Footscray have advanced to a VFL Preliminary Final after a stirring come-from-behind win over Essendon in the semi-final at North Port Oval in Port Melbourne. Trailing the Bombers by 18 points at the final change, the Bulldogs rallied, booting six goals to one in the final quarter to win 13.16.94 to 10.15.75.
The two sides met in the corresponding match last season with the Bombers getting the chocolates and it appeared he result would go the same way mid way through the third term. The Bombers scored four unanswered goals either side of half time and hit the front for the first time since just after the opening bounce early into the third thanks to a Sam Michael goal.
Collingwood have advanced to a preliminary final after a commanding win over reigning premier Williamstown in the qualifying final of the Peter Jackson VFL at Ikon Park. The Pies jumped out of the blocks booting four goals to one in the first quarter and remained in control for the rest of the match winning 16.6.102 to 7.14.56.
Their only concerns are injuries to defender Jack Frost, skipper Jack Hellier and runner Ben Moloney who all failed to see out the match. Lachlan Howe and Jordan Collopy both booted three for the Magpies while Sam Dunnell was the only multiple goalkicker for the Seagulls with two.