The 17th and final round of the season saw some thrilling results as the final ladder was confirmed.
The individual batting highlights included 120 from Northcote’s Steven Taylor, 104* from Melbourne University’s Jarrod Martignago, 99 from Kingston Hawthorn’s Sam Newell and 86 from Geelong’s Hayden Butterworth.
The best figures in the bowling department came from Melbourne University’s Liam Scammell with 5/49, Richmond’s Dominic Matarazzo with 4/10, Camberwell Magpies’ Shubham Bhargave with 4/20 and Greenvale Kangaroos’ Henry Alexander with 4/26.
This weekend’s quarter finals fixtures are as follows:Carlton (1st) host Fitzroy Doncaster (8th) at Princes Park #1 – A tough ask for the Lions this weekend after they just snuck into finals despite their loss to Richmond in the last round. The Lions’ score of 98 from 25 overs in their rain affected match wasn’t enough to get the win and more importantly avoid having to take on top-placed Carlton away from home. However, they will be buoyed by loss the Blues experienced at the hands of second-placed Melbourne on the weekend. It was just Carlton’s third loss of the season and first since round 9, they’ll still go in as heavy favourites though especially at home.
Melbourne (2nd) host Dandenong (7th) at Albert Ground – Melbourne continued their winning streak on Saturday as the defeated top-placed Carlton. It extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games and they look the inform side heading into the finals. There was excitement at Dandenong as well on the weekend as they defeated Greenvale Kangaroos by three wickets to climb back into the eight and secure a finals berth. Captain Tom Donnell (71) led from the front and 52 from Joshua Slater set up the win at Shepley Oval.
Prahran (3rd) host Melbourne University (6th) at Toorak Park – Prahran secured a top four finish and a home final after a bonus point win over Essendon. They were able to bowl out the opposition for just 107 and chase it down fairly comfortably inside 24 overs. Melbourne University also finished the regular season with a win chasing down 204 to confirm their place inside the top 8 mostly thanks to a 158-run partnership between Jarrod Martignago (104*) and Fergus McKenna (76). Both sides have been in a good run of form, both going unbeaten since round 10.
St Kilda (4th) host Geelong (5th) at Harry Trott Oval – Another two sides who finished the season with wins, as St Kilda got their second bonus point win in a row defeating 17th placed Frankston by 58 runs. They’ll come up against much tougher opponents however, when they take on Geelong. They had a nervous weekend as they overcame a desperate Northcote with the winner guaranteeing a finals spot. In one of the only games not reduced by rain, they were able to defend 210 and now face the trip to Harry Trott Oval for a chance at a semi-final.
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QUARTER FINALS- SATURDAY APRIL 3RD 2021 (10:00AM Start)
CARLTON V FITZROY DONCASTER at Princes Park #1
Umpires D Brigham & V Calabro
MELBOURNE V DANDENONG at Albert Ground
Umpires C Grant & L McCabe
PRAHRAN V MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY at Toorak Park
Umpires G Bawa & M van Eck
ST KILDA V GEELONG at Harry Trot Oval
Umpires Greg Azzopardi & Anthony Medina
Written by Cameron Rochow