A look back over the Round 13 action in the under-16 to under-18 junior competitions.
The Under-18 Girls had four games played out with Darebin remaining on top spot despite the push from Montmorency. Darebin had a comfortable win over Whittlesea Panton Hill at A.E Cracknell Reserve. The Falcons put together four strong quarters with the help of Stephanie Elarmaly who had an exceptional game. The Falcons Jaydah Hope (3), Adelaida Ramos-Morris (2), Stephanie Elarmaly (2) and Maeve Chaplin all kicked multiples goals. Despite Whittlesea Panton Hill’s loss, Rebekah Cullen-Hall and Tahlia Brander performed best for their team.
Montmorency had a big win over Northcote at McDonnell Park. The Pies had a strong four-quarter performance as the stayed in the hunt for the top spot heading into finals. Jemma Laffey had an outstanding game booting two majors while having a huge impact on the ball while the duo of Ebony Harris (5) and Casey Rock (3) kicked away. Jamie Spangher was Northcote’s best player. while teammate Norma Bamblett kicked their only major.
Diamond Creek had a closely-contested nine-point win over Laurimar at Laurimar Reserve. The Power led by three kicks at half time before Diamond Creek kicked an unanswered 3.4 (22) to secure the win. Alyssa Bannan, Maykaylah Appleby and Brooke Jones all kicked a major each. Power star Chelsea Pearson was awarded best for her team, and kicked two majors.
Research had a hard-fought win over Eltham at Eltham Central Park. The scores were tied at the end of the first before the Searchers kicked an unanswered 7.5 (47) to win the game. Searcher Ella Gray had an outstanding performance while teammate Milla Fereday had an impressive seven-goal haul. Panther Emily Saunders was awarded best on ground for her team while Victoria Henderson kicked their only major.
The Under-17 Boys had four games played out with Research securing top position and Eltham having a bye. Research had a big win over Montmorency at Montmorency Park. The Searchers led at all times, with Nicolas Uzelac putting together an impressive game, while fellow teammate Jackson Halser booted four majors. Mitchell Brownhill was best for the Pies with an outstanding game with three majors.
Yarrambat had a hard-fought win over Greensborough at Anthony Beale Reserve. The Bats led by less than a goal at half time before a big second half to secure the win. Bat Star Bailey Sobol had an exceptional game, while teammates Ned Welsh (4) and Jack Twomey (2) kicked multiple goals. The Boro’s Campbell Quinn was awarded best for his side, while Aidan Pearse had a four-major haul.
Diamond Creek held a nail-biting three-point win over Kilmore at Coventry Oval. The scores were tied at half-time and stayed within 10 points for the second half, as Diamond Creek held off a late push by the Blues. Will Dower from Diamond Creek had an outstanding game while teammate Benjamin Costa led all goal scorers with three majors. Kye Maher from the Blues was awarded best for his efforts, while Max Lacorcia booted two majors.
West Preston-Lakeside had a big win over South Morang at J.E Moore Park Oval. The Roosters led at all terms, with Hussein El Haouli enjoying a superb game. Teammates Mark Daher (3), Charbel Khoury (2) and Dean Panzera (2) all kicked away. Finnen Hoare was best on ground for his team, while Levi Rowe (3), Alexander Aleksovski (2) and Troy Slater (1) kicked all the Lions goals.
In the Under-16 Boys Blue, three games were played with Yarrambat securing first place with a comfortable win over Laurimar a Yarrambat War Memorial Park. The Bats put together two equally strong halves to secure the victory. Bat Star Jake Ashworth had an exceptional game while teammates Cooper Scott (5) and Ross Hatzis (4) kicked major hauls. Kaiden Arthur (2) Harrison Mooney (1), Bailey Walker (1), Joel Mullenger (1) and Jacob Osborne (1) kicked their team’s goals.
Greensborough had a big win over West Preston-Lakeside at Anthony Beale Reserve. This win secures Greensborough into second position heading into the last game of the season. Boro Star Benjamin Fisher had an outstanding game with a huge impact on the ball followed with four majors. The Roosters’ Patrick Davies was best for his team due to his attack on the ball and his four major haul.
Montmorency had a comfortable win over Mernda at Montmorency Park. This win secures the Pies third position on the ladder. Pie Star Luke Jurkovic had a superb game and finished with a six-major haul. Demon Kai Turner was best on ground for his team while Jayden Bell, Blake Harris, Matthew Bawden, Benjamin Paterson and Clayton Jolly all booted a major each.
In the Under-16 Boys Red, four games were played out with Whittlesea remaining on top despite the bye. Hurstbridge defeated Mill Park at Ben Frilay Oval. Hurstbridge trailed by five points at half time before kicking 7.6 (48) to the Stallions 2.2 (14) to secure the victory. The Hurstbridge duo of Cooper Beauchamp (7) and Jack Butterfield (4) were too much to handle and they combined for 11-goals. Stallion Thomas Gioskos was awarded best for his team, while Jack Baddeley-Dowell kicked three majors.
Research had a hard-fought win over Kilmore at A.E Cracknell Reserve. The Searchers led at all times as they secured their finals position. Patrick Dozzi had an exceptional game and alongside Ty Forsyth and Harvey Trippet booted three majors. Dayne Middleton from the Blues was awarded best for his superb efforts for the Blues, which included four goals.
Bundoora Park Thunderbolts had a big win over Wallan at Wallan Recreational Reserve. This win should cement the Thunderbolts into finals, despite facing top of the ladder Whittlesea next week. Thunderbolt star Max Reid had an exceptional game, while teammate Cooper Ward-Davies had an impressive four-major haul. Wallan’s Mitchell Angelino was awarded best on ground for his side, while Gary Stinton booted four majors.
Eltham defeated Diamond Creek at Eltham Central Park. This win puts Eltham one game out of finals. Bailey Wood had a superb game with a huge impact on the ball, while teammate James Kayrooz kicked a game-high four goals. Diamond Creek’s Matthew Brennan was best for his team, while Thomas Baird, Andrew Elward and Lachlan Versteegen all had a major each.
The Under-16 Girls Blue had four games played out with Research remaining on top position after a big win over Kilmore at J.J Clancy Reserve. The Searchers had a strong first half kicking an unanswered 7.7 (49) before the Blues outscored them in the second half 2.2 (14) to 1.0 (6). Searcher star Georgia Keenan had an exceptional game, while teammates Sheridan Blizzard, Jasmyn Kernaghan, Tarrah Delgado, Michaela Molenberg, Mia Klaic, Abbey Fitzpatrick, Holly Cunningham and Olivia Bandera all booted a major each. Mia Tolson was best for her Blues while Heidi Woodley and Ella Stewart booted their team’s only goals.
Greensborough had a nail-biting four-point win over Wallan at Anthony Beale Reserve. Wallan led by a goal at half time before Boro kicked an unanswered 2.5 (17) putting the Boro up 11 heading into the fourth quarter. Wallan then kicked 2.1 (13) to Boro’s 1.0 (6) but was not enough as Boro took home the four points. Victoria Lawrence, Emmison Zealley, Elly Huber, Ari Godsen and Dakota Gray De Jong booting a major each for the Boro. Wallan duo Kasey Lennox and Maddison Ford were superb and booted two majors each.
Diamond Creek Women’s Red had a closely contested win over Yarrambat at Plenty Park Oval. Yarrambat led by three points heading into the fourth quarter before Diamond Creek kicked an unanswered 1.5 (11) to secure the win. Poppy Strickland, Olivia Garner and Tiana Richmond booted a major each for the victors. Chenara Rogers was awarded best on for the Bats, while Brooke Plummer led all goal scorers with two.
Montmorency had a comfortable win over Northcote at Montmorency Park. Northcote led at the end of the first quarter before Montmorency kicked 9.5 (59) to Northcote’s 1.4 (10) in the final three terms. Pie Star Tayla Driver had an outstanding game with a huge impact on the ball and added three majors. Northcote’s Lulu Beatty was best on for her team, while Chloe Williams and Dillan Poihipi booted a major each.
The Under-16 Girls Red had three games played with Whittlesea remaining on top after a big win over South Morang at A.F Walker Recreation Reserve. Selenay Yaman from the Eagles had an exceptional game, while teammate Jade Ventura kicked two goals. Despite the Lions not getting on the scoreboard, Paris Gay and Maddison Clarke tried hard.
Mill Park had a closely-contested win over Darebin Falcons at A.H Capp Reserve. The scores were tied at quarter time before the Stallions kicked an unanswered 1.1 (7) to win the game. Teagan Bell from the Stallions had an outstanding game while teammates Cara Mazzarella (3) and Julie Pole (1) kicked their team’s goals. Jasmine Wilson was best for the Falcons, while Luisa Mure kicked two majors.
Eltham had a nail-biting five-point win over Diamond Creek Women’s Blue at Plenty Park Oval. This win swaps Eltham and Diamond Creek’s ladder positioning as Eltham go to second and Diamond Creek go to third. Scores were level heading into the fourth before the Panthers kicked 2.0 (12) to 1.1 (7). Emily Fitzsimmons played superb for the Panthers, while teammates Angelique Reibelt, Molly Karslake, Mia Smale and Alysha Rowe all booted a major. Grace Wake was best on for Diamond Creek Women’s, while teammates Georgia Tait, Grace Bullard and Catherine Williams all booted a goal.