The final countdown!

HOTLY CONTESTED FINALS… It was a great weekend of footy around the Goulburn Valley, with the Echuca and Kyabram match a breathtaking example of the best that finals footy has to offer. Photo: Bailey Opie photography.

Punters celebrated the wonderful weather on the weekend with a bunch of great games of GVL finals footy.

First cab off the ranks on Saturday afternoon was the Kyabram and Echuca Qualifying Final at Moon Oval. The top two teams battled out in a fierce match that had many Kyabram fans holding their breath for the first time in a long time.

The Echuca boys were bold and brave in their challenge, holding the lead by a point during the first term break, only to lose traction and score no goals in the second. The final results saw Kyabram up by only three goals.

Later that night under lights, Shepparton faced down Tatura in the Elimination Final at the Mooroopna Main Oval. The Bulldogs were leading the way at half time but slipped in the second, with the Bears taking home the victory by a mere 14 points.

The last game for the first weekend of GVL finals took place on Sunday at Kyabram Recreation Reserve. The Elimination Final between Rochester and Seymour was, again, extremely closely contended, with barely two or three goals between the teams throughout the entire game. Rochester came out strong in the finish to take home the victory by just 12 points, impressive for a team that started the 2019 season with four losses.

Next week the GVL semi-finals will see Kyabram take on Shepparton in Euroa on Saturday and Echuca against traditional rivals Rochester at the Benalla Showgrounds.