MHSOB secured third spot on the Division 2 ladder following their surprise 12-point win over Prahran Assumption. Trailing by five points at the half, the Unicorns kicked six goals to three and ran over the ladder leaders for just their second loss of the year. Nicholas Hawking bagged four goals for the winners, while Josh Hogarth mirrored that output for the Two Blues.
West Brunswick completed the home and away fixture on a high as they proved too strong for Yarra Old Grammarians, running out 19-point winners at Ransford Oval. Leading by just eight points at three quarter time, the Westies kicked five goals to four and ultimately ended the Bushrangers’ finals hopes with their fourth consecutive loss. Christopher Germon was named best afield for the second-placed Westies, while Nicholas Chamberlain kicked four goals for the Bushrangers and finished his season with 43 from 16 games.
Glen Eira finished their season on a high with a 35-point win over the finals-bound Old Paradians at Garvey Oval. Despite being unable to climb out of the relegation zone, the Gryphons were outstanding as they came from 19 points down at the main break and ran over the Raiders via 11 goals to one in the second half. Vaughn Colyer recorded three goals and was best on ground for the Gryphons, while Christopher Kandilakis impressed for the Raiders.
Emmaus St Leo’s proved far too strong for Hawthorn AFC in their last match of the season, defeating them by 98 points at Rathmines Reserves. 44 scoring shots to 21 gives an indication of the Animals’ dominance throughout the day, with Thomas Birkett going nuts and kicking seven goals. Daniel Hill chipped in with five for the Animals, while Nathan Raiti was best for the Hawks. The Hawks will now return to Division 3 without a win, but regroup ahead of 2018.
Bulleen Templestowe avoided relegation following a 37-point victory over Eltham Collegians at Ted Ajani Reserve. Six goals to three in the first term set the game up for the Bullants as they went on to control the match with a further six goals to three over the ensuing three quarters. Michael Considine top-scored with four goals for the Bullants and Rob Edsall was best afield. Brent Gutterson kicked three for the Turtles and took his tally to 45 for the year, as they finish the season in eighth position and 5% above relegation.