Sport Shorts - September 9
Emma Chilton, left, finished 2nd in the Women's A Grade trial criteriums at Albert Park.

September 9; Liam Petterson

It was an eventful weekend in Australian Rules Football, with two teams advancing in their finals while one side’s season came to an end. The Uni Blues, who have been dominant all season to finish as minor premiers, fought back from 3-points down at half-time to earn a narrow 9-point win over Old Xaverians and advance to the VAFA Premier A grand final on Saturday 21 September. Keiran Harper was clinical in front of goal, booting 4 to be named best-on-ground. The Blues will play the winner of Old Xaverians and St Kevins who face off next weekend.

The Uni Blacks won their VAFA Premier B semi-final and will play Old Scotch next weekend in a preliminary final. The side cruised to victory over a hapless Beaumaris side who only managed 2 goals, as the final scores read 14.13 – 97 to 2.3 – 15. If the Blacks are successful next weekend they will face Caufield Grammarians in the grand final, also on 21 September. Sadly it was a different story for the our Women’s VFL side who went down 7.6 – 48 to 10.5 – 65 against the Southern Saints in the semi-final.

The Gridiron Royals made it three wins in a row with a commanding performance against the Peninsula Sharks. The Royals prevailed 53 – 6 away from home and now sit 3rd on the ladder.

Two reserves sides from the Soccer Club earned premierships in the last round of competition. The Men’s SL4 Reserves triumphed 10 – 0 over 4th-placed Truganina Hornets to win the league by 1 point over 2nd-placed Altona, while the SL5 Reserves clinched the premiership by 2 points despite a 1 – 0 loss to Uni Hill. The Club now looks forward to the Women’s SL1 North-West side who will play against the winners of SL1 South-East, South Yarra, in the State League Finals.

Congratulations to Cycling Club member and Bachelor of Science student Emma Chilton who finished 2nd in the Women’s A Grade trial criteriums hosted by St Kilda Cycling Club at Albert Park.

Round 9 of the XCR season saw the Athletics Club’s Premier Women finish 2nd at the Burnley Half-Marathon, while the Division 3 Women nabbed 1st.