Strathfieldsaye’s premiership campaign in the BJFL under-16 senior competition is alive after a stunning turnaround in Sunday’s elimination final.
The Storm conceded four of the first five goals against Golden Square before adding eight goals to none after quarter-time to win 9.6 (60) to 4.11 (35).
Jake Gamble and Abe Sheahan were best for the Storm, while Chris Cox and Jack Merrin played well for Square.
Storm advances to a first semi-final clash with Kyneton after the Tigers fell to South Bendigo in the qualifying final.
The Bloods upset the Tigers 9.6 (60) to 4.12 (36) and will play Sandhurst this Sunday in the second semi-final, with the winner to earn a berth in the grand final.
James Tyack and Tom Martin were named best for the Bloods. Kyneton were best served by Dominic Bennington and Bryn Rowland.
In the under-14 seniors division, Strathfieldsaye eliminated Golden Square in the first semi-final.
The Storm withstood a late charge from the Dogs to win 6.9 (45) to 4.11 (35). The Storm will play in the preliminary final in a fortnight against the loser of this week’s second semi-final between Kyneton and Sandhurst.
In the under-12A division first semi-final, Golden Square thrashed Strathfieldsaye by 13 goals to advance to the preliminary final.
Max Lowery and Oliver Eaton stood out for the Dogs, while Will Harvey and Jaidi Jackson-Leahy gave their all for the Storm.
It was a much tighter affair in the under-15 girls qualifying final.
Strathfieldsaye rallied from a half-time deficit to defeat Kyneton 6.10 (46) to 6.5 (41).
Natasha Bratby and Nikita Matthews led the way for the Storm. Kyneton’s best were Tamsyn Diss and Grace Cooper.
In the elimination final, Eaglehawk kept South Bendigo scoreless in the final quarter on its way to a 14-point win.
Four goals from Keely Fullerton and a best on ground display from Imogen O’Neill were the highlights for the Hawks. South’s best players were Charlize Bake and Tia Davidge.
In the under-18 girls division, Golden Square put an end to Woorinen’s season when it won the first semi-final by eight points.
Ella Turnbull and Sydney Turnbull were superb for Square, while Katelyn Hazlett and Amy Fulton played well for the Tigers.
Other results from the weekend:
Under-16 reserves – First semi-final: Huntly 9.9 (63) d Sandhurst 6.15 (51).
Under-14 reserves 1 – Qualifying final: White Hills 5.9 (39) lt Eaglehawk 15.11 (101). Elimination final: Castlemaine 8.13 (61) d Maiden Gully YCW 3.6 (24).
Under-14 reserves 2 – Elimination final: Kangaroo Flat 14.11 (95) d Sandhurst 4.11 (35). Qualifying final: Dockers 10.12 (72) d Kyneton 4.1 (25).
Under-12A reserve – First semi-final: Quarry Hill 4.1 (25) d St Monica’s 2.6 (18).
Under-12B – First semi-final: St Therese’s 4.6 (30) d St Francis of the Field 3.4 (22).
Under-12C – First semi-final: Eaglehawk 2.4 (16) lt Kangaroo Flat 2.5 (17).
Under-12D – Elimination final: St Therese’s 9.7 (61) d Kyneton 2.4 (16). Qualifying final: Maiden Gully YCW 3.10 (28) d Quarry Hill 2.2 (14).