A grade’s most favoured teams went head-to-head for the second time this season and Avoca made the ultimate statement by coming out on top yet again with a one-goal win over Carisbrook.
Avoca is the only side to have beaten Carisbrook this season, once in round one and again on Saturday in a blow-for-blow skirmish.
The game only further reinforced the quality of the league’s top rated sides and has the Bulldogs, who are now undefeated for 15 rounds, slightly favoured ahead of finals.
Brook started the match strongly, taking a three-goal lead in the first quarter off the back of Chrissy James’ work rate and accuracy in goals.
The Bulldogs fought back in the second term, shooting 10 goals to Brook’s eight and narrowing the gap to just one goal in the red and black’s favour by half time.
Nerves were high in the third term as the league’s most accurate sides fumbled under goal, Avoca making 10 from 15 shots and Carisbrook shooting at just 50 percent to bag eight goals.
This allowed Avoca to take a crucial one-goal lead at three quarter time as scores read 30-29.
Defensive pressure was immense in the final stretch, with both sides nailing just six goals each for the entire term.
Luckily for Avoca, its third term lead carried it to the end and awarded it a 36-35 win over its fiercest rivals.
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