MCDFL week one finals

1ST QUALIFYING FINAL

Navarre v Natte Bealiba - Princes Park, Maryborough, 2.35pm Saturday.

Last time: Round 13, 2014: Navarre 9.10 (64) d Natte Bealiba 6.4 (40).

Since 2009: Navarre 9; Natte Bealiba 2.

AFTER an undefeated home and away season, Navarre will be aiming to end its MCDFL qualifying final hoodoo on Saturday.

The Grasshoppers have played in qualifying finals the past three seasons, but lost them all.

They take on Natte Bealiba, which was the team that got the closest to the Grasshoppers in the home and away season when they were beaten by 24 points in round 13.

Tip: Navarre by 45.

TALE OF THE TAPE

Navarre:

Won: 16. Lost: 0.

Average for: 130.0. Against: 42.4.

Quarters won: 60/64.

Flag odds: $1.95.

Natte Bealiba:

Won: 12. Lost: 4.

Average for: 96.4. Against: 61.7.

Quarters won: 44/64.

Flag odds: $10.

2ND QUALIFYING FINAL

Lexton v Carisbrook - Hedges Oval, Maryborough, 2.35pm Saturday.

Last time: Round 13, 2014: Lexton 9.8 (62) d Carisbrook 6.12 (48).

Since 2011: Carisbrook 5; Lexton 1.

LEXTON will carry a 15-game winning streak into its qualifying final against Carisbrook on Saturday.

The Tigers haven’t been beaten since round one and boast the MCDFL’s No.1 defence that has conceded an average of just 41.5 points per game.

Carisbrook has built solidly as the season has progressed, winning 10 of its past 11 games, losing only to Lexton in that time.

Tip: Lexton by 17.

TALE OF THE TAPE

Lexton:

Won: 15. Lost: 1.

Average for: 101.1. Against: 41.5.

Quarters won: 51/64.

Flag odds: $3.

Carisbrook:

Won: 13. Lost: 3.

Average for: 98.3. Against: 52.3.

Quarters won: 48/64.

Flag odds: $4.

1ST ELIMINATION FINAL

Newstead v Talbot - Princes Park, Maryborough, 2.35pm Sunday.

Last time: Round 11, 2014: Newstead 12.5 (77) d Talbot 9.10 (64).

Since 2004: Newstead 12; Talbot 5.

NEWSTEAD started the year 7-0, but tapered off in the second half of the season to lose its top four position.

The Steaders are now in a cut-throat elimination final against Talbot on Sunday.

The game will be Talbot’s first final since 2008, but like the Steaders, its form is a concern.

They’ve lost their past three games, including an upset 23-point defeat to Trentham last week.

Tip: Newstead by 31.

TALE OF THE TAPE

Newstead:

Won: 12. Lost: 4.

Average for: 88.7. Against: 70.0.

Quarters won: 41/64.

Flag odds: $18.

Talbot:

Won: 6. Lost: 10.

Average for: 82.1. Against: 85.1.

Quarters won: 28/64.

Flag odds: $34.

2ND ELIMINATION FINAL

Royal Park v Campbells Creek - Hedges Oval, Maryborough, 2.35pm Sunday.

Last time: Round 3, 2014: Royal Park 16.18 (114) d Campbells Creek 5.4 (34).

Since 2004: Royal Park 10; Campbells Creek 5.

ROYAL Park and Campbells Creek have been two perennial battlers of the MCDFL.

But after both improving significantly this year, they meet in an elimination final on Sunday.

For Campbells Creek, it will be its first final since 1999, while it has been more than 30 years since the club last won a final.

Royal Park - which has home ground advantage - plays its first final since 2006.

Tip: Royal Park by 38.

TALE OF THE TAPE

Royal Park:

Won: 11. Lost: 5.

Average for: 73.1. Against: 67.1.

Quarters won: 31/64.

Flag odds: $18.

Campbells Creek:

Won: 7. Lost: 9.

Average for: 72.4. Against: 91.8.

Quarters won: 26/64.

Flag odds: $81.

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