Williamstown 18.10 (118) def Casey 11.7 (73)
First qualifying final
First placed Williamstown advanced to the preliminary final, defeating Casey by 45 points. After just five points separated the two sides at quarter-time, the Seagulls kicked eight unanswered goals in the second term with a strong wind, to take a big lead into the main break. However, the Dees fought back with the wind to get within a point a three-quarter-time, before Williamstown booted eight goals to one in the last term.
Arryn Siposs and Sam Dunnell were vital for the Seagulls in the final term, kicking three and two goals respectively when the game was in the balance.
Richmond 12.13 (85) def Collingwood 11.7 (73)
First elimination final
Richmond advanced to the semi-final next week, where Casey awaits after going down to Williamstown.
The Tigers got off to a blistering start in the first half, leading by 29 points at half-time, before the Pies fought their way back into the match, cutting the margin 11 points at the last change, before the Tigers held on to win by 12.
Mason Cox kicked three goals for Collingwood and was instrumental in his side getting back into the match, while out-of-favour Pie Chris Mayne booted two goals.
Anthony Miles had another impressive game for Richmond as he pushed his case for a senior return, with 37 disposals, 19 of which were contested, while Sam Lloyd had 26 disposals. Callum Moore kicked three goals.
Box Hill 11.11 (77) def Port Melbourne 9.10 (64)
Second qualifying final
The Box Hill Hawks are through to the preliminary final, after a hard fought 13-point win over Port Melbourne.
Jono O’Rourke led all comers with 32 disposals, while Mitchell O’Donnell and Andrew Moore finished with 27 and 26 disposals respectively.
Skipper David Mirra was crucial in defence, while youngster Teia Miles booted two goals.
Essendon 13.13 (91) def by Footscray 14.2 (96)
Second Elimination final
The Bulldogs advanced to next week’s semi-final with a biting win over Essendon.
Trailing by 18 points at the main break, the Bulldogs slowly pegged the Dons back, kicking nine goals to five in the second half to record a five-point win.
Last year’s premiership hero for the Western Bulldogs, Tom Boyd, starred for the winners, booting four goals and taking four marks. Clay Smith was also impressive, kicking two crucial goals late in the game, while the retiring Matthew Boyd had 24 disposals.
Shaun McKernan kicked three goals for Essendon, while Matt Dea starred in defence.