The 2017 Victorian FIDA Football League champions will soon be decided, when Melbourne’s best FIDA footballers compete in a quartet of Grand Finals on September 24.
Governed by AFL Victoria, the Victorian FIDA (Football Integration Development Association) Football League exists to provide Victorians with an intellectual disability the opportunity to participate in Australian Rules Football at a competitive level.
The Lower Plenty Football Club will play host to the big event, with all four Victorian FIDA Football League divisions set to line up for their respective Grand Finals at Montmorency Park.
AFL Victoria reporter Mitch Wynd takes a look at each of the Grand Final matches in depth below:
DIVISION 4 – ST ALBANS vs. RUPERTSWOOD (10:00AM)
St Albans and Rupertswood have been the standout teams of the Division Four competition this season.
Claiming two wins each in their four meetings during the home and away fixture, the 2017 Grand Final match is set to be a close one.
St Albans claimed top spot with five wins and two losses while Rupertswood finished in second place with a 5-1 record.
St Albans got past Mount Waverley in the semi-final by 50 points while Rupertswood defeated SFX Saints by 92.
Keep an eye out for Rupertswood’s Bryce Borg, who has been a very effective player up forward with 14 goals for the season.
DIVISION 3 – PARKSIDE vs. SANDOWN (11:45AM)
Parkside and Sandown have met each other twice in 2017, with one win going each way. Parkside were the top-placed side with seven wins and two losses, meanwhile Sandown finished third with seven wins and one loss.
Sandown were 43-point winners over Lower Plenty in the first semi-final, while Parkside were also 43-point winners, against Gippsland.
This match is a replay of the 2016 Division 3 Grand Final, where Sandown won by 43 points.
DIVISION 2 – FERNTREE GULLY vs. WYNDHAM (1:30PM)
Ferntree Gully and Wyndham have faced each other three times during the home and away season, with Ferntree Gully earning the upper hand with two wins, to Wyndham’s one.
Ferntree Gully were top of the ladder with nine wins and one loss, and Wyndham weren’t far behind with seven wins and two losses.
In the semi-finals, Wyndham progressed past Ringwood in dominate fashion while Ferntree Gully qualified for the big dance after a win over Coburg.
Wyndham will be doing its best to avoid a repeat of last year’s Grand Final result where they went down to Mazenod Blue in a close game, while Ferntree Gully’s Daynah Hopkins is one to watch after topping the goalkicking list with 16 goals for the season.
DIVISION 1 – KANANOOK vs. MOUNT WAVERLEY (3:15PM)
Kananook and Mount Waverley have played each other four times this year, with Kananook winning each time.
Kananook won seven home and away matches, losing only one along the way on their way to the top of the ladder, while Mount Waverley won five and lost three, finishing second.
Mount Waverley defeated Williamstown by 41 points in the semi-final to progress to the Grand Final while Kananook overcame Mazenod Blue by 84.
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