A look back over the Round 10 action in the under-16 to under-18 junior competitions.
In Own Journey Travel Under-18 Girls, Eltham had a close win over Research at A.E Cracknell Reserve. The Panthers spread their three goals, with Bethany Woodman, Brittany Cheers and Zoe Baggio all kicking a major each. Hannah Jordaan (Eltham) and Megan Maxwell (Research) performed best for their respective clubs.
Diamond Creek Women’s scored a close win over Laurimar at C.T Barling Reserve. Lauren Durante lead all goal kickers with two goals for the winners, while Ebony Ozimek kicked the other major. Britney Gutknecht performed best for Laurimar.
Whittlesea claimed a 17-point win over Wallan/Kilmore at Wallan Recreational Reserve. This came with the Buckland sisters, Anabel and Georgia kicking three majors between them and Tiana Markey playing exceptionally well. It was also a family affair for Wallan/Kilmore, with Madison Laffan kicking two majors while Siobhan Laffan performed for her side.
Yarrambat defeated Darebin at Yarrambat War Memorial Park despite trailing at the first break. Mika Suzuki kicked two majors and was an important factor for the Bats, alongside Kyla Parry. Ella Grant-Campbell performed exceptionally well for the Falcons.
In Under-17 Boys, Mill Park had a big win over Kilmore/Wallan to move into fourth spot. Mill Park had 12 goal kickers, led by Matt Volpe with six majors and Thomas Farris with five. Rhys Barber played exceptionally well for Kilmore/Wallan, although it was not enough to keep his side in the game.
Greensborough outlast Diamond Creek in a 10-point result at Coventry Oval. This win was produced with the help of Bayley Blakeley kicking four majors and Caleb Flanagan playing a well-rounded game. Jake Gicevski was best for Diamond Creek, while Ethan Farquhar kicked four majors.
Mernda won its second game with a 10-point win over West Preston-Lakeside. Trailing at three-quarter time, the Demons booted five goals in the fourth quarter. Will Crouch performed best Mernda, while Solomon Britton was best for the Roosters.
South Morang defeated Montmorency at Mill Park Lakes Reserve to take second spot on the ladder. The Lions did the damage early, racing to 41-point lead at half time, before winning by 32. Samuel Indian kicked four majors along, while Mitch Kalpakis playing exceptionally well. Bailey Kane performed best for the Magpies.
Rangers took a well-fought win over Whittlesea at Whittlesea Showgrounds. With scores tied going into the fourth quarter, Rangers booted 2.7 to 1.0 in the final term to win by 13 points. Caile Hogan performed best for the winners, while Kyel Mcmillan performed well for the Eagles.
In Under-16 Blue, Research upset Laurimar at Laurimar Reserve to remain in touching distance of the top-four. Mitch Hogg (4) and Jackson Hasler (3) led the goal kickers, while Nicolas Uzelac performed superbly. Doug Andonovski never stopped trying for the Power.
Eltham had an important win over Diamond Creek at Eltham Central Park, to move into first place on the ladder. This came with the help of Lorne Waldron kicking four majors and Aidan Biddle producing a stellar four-quarter performance. Declan Williams was the Demons’ standout player.
Mill Park defeated West Preston-Lakeside by eight points in a thrilling win at J.E Moore Park, with 26 goals kicked on the day. The Stallions flicked a switch in the second half to kick 10 goals and secure the victory. Julian Janev and Anthony Mrmacovski shared eight goals, while Jake Nikolav played exceptionally well. The Roosters’ Jai Murtagh played very well.
In Under-16 Red, Mernda continued its great start to season, winning over South Morang at Waterview Recreation Reserve. Levi Rowe finished with a five-goal haul, while Connor Miller kicked four majors. Lachlan Taylor had a solid four-quarter performance to push the Demons over the line. Alexander Aleksovski played well with three goals for the Lions, who never stopped trying.
A fast start helped Yarrambat to a 20-point win over Kilmore at Yarrambat War Memorial Park. Nicholas Green’s five majors were crucial, while Zac McCormack played a solid game for the Bats. Zac Robertson played a well-rounded game for the Blues but could not get them over the line.
Montmorency took home a 30-point win over Greensborough at Anthony Beale Reserve. This came with Liam Chilcott kicking four majors, while Darcy Charles was very good in a four-quarter effort. Sean Morrison performed best for Greensborough, along with Blake Trimby.
In Under-16 Girls Blue, West Preston-Lakeside played an exceptional game to get the win over Yarrambat at J.E Moore Park. Ashleigh Snow was outstanding with four majors, while Tallia Pulcino was equally impressive. Sarah Cameron had a stellar performance for the Bats.
Montmorency claimed an important win over Diamond Creek Women’s at C.T Barling Reserve in the top of the table game. It was a two-point game going into the fourth quarter, however the Pies broke away in the last, kicking 2.4 and keeping the Creekers scoreless. Marlo Gardam and Taylah Harris both kicked two majors for the Pies, while Portia Ricardo performed best for Diamond Creek Women’s.
In Under-16 Girls Red, Wallan won its third game, beating Diamond Creek Women’s at Wallan Recreational Reserve. Kasey Lennox had a stellar game, kicking six goals. Marnie Lawrence also had a fantastic game.
Eltham had a comfortable win over Darebin at C.T Barling Reserve. The Panthers had Alysha Rowe, Charlotte Jones, Sofia Gravier, April Jones and Ailis Baddeley-Thomspon all kick two majors each. Katelyn Ristevski never stopped trying and was best for Darebin.
Northcote had a comfortable win over Hurstbridge at McDonnell Park. This came with Chloe Williams and Johanna Vassiliou kicking two majors each and finding plenty of the football. Jessica Ludlow played a solid game for Hurstbridge.
In the closest game of the round, Boro Bolts had a two-point win over Panton Hill in a thrilling top of the table game at Bundoora Park Oval. Boro Bolts trailed at half time, before kicking three goals in the third quarter to take a 12-point lead. Panton Hill made a late surge in the fourth quarter to almost steal the win. Georgia Phelan, Alanna Hamka and Ari Gosden all kicked a major each for the Bolts, while Panton Hill’s Tiana Cooper was her side’s best