DIVISION 4 GRAND FINAL PREVIEW

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Josh Gabelich

After eighteen home and away rounds, three finals and a total of ninety three matches, we have finally reached the two hours that matter most. 
We both know what many of us thought all year, South Mornington and Swinburne Uni are by far the best two sides in Division Four. 
Regardless of what happens on Saturday, they will both be promoted come the final siren which is a great result for two clubs that have only entered the league in the past decade.
The sides have already battled on three separate occasions in 2012 with the most recent coming only two weeks ago in the the first semi final where the Tigers got the job done by only six points.
FRom the three encounters, the first in round nine, the final round of the home and away season and in the first semi final, the Tigers hold the edge over the Razorbacks with two victories to one. 
In their first meeting back in June, the unbeaten Tigers knocked off the students in a comfortable fashion by 44 points down at Citation Oval. 

It was a different story in round 18 but only by the smallest of margins. 
By the end of the home and away season, the Tigers form had begun to waver and they were caught out at St James Park. 
After leading by as much as five goals in the opening term, the Tigers were left to lick their wounds on the way back down the coast. 

In the semi final, only a week after their final round showdown, South Mornington got the better of their rivals in a tight tussle at Scammell Reserve. 
Inaccurate goal kicking almost hurt the yellow and black on that day but they were good enough to get over the line by a kick to advance straight to the Grand Final and earn the week off.

The Division Four season has been predictable. 
It appeared very early in the piece that these two sides were heads and shoulders above the rest of the competition and were on a collision course at the big dance. 
Finally, we get the opportunity to see both sides put it all on the line in a do or die clash to determine the premiership. 
It doesn’t matter what has happened previously, Saturday is where it will count.