If week one of the BJFL finals series was anything to go by then the league is in for a sensational month of football.
Four games were decided by single digit margins - including Quarry Hill's 5.5 (35) to 4.8 (32) under-12B first semi-final win over St Francis, MGYCW's 5.5 (35) to 4.3 (27) under-12C first semi-final victory over Heathcote, Castlemaine's narrow 8.7 (55) to 7.8 (50) under-14 reserves 1 first semi-final win over Eaglehawk and MGYCW's 8.8 (56) to 8.5 (53) defeat of North Bendigo in the under-14 reserves 3.
High quality football was played in the senior divisions, with the higher ranked teams coming out on top.
In the under-16 seniors first semi-final, Sandhurst kept its season alive on the back of a comeback win over Kyneton.
The Dragons trailled by 15 points at the main break and 10 points at three quarter-time before they added five goals to one in the finl term to win 10.8 (68) to 8.5 (53).
Nash Dignan and Jacob Nihill were best for Sandhurst, while Bailey McGee and Dominic Bennington played well for the Tigers.
In the under-14 seniors, Golden Square advanced to the preliminary final after defeating Kyneton 9.9 (63) to 5.11 (41) in the first semi-final.
Jack McMahon and Tom Dillon were the standouts for the young Bulldogs. Harry Lawson and Jye Chambers led the way for the Tigers.
It was better news for Kyneton in the under-12A first semi-final.
The Tigers edged out Strathfieldsaye 7.10 (52) to 6.2 (38).
Tom Rutledge kicked three goals and was best for the Tigers ahead of Lincol Koliba and Matt Black.
Jett Grundy kicked five of the Storm's seven goals, while Jaidi Jackson-Leahy and Hugh Behrens also played well.
In the under-18 girls first semi-final, Kangaroo Flat proved too strong for Woorinen.
The Roos kicked 4.5 to 1.0 in the second half on their way to a 8.10 (58) to 3.4 (22) win.
Jemma Finning and Ella Wicks were superb for the Roos, wile Isabella Pitoo kicked four goals.
Carleee Hazlett, Lily Den Houting and Dayna Kelly-Guthrie were best for Woorinen.
South Bendigo is one win away from the under-15 girls grand final.
The Bloods outclassed Strath Thunder 7.7 (49) to 1.2 (8) in the first semi-final.
Jeanette Ross, Montana Biggs and Charlize Bake did the damage for South.
Alana Hancock, Chloe Greenwood and Makayla Elliott battled hard for the Thunder.
The under-13 girls first semi-final was also lopsided, with Strathfieldsaye defeating Castlemaine 9.13 (67) to 0.1 (1).
Tahlia Kendall, Nadia Peebles and Piper Wright (three goals) played great footy for the Storm.
Sarah McLean, Vaimoana Epati and Olivia Henderson battled hard against the odds.
This weekend's finals will be played at White Hills, Dower Park and Weeroona Oval.
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