All combatants for the showpiece of Victorian Football, the 2019 Senol Grand Final Triple Header at AAMI Park this Sunday, are now locked in.
Bulleen Lions’ thrilling extra time win last night will see them take on Dandenong Thunder in the NPL senior men’s promotion/relegation play-off at 12.30pm.
The Thunder will be desperate to remain in the league’s top-flite after avoiding automatic relegation by a solitary point. The Lions will be equally keen for promotion after two penalties saw it edge past Moreland Zebras in the second-place play off on Tuesday night. Whilst it’s a short turnaround for Bulleen, there is clearly no shortage of incentive.
This will be followed by the NPLW Victoria Senol Grand Final between Calder United and Bulleen Lions at 3.30pm. Whilst the all-conquering Calder will start favourite, the Lions defeated them just a few weeks ago late in the regular season.
Those at the Veneto Club would dearly love to do the double on the day, with NPL promotion followed by NPLW silverware, but Calder has its own historic treble planned in what should be a cracking game. Read a broader NPLW Grand Final review here: https://ftbl.vc/2kmpGeB
In the final game of the day, the men’s NPL Victoria Senol Grand Final will kick off at 6.30pm. Favourites Avondale face a rejuvenated Bentleigh Greens who are seeking to continue their fairytale finals run.
Avondale, which topped the NPL table for most of the season, fell agonisingly short of the Premiers Plate when pipped at the post by Heidelberg. A win in today’s showpiece would surely help ease that pain.
Bentleigh Greens were also in contention for large chunks of the season and just last week announced the signing of Head Coach Nick Tolios. Tolios was immediately in the dug-out for the big win over Heidelberg and would dearly love an instant trophy to launch his tenure. Read a broader NPL Grand Final review here: https://ftbl.vc/2k6mW4J
Tickets for the 2019 Senol Grand Final Triple Header are available here: https://ftbl.vc/2ktkh5z