THE finals-bound Hampden league sides both suffered injuries to key midcourters in a dramatic last round of the open Western Regional State League competition.
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Hampden Green’s Jacqui Bowman (calf) and Hampden White’s Elisha Carter (ankle) were both forced off the court with injuries on Thursday night and are expected to miss next week’s showdown between their sides.

Port Fairy drew with Green 40-40 on Thursday night in a nailbiter which featured a controversial moment in the third quarter.

Green had three consecutive centre passes, scoring from all three to prevent Port from stretching out its lead.

Seagulls coach Bev Bourke said it was a see-sawing match.

“I think their biggest lead was six goals in the third quarter and our biggest lead was probably four goals in the second quarter,” she said.

The Seagulls held a three-goal advantage with about two minutes to play before Green fought back. “I put it down to a lack of experience from our younger players,” Bourke said.

“It was quite noisy and everyone was trying their hardest, of course, but I think we got swept up with the emotion of it and got a bit overawed by the situation.”

The stalemate between Hampden Green and Port, along with Hampden White’s loss to Colac and District and Camperdown Night’s convincing win over Warrnambool and District Yellow, meant that only percentage separated the top four teams after the minor rounds.

A strong percentage handed the minor premiership to Hampden Green, while Camperdown jumped from fifth to second.

Port Fairy was third, while Hampden White dropped from first to fourth.

Hampden Green and White will clash in a final next Thursday, while Camperdown and Port Fairy will duel in the other final.

The winners will progress to the grand final the following week.

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