Carlton's Visy Park Now Two Blues Reserves Grand Final Venue

Prahran Assumption Reserves staged a remarkable comeback win at Sandringham on Sunday September 7 to earn a grand final berth v Therry Penola next Sunday now at Carlton's Visy Park starting at midday.

The last time Prahran played at the former Princes Park was in the 1991 VFA Reserves grand final when the Two Blues scored an upset premiership win over Coburg. 

Last Sunday the Two Blues trailed by five goals at three quarter-time but added 5-2 to nil in a nail biting last quarter.

The first two quarters were an arm wrestle as both teams struggled to convert with the aid of an ever strengthening northerly breeze.

In restropect the first quarter return of three goals to two against the breeze proved telling.

But as Two Blues supporters started to contemplate a second quarter goal fest Williamstown had other ideas.

Into time-on the Two Blues were goalless.

Then a long kick from Josh Hogarth was marked in the goal square by Michael Radywonik.

A centre square clearance from Ash Forbes saw Rick Ellis toe poke through another goal within a minute.

Yet if the Two Blues thought an 11 point buffer was enough they were in for a rude awakening.

Williamstown lifted its intensity and slammed on seven unaswered goals in what seemed to be a game breaking quarter.

Hope was raised when Hogarth boot forward and David Cupples marked and converted within a minute of the start of the last quarter.

Jon Rice ran into an open goal and missed but skipper Matt Laverty goaled on the run from the boundary line and suddenly the margin was just 15 points.

A Hunter Watkin handball to co coach 'Cookie' Ancrum resulted in another goal. 

Aran O'Hare, dominant in the ruck all day, lifted to another level and Jayden Williams on the wing began to run his rivals ragged.

A Tom Candy mark and long, floating kick for goal made its mark and after 13 minutes the margin was just three points!.

Willo ran into an open goal and with the exuberance of youth ignored the handball over the top to Ricey and instead on an acute angle kicked into the point post on the full.

Was that the final roll of the dice?

Then Hogarth, outstanding all day,  made a long clearance from defence and Rick Ellis marked 50m out .

The kick went long and straight and somehow the Two Blues led by three points with five minutes remaining.

So from wanting the quarter to never end now the Two Blues were searching for the siren.

For five agonising minutes supporters waited for the final siren as stoppage upon stoppage was held in the Williamstown forward line.

The siren sounded and the Two Blues emerged with what co coach and 2011 premiership best afield Ash Parsons described as his best win in 18 seasons of football.

PRAHRAN ASSUMPTION 3-2 5-3  5-6   10-8 (68)

WILLIAMSTON CYMS        2-3 3-4 10-5 10-5 (65)

Goals: Ellis 2, Forbes, Rice, Cupples, Ancrum, Laverty, Radywonik, T Candy, J Hogarth.

Best: O'Hare, J Hogarth, Laverty, Webb, Kenny, Durnan.