Grand Final Awaits – Division Five

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Updated: September 4, 2014
Div 5 GF

Blacktown Magic AFC v. Norwest Jets (Division 5)

On Sunday, the Magic faced off with local rivals Norwest Jets, who had finished the season first, for a spot in the Grand Final of the Sydney AFL 5th Division.

It was a tight struggle all day with multiple lead changes. Magic half forward Mbimbi Mbimbi fought to keep the side in the contest in the first half. Then the midfield and forward line started to take control in the 2nd half. Lead strongly by Scott Coombes and Dan McIntyre in the middle and Jared Clifford who rucked solo all day, the Magic started to take control in the 3rd quarter before a few late goals to Norwest put them 2 points up going in to the final change.

Lucas Bendt floated forward to kick a goal to put the Magic in front. Then with 3 minutes remaining, captain Greg Driscoll kicked a long bomb from 45m on the run to seal the win.

The Magic will now face off against Penrith Rams @ Blacktown International Sports Park this Sunday in the Grand Final. It is a fantastic milestone for our club and the first of many Grand Finals for our Division Five team.

Division Five Grand Final – Blacktown International Sports Park Oval 1
Time: 3:30pm
When: Sunday 7th September
Vs: Penrith Rams

 

Prediction from Sydney AFL:

This is somewhat of a surprising match-up between the two sides that finished fourth and third on the ladder respectively.

With minor premiers, Nor-West and Camden displaced from the finals race, premiership glory awaits one of the two sides west of the Anzac Bridge this weekend.

Penrith have won both of the two previous encounters these two sides have played; by 1 point in the opening round and 61 points in the middle half of the season.

The world has turned since then.

Kevin Kirk is Penrith’s leading goal kicker with 70 goals in the regular season and will need to be closely marked. Tayt Corless is another player of note for the Rams.

Blacktown have an excitement machine in Mbimbi Mbimbi who will most likely start across half-forward but was everywhere last weekend, while John Lane kicked 49 goals in the regular season.

Danny’s Prediction: Penrith to continue their winning record against Blacktown and secure the first silverware for the club this year. Penrith by 15 points

 

 

Blacktown Magic AFC (Division 2) update:

After a win against Western Suburbs and a loss to Sydney Uni in the finals so far, the Magic’s top team (Division 2) will play against the Manly Giants this Saturday for a spot in the Grand Final. The match is @ 6pm at Blacktown International Sports Park.

This will be the sides 3rd consecutive grand final appearance if they can win this week. The team had won the Division 3 Grand Final last year, and this is their first year in Division 2. It will be a remarkable achievement to have progressed up a division and compete in the Grand Final in their first year.

Division Two Qualifying Final – Blacktown International Sports Park Oval 1
Time: 6:00pm
When: Saturday 6th September
Vs: Manly Giants

 

Prediction from Sydney AFL:

An intriguing clash awaits in Division Two between two sides on the up.

Blacktown have surprised many with the ease of their move into this competition after taking out Division Three in 2013. Last week’s 59-point loss to Sydney University was a reality check in an otherwise superb last few weeks. Ashley Moeller will be the main target up forward and has noted Premier Division experience. Dean Connors also has big game experience and will be a leader on the weekend.

Brad Whale and David Bertram have been the best performers this finals series.

Manly-Warringah have also come from the clouds as they look to replicate the efforts of their Premier Division side. The highlight of their season was their 11 point win over Western Suburbs (second after the end of the regular season) to knock them out in straight sets last weekend.

After leading the competition in the opening weeks, they suffered a lull but have come good at the right end of the season.

They have a number of classy players who have tasted first grade action. Former UTS star Michael Atkinson (aka the White Wizard) is one who fits this category, along with Craig Pridgeon and Ben Joseph who was a late withdrawal last week through injury.

Matthew Rawle will be a key target up forward, while Nick Adams and John Porter (three goals) last week has been the GIANTS best in the last fortnight.

Danny’s Prediction: Blacktown will earn another shot at Sydney University in the Grand Final. The Magic by 10 points.

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