AFTER a season of mainly sunshine, the Bendigo Bank HDCA A grade semi-finals may be decided by rain, as the district is expected to have up to 10mm fall on the weekend, which will see matches drawn and the higher placed team advance to the Grand Final in both matches.
It would be a pity for the semi-finals to be decided this way as the summer has been one of the closest in memory, with all eight teams being very competitive all season long.
After a stunning final round of matches in the home and away season last weekend, Macarthur will meet College at Melville Oval as second plays third respectively, while the minor premier, Grampians, will host fourth placed St Mary’s at Dunkeld Turf.
Grampians and St Mary’s will be totally different from the sides that met in this match last summer, when both clubs finished in the same ladder positions, but the Saints prevailed on that occasion.
St Mary’s has only six players from that winning team still playing in the top grade, while Grampians are not much better in terms of players backing up with seven.
The big difference is the quality of players who have replaced those missing.
Full story in The Spectator on Saturday, March 15, 2014.