Dromana and Red Hill will push their long-standing rivalry to new limits on Saturday when the Tigers and Hillmen collide in a mouth-watering MPNFL Division Two Second Semi-Final at Hastings.
Dromana sat idle on the weekend, courtesy of its top-place finish, while Red Hill overcame a brave Karingal, and some shocking weather conditions, to win the qualifying final by 32 points at Somerville.
The Hillmen led by just seven points at three-quarter time but slammed home 4.3 to 0.2 in the last quarter to move to within one step of this year’s grand final.
The Bulls held firm for most of the contest, but a long-bomb set shot from Chris Irving put the issue to bed midway through the final term.
Irving, Jonah Siversen and Jake Mold were superb for the winners, while Andy Mathers and Todd Farrelly were influential performers for the Bulls.
The Bulls will need to recharge quickly for Sunday’s huge first semi-final against Langwarrin at Rye, after the Kangaroos ended Chelsea’s season with a 12-point victory in the elimination final at the same venue.
Langy took full advantage of a strong breeze in the first term, kicking out to a 28-point lead at the first change before the Gulls came charging in the second quarter.
They narrowed the gap to 13 points at the major interval before the Kangaroos extended back to 25 points at the final change.
The Seagulls had plenty of the ball in the last quarter but fell short to bring a promising season to an end. Reid Crowe, Brad Clark and Curtis Bywater, who kicked four, finished their seasons strongly for the Seagulls, while Zac Andrewartha booted three goals in a match-winning performance for Langy.
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MPNFL DIVISION TWO FINALS – WEEK 2
SECOND SEMI-FINAL – Saturday 25 August at Hastings
Seniors Dromana v Red Hill 2.00pm
Reserves Dromana v Karingal 11.40am
Under 19s Red Hill v Rye 9.45am
FIRST SEMI-FINAL – Sunday 26 August at Rye
Seniors Karingal v Langwarrin 2.00pm
Reserves Dromana v Chelsea 11.40am
Under 19s Karingal v Somerville 9.45am