ON a historic day playing in the shadows of the Charles Lux pavilion at Toorak Park for the last time, Prahran Assumption exited the VAFA Division 1 finals race succumbing to finals bound Kew.
All season the Two Blues have been hamstrung by slow starts and so it was on Saturday when Kew burst out of the blocks with the first four goals of the match.
Ben Hann put the Two Blues on the board then Matthew Clifford converted from a set shot.
Shaun Chapman goaled from a free late in the quarter to cap an entertaining first term trailing 3-2 to 6-2.
The Two Blues endeavour could not be faulted but as coach Brett Dickinson observed post game all their goals were hard fought while in contrast every time the Two Blues threatened Kew answered seemingly effortlessly.
In truth it exposed the lack of skills in the home team.
When tireless co captain James Musster kicked the first goal of the third quarter to narrow the gap to 14 points for a moment it was game on.
But that goal came after the ball spent about 10 minutes in the Prahran Assumption forward 50.
It was a frustrating reward for their dominance highlighted by the fact Kew responded with two quick goals to snuff out the resistance.
The occasion of the match was not lost on the Two Blues as all were aware the famous Charles Lux pavilion will be demolished at the end of the football season to make way for a new two storey complex.
At a pre game luncheon former Prahran coach and now Collingwood national recruiting manager Derek Hine spoke about his football journey that started in those rooms.
Later in the day the great Kevin Sheedy arrived for a chat with Charles Lux’ daughter Barbara Michaels and her son Richard to reminisce over old times and then listened to Dickinson’s post match summary in the change rooms.
The Two Blues season ends next Saturday with an away game v Whitefriars.
PRAHRAN ASSUMPTION 3-2 4-2 6-5 8-8 (56)KEW 6-2 8-4 12-5 18-9 (117)
Goals. Clifford 3, Podmore, N Martin, Musster, Hann, Chapman.
Best. Musster, Everest, Gottschalk, Kelly, Stent-Powell, N Martin.
RESERVESPRAHRAN ASSUMPTION 0-0 1-1 4-3 5-4 (34)
KEW 2-8 9-12 16-15 21-16 (142)
Goals. Noonan, Beddison, Bamford, Rhodes, Taylor.
Best. Woods, Rhodes, Bamford, O’Dwyer, Jack Matherson, Loschiavo.