EAGLEHAWK will put its premiership defence credentials on the line tomorrow when it takes on flag favourites Strathfieldsaye for the first spot in the 2019 Bendigo Football Netball League senior footy grand final.
The Hawks are the only side to defeat the rampaging flag favourites this season, having won a tense round 10 Canterbury Park encounter by three goals.
In its last five matches of the home and away season, Strathfieldsaye won each game by an average of more than 171 points, with its defence conceding just five goals a game on average, but Eaglehawk will offer the Storm’s greatest challenge since their June encounter.
Eaglehawk defeated Gisborne in the qualifying final played under the QEO lights last weekend.
The Bulldogs got the better start and led by two goals at half time.
Eaglehawk found their mojo in the third quarter to race to a two goal lead of its own at three quarter time and then drew away from the Bulldogs to record a well-earned 13.11 (89) to 7.9 (51) victory.
Sandhurst’s season ended when arch rivals Golden Square ground out a tough win in another outstanding game of football in Sunday’s elimination final.
Despite the Dragons recording two wins during the regular season, the experienced Golden Square side found a way to reverse the tables to outlast their opponents and finish with a 11.11 (77) to 10.2 (62) victory.
In netball action, Kangaroo Flat defeated Gisborne in the A-grade qualifying final, 50-35.
Gisborne won both matches against the Roos during the regular season, but on Saturday night it was Kangaroo Flat who emerged triumphant.
Gisborne now plays Eaglehawk in Sunday’s first semi-final, after the Borough won 45-33 over South Bendigo in last weekend’s elimination final.
This weekend’s football action sees the Storm in action in all four grades of Saturday’s football.
– PETER KENNEDY