A look back over the Round 7 action in the under-16 to under-18 junior competitions.
The Under-18 Girls had eight teams battle it out with Montmorency remaining undefeated and situated at the top of the ladder after a comfortable win over Eltham at Montmorency Park. The Pies had four strong quarters of football, with the help of Chiara Scuderi who saw a lot of the football while booting a major. Teammate Hannah Laffey led all goal scorers with four goals, along with Ebony Harris who booted three goals. For the Panthers Emily Saunders efforts didn’t go unnoticed and she was named her side’s best on ground.
Whittlesea Panton Hill and Northcote recorded draw at A.F Walker Recreation Reserve. Northcote had a one-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, before the Eagles kicked 1.2 (8) to Northcote’s 1.1 (7). The Eagles Tiana Markey played exceptionally well with a large impact on the ball, along with two crucial majors. Northcote’s Ava Menzies was outstanding for her team, with teammate Chloe Williams booting two majors.
Research defeated Diamond Creek Women’s at A.E Cracknell Reserve. The score was tied at half time before the Searchers broke away in the second half to secure the victory. The Searchers’ Jamieson Weddle had a superb four-quarter performance, alongside Milla Fereday and Maiya Tozer who were the game’s only goal scorers.
Darebin Falcons had a comfortable win over Laurimar at Laurimar Reserve. The Falcons had four strong quarters of football, with the help of Meaghan Cloonan who had an exceptional game. Falcon Stephanie Elarmaly booted a game high five-goal haul. The Power’s Molly Burgess had a strong game.
In the Under-17 Boys, four games were played. Research remains on top of the ladder after beating West Preston-Lakeside at J.E Moore Park. Searcher Jayden Woropjow had an outstanding four-quarter effort, having a lot of the ball and booting two majors while teammate Lachlan Blizzard booted a game-high four majors. The Roosters Charbel Khoury had a strong four-quarter performance.
Greensborough had a big win over South Morang at Anthony Beale Reserve. The Boro started out strong with a 64-9 lead at the half. The Lions showed great resilience and then outscored the Boro in the second half. Boro’s Ashley Welch had a superb four-quarter performance with a large impact on the ball while Aidan Pearse booted three majors. Lion Jack Bowlen’s efforts weren’t unnoticed as he was named his side’s best, while teammate Isaac De Angelis booted three majors.
Kilmore had a tough win over Diamond Creek at J.J Clancy Reserve. The Blues had a five-point lead heading into half time and the lead grew bigger in the second half. Jared Crosbie had a stellar four-quarter performance for the Blues, while teammates Dylan Knipe and Bailey Derrick kicked three and two goals respectively. The Creekers Will Dower had a strong performance with the help of Benjamin Costa, Riley Kennedy, Matthew Switkowski and Ethan Salib who all booting a major.
Eltham had a comfortable win over Montmorency at Eltham Central Park, stretching their lead right throughout the day. Panther Aidan Biddle had an outstanding four-quarter haul lifting his team over the line, while Tom Allin, Daniel Owen and Lorne Waldron all booted two majors each. Darcy Charles performed best for the Magpies, with the help of Devin Noons and Toby Wright kicking a goal each.
The Under-16 Blue had three games be played with Yarrambat remain on top after a comfortable win over Montmorency at Montmorency Park. Kyle Kankaanpaa had a stellar four quarters of football for the Bats, while the trio of Joel Fitzgerald (4), Ross Hatzis (3) and Anthony O’Sullivan (3) booted multiple goals. Harry Grattidge performed best for the Magpies, while Riley Mudge kicked a team-high three goals.
Greensborough had a comfortable win over Mernda at Anthony Beale Reserve. Angus Sievers again had an exceptional game and found lots of the ball, while teammate Ashton Togni booted a five-major haul. Demon Hayden Tunzi’s efforts saw him named Mernda’s best, while Jayden Bell booted two goals.
Laurimar had a closely contested win over West Preston-Lakeside at Laurimar Reserve. The Power led by only three points in the first term, but the lead only grew as time went on. Harrison Mooney had an outstanding performance for the Power and finished with a game-high three majors. The Roosters’ Liam Hagen was his side’s best and kicked two goals.
In the Under-16 Red, Kilmore remain on top of the ladder after defeating second-placed Whittlesea. The Blues led at all breaks at the Whittlesea Showgrounds. Brock Jordan had a stellar performance for the Blues and finished with three goals to his name. Blue duo Corey Dennehy (4) and Dayne Middleton (2) also kicked multiple goals. Liam Chiller had an exceptional game for the Eagles despite his team’s loss, alongside Bradley Purcell.
Wallan had a big win over Hurstbridge at Wallan Recreational Reserve. Wallan kicked 20 goals, shared by 14 players. Blake West played exceptionally well for the Magpies and booted two goals. Tamar El-Asmar was the leading goal scorer for Wallan after booting four majors. Sam Pruscino was best from Hurstbridge, while teammate Cooper Hetem booted a game high six-majors despite his side losing.
Bundoora Park Thunderbolts had a hard-fought win over Mill Park at Redleap Reserve. The Stallions led at quarter time before the Thunderbolts finished with seven of the last nine goals. Jakeb Ritchie had a stellar four-quarter display for the victors, while teammates Samuel Miller and Cooper Ward-Davies led all goal scorers with three majors each. Nicholas Younes found a lot of the ball for Mill Park and booted a major, while Jackson Hayse finished with two majors.
Research had a big win over Diamond Creek at A.E Cracknell Reserve. The Searchers led by two goals at the end of both the first and second quarter before booting away in the second half. Searcher Joel Leslie had an outstanding game, while teammate Patrick Dozzi booted five goals. Creeker Thomas Baird was best for Diamond Creek
In Under-16 Girls Blue Research remains on top after a comfortable win over Wallan at A.E Cracknell Reserve. The Searchers showed why they’re a strong team in this league with the help of Mia Klaic who had a superb performance. Klaic had a huge impact on the ball and booted five goals. Wallan’s Tracey Schiavone had an outstanding performance for her team, while teammate Izzabella Fitzgerald booted two goals.
Kilmore had a comfortable win over Greensborough at Anthony Beale Reserve. Samantha Wallace had an exceptional performance for Kilmore, while teammate Chloe Huy booted four majors, alongside Jessica Vilinksis who kicked three. Boro trio Dakota Gray De Jong, Rachael Mostafa and Sophie Norman all scored a goal.
Yarrambat defeated Northcote at Yarrambat Memorial Park. Makenzy Davis had an outstanding four-quarter performance for Yarrambate, while Amity Caracella booted two majors. Northcote’s Lulu Beatty was a standout, while Hanna LayClark and Chloe Williams booted their team’s two goals.
Diamond Creek Womens Red took a closely-contested win over Montmorency at Montmorency Park. Diamond Creek led by two points heading into the fourth quarter before kicking the only goal of the fourth quarter to secure the victory. Billie Gifford, Tiana Richmond, Caitlyn Schwabe and Luka Kennedy all booted a major for the victors. Pie Kyla Ursini had an exceptional game for the Magpies.
In the Under-16 Girls Red, three games were played with Whittlesea remaining on top after a draw with Eltham at Whittlesea Showgrounds. The Panthers led at half time and three-quarter time before the Eagles kicked the only goal of the fourth quarter. Selenay Yaman was named best for the Eagles, while the Panthers were well led by Remy Hunter.
Diamond Creek Women’s Blue scored a win over Mill Park at Plenty Park Oval. The scores were tied at three-quarter time until Diamond Creek booted away in the fourth, kicking three goals. Emily Shears had a superb performance and kicked three goals. Julie Pole was Mill Park’s best, while Darci Locklier booted three majors.
Darebin Falcons recorded a win over South Morang at A.H Capp Reserve. The Falcons had an outstanding first half, kicking 10 goals straight before finishing with 12 goals. Luisa Mure led from the front and booted four majors, with Falcon teammates Eleni Smith (3), Mia Haas (2) and Mia Beki (2) all kicking multiples. Maddison Clarke’s tried gamely for the Lions