It’s finals footy everyone! And we’re here with a special ‘Six Points’ to bring you up to speed. Read about flags won and unbeaten runs ended, with the action continuing this weekend with some more Preliminary Finals as well as the AFL London Women’s Conference Grand Final!
The first silverware in the English domestic leagues was up for grabs in Huddersfield as a big weekend saw the CNE league come to a climax. Firstly, the Huddersfield Rams scored a famous victory defeating last year’s losing grand finalists the Nottingham Scorpions. With just two points in it, the Rams won 101-98 to ensure they finished the season in third place.
However, the big dance was what everyone’s eyes were drawn to, with the Wolverhampton Wolverines hoping to end five years of dominance by the Manchester Mosquitoes. And although the result was a lot closer than in previous years, the Mosquitoes showed that they are the one of the if not the most consistently dominant teams in European football as they won 95-43 for their sixth flag in a row.
It was another big clash and a rematch of the 2018 Men’s Premiership Grand Final as the Wandsworth Demons took on the West London Wildcats. However, there were no fireworks as the Wildcats continued their 2019 dominance, winning by 103 points to 58.
The Demons will now face the North London Lions for a place in the Grand Final. All signs point towards it being at tight won after the Demons won 51-50 in Round 1 but lost 44-42 in Round 5.
The Shepherds Bush Raiders and the Clapham Demons came into their third match against one another with the record poised at one win apiece. The Raiders won a tight one 43-41 in Round 2, but it was the Demons who enjoyed the most recent win over their arch-rivals with a 40-point win in Round 7.
However, the Raiders were the winners on this occasion, winning 64-37. They are through to their 19th consecutive Men’s Conference Grand Final. The Demons will face off against the Wimbledon Hawks in the Preliminary final next week after they saw off the London Swans.
The Reading Kangaroos showed no signs of the form that saw them fall to the South London Demons by a single point back in June, as the undefeated minor premiers ran out 94-point winners on Peckham Rye.
It’s not all doom and gloom. They’ll face off against the Ealing Emus next, a team they defeated by 56 points in Round 5, after they defeated the Bounds Green Lions to stay in with a chance of making it to the big dance.
There was an upset on the opening week of finals as the undefeated Wandsworth Demons lost 29-23 to the North London Lions. The minor premiers who had already seen off the Lions on two separate occasions this season were not at the races and will have to settle for a Preliminary final against the West London Wildcats, who defeated the South East London Giants 30-18.
With the unbeaten London Swans already through to the Grand Final, it was left to the Putney Magpies and Clapham Demons to fight it out for the privilege of facing them on July 27th. Initially the Pies had claimed a famous victory, and were through to their first ever women’s Grand Final, and the first for the entire club since 2010.
However, AFL London has announced that the result has been overturned, and awarded in the Demons favour. This means the Demons advance to take on the Pies.
*picture courtesy of Danny Radis Photography