A look back over the Round 14 action in the under-16 to under-18 junior competitions.
In the Own Journey Travel Under 18 Girls, Montmorency finished off its perfect home and away season with a big win against Diamond Creek Women’s at Plenty Park Oval. The Pies’ Gemma Morganti had a superb four-quarter performance, booting four goals and having a big impact on the ball.
Research had a big win after defeating Wallan/Kilmore at A.E Cracknell Reserve. Milla Fereday played a big role after kicking five majors, alongside Ashleigh Smith with a well-rounded game. Madison Laffan was best on ground for Wallan/Kilmore.
Darebin took a close 17-point win over Whittlesea at A.H Capp Reserve. Stephanie Elarmaly was pivotal in the win kicking a game-high two majors, backed up by Julia Mcardle playing exceptionally well. Bella Feutrill-Finlay was best on for the Eagles.
Eltham took a closely contested win over Yarrambat at Susan Street Reserve.
Alannah Murray had an impressive outing kicking two goals and playing an all-rounded four-quarter performance. Kira Allen-Walker was best for the Bats.
In the Under 17 competition, Montmorency took a big win over Kilmore/Wallan at J.J Clancy Reserve to cement a first place on the ladder heading into a strong finals series. Riley Coleman and Connor Butcher had their kicking boots on, combing for nine goals while Patrick Playfair performed superbly. Iziah Mahinay was best for Kilmore/Wallan.
Greensborough strung together a big win over the Rangers at Eltham Central Park to cement a finals berth. Bayley Blakeley and Brock Togni performed well for the Boro, both kicking four majors, while Ethan Giann was best on for the Rangers.
South Morang scored a solid win over Mernda at Waterview Recreation Reserve. The result kept the Lions in second spot and secured a double-chance in the finals. Josh Renehan led all goal scores after kicking three majors, while Blake Fitzgerald had a strong four-quarter performance.
Mill Park took a comfortable win over Whittlesea at Redleap Reserve. The win ensured a top-four finish. Matt Volpe booted five goals to finish with an impressive season total of 40 goals. Lawrence Lopiccolo and Kyel McMillan were the best performers for their respected teams.
Diamond Creek finished its season off strong in a big win against West Preston-Lakeside at Coventry Oval. Ethan Farquhar led all goal scorers with two majors while Jackson Elzink performed exceptionally well. Liam Vaina was best for the Roosters.
In the Under 16 Blue, Research took a vital win over Mill Park at Montmorency Park South Oval in the match that decided which team would fill the fourth spot in the finals. Joel Trudgeon played a superb four-quarter game, kicking four majors. Joshua Ambrosio was best for Mill Park.
Laurimar defeated Eltham at Laurimar Reserve to cement first place heading into the finals. Anthony O’Sullivan kicked four majors for the Power, alongside Samuel House playing a strong game. William Moio was best for the Panthers.
Diamond Creek defeated West Preston-Lakeside comfortably at J.E. Moore Park. This will give the Creekers a full head of steam heading into the finals after Cooper Barbera kicked five majors, while Alasdair Page played exceptionally. Kyle Galvin-King played a solid game for the Roosters.
In the Under 16 Red, Kilmore defeated South Morang in a comfortable outing to reserve third place on the ladder ahead of the finals. Ben Cook led all goal scorers with three majors, while teammates Jaden Smith, Jaylen Rendina and Joshua Eyre all kicked two majors. Ethan Derrick and Andrew Boccabella were named best on ground for their respective teams.
Montmorency defeated top of the table Mernda at Montmorency Park by 40 points. Bronson Hill led goal scorers with three majors, while Mitchell Brownhill performed superbly. Riley Kennedy was best for the Demons, who were overrun in the final quarter.
Yarrambat took a comfortable win over Greensborough at Anthony Beale Reserve, cementing second place heading into the finals. This win came with Nicholas Green playing an exceptional four-quarter performance, kicking six majors. Toby Brown was named best for the Boro.
In the Under 16 Girls Blue, Yarrambat took an incredibly close one-point win over top of the table Montmorency at Montmorency Park. Kate Trembath and Teleah Smart were the goal kickers for the Bats, while Teah Reichert played a superb four-quarter performance. Taylah Harris was best for the Pies.
South Morang scored a 22-point win over Kilmore at Mill Park Lakes Reserve, confirming the fourth finals spot. Maykaylah Appleby played exceptionally well over the four quarters, including three goals and a big impact on the ball. Mia Tolson was best for the Blues.
Third-placed West Preston-Lakeside claimed a 25-point victory over second-placed Diamond Creek Women’s at Plenty Park Oval. Maeve Chaplin performed best for the Roosters, kicking three majors and playing an all-rounded game. Georgia Tait was for the Creekers.
In the Under 16 Girls Red, Boro Bolts ended their impressive home and away season with a comfortable win over Diamond Creek Women’s at Plenty Park Oval to finish on top of the ladder. Emmison Zealley kicked three majors, while Milly Manson was the Creekers’ best player and kicked her side’s goal.
Wallan defeated Darebin at A.H Capp Reserve in an impressive win to finish off their season. Wallan’s Kasey Lennox kicked a major and had an exceptional performance. Teagan Bell from the Falcons was awarded her side’s best.
Northcote defeated Eltham in a big win to cement a second-place finish ahead of the finals. Chloe Williams had a superb four-quarter performance and finished with a goal. Tanaya Boyne tried hard for the Panthers.
Panton Hill took a big win over Hurstbridge at Ben Frilay Oval to finish in third place. Monique Ramsay had an outstanding four-quarter performance kicking four majors and having a big impact on the ball. Tiarnah Bullard performed best for the Hurstbridge.