Strathmore Community Bank Premier Division goes down to the wire
Essendon Doutta Stars were relegated from Strathmore Community Bank Premier Division on Sunday with an agonising two-point loss to Northern Saints on Saturday.
The Saints and Maribyrnong Park survived relegation on a thrilling final day where the battle against the drop went down to time-on of the final quarter.
Down by a point with seconds remaining, an Essendon Doutta Stars goal would have relegated Maribyrnong Park.
Northern also had to fight to the finish line given Maribyrnong Park's narrow losing margin to Greenvale at Monk Oval.
Northern Saints trapped the ball in their attacking half in the last 90 seconds and kicked a behind on the final siren.
Playing coach Nat Caruso was Northern's hero with two of his three goals in the final term, while brother Fort was an influential figure through the afternoon.
The top four race went down to the wire as well with Keilor beating Avondale Heights to finish fourth.
It means Avondale Heights and Strathmore both take losing form into their quailfying final next weekend after third-placed Aberfeldie beat the Mores.
Aberfeldie will play Keilor in the elimination final.
In Essendon Ford Division 1 Tullamarine kicked away from West Coburg in the final quarter to advance direct to the grand final.
West Coburg will play the winner of Sunday's Taylors Lakes v Westmeadows elimination final in next weekend's preliminary final.
In Division 2 East Keilor advanced to the grand final with an arms-length win against Roxburgh Park.
The Cougars kicked eight goals to one after half time to win comfortably.
Roxburgh Park will play the winner of Sunday's Coburg Districts v Keilor Park elimination final in next weekend's preliminary final.