GRAND FINAL – Brahma Lodge and Adelaide Lutheran clash for the flag. The Tigers are the hottest of hot favourites but the Dogs will be looking to curb their roar
By Jordan Sennett Perez
Adelaide Lutheran 17.10-112 defeated Flinders University 11.13-79 When: Saturday 19th September 2:15pm Where: South Parklands, Adelaide PREVIEW: It’s Adelaide Lutheran facing off against Flinders University in the preliminary final on Saturday afternoon. Adelaide were without a doubt the second-best team all year and had a tough loss to the only team that was in front of them in Brahma Lodge when the two faced off in the semi-final last week. For Flinders, this is uncharted territory for them as they haven’t played in the finals in a while and started their return to September action well by beating one of the competitions rising sides in Mitchell Park. This is a far tougher challenge in this match, Adelaide are now a seasoned finals team and have a strong combination of youth and experience in the side with their deadly kick mark run and carry game style being one of the highlights of the year. Flinders must match them at the contest if they’re a chance to win here especially in finals stranger things have happened and there have been some famous upsets in recent years. Could Flinders produce one of the biggest upsets? Or will Adelaide continue their dominance and march into the Grand Final? Tune into the find out. Prediction: Adelaide Lutheran by 25 points. REVIEW:Adelaide Lutheran are through to the 2020 Adelaide Football League’s Division 7 Grand Final where they will play Brahma Lodge for this year’s premiership after accounting for a brave Flinders University in Saturday afternoon’s preliminary final. The home side burst out of the gates in the first kicking 4.3 to 0.5 to set the tone early. Flinders got on the board eventually in the second with 4 goals, but Adelaide’s pressure was too much as they piled on a further 7 majors to blow the lead out to 37 points heading into the main break. Flinders get the scoring much lower in the 3rd quarter by winning the term with 4 goals to Adelaide’s 1 to keep them in the contest by slowly drawing back the margin but Adelaide’s defence was stifling any clean ball for Flinders out of the centre which meant the scoring was a lot scrappier. Adelaide then steadied in the last term and never being fully threatened by Flinders due to their immense pressure around the ball and ultra-stingy defence. James McDowell was big for Flinders working tirelessly with 4 goals while for Adelaide, Patrick Baker, Jacob Stollznow and Rowan Miegel each had 3 majors symbolizing the spread of goalkickers and unpredictability when kicking for goal. It’s 1st vs 2nd next week in the Grand Final with Brahma Lodge playing Adelaide Lutheran while Flinders’ season ends there but will take positives into next season after almost making it to the big dance.