Played in chilly albeit fairly pleasant conditions across the league, Round Seventeen wrapped up the regular season for 2017 – meaning mothballs for some and a renewed campaign for the four teams in each grade that have qualified for Semi-Finals next weekend.
Heading the A Grade ladder by a margin, Lara scored heavily against Mounties – wrapping up the contest with a ten-run last innings – while Guild held its break in second place with a hard-fought win over East Belmont and Bellarine overpowered fourth-placed Deakin, which it will meet again in an Elimination Final next Saturday.
LARA 23 defeated MOUNTIES 2
Heading the A Grade table for most of the 2017 season, Lara tuned up for another finals appearance with a thumping win over a Mounties outfit that was missing key players and clearly outmatched in this contest.
The outcome of the game was effectively decided early on, as the Wildcats chased Mounties starter Gavin Smith from the hill in the second with thirteen earned runs against his name on a combination of walks, HPBs and seven hits.
While Mitch Parry tossed a scoreless third, his side again came under fire in a ten-run fourth as the potent Lara offence again stepped up the pressure and continued to build on already bloated batting numbers headed by Aaron Green (four hits and seven RBIs), Ben Hammer (two and three), Cameron Forbes (two and two), Ross Wilson (two and two), Jared Berman (two and two) and Steve Wilson (two and two).
Having an outstanding all-round season, Cameron Forbes was in fine fettle with the start for Lara, whiffing eight over three innings of work before handing the pill to Dan Anson to close out the game against an opponent that could muster just five hits – two of those to Jedd Miller.
Lara will meet Guild in the Second Semi-Final next week, in all likelihood on Sunday, while Mounties – which was again an ultra-competitive unit at this level all season – will direct its energies to support of its A Reserve side in its finals campaign.
|MOUNTIES||0 0 0 1 1 (2) 1 error|
|LARA||8 5 0 10 x (23) 1 error|
|Mounties:||J.Miller 2, G.Smith, G.Davidson, J.Sculley, G.Masterson|
|Lara:||A.Green 4, C.Forbes 2, R.Wilson 2, J.Berman 2, B.Hammer 2, S.Wilson 2, J.Charles, J.Fraim|
|Lara:||A.Green 7, B.Hammer 3, J.Charles 2, C.Forbes 2, R.Wilson 2, J.Berman 2, S.Wilson 2, J.Fraim, M.Chequer, D.Anson|
|Mounties:||G.Smith 1 inn, 7 H, 0 K, 5 BB, 3 HPB, 13 ER|
|M.Parry 2.1 inn, 7 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 2 HPB, 8 ER|
|G.Davidson 0.2 inn, 2 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER|
|Lara:||C.Forbes 3 inn, 2 H, 8 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|D.Anson 2 inn, 4 H, 0 K, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER|
BELLARINE 16 defeated DEAKIN 4
Although this game had no bearing on final standings, it was a disappointing display by the reigning premier, which was behind the eight ball when the Bears bludgeoned three in the first and another two in the second to set the base for a massive win.
While the final margin was clear-cut, it was magnified somewhat by the eight unearned runs conceded later in the game – principally off Sam Fraser, who attacked the strike zone but was let down by some errant defence as the Blues slipped up four times under pressure.
Despite the contributions of Mark Rigby, Cameron Lyons and Fraser – all with two hits – the Blues were seriously out-gunned by a Bellarine offence led by Matt Sage (four hits and two RBIs), Cameron Brown (four and two, with a HPB), Wayne Visser (two and two), Jack Auld (two and two) and Lachlan Hockey (one and two) in a terrific all-round team effort in support of Simon Murry (two earned runs over four innings) before Sage closed out the seven-inning contest.
If there is such a factor as home ground advantage in baseball, Deakin is going to find it tough going when they venture down to Wallington Reserve next Saturday to resume hostilities – in an Elimination Final - against a Bears outfit that has the all-round firepower to trouble any club.
|BELLARINE||3 2 0 0 3 3 5 (16) 2 errors|
|DEAKIN||0 0 0 2 1 0 1 (4) 4 errors|
|Bellarine:||M.Sage 4, C.Brown 4, W.Visser 2, J.Auld 2, C.Barker, S.Murry, L.Hockey, C.Hockey, A.Hockey|
|Deakin:||M.Rigby 2, C.Lyons 2, S.Fraser 2, C.Webb, N.Warren|
|Bellarine:||M.Sage 2, C.Brown 2, W.Visser 2, J.Auld 2, L.Hockey 2, C.Barker, L.Weldon, S.Murry, C.Hockey|
|Bellarine:||S.Murry 4 inn, 5 H, 3 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER|
|M.Sage 3 inn, 3 H, 1 K, 4 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER|
|Deakin:||M.Kurganovs 4 inn, 6 H, 2 Ks, 3 BB, 3 HPB, 5 ER|
|M.Rigby 0.0 inn, 1 H, 0 K, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER|
|S./Fraser 3 inn, 10 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER|
GUILD 12 defeated SAINTS 7
It was a head-spinning start at Pioneer Park this afternoon, with Saints starter Dylan Teixeira being taken for five in the top of the first – including a two-run triple by James Renouf – before Saints applied a blowtorch of their own to James Wood, who tattooed the lead-off and walked another three as the home side generated a six spot in the equaliser.
However, with Wood settling into his work and reliever Brad Egan going hitless over three against his old club, the Lions were able to establish some ascendancy before forging away later in the game despite decent stints on the hill by Emerson Rickard and Jordan Isbister.
Amassing fourteen hits to three, the Lions – even without leading hitter Liam Spence - had grand contributors in Mitch Miller (three hits and two RBIs), Tony Kilfoyle (two and three), Troy Snarey (two and two), Renouf (one and two), Jason Peoples (two and one) and Jarryd Wood (two hits), while Saints relied heavily on Marcel Ernstzen (three RBIs) and Chris Rickard (two).
Guild will be away club to Lara in the Second Semi-Final next Sunday, while Saints are out of A Grade contention but will certainly be up and about in support of their A Reserve, B Reserve and C Grade teams as we head into the first week of finals.
|GUILD||5 1 2 1 0 3 (12) 3 errors|
|SAINTS||6 0 0 0 1 0 (7) 2 errors|
|Guild:||M.Miller 3, Jarryd Wood 2, T.Kilfoyle 2, T.Snarey 2, J.Peoples 2, J.Renouf, C.Durston, J.Smyth|
|Saints:||L.Sherwell, C.Rickard, M.Ernstzen|
|Guild:||T.Kilfoyle 3, M.Miller 2, T.Snarey 2, J.Renouf 2, J.Peoples, J.Smyth|
|Saints:||M.Ernstzen 3, C.Rickard 2, D.Teixeira|
|Guild:||James Wood 3 inn, 3 H, 5 Ks, 4 BB, 1 HPB, 5 ER|
|B.Egan 3 inn, 0 H, 6 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|Saints:||D.Teixeira 2 inn, 8 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 3 HPB, 7 ER|
|E.Rickard 3 inn, 4 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER|
|J.Isbister 1 inn, 1 H, 2 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER|
ALL GRADES. Ladders will be finalised when all scores from Round Seventeen are received. All senior grade finals will be played under the Page System. See 2017 PLAYING CONDITIONS for regulations relating to the conduct of the finals series. Senior Finals Schedule and our Semi-Final Preview are expected to be posted by Monday evening.
Lara has ended an heroic late-season charge by Saints for an A Grade finals berth with a thrilling one-run win in Round Sixteen, while Guild forced a last-gasp draw against Bellarine – from two out in the top of the last – and Mounties dealt its third crushing defeat on Deakin, which will limp into the finals after a bruising second half-season.
Kingsley Collins (12 August 2017)
LARA 3 defeated SAINTS 2
Its finals prospects hanging by a thread, Saints began brightly with a run in the top of the first - when lead-off Luke Sherwell singled off Lara starter Cameron Forbes, advanced on ground balls to the right side and scored on a Josh Lee single.
With Tayler Rowe toeing the rubber for Saints – and striking out the first three hitters he saw – the game was already shaping as a pitching shootout, although the Wildcats were able to plate one in the second and another unearned in the third for a narrow break.
Retiring twelve hitters on the trot, Forbes was in blistering form through the middle innings while his side edged further ahead as Saints reliever Josh Lee faltered momentarily by walking a run across in the bottom of six.
Starved of scoring opportunities but not lacking in spirit, Saints took advantage of a rare defensive slip-up by Lara to draw a run back in the top of the seventh and give themselves a chance in the last before Jared Berman closed out the game with the tying run at third.
While Rowe (three innings for two earned runs) and Lee (4.2 for three hits and one earned run) were both superb for Saints, Forbes spun a stunning seven innings for no passes, a solitary earned run and five hits – two of those to Sherwell – in a contest that was a great showcase of winter baseball.
At home to Guild next Saturday, Saints is destined to finish fifth – regardless of the result for fourth-placed Deakin, which holds at least a head to head advantage should the haloes upset the Lions. Well clear on top, Lara will play host to Mounties in what might be an entertaining clash – as neither has much to lose nor to gain from the team perspective.
|SAINTS||1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 (2) 2 errors|
|LARA||0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 (3) 1 errors|
|Saints:||L.Sherwell 2, J.Lee, J.Isbister, D.Teixeira, C.Alldis|
|Lara:||J.Charles, C.Forbes, R.Wilson, J.Berman, J.Fraim, B.Hammer, S.Wilson|
|Lara:||S.Forbes, J.Berman, B.Hammer|
|Saints:||T.Rowe 3 inn, 4 H, 6 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER|
|J.Lee 4.2 inn, 3 H, 4 Ks, 2 BB, 2 HPB, 1 ER|
|Lara:||C.Forbes 7 inn, 5 H, 4 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER|
|J.Berman 1 inn, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
BELLARINE 2 drew with GUILD 2
In another pitcher-dominated affair, both clubs rolled out their quality arms in manufacturing a nine-innings classic that may not have brought a result but certainly gave both clubs plenty to think about with finals to start in a fortnight.
With starters Brad Egan (Guild) and Josh Crotty (Bellarine) in dominant early form, there was nothing much happening in offence until the Bears took advantage of a lead-off infield error to convert in the bottom of five – a score that was built upon in the eighth, when Lions reliever Andy Radevski was tagged for four hits that included an RBI single to Wayne Visser.
With his side holding a two-run break into the top of nine, Crotty conceded a lead-off single to Tony Kilfoyle and was relieved by Simon Murry, who retired the first two hitters he saw before Liam Spence singled to place runners at first and second – a situation custom made for Lions outfielder Chris Durston, who duly smacked a double into leftfield to score both before Murry could escape the inning.
Spence (two hits) and Mitch Miller (two hits) stood out in the Guild total of six knocks, while Cameron Brown (two hits and an RBI), Visser (two and one) and Lachlan Stott (two hits) were best of a Bellarine side that would be delighted with the Crotty effort (four hits over eight, for one earned run).
Among statistics that would please Guild management would surely be the Egan outing (no earned runs and seven strikeouts over seven innings) and the fact that neither he nor Radevski walked nor tattooed any Bears hitter over the duration.
Well ensconced in third, Bellarine will be away to Deakin for a First Semi-Final rehearsal, while Guild – which cannot move from second – will wind up its regular season over at Pioneer Park, where Saints will be keen to finish on a high in A Grade.
|GUILD||0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 (2) 2 errors|
|BELLARINE||0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 (2) 2 errors|
|Guild:||M.Miller 2, L.Spence 2, T.Kilfoyle, C.Durston|
|Bellarine:||C.Brown 2, W.Visser 2, L.Stott 2, L.Weldon, S.Murry, L.Hockey|
|Guild:||B.Egan 7 inn, 5 H, 7 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|A.Radevski 2 inn, 4 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER|
|Bellarine:||J.Crotty 8 inn, 4 H, 6 Ks, 2 BB, 1 HPB, 1 ER|
|S.Murry 1 inn, 2 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER|
MOUNTIES 16 defeated DEAKIN 7
For a side that was still not assured of a finals berth and could be expected to come out blazing, Deakin was comprehensively outplayed by a Mounties outfit that endured late withdrawals of key players and still managed to deliver a decent thumping to the visitors.
Winning all three meetings between the clubs since late June, Mounties has scored a staggering forty-seven runs in those games – not far short of half its total season output - while conceding fourteen.
Plating two in the first and three in the third, Mounties were well-served by starter George Davidson – who came under fire in the top of four but was accorded immediate run support when his club smashed another seven in the equaliser as both Liam Whiteside and reliever Andrew Brady came in for some punishment.
Although eleven walks and two HPB clearly helped the Mounties side – which played errorless defence – it had outstanding contributors in Scott Jones (three hits and four RBIs), Matt Jones (three and two), Davidson (two and two) and teenager Will Ringin (two and two).
Cameron Lyons (two and three) was the beacon for a Deakin offence that could muster just five hits and never really looked threatening until a last-innings outburst when the game was well and truly gone.
Assured of fourth placing regardless of final round results, Deakin will aim to regroup for what is effectively a Semi-Final preview out at Bellarine next Saturday, while Mounties will make the trek to Lara for its final A Grade game.
|DEAKIN||0 0 0 3 0 4 (7) 2 errors|
|MOUNTIES||2 0 3 7 4 x (16) 0 errors|
|Deakin:||C.Lyons 2, A.Medew, N.Warren|
|Mounties:||S.Jones 3, M.Jones 3, G.Davidson 2, W.Ringin 2, J.Miller|
|Deakin:||C.Lyons 3, C.Webb, K.Greenhalgh, M.Rigby, N.Warren|
|Mounties:||S.Jones 4, G.Davidson 2, W.Ringin 2, M.Jones 2, S.Kerr, G.Smith, M.Collins|
|Deakin:||L.Whiteside 3.1 inn, 6 H, 2 Ks, 6 BB, 1 HPB, 7 ER|
|Andrew Brady 1.2 inn, 5 H, 1 K, 5 BB, 1 HPB, 4 ER|
|Mounties:||G.Davidson 5 inn, 4 H, 2 Ks, 3 BB, 4 HPB, 6 ER|
|G.Smith 1 inn, 0 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
IN OTHER GRADES. While some results are still pending (including Sunday games), there is an interesting situation in A RESERVE especially, where Saints (11-5) have assumed top placing on head to head over Lara (11-5), which has led this division all season. Saints play Guild (10-6) next Saturday and Lara plays Mounties (7 and 8, with a draw) – which is now assured of fourth placing. While Lara must finish ahead of Guild (on head to head, if win percentage is equal), the Lions could still edge into second if they beat Saints (Guild and Saints would then be equal on head to head and would need to be split by applying other criteria).
B GRADE standings cannot change, even if Bacchus Marsh beats Colac in the last round. Saints and Colac meet in a final round B RESERVE game that will effectively be a Semi-Final preview. Alfredton and Guild will finish in either order – depending on Saturday’s result. Dominant all season, Lara will finish atop the C GRADE ladder and Saints will finish in fourth. Guild (now second) and Deakin are still in contention for the double chance when they meet in the final round. If Deakin wins, the two clubs would be equal on head to head. If Deakin wins, and wins by three or more, then it appears that the Blues would go to second. Lara will finish on top and Deakin second in C GRADE. Equal third (but with the Tigers leading on head to head), Corio and Colac both play top teams in a final round that will decide finishing order.
In bitterly cold and breezy conditions that made it difficult for pitching and defence, Round Fifteen produced a thriller down at Lara – where the Wildcats edged home by a run over Guild – while East Belmont kept its A Grade post season prospects well and truly alive with a solid win over Deakin and Bellarine scored heavily in a powerful display over Mounties.
THE ROAD TO FINALS: see below our assessment of where senior grades are placed with two games to play.
Kingsley Collins (6 August 2017)
SAINTS 9 defeated DEAKIN 2
An important fixture for both clubs in the context of the season, this game remained tight through five, as Josh Lee (Saints) and Chris Webb (Deakin) spun quality starts for their respective clubs.
While Saints held the early break, the Blues plated an unearned run in the fourth and drew level in the top of six – though the excitement was short-lived as Saints cashed in on four walks that conspired with four hits and a defensive error to generate a seven-run inning for a lead that was comfortably protected by closer Tayler Rowe.
Conceding a solitary hit for no earned runs, Lee completed a terrific game with three hits and three RBIs to be among his side’s offensive best along with with Luke Sherwell (two and one) and Chris Rickard (two and one), while a subdued Deakin line-up shared its six knocks among the same number of players.
Still fifth but just a win adrift of Deakin in fourth, Saints can make the playoffs, although their draw is tough – starting with the Wildcats at Lara next Saturday – while the Blues will be taking nothing for granted when they make the trek to Ballarat to meet a Mounties outfit that has been dominant at their last two meetings.
|DEAKIN||0 0 0 1 0 1 0 (2) 4 errors|
|SAINTS||0 1 1 0 0 7 0 (9) 2 errors|
|Deakin:||C.Webb, M.Rigby, M.Belfrage, N.Warren, L.Whiteside, G.Morris|
|Saints:||J.Lee 3, L.Sherwell 2, C.Rickard 2, D.Teixeira|
|Saints:||J.Lee 3, L.Sherwell, H.Sekine, D.Teixeira, C.Rickard|
|Deakin:||C.Webb 5.2 inn, 6 H, 4 Ks, 4 BB, 0 HPB, 4 ER|
|L.Whiteside 0.1 inn, 3 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER|
|M.Rigby 1 inn, 0 H, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|Saints:||J.Lee 4 inn, 1 H, 4 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|D.Teixeira 1.1 inn, 3 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER|
|T.Rowe 1.2 inn, 2 H, 4 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
LARA 6 defeated GUILD 5
Its last-gasp win has assured Lara of top placing on the A Grade table, while Guild is still not assured of second placing in dropping this game after drawing level in the top of the last.
Again playing a flawless defensive game, Lara was out of the blocks quickly, with four in the first and another in the second against Guild starter Brad Egan – who racked up nine strikeouts while still being lumbered with the earned runs.
After Guild hit back in the third – with a three-run Jordan Lekkas homer – both sides remained scoreless through the middle innings until the Lions tagged Lara reliever Dan Anson for two late runs and what shaped as a split result between two clubs who have dominated at this level for the past twelve years.
Good side that they are, though, Lara – again shown the way by their older hands – was up to the task of manufacturing a late run for the narrowest of victories, one that included timely hitting by the likes of Justin Charles (two hits and an RBI) and Ben Hammer (one and two), while Lekkas was the standout for Guild in offence.
With top placing nailed down, Lara is likely to be in no mood for divine generosity when it plays host to Saints next Saturday, while Guild – away to Bellarine – still has some work to do in securing the double chance.
|GUILD||0 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 (5) 3 errors|
|LARA||4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 (6) 0 errors|
|Guild:||L.Spence, James Wood, T.Kilfoyle, R.Stewart, T.Snarey, C.Durston, J.Renouf, J.Lekkas (home run)|
|Lara:||J.Charles 2, A.Green, S.Forbes, C.Forbes, R.Wilson, J.Berman, B.Hammer|
|Guild:||J.Lekkas 3, T.Snarey|
|Lara:||B.Hammer 2, J.Charles, R.Wilosn, J.Berman, J.Fraim|
|Guild:||B.Egan 6 inn, 8 H, 9 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 5 ER|
|James Wood 2 inn, 0 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER|
|Lara:||C.Forbes 3 inn, 2 H, 5 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER|
|D.Anson 5 inn, 6 H, 1 K, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER|
BELLARINE 18 defeated MOUNTIES 2
A solo homer by Bears Manager Cameron Brown in the first set the tone for this contest, which was effectively over when the visitors blasted seven in the second in favourable hitting conditions – which is to take nothing at all away from the Bellarine offence as it racked up a massive twenty-two hits.
Sticking with starter Scott Jones, the Mounts forced a lull in scoring through the middle innings before the Bears launched a late game assault that gleaned another ten – aided by some errant Mounties defence that all-up produced eleven unearned runs.
Although not joining the hit parade, Bellarine hurler Simon Murry was effective in keeping the Mounties hitters off balance in a complete game outing for five hits, six strikeouts and a solitary earned run credited to Jedd Miller, one of just five players to post a hit for the home club.
Amassing hits throughout a line-up that is ever-dangerous, Bellarine had standouts in Wayne Visser (four hits and three RBIs), Brown (three and two – including the home run), Lewis Weldon (three and three), Jake Auld (three and two) and Lachlan Medew (three and two).
Solid in third but with an outside chance of nailing a double chance, Bellarine will play host to Guild in a decisive contest next Saturday, while Mounties will be confident of a reversal at home to Deakin.
|BELLARINE||1 7 0 0 7 3 (18)|
|MOUNTIES||0 1 0 0 0 1 (2)|
|Bellarine:||W.Visser 4, C.Brown 3 (inc home run), J.Auld 3, L.Weldon 3, L.Medew 3, C.Barker 2, M.Sage 2, L.Stott 2|
|Mounties:||J.Miller, G.Smith, G.Davidson, J.Sculley, X.Woolley|
|Bellarine:||L.Weldon 3, W.Visser 3, C.Barker 2, C.Brown 2, J.Auld 2, L.Medew 2, M.Sage|
|Bellarine:||S.Murry 6 inn, 5 H, 6 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER|
|Mounties:||S.Jones 4.1 inn, 15 H, 3 Ks, 0 BB, 1 HPB, 8 ER|
|G.Smith 1.2 inn, 7 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER|
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THE ROAD TO FINALS
With two games to play in all senior grades (except B Grade – where there is a bye), a number of situations are locked in, while in other cases the final fortnight of home and away could be vital.
Lara is assured of the minor premiership in A GRADE and Guild will lock down second if it wins one of its last two games. However, should the Lions falter against Bellarine and Saints, they could yet finish third behind Bellarine should the Bears win both – against Guild and Deakin. While Deakin is probably favoured to finish in fourth, it will be aiming to win at least one game and trust that Saints loses to Lara or Guild. Should Saints win both and Deakin lose both, Saints will make fourth. Should Saints win two and Deakin win one, the Blues will hold fourth on head to head.
Having a terrific club season across the board – with all four senior sides currently on top – Lara heads the standings in A RESERVE and should be able to hold that position. However, if the Wildcats lose one or both games they could find themselves in a shootout for second – as Saints and Guild are not far adrift. There is serious interest in fourth placing, which is currently shared by Deakin and Mounties. While a countback will be conducted if it becomes necessary, at the moment the two teams cannot be separated on head-to-head nor on defensive runs against. Their meeting in Ballarat next Saturday should decide fourth placing – and a finals berth.
Alfredton will finish on top of the B GRADE table and Colac will be second – regardless of the last two games. However, there is still a three-way go for third and fourth, with Newport (currently fourth) appearing in a vulnerable position with a game against Alfredton and a bye in the last round. Currently third, Bacchus Marsh faces a couple of huge games against Corio and Colac – with a win over Corio next week enough to make the post-season. However, whichever way the results turn out over the next fortnight, it is unlikely that Corio can make the finals even it wins against both Bacchus Marsh and Alfredton.
Destined to finish first and second – in one position or another – Saints and Colac have dominated B RESERVE all season and their last round clash will be a dress rehearsal for the Second Semi-Final and quite possibly the Grand Final. While Guild and Alfredton hold third and fourth respectively, that might change – especially if fifth-placed Corio can win one or both of its games against Saints and Alfredton and hope that other results fall its way. Guild and Alfredton both have a game to come against Newport (which is two and thirteen on the season), so the odds appear to favour the Lions and Eagles to make it through.
While a couple of C GRADE results were still to come when this was written, nothing much will change in that grade, where Lara will finish well clear on top and Guild is favoured to finish second. However, should Guild lose to both Lara and Deakin (in the last round), then the Blues would finish equal with the Lions and the determination of who went to second would come down to runs scored against. Currently fourth, Saints cannot go out of the four and could mathematically get to third – but no higher.
With just one loss and a massive 249 runs for in fifteen games, Lara will be the minor premier in C RESERVE, where second placing is most definitely up for grabs and the two Saints sides are well out of contention. Currently second, Deakin should be able to manage Saints Red next week and consolidate its spot. However, with Colac and Corio not far back – but both with a game to play against Lara – there could still be some change in the final placings, unlikely as that seems.
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