WDFNL Wrap | Panmure suffers shock loss in WDFNL final round

MINOR premier Panmure will limp into Warrnambool and District league finals with two defeats from three matches after a shock loss to Kolora-Noorat.

The Power produced arguably its best performances of the season in upstaging the Bulldogs by 55 points at Panmure Recreation Reserve today.

The 15.13 (103) to 7.6 (48) result came after a 6.3 to 0.0 opening term and represented a 135-point turnaround from the sides' previous meeting.

The upset was the highlight of a remarkable round 18, which also included Russells Creek posting its second win against East Warrnambool at Mack Oval.

The Kangaroos won 15.13 (103) to 8.13 (61), turning the tables after the Bombers cruised to a 47-point win in round four.

Elsewhere, Merrivale made a mockery of the match of the round, thrashing Old Collegians 20.7 (127) to 7.12 (54) at Merrivale Recreation Reserve.

The Tigers held sway for most of the first half and kept themselves in the game in the third term with accurate kicking, despite being outplayed.

They then booted eight goals to one in the final stanza, including a contender for goal of the season from Al Porter - a 40-metre checkside in front of the pavilion.

Allansford was a comfortable victor against Deakin University at D. C. Farran Oval, 23.13 (151) to 6.7 (43).

Nirranda finished its season on a high by doing likewise against fierce rival Timboon Demons, 16.16 (112) to 7.6 (48) at Timboon Recreation Reserve.

The defeat ensured a disappointing end to Brendan Hickey's two-season coaching tenure, although the Demons stalwart will play on.

And Dennington was untroubled in beating South Rovers 18.11 (119) to 6.3 (39) at Walter Oval in what was Lions coach Brendan Whelan's last match in charge.

Week one of football finals will feature Merrivale playing Dennington in the qualifying final and Allansford meeting Old Collegians in the elimination final.

There was much drama in the A grade netball, with Kolora-Noorat booking an elimination final berth with a stunning upset of Panmure, 48-43.

The Power, which had to win to hold onto fifth spot, trailed at half-time but rallied with an 18-9 third term en route to the upset victory.

The result was cruel on Allansford, which held off a gallant Deakin University to prevail 45-44 in the closest match of the round.

Allansford would have leapfrogged Kolora-Noorat had the Power lost, but will instead have to settle for sixth, its season a case of "what if?".

Old Collegians reinforced its status as the flag favourite with a 54-36 win against Merrivale, set up with a 15-4 first term and 18-6 final term.

Dennington survived a scare from South Rovers to win 40-36, Russells Creek beat East Warrnambool 46-18 and Timboon Demons thrashed Nirranda 69-29.

Dennington takes on Panmure in the qualifying final next weekend while Merrivale faces Kolora-Noorat in the elimination final.


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