PSS Presents: Around the Grounds

Each week AFL Europe will take a look around the continent at the Australian Football highlights and thrilling matches. This Around the Grounds article delves into the standout performances from the weekend’s action and is presented by PSS International Removals.

SESVETE REDLEGS CLAIM THIRD TITLE FOR 2019

The final round of the 2019 SANH Croatian Women’s league took place on the weekend. This match-up saw the top two sides battle it out, with the Sesvete Redlegs taking on the Zagreb Panthers. The Redlegs were looking to celebrate winning the league with another victory, while the Panthers were aiming to finish the season on a high and even up the two encounters between the two sides with the Redlegs leading three wins to two before this game. It was the Redlegs who got off to a fast start, thanks to a couple of quick goals in the first term. The Panthers battled away, but in the second quarter, the Redlegs maintained their control of the game as they extended their lead to 24 points by half time. After the Redlegs were the more dominant team in the opening half, the Panthers came out firing in the third term and played an attacking style of football that saw them reduce the margin to just three points at the final break, setting up a fantastic last quarter. Unfortunately for the Panthers, they couldn’t continue their momentum from the third quarter, and the Redlegs regrouped to take control of their match to kick away to record a 27-point win in an entertaining and physical contest that highlighted the growth of the women’s game in Croatia. With this result, the Redlegs secured the Croatian League, and have now won the three titles they have competed in the 2019 season.

Final Scores (SANH Croatia Women’s)

Women’s: Sesvete Redlegs (73) defeated Zagreb Panthers (46).

HAWKS END SEASON ON A HIGH AFTER IMPRESSIVE WIN

Even though the 2019 SANH Permiership was decided a couple of weeks ago, this game between the Sesvete Double Blues and the Zagreb Hawks still had plenty on the line. With the Double Blues having the better of the Hawks throughout the season, the Hawks were looking to get one back and gain some bragging rights to end the season on a positive note. However, it was the Double Blues who managed the first goal and had a number of scoring opportunities but just couldn’t convert. That gave the Hawks a chance to respond and bounce back to trail by just a point at the first change. From there onwards, the Hawks turned the game around and were the stronger side throughout the rest of the match. With a physical, but disciplined approach, combined with their accurate kicking at goal, the Hawks ran out 47 point winners to finish the season on a positive note. For the Blues, they will be disappointed to have lost the final match of the season, but having already secured the premiership, they would have been testing some new tactics and positions in preparation for future performances. Players from both teams would have also had the prospect of the European Championships in the back of their minds, so finishing the game without injuries would have been a goal as a number of the opponents from this game will represent the Croatian national team in London next month.

Final Scores (SANH)

Men’s: Sesvete Double Blues (62) defeated by Zagreb Hawks (109).

CATS CLAW THEIR WAY TO COMPREHENSIVE PREMIERSHIP WIN

After 13 rounds and last weeks’ semi finals, the DAFL Premiership was decided on Saturday as the Farum Cats played the Odense Lions. After finishing on top of the ladder and comfortably winning their semi final, the Cats were favourites, but were also facing a strong Lions team who had recorded a fantastic three point win in their semi final last week after finishing second on the ladder. Despite the stirring win last week by the Lions, it was the Cats who burst out of the blocks, kicking five goals in the opening quarter while also keeping the Lions scoreless. The second quarter was a bit tighter, with the Lions managing to kick two goals and restrict the Cats to just one, but with a 28 point lead at half-time, the Cats were in control. Just like the first, the Cats came out firing, having 12 scoring shots in the third quarter, which resulted in six goals. Despite their best effort, the Lions just couldn’t keep up with the pace of their opponents and only managed one goal in the third quarter as the margin was 60 points at three-quarter time. The last quarter was attacking and high-scoring as both teams left everything out on the field in the Grand Final as nine goals were kicked. However, the Cats continued to dominate, kicking six goals and extending their lead even though the Lions kicked three goals of their own. When the final siren sounded, it was the minor premiers who recorded a comprehensive victory by 76 points to claim the 2019 DAFL Premiership after an impressive performance all day from the Cats.

Final Scores (DAFL)

Men’s: Farum Cats (18. 14. 122) defeated Odense Lions (6. 10. 46).

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Angus Boyle – AFL Europe