KANGAROO Flat has stormed into the Bendigo Junior Football League under-16 grand final with a tense five-point win over Strathfieldsaye.
The Roos, who finished the season as minor round premiers, three games clear of the Storm, won 8.10 (58) to 8.5 (53) at Harry Trott Oval.
Strathfieldsaye will have another chance to qualify for this season’s grand final when it tackles Sandhurst in this weekend’s preliminary final.
The Dragons set up their preliminary final appearance with a win over Sandhurst Marist Dockers a fortnight ago.
Meanwhile, Sandhurst has advanced to the grand final in the top under-14 grade following a hard-fought win against Kyneton.
The Dragons led at every change, including by 15 points at three-quarter time.
Kyneton booted the only goal of the final term, but could only get as eight points to the impressive Dragons, who won 6.5 (41) to 5.3 (33).
The Tigers will play Golden Square in next weekend’s preliminary final in the hopes of getting another crack at the Dragons in a fortnight’s time.
In under-12 A, St Francis A proved it would be hard to match come grand final day following a convincing victory over Strathfieldsaye.
St Francis won 10.4 (64) to 2.1 (13), with Charlie Edwards leading the way with four goals.
The young star has 25 goals alongside his name for the season, including a combined total of eight in his past two games, and looms as a key on grand final day.
Lachlan Kelly, Noah Warfe and Malik Gordon contributed two goals apiece for St Francis.
The Storm will need to get past Kyneton A in the preliminary final if it is to challenge St Francis once more.
In under-12 B, St Therese’s is the first team through to the grand final, after defeating St Monica’s 6.3 (39) to 5.0 (30).
Tobie Travaglia was best afield for St Therese’s and finished with two goals, while Oliver McCartney kicked three for St Monica’s.
Lachlan Harris kicked two goals as St Killian’s ended Golden Square’s season with a 4.6 (30) to 3.3 (21) win at White Hills.
St Killian’s advanced to a preliminary final showdown against St Monica’s.
Worineen has cemented its status as premiership favourites in the under-17 girls’ competition, with a 25 point win over Kangaroo Flat in Sunday’s second semi-final.
The Tigers set up their 6.6 (42) to 2.5 (17) victory with a 25-1 opening quarter.
The Roos will get another chance to qualify for the grand final against Strathfieldsaye, which moved into to the preliminary final with a 23 point win over Kyneton.
Four goals from Lucia Painter were influential in Sandhurst qualifying for the 15-under grand final.
The Dragons won their second semi-final encounter against Strathfieldsaye by 30 points.
Robertson Pip, Polly Robertson and Ava Hamilton were among the standouts for Sandhurst.
Hannah Wakefield, Chloe Lenaghan, Indi Power, Natasha Bratby and Nikita Matthews were best for the Storm, who play Kyneton in this weekend’s preliminary final.
The Tigers will be hoping to replicate their finals-winning form of a fortnight ago when they beat Golden Square.