Hampton Rovers proved too strong for Oakleigh in their preliminary final, running out 33-point winners and booking a spot in next week’s decider against Ormond.
Leading by three points at three quarter time, the Rovers ignited with four unanswered goals in the final term. Daniel Corp, Campbell Hetherington and Christian Carnovale each booted three goals for the Rovers, while Anthony Folino kicked two and was named best afield for his outstanding performance. Aaron Cloke and Tim Scott kicked three of their own for the Krushers and Harry Boontjes was a standout.
It was a fantastic effort from the Krushers to make a preliminary final after entering the four in Round 18 and edging past Therry Penola by one-point last weekend.
The Rovers will reignite rivalries with the Monders next weekend after going down to them in Round 18 and again in last week’s second semi-final. The win means the Rovers will return to Premier C in 2019 after suffering relegation last season.