Round 15 - Prahran Assumption v St Mary's Salesian
A week is a long time in life of a premiership season, it feels even longer when the season is drawing to a close and the harsh reality of watching from the sidelines at the pointy end sets in.
While Prahran Assumption's finals aspirations are all but over, it has the opportunity in the final month of the season to shape the fortunes of those around it, starting this weekend against St Mary's Salesian at Toorak Park.
The last time these two met was on a cold and wet June day at Ferndale Park where the Two Blues led by the usual suspects in James Falcone, Harry Taylor and James Musster overcame a first quarter deficit to win by 19 points, snatching the 4th set of points along the way and moving to eighth on the ladder.
Fast forward a little under two months and the fortunes of the teams have taken very different paths. Prahran Assumption has won just one game in the past five matches and pushed Kew last week, but ran out of steam in the end against one of the premiership favourites.
St Mary's Salesian have continued to mount a late challenge for finals action, claiming three scalps in the same time including a shoot-out last weekend which saw it kick 29 goals against West Brunswick and currently sit a game and percentage outside the four.
With pride to play for, and the chance to upset those featuring in finals, expect a fired-up contest.
In what promises to be an extended day of action at Toorak Park, the 2019 Sportspersons and Auction Night kicks off at 7.30pm with former coach and C7 personality Brian "BT" Taylor and Geelong champion Billy Brownless headlining the evening.
Tickets are $50 per person ($40 for students) and available at the door by cash or card.
This round is also the TAC Towards Zero round. Senior captains at over 1,000 clubs across Victoria will wear special jumpers for the round. James Musster will be wearing 0 instead of his usual 8 as the TAC, along with partners AFLVIC, AFL, VAFA and the VCFL band together to raise awareness of the risks of drink-driving and of our ever-increasing road toll.