MCDFL semi-finals

Lexton full-forward Matt Brown.

Lexton full-forward Matt Brown.

SEMI-FINAL 1

LEXTON v ROYAL PARK - 2.35pm Saturday at Princes Park, Maryborough.

Last time: Round 12, 2014: Lexton 9.12 (66) d Royal Park 3.4 (22).

Since 2011: Lexton 6; Royal Park 0.

LEXTON will start a warm favourite to bounce back from defeat last week and keep its MCDFL season alive on Saturday.

Lexton takes on Royal Park in the first semi-final in what’s a clash of the Tiger rivals.

Lexton had a 15-game winning streak ended by Carisbrook in their qualifying final last week, while Royal Park marked its first finals appearance in eight years with a 37-point victory over Campbells Creek.

Royal Park has never beaten Lexton in their six meetings, with the closest Bushy has finished being the 44 points they were beaten by in round 12.

The winner plays reigning premier Navarre next week.

TALE OF THE TAPE

Lexton:

Won: 15. Lost: 2.

Average for: 98.8. Against: 43.1.

Quarters won: 53/68.

Flag: $5.

Royal Park:

Won: 12. Lost: 5.

Average for: 73.8. Against: 66.0.

Quarters won: 34/68.

Flag: $21.

SEMI-FINAL 2

NATTE BEALIBA v NEWSTEAD - 2.35pm Sunday at Princes Park, Maryborough.

Last time: Round 8, 2014: Natte Bealiba 18.8 (116) d Newstead 15.10 (100).

Since 2011: Natte Bealiba 3; Newstead 2.

NATTE Bealiba and Newstead lock horns for the first time in a final when they meet in Sunday’s second semi-final.

The Swans were competitive in their qualifying final against power side Navarre last week in an 18-point defeat.

Newstead has been far from its best in the second half of the season and was challenged by eighth-placed Talbot in their elimination final last week, before winning by 22 points, led by five goals from Mark Ramsey.

The sides met once during the home and away season, with the Swans winning by 16 points in round eight in what was the Steaders’ first defeat.

The winner takes on Carisbrook in a preliminary final.

TALE OF THE TAPE:

Natte Bealiba:

Won: 12. Lost: 5.

Average for: 94.9. Against: 63.3.

Quarters won: 45/68.

Flag: $18.

Newstead:

Won: 13. Lost: 4.

Average for: 89.7. Against: 70.8.

Quarters won: 44/68.

Flag: $26.

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