largs ultimately lead to 13-point loss at home despite the best efforts of Ned Heath.

During the year it was the Falcons who were successful on both occasions

On paper PNU look to have the side to get the job done but finals football brings the intangible aspect that can often be overlooked. Port have also managed to cause some major upsets throughout the year. The Falcons at home will be hard to beat but this is finals football.

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