A thrilling qualifying final took place at the Ben Keilor Reserve between Dingley and Bentleigh FC. Dingley would hold on by a solitary point, to advance to the first semi final.
Dingley was hard at it early putting on a lot of tacklesand dominating play, kicking the opening two goals of the game.
Some poor kicking would cost Dingley having a much bigger lead.
For most of the quarter Dingley would keep play in theirhalf of the ground. Tim Black right before the siren would kick Bentleigh’s first.
Quarter time score: 2.4.16-1.0.6
Bentleigh managed to keep play up their end much more in this quarter as they hit back.
Bentleigh’s Joel Nankervis kicked the first and only goal of the quarter, early in the second minute.
Bentleigh held firm defensively, managing to keep Dingley scoreless in the second quarter, reducing the margin to 2.4.16-2.3.13 at the main break.
Dingley early on would again miss some golden scoring opportunities. In five minutes five scoring shots, four behinds one out on full.
Dingley would kick two goals to only one in the third, with a late goal from Adam Peacock giving Dingley a commanding 4.10.34-3.1.19 lead at the final change.
The last quarter would be an absolute belter. Nankervis would go back to back, his second of the last quarter would be an amazing snap from the boundary, which brought the margin back to only three points.
In the eighth minute Dingley’s Troy Brimble took a big mark and missed from only 20 out.
Bentleigh had the chance to take the lead but a couple sprayed kicks cost them as the game had only two points in it by this stage.
Very late on in the 16th minute Bentleigh’s Mackiemarked inside 50.
His set shot from on the 50 looked online but drifted very late, the margin only a solitary point.
Dingley’s kick in went straight on the full just outside the50.
Bentleigh’s Lachie Kiely’s set shot went right back on the full again.
With less than 30 seconds to play, after a tackle by Dingley’s number 5 Rory Rowe was payed holding the ball, Dingley cleared it to the boundary as the siren sounded, Dingley held off a fast finishing Bentleigh by a solitary point to advance to the second semi final.
Final scores 4.11.35-5.4.34
Nguyen 1, Watson 1, Leeson 1, Peacock 1.
Black 1, Nankervis 4.