A look back over the Round 14 action in the under-16 to under-18 junior competitions.
Darebin finished in first spot on the Under 18 Girls ladder, ahead of Montmorency on percentage, after finishing the regular season with a win over Laurimar at A.H Capp Reserve. The Falcons kicked four goals in both halves, with Guilia Ceravolo having an exceptional game, while teammate Stephanie Elarmaly booted two majors. The Power’s Olivia Hodgson and Jennifer Scordo both played well.
Whittlesea Panton Hill finished their season off with a win over Northcote at A.F Walker Recreation Reserve. The scores were level at 1.3 (9) heading into the fourth quarter, before Whittlesea Panton Hill kicked an unanswered 4.2 (26) to secure the victory. Rebekah Cullen- had an outstanding game for the victors, while Elee Newman kicked three goals. Mia Lawson was awarded Northcote’s best, while Charlotte James kicked their only goal.
Montmorency had a comfortable win over Eltham at Montmorency Park. The Pies duo of Ebony Harris (4) and Hannah Laffey (2) both played well and contributed heavily to the scoreboard. Panther stars Shannyn Ashby and Poppy Larsson played well, despite their side falling to defeat.
Diamond Creek Women’s had a hard-fought win over Research at A.E Cracknell Reserve to finish in third spot. The two sides will again meet this week in the first elimination final. Diamond Creek led right throughout and will look to bring the same energy into finals. Lauren Durante (3) and Maykaylah Appleby (2) combined for five goals. Megan Maxwell was best for the Searchers, while Milla Fereday booted two majors.
In the Under 17 Boys ladder-leader Research had a big win over Diamond Creek at Coventry Oval. The Searchers will now head into finals full of confidence. Benjamin De Bolfo had an outstanding game and finished with two two majors, while teammates Daniel Sindrivanis (4) and Anthony Mrmacovski (3) also kicked multiple goals in the runaway win. Diamond Creek’s Kaleb Richmond was best for his team.
Second-placed Eltham had a big win over South Morang at Eltham Central Park. Eltham’s big haul included goals from 15 different players. Lorne Waldron had a day out with 10 goals, while William Podmore had an impressive game. Rayne Harrison never game up for South Morang.
West Preston-Lakeside finished its season with a win over Greensborough at Anthony Beale Reserve. The Roosters led right throughout and got better as the game wore on. Loris Carnovale had an exceptional game, while Mark Daher finished with an impressive eight-major haul.
Montmorency scored a closely contested six-point win at Yarrambat War Memorial Park to finish the season in fifth spot. The Pies had a four-goal lead at three quarter time but just held on as the Bats kicked 4.4 (28) to 1.5 (11) in the final term. Magpies duo William Richardson and Bronson Hill combined well for the victors, while Konnar Adam was best for the Bats.
The Under 16 Boys Blue had three games played out with first-placed Yarrambat taking winning form into the finals after an 18-point win in a great game against Greensborough at Anthony Beale Reserve Max Tatter had an exceptional game while teammates Darcy Wilmot (4), Cooper Scott (2) and Jordan Hare (2) combined for eight goals. Angus Seivers was awarded best for the Boro after an impressive game, which included five majors. Teammate Indiana Thompson finished with four goals.
West Preston had a hard-fought win over Mernda at Waterview Recreation Reserve. One goal separated the teams throughout the first half before the Roosters slowly crept away. The Roosters Jake Pulice had an outstanding performance, while teammate Patrick Davies kicked four goals. Riley Cantwell-Golland was best for the Demons, while Kai Turner, Hayden Tunzi and Jack Fordham all booted a major.
Laurimar had a 38-point win over Montmorency at Laurimar Reserve. This win solidified the Powers finals place and they will face the Magpies again this week. Luke Jackson had a phenomenal game and finished with six of his side’s 12 goals, while Billy Lambert also excelled. Ben Graham was best for the Magpies.
Whittlesea finished in first spot on the Under-16 Red ladder after beating Bundoora Park at Whittlesea Showgrounds. The Eagles trailed by five points heading into the fourth quarter before kicking 4.3 (27) to the Thunderbolts 1.0 (6). Harry Beattie had an exceptional game, while teammates Harrison Draper (3) and William Blyth (3) kicked multiple goals. Louis Flume from the Thunderbolts was best for his team.
Eltham ended its campaign with a win over Wallan at Eltham Central Park. The Panthers had a slow first half before a strong second half secured the win. Harry Smith was best on ground, while teammate James Kayrooz led all goal scorers with two majors. Wallan’s Dylan Harris was best for his team.
Kilmore had a big win over Hurstbridge at J.J Clancy Reserve to secure second spot and a double chance in the finals. Corey Dennehy had an impressive performance for the Blues and booted four majors. Teammates Dayne Middleton (4), Sebastian Briffa (3), Alex MacPherson (3) and Darragh Kerrigan (3) also hit the scoreboard. Cooper Hetem was best for Hurstbridge and capped his performance with a goal.
Research finished the season in third place after a Round 14 win over Mill Park at Redleap Reserve. Patrick Dozzi led the way with six goals, while Jarred Coutts kicked four. Stallion Louie Solomon was best for his team.
Research remained on top in Under 16 Girls Blue after a big win against Northcote at McDonnell Park. Olivia Bandera was best in the triumph, where the Searchers eight goals were shared by six players. This included two goals each to Abbey Fitzpatrick and Mia Klaic.
Montmorency had a closely contested win over Diamond Creek Red at Plenty Park Oval. It was the battle of third and fourth, as the Pies came out victorious to take third spot heading into finals. Madeline Ellis was superb for the Magpies and kicked a major. Marlo Gardam (3) and Aleesha Williams (2) also hit the scoreboard. Poppy Strickland booted three majors for the Creekers.
Yarrambat heads into the finals after a hard-fought win over Northcote at McDonnell Park. Bat Allanah Watts enjoyed a great game and had strong support from Holly Smith and Amity Caracella, who booted two majors each. Northcote’s Christina Papadimitriou was best for her team, while Chloe Williams booted two majors.
Kilmore ended its season with a gripping three-point win over Greensborough at J.J Clancy Reserve. The Boro led at half time by a goal before the Blues booted 2.3 (15) to the Boro’s 1.0 (6) to finish the game off with a victory. Ebony Mandanici had an exceptional game, while teammates Scout Carmody and Jessica Vilinskis booted a major each in the win.
The Under 16 Girls Red had three games played out with Eltham taking the top position heading into finals. The Panthers did so with a win over Darebin at A.H Capp Reserve. Angelique Reibelt had an outstanding game with a huge impact on the ball and kicked a goal, along with Jasmine Davis-Hill, All Goodison, Molly Karslake and Remi Stickland. Chanel Diab was best for the Falcons.
Mill Park had a comfortable win over South Morang at Mill Park Lakes Reserve. The Stallions put together two impressive halves to secure their fifth win of the year. Ella Bourne had a superb game and Cara Mazzarella finished with four goals. Despite the Lions not kicking a goal, Mikayla Gioskos and Natalie Griffiths both performed superbly.
Diamond Creek Women’s Blue had an impressive win over Whittlesea at A.F Walker Recreation Reserve. Imogen Hammond was instrumental in the win, while, Zoe Lazenkas led all goal scorers with two majors. Charlee Brander was best for Whittlesea.