On Saturday the Spartans had a gutsy win against second team on the ladder and arch rival Old Xaverians at their home ground by 28 points in their toughest match of the season.In good conditions the Spartans started well and finished well to be too strong against a strong opposition who still have not beaten the Spartans in 3 attempts this season.It was another great team performance.
The Spartans were never headed,won the 1st and last quarters and lost the 2nd and 3rd quarters.
The game was in the balance at 3 quarter time with Spartans only 4 points ahead.
The club had 6 goal kickers,met only 40% of their KPI’s, had 26 scoring shots,brilliant defensive work in the last quarter and won a really exciting finals game of football with plenty of improvement left making it into the Grand Final.
The M2K Best Player on the ground award went to Luke Edwards.
Quarter by Quarter Scores Spartans against Old Xaverians.
1st 6.3.39 to 4.1.25
2nd 8.9.57 to 7.4.46
3rd 9.11.65 to 9.7.61
4th and Final Score 14.12.96 to 10.8.68.
Goal kickers were Luke Edwards 8, Tim Demetriou 2, John Farah 1, Ari Mitropoulos 1,Julian Handford 1 and Jason Yap 1.
Best Players were Luke Edwards,Julian Handford,Matthew Muscari,Sam Armstrong,James Maddock and Ari Mitropoulos.
This will be the Spartans 6th consecutive Grand Final as they aim for back to back premierships.
The Grand Final will be held on Sunday 21 August at 2pm at Sportscover Arena, 164 Glenhuntly Road,Elsternwick.(same place as last year).
As in previous years their will be a big crowd of Spartan supporters attending and cheering them on.
Canteen will be open.
For more match details refer to Spartans website www.hawthornspartans.com.au.