Panthers play BITS in the men's elimination final at Kele Park.
Panthers play BITS in the men's elimination final at Kele Park. Allan Reinikka ROK280718aafl3

Full day of action at Kele Park as AFL finals kick off

AFL: The AFLC Frenchville Sports Club Premiership moves into the business end of the season and, for some clubs, a loss this weekend will see the end of their 2018 season.

Kele Park will host an action-packed day of football as all clubs across the region will be represented in the first week of the finals series.

The day will kick off with the under-13s. This age group has seen a remarkable turnaround at Gladstone Football Club, which has gone two years without a single victory.

Not only did the Muddies manage to break the drought for a win this year, they continued to develop and put together enough wins to make this year's finals series and will be hoping to keep the dream alive when they take on the Panthers.

In the under-15s the Bulls take on the Saints and will have a real challenge on their hands as the Saints only missed out on second spot on the ladder by a percentage.

The Bulls, however, have shown great resilience this year and had a good group of under-age players who have stepped up to support the team, which has seen them get to the position they are now in.

In the under-17s the Kangaroos will face off against the Panthers, with both teams very evenly balanced and only one game separating them at season's end.

Brothers finished the season with a couple of wins, one of which was against the Panthers, which should see them going into the finals with the momentum. But with the Panthers finishing higher on the ladder it would suggest they have been the more consistent side throughout the year.

In the reserves it will be a replay of the round 15 clash between the Bulls and the Kangaroos, where the Kangaroos walked away with victory. That should give them confidence leading into this week's clash.

Considering the two previous matches between these two teams were decided by two points and 15 points, it would suggest the two squads are evenly matched and it could simply come down to the team that is most prepared to take their opportunities on the day.

The women's match will see the Saints travel to take on the Kangaroos in what promises to be an open-running affair, with both squads boasting a young, quick midfield.

BITS have had the edge over the Kangaroos in their previous encounters this year and will be looking to take that advantage into this weekend's game.

The Kangaroos have a great amount of talent among the group when they can get them on the field together, which they will need to do if they hope to progress deeper into the finals.

In the AFLC Frenchville Sports Club Senior Premiership the Panthers will take on the elimination final for the second year in a row and they will have their hands full when they meet the BITS Saints.

The Saints have proven over the years that they are able to step up when it comes to these types of games and the Panthers will need to be right on their game if they are to overcome this.

One thing that will be guaranteed is this will be a fast-paced open game, with both teams being very focused on attack.

Both teams will be relying heavily on their younger players stepping up and it might just be a test of which group is able to handle the pressure situations.


  • 2.05pm Saturday: Men, BITS v Panthers, Kele Park
  • 4.15pm Saturday: Women, BITS v Brothers