A look back over the Round 11 action in the under-16 to under-18 junior competitions.
In the Under 18 Girls, there were four hard-fought games with Darebin remaining on top position. Darebin had a big win over Research at A.H Capp Reserve. The Searchers led for the first half before the Falcons kicked four unanswered goals in the second half to secure the victory. Falcon star Tilly Hanson had an exceptional game with a huge impact, while teammates Sophia Padovano, Maeve Chaplin, Stephanie Elarmaly and Tallia Pulcino all kicked a major each. Kayla Stammers from the Searchers was best on ground for her team, while Milla Fereday was there only goal scorer.
Diamond Creek Women’s had a comfortable win over Whittlesea Panton Hill at Plenty Park Oval. Diamond Creek led at all terms, with Maykaylah Appleby finishing with a game-high four-major haul. Whittlesea Panton Hill’s Elly Synan had an outstanding game, while teammate Chloe Hawking kicked their only major.
Eltham had a big win over Northcote at Northcote Park. Eltham led at all terms with the help of Ashleigh Clarke, who found the ball a lot. Teammate Poppy Larsson led all goal-scorers with two goals. Jamie Spangher was best for Northcote
Montmorency had an important win over Laurimar at Montmorency Park. This win secures a finals position for the second-placed Magpies. Allyson Waldron had a superb game, while teammates Gemma Morganti, Jemma Laffey, Ebony Harris and Chiara Scuderi all kicked a major. Despite the Power not kicking a goal, Ashley Fitzpatrick and Olivia Hodgson both played exceptionally well.
Research remains in first position in the Under-17 Boys after a comfortable win over Eltham at Eltham Central Park. The Searchers led by a point heading into the second quarter before kicking 12.6 (78) to Eltham’s 2.3 (15). Riki Kusaka from the Searchers had an outstanding game while teammate Jackson Hasler booted three majors. Panther Liam Doumtsis was awarded best on ground for his team, while Liam McMahon led his team with two majors.
Yarrambat had a big win over South Morang at Yarrambat War Memorial Park. Konnor Adam had an exceptional game for the Bats and finished the day with four majors. Jack Bowlen’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed for South Morang, while Alexander Aleksovski kicked a five-major haul.
Kilmore had a big win over Greensborough at J.J Clancy Reserve. This win puts Kilmore in a strong position for finals. The fourth-placed Blues face Montmorency in fifth spot next week in the hope to secure the finals spot. Kye Maher had a superb game for Kilmore and kicked four goals. Boro duo Mason Glenn and Aidan Pearse both played exceptionally well and kicked a major each.
Diamond Creek had a big win over West Preston-Lakeside at Coventry Oval. The Roosters led by nine points at the half, before the Creekers kicked 7.4 (46) to the Roosters 1.2 (8) to finish the game. Will Dower had an outstanding game for Diamond Creek, while Jaspa Gook, Zack Ferguson and Jonah Potter all kicked two goals to help their side break away. Charbel Khoury was best for the Roosters and kicked two goals.
Greensborough secured a four-goal win over Laurimar at Laurimar Reserve in Under-16 Blue. The Boro led at the end of all terms with the help of Angus Seivers, who had an exceptional gam,e while teammate Damon Gray Dejong led all goal scorers with two majors. Darcy Stewart from the Power was awarded best on ground for his team, while Bailey Walker and Lucas Nasrallah booted a major each.
Montmorency defeated West Preston-Lakeside in a hard-fought game at Montmorency Park South Oval. Adam Crick had an exceptional game to help the Magpies to a 25-point win, while teammates Riley Mudge and Luke Jurkovic hit the scoreboard. Jake Pulice had a superb game for the Roosters, which included a major, while teammate Daniel Chimirri kicked two goals.
Whittlesea remains on top of the Under-16 Red ladder after The Eagles defeated Eltham at Whittlesea Showgrounds. Whittlesea led at all times and showed why they deserve to be on top. Harrison Draper who had an outstanding performance, including three majors. Panther Kai Rubini Porter was for his side, while Caleb Woodward and Jacob Diakoumakos kicked their side’s two majors.
Research had a comfortable win over Wallan at A.E Cracknell Reserve. Patrick Dozzi had a superb game for Research and he and teammate Sebastian Lay booted four majors each. Callum Birch was best for Wallan, while Dylan Harris, Tamar El-Asmar and Zachary Baker all booted a goal each.
Diamond Creek had a big away win over Mill Park at Redleap Reserve. The Creekers put together two strong halves to make a push for a finals spot. Will Saker was best on ground for the victors, while Max Laughlin booted a game-high five-major haul. The Stallions Khoder Akkari played best for his team, while Jack Baddeley-Dowell booted two majors.
Bundoora Park had a big win over Hurstbridge at Bundoora Park Oval. This win keeps them in the top-four heading into the last three rounds. It was a two-point game at quarter time before the Bolts kicked away. Antony Jolevski had an outstanding game for Bundoora Park, while teammate Kaylan Memis booted a game-high six goals for the Thunderbolts. Hurstbridge star Jack Butterfield had an impressive game. He and teammate Cooper Hatem booted two majors each.
The Under 16 Girls Blue saw Research remain in first placed after a thrilling one-point win over Montmorency at A.E Cracknell Reserve. The Searchers didn’t make the most of their chances in front of goal, but held on to win 1.12 (18) to 2.5(17). Monique Ramsay was outstanding for Research while teammate Michaela Molenberg kicked their only major. Grace Robinson was awarded best for the Magpies, while Madeline Ellis and Aleesha Williams booted a major each.
Yarrambat had a big win over Greensborough at Anthony Beale Reserve. Chenara Rogers played exceptionally well for Yarrambat, while teammate Teleah Smart led all goal scorers with two. The Boro’s Dakota Gray De Jong was their only goal scorer.
Kilmore had a hard-fought 19-point win over Diamond Creek Women’s Red at Plenty Park Oval. Kilmore led by less than a goal at half time before kicking away in the second half to secure the win. Jenaya Stewart played exceptionally well for Kilmore, while Heidi Woodley booted two majors. Poppy Strickland and Zoe Campbell were Diamond Creek Women’s goal scorers, with one each.
Wallan defeated Northcote by three points at McDonnell Park. It was a battle of behind, as both sides struggled to kick a goal. Chelsea Paton and Kasey Lennox performed exceptionally well to bring home the win for the Magpies. Northcote’s Norma Bamblett and Christina Papadimitriou were awarded best for their side.
In the Under-16 Girls Red, three games were played, with Eltham remaining on top of the ladder. The Panthers defeated South Morang at Mill Park Lakes Reserve. Alla Goodison had an exceptional game with a huge impact on the ball. Goodison, Remi Stickland, April Jones and Angelique Reibelt all kicked a major each. Despite South Morang not kicking a goal, Shelby Leary and Maddison Clarkes’s efforts weren’t unnoticed.
Whittlesea scored an 11-point win over Mill Park at A.F. Walker Recreation Reserve. Mill Park led at the end of the first quarter, before the Eagles kicked away. Mia Daly performed exceptionally well for Whittlesea, while teammates Measham Cameron and Jade Ventura kicked a major each. Ella Bourne was awarded best for the Stallions, while Cara Mazzarella was their only goal scorer.
Diamond Creek Women’s Blue had a comfortable win over Darebin at Plenty Park Oval. Diamond Creek put together two impressive halves to make a strong push for a finals spot. Grace Wake played exceptionally well for the winning team, while teammate Georgia Tate kicked a game-high four goals. Eve Beckford Saunders was awarded best on ground for the Falcons. Beckford Saunders, Mia Haas and Mia Beki all booted a major.