Omlettes earn double chance with final round victory

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It was the final round of the home and away season for division one women’s on Saturday, as Old Melburnians moved into second spot ahead of the Finals series.

Finishing the season in 5th place on the ladder, Old Geelong ended the year on a high, with a 47-point win over Old Xaverians.

Both teams brought an offensive game style early with Old Geelong kicking four majors in the first term, to go with Old Xaverians’ two. After the first break, both teams tightened their defence, but Old Geelong proved far too strong for Old Xaverians, adding another seven goals to their final score, while Old Xaverians only managed one more goal for the day.

Vicky Tan was clear best on, slotting five goals for Old Geelong. For Old Xaverians, Tahyrn Mant summarised her season with another team best performance.

Old Melburnians have earnt themselves the double chance in finals, after defeating Old Camberwell Grammarians at Elsternwick Park.

Old Camberwell asked a serious question of the Omlettes, as they trailed by only a goal at three-quarter time. However, Melburnians dug deep and managed to score the only goal of the final term to extend their lead to 13 points, proving themselves as a top two side.

Clare Fraser and Sally Peers led the charge for Old Melburnians, while Alexandra Herrington and Olivia Honore did their best in attempt to get Old Camberwell home.

Hawthorn AFC have ended the year with just one win, having fallen to Old Haileybury by 46 points.

Hawthorn started well, registering two goals in the first term, while Old Haileybury kicked three. The second term was a completely different story, however, with Old Haileybury booting four unanswered goals. Hawthorn found some composure at half time and managed to outscore Old Haileybury in the third, but they were unable to hold on in the fourth, allowing Old Haileybury to extend the margin by another 17 points.

Laura Castleden starred for the Hawks, ending the day with a goal as well. Serene Vudiniabola snuck four goals for Old Haileybury, while Bridget Hanrahan was their best.

Beaumaris showed why they are the deserving minor premiers with a convincing win over Old Brighton.

What had been anticipated to be the match of the round turned out to be somewhat anticlimactic, with Old Brighton only managing one goal for the entirety of the game, which came off the boot of Kitty Smyth in the first term.

Beaumaris were able to extend their lead at each break, ending the day with a final margin of 44 points.

Cat O’Brien proved invaluable again, best on for Old Brighton for the fourth time this season. Ashley van Rooyen was best for Beaumaris, while Simone Marinelli and Genevieve Gori showed class in front of the big sticks, kicking three goals each.

The loss caused Old Brighton to fall out of the top two, giving up their right to a finals double chance.

Hampton Rovers ended their season early with a forfeit in their final match against Marcellin OC.

Finals time has arrived, with the promise of two exciting matches on the weekend.

Old Brighton will play Marcellin OC in an elimination final, with the winner progressing to the preliminary final. The two sides have met twice already this season, with the respective home side coming out victorious each time.

Old Brighton will need to bounce back in a big way, after their disappointing loss to Beaumaris on the weekend. Marcellin’s last loss also came at the hands of Beaumaris, back in Round 12.

Meanwhile, Beaumaris and Old Melburnians will face each other in a battle to secure the first spot in the 2023 grand final.

The Omlettes will be looking to build on their Round 6 efforts where they fell just one goal short of the Sharks, while the Sharks will just want to keep playing their brand of footy, that no team has been able to overcome so far this year.