GSFL keeps top-four finals, support for Saturday grand final grows

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The Great Southern Football League will remain a top-four finals system, after directors and club delegates decided against a top-three series last week.

This year’s grand final appears more than likely to be held on a Saturday, in a move away from the tradition Sunday timeslot.

In a meeting held last Wednesday, the GSFL directors voted to keep a top-four finals system in place, on the recommendation of the six participating clubs.

The top-ranked team will face the fourth-placed side in one semifinal, and the second and third teams will meet in the other.

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Those two fixtures will be played on separate days.

The two semifinal winners will then progress to the grand final the next week, with the highest-ranked side hosting the clash.

Plans are to hold the grand final on Saturday, September 26.

Initially the top-three finals system mooted saw the top side progress straight to the grand final and second and third clashing in a preliminary final.

GSFL president Joe Burton said they were keen to keep a two-week finals system and avoid running into October.

“We will have a top-four system this year,” Burton said.

“That is what the clubs wanted.

“The grand final is more than likely going to be on a Saturday.

“The idea of a night grand final was not supported by clubs but they want to play the grand final on a Saturday.”

Burton said at this stage Denmark-Walpole would not have a colts team.

The opposing team will receive four points when they play the Magpies.

Some of the colts-aged players from the Magpies will play for Mt Barker’s colts team.

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