A look back over the Round 11 action in the under-16 to under-18 junior competitions. before the break.
In the Own Journey Travel Under 18 Girls, Montmorency continued its undefeated season with a comfortable win over Whittlesea at C.T Barling Reserve. Georgia Thomson from the Magpies kicked three majors, while Gemma Morganti and Ebony Harris kicked two majors each. Gemma Morganti and Tahlia Brander were best for their respective teams.
Darebin remains third after a runaway win over Laurimar at Laurimar Reserve. The Falcons booted five goals to one after half time to win by 27 points. Tineka Austin-Laughton kicked five goals to push the Falcons over the line. Lara Reeves performed best for the Power and booted two majors.
Eltham secured a 34-point win over Wallan/Kilmore at Wallan Recreational Reserve after making a fast start to the game. Alannah Murray and Hannah Jordaan helped the Panthers get over the line, combining for five of their seven goals. Eliza Hick and Zoe Beattie performed best for their respective teams.
In the Under 17 Boys, top of the table Greensborough, had a comfortable win over West Preston at J.E Moore Park. The Boro shared their 18 goals through 10 players, including Bayley Blakeley kicking four. Daniel Ferronato performed exceptionally well and kicked two. Louis Masucci was best for the Roosters.
South Morang defeated Diamond Creek at Mill Park Lakes Reserve to move a step closer to a finals place. Blake and Joel Fitzgerald combined for six goals, while Sam Indian was also fantastic. Jackson Elznik performed best for Diamond Creek.
Whittlesea had a 17-point win over Kilmore/Wallan at J.J Clancy Reserve. The match was in the balance at three-quarter time, with the Eagles leading by just seven points. Casey Nelson had an exceptional four-quarter performance, while Dylan Hoystead and Jake Beattie kicked two majors for the victors. Jake Briffa was his side’s best in defeat.
Montmorency had a comfortable win over Rangers at C.T Barling Reserve. Riley Coleman and Connor Butcher both did their part in kicking three goals each, while Koby Davies performed best for the Pies. Caile Hogan was awarded best for Rangers.
Mill Park was a big winner over Mernda at Redleap Reserve. The Stallions kicked 25 majors, spread across 12 players with Noah Bazzano leading all goal kickers with five. Lawrence Lopiccolo and Marcus Sindrivanis performed best for the victors, while Trent Fletcher was gallant for Mernda.
In the Under 16 Blue, Laurimar took down West Preston-Lakeside at J.E. Moore Park. This was with the help of Joel Viavattene kicking four majors, alongside Samuel House and Anthony La Ferlita who kicked four majors and playing superbly. Madison Martin performed best for the Roosters, alongside Lukas Moris who kicked three goals.
Diamond Creek moved a game clear in third after beating Mill Park at Redleap Reserve. Cooper Barbera and Aaron Hay led all goal kickers with four each, while Jake Nikolov and Bailey Spriggs performed strongly for Mill Park.
Eltham remains on top of the ladder after defeating at Research at A.E Cracknell Reserve. This came with Jaden Collins kicking a superb nine goals in a best on ground showing for the Panthers, while Aidan Biddle also impressed. Joel Trudgeon performed best for the Searchers.
In the Under 16 Red, Yarrambat defeated South Morang by 19 points in a competitive game at Mill Park Lakes Reserve. Bailey Sobol from the Bats proved to be important in kicking four majors along, with Joshua Kirwen played a strong game. Priyan Nadas was the Lions’ best player.
Kilmore scored a thrilling one-point win over Montmorency at C.T Barling Reserve. Down by 20 points going into the second half, Kilmore finished with an accurate 10.1 to secure a come-from-behind win. Bailey Derrick, Jaylan Rendina and Joshua Hall all kicked two majors for the Blues, while Max Lacorcia played a stellar game. Liam Chilcott kicked five goals and performed best for the Magpies.
Mernda remains on top of the ladder after a comfortable win over Greensborough at Anthony Beale Reserve. The win came with Dylan Knipe kicking four majors and Max Brown playing a strong game for the ladder-leader. Luke Corda was best on ground for Greensborough.
In the Under 16 Girls Blue, West Preston-Lakeside had a start-to-finish win over Kilmore at J.J Clancy Reserve. Jaydah Hope continued her impressive goal kicking season with a game-high five majors. Sara Santoro and Tallia Pulcino also led the way for the Roosters, while Jada Cannizzo was best for Kilmore.
South Morang took a close eight-point victory over Diamond Creek Blue at Mill Park Lakes Reserve to remain in finals contention. Guilia Ceravolo and Laila Zayat both played superb games for their respective teams.
The action was just at close at Montmorency Park, where Research defeated Yarrambat by two points. The Searchers led by 20 points going into the last quarter, but the Bats never surrendered and mounted an impressive comeback, which just fell short. Mia Robertson was great the Searchers, while Chenara Rogers was named best for the Bats.
In the Under 16 Girls Red, Diamond Creek Red defeated Darebin Falcons at A.H Capp Reserve for its third win of the year. Milly Manson kicked three majors, with Ashlie Hines playing a well-rounded game. Teagan Bell performed best for the Falcons.
Northcote defeated Panton Hill by one-point A.E Cracknell Reserve in a thrilling game between two top-four team. Northcote led by 16 points at three-quarter time, before Panton Hill mounted a comeback in the fourth quarter. Chloe Williams kicked three majors and had a superb four-quarter effort for Northcote. Monique Ramsey performed best for Panton Hill.
Wallan had a 31-point win over Hurstbridge at Ben Frilay Oval. Marnie Lawrence produced a solid four-quarter performance to lift Wallan over the line. Molly Burgess was awarded best for her Hurstbridge.
Finally, Eltham and Boro Bolts produced the season’s first draw at Susan Street Reserve. In the top-four battle, Eltham trailed by eight-points going into the last term but kicked two goals to one in the fourth quarter to share the points with the ladder-leader.