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Sydney University Australian National Football Club will field two teams at the 2023 Sydney AFL grand finals to be played at Blacktown International Sportspark this Saturday.

After collecting the minor premiership with an unbeaten 18-round run, Sydney University’s Premier Under 19 side is poised to add the premiership title to cap off a marvellous season.

The Under 19s finished the season proper on 72 points, with Pennant Hills (52), UNSW-ES Bulldogs (48), North Shore Bombers (48), Manly Warringah Wolves (40) and East Coast Eagles (28) making up the top six. Manly Warringah accounted for North Shore 35-32 in the elimination final, while UNSW-ES beat Pennant Hills 96-59 in the qualifying final.

Sydney University then accounted for UNSW-ES 82-30 in the second semi-final to earn a berth in the grand final, while Pennant Hills defeated Manly-Warringah 77-30 in the first semi-final. UNSW-ES then defeated Pennant Hills 85-74 in the preliminary final to earn a berth against the Students in the grand final.

Sydney University Premier Division Reserves have also made it through to the grand final where they’ll meet North Shore Bombers at Blacktown.

After finishing second to the Bombers at the end of the season proper, the Reserves defeated Pennant Hills 63-59 in their qualifying final before losing the second semi-final 64-45 to the Bombers. They then accounted for Pennant Hills 45-40 in the preliminary final to earn a grand final berth.

Sydney University’s Division Two Under 19s made it through to the grand final but went down 42-18 to Manly Warringah in the premiership decider at Blacktown International Sportspark on Saturday.

They had finished third on the ladder behind Manly Warringah and North Shore Bombers at the end of the season proper.

The Twos won the first semi-final 64-44 over Pennant Hills, while Manly Warringah Wolves defeated North Shore Bombers 51-22 in the second semi-final. Sydney University then defeated North Shore 39-32 in the preliminary final to earn berth in the season decider.

Meanwhile, Sydney University finished fourth in the Men’s Premier Division and won their elimination final 87-65 over Manly Warringah Wolves. Their season came to an end in a semi-final at Henson Park with a 75-56 loss to Pennant Hills. North Shore Bombers will meet UNSW-ES Bulldogs in the Premier Division grand final.