Footy finals are here and local clubs are right in the action, seeking premiership glory.The Central District Football Club has miraculously snuck into the SANFL finals, which start this Saturday, following a dramatic final minor round.
The Bulldogs needed to beat top side Woodville West Torrens on its home turf, a feat not achieved by the northerners since 2012, and rely on bottom side West Adelaide beating fifth-placed Glenelg to feature in the minor rounds.
Taking control in the final quarter at Woodville, with two goals to Luke Habel, a miracle snap from Josh Waldhuter and the icing on the cake from Kyle Presbury on the siren, the Dogs won by 20 points and found themselves awaiting the result at Richmond.
West did the job and Central District now plays Norwood in an elimination final at Adelaide Oval from 12.10 on Saturday.
The Bulldogs met Norwood only three weeks ago and had a crushing 76-point win, while Centrals also won their last finals outing against the Redlegs in 2015.
THE CDFC’s reserves will also feature in finals action, playing West Adelaide. Adelaide Football LeagueIn division four of the Adelaide Football League, Eastern Park will be playing off for a grand final berth when it takes on Morphettville Park in the preliminary final.
Minor premiers North Haven comprehensively outplayed the Demons in the second semi-final to win by 58 points and move through to the grand final.
For the Parkers, Adam Clements and Nathan McIvor (three goals) featured in the best players against Havens.
Meanwhile, in division six, Elizabeth will also be playing for its premiership life in this weekend’s preliminary final, following an 18-point loss to Pulteney.
The Eagles held a one-point advantage at the last change, but Pulteney stormed home with five goals.
Best for Elizabeth were Aron Schlink and veteran Trent Greenshields, while Darryl Cotter and Shaun Woodland each kicked two goals.
The Eagles will play in the division six reserves preliminary final after also succumbing to Pulteney, who kicked six goals to two in the last half to assert their authority and win by 32 points.
Dylan Maslen and Brett Watts were best, while Jamie Quirk booted three goals.
Finally, in C6 fortune favoured the brave with Elizabeth snatching a three-point victory over Payneham Norwood Union with a goal to Bodhi Sims as the siren sounded.
Sims and evergreen veteran Danny Walton each kicked three goals, while Charlie Morris and Andrew Tully were best players. Adelaide PlainsIn the Adelaide Plains Football League, Virginia is out of the A grade premiership hunt, going down to Balaklava by 62 points.
Trailing by eight points at half-time, Balak powered to victory with a 16 goals to five last half.
Best for the Rams in a disappointing fadeout were Adrian Mark and veteran Brendon Niklaus (three goals).
In the reserves, Angle Vale played its first senior APFL final but, sadly, fell well short, going down to Hummocks-Watchman Eagles by 42 points.
The junior colts’ first semi-final on the weekend saw Angle Vale progress to a preliminary final berth, defeating Mallala by 45 points.
Best was Jordan Kotsano (three goals), while Ryan Johnson kicked four majors.This Saturday will see Virginia play a B grade second semi, while the Rams will take on Angle Vale in the senior colts match, with the victor going through to the grand final. Women’s footballFinally, the Angle Vale Hooters will play in the division two women’s grand final on Sunday at Thebarton Oval from 1pm.
The match will be played against Christies Beach, which the Hooters defeated by five points in the second semi-final.
Association best and fairest Brittany Perry will be a key player in the grand final, along with key forward Cristie Castle.