A look back over the Round 8 action in the under-16 to under-18 junior competitions.
In the Own Journey Travel Under-18 Girls, Montmorency continued their impressive season, defeating Wallan/Kilmore at Montmorency Park. Ebony Harris and Taylah Manson kicked four majors. Brittany O’Toole was best for Wallan/Kilmore.
Darebin scored a seven-goal win over Eltham at A.H Capp Reserve. The Falcons did the damage early, leading by 24 points at half time. Peppa Poultney and Tineka Austin-Laughton played outstanding games. Ruby Mccallum was for Eltham.
Laurimar took out a seven-point win away to Yarrambat. Alexandra Pronesti and Talia Vincent both kicked two majors, while Olivia Rocca played a wekll-rounded game. Tanasha Wharton played an exceptional game but could not push the Bats over the line.
Diamond Creek Women’s beat Whittlesea comfortably at Plenty Park. The trio of Bonnie Cantrill, Lauren Durante and Brooke Jones all kicked two majors, while Whittlesea’s Tiana Markey was a standout.
In the Under-17 Boys, Montmorency took a 10-point win away to Mernda. This was with the help of Connor Butcher kicking four majors and Patrick Playfair playing a strong game. Aaron Colliss played a stellar game for the Demons.
Diamond Creek took out a 21-point triumph over Whittlesea. This was with the aid of Ethan Taylor kicking four majors, while Jaspa Watson, Sam Athinis and Dylan Addis kicked two each. Elliot Kynaston played well for the Eagles.
West Preston-Lakeside got their first victory against Kilmore/Wallan, leading at every change. Ben Firth played an exceptional game, with he, Abudin Awo and Liam Vaina and kicking two majors. Zane Doyle was best for Kilmore/Wallan.
Greensborough scored a 12-point home victory over South Morang. It was a battle of 1v2, which resulted in the Lions dropping to fifth despite the close result. Bayley Blakely proved pivotal for Greensborough with five majors, while Daniel Ferronato played a very strong game. Michael Burns played superbly for the Lions.
Mill Park took a comfortable win over Rangers at Redleap Reserve. James Leveque, Thomas Farris and Matt Volpe combined for nine goals, while Marcus Arico playing exceptionally well. Ben Smith played well for Rangers.
In the Under-16 Blue, Research defeated West Preston-Lakeside at J.E Moore Park. Mitch Hogg helped the Searchers get over the line, kicking five of his side’s nine goals. James Ercolano was great for West Preston Lakeside.
Eltham continued their impressive season with a comfortable away win over Mill Park. Thomas Allin kicked five majors and Nathan Barry played a strong game. Bailey Spriggs performed best for Mill Park, while Anthony Mrmacovski kicked three goals.
Diamond Creek had a come-from-behind win over Laurimar at Coventry Oval. This came with Ben Costa kicking three majors, alongside Cooper Barbara and Jordan Harvey kicking two. Will Dower was named for Diamond Creek, while Sam House played well for Laurimar.
In the Under-16 Red, Greensborough took a well-fought out win over South Morang at Mill Park Lakes Reserve. Aidan Pearse kicked four majors for Greensborough to ensure the win, with William Brennan playing a brilliant game. Jack Bowlen performed best for the Lions.
Second-placed Yarrambat had a comfortable away win over Montmorency. Yarrambat’s win came with the help of leading goal kicker Nicholas Green kicking seven majors and Bailey Sobol playing a strong game. Nikolas Cox performed the best for the Pies, kicking two goals.
Mernda secured a thrilling two-point win over Kilmore at J.J Clancy Reserve. Going into the last quarter, scores were tied but Mernda managed to take the points. Levi Rowe (three goals) and Riley Kennedy were among the best for the Demons. Josh Eyre was the Blues’ best.
In the Under-16 Girls Blue, West Preston Lakeside took a 25-point win over South Morang at J.E Moore Park. This win came from the help of Alyssa Delos playing a great game with three majors. Dilujika Uthayakumar performed best for South Morang.
Montmorency defeated Research after breaking away in the fourth quarter to win by nine points in the top-three match. Marlo Gardam kicked both majors for the Magpies, while Taylah Harris performed best. Tarrah Delgado was great for the Searchers.
Diamond Creek Women’s defeated Kilmore at Plenty Park Oval thanks to Kayley Reid kicking two majors and Laila Zayat performing exceptionally well. Jazmin Dicker kicked both majors for Kilmore, with Eliza Woodley performing well.
In the Under-16 Girls Red, Eltham defeated Diamond Creek Red at Plenty Park Oval. This was with Angelique Reibelt kicking four majors, while Charlotte Jones produced an outstanding performance.
Hurstbridge won its first game of the season away to Darebin. Madison Prideaux and Molly Burgess combined for six of their side’s 10 goals. Melanie Kerney (Hurstbridge) and Alexandra Coates (Darebin) were among the best players on the ground.
Boro Bolts scored another win to secure first place on the ladder after defeating Northcote at Anthony Beale Reserve. Allana Hamka and Ari Gosden both kicked two majors, while Iesha Bamblett was fantastic for Northcote.
Panton Hill remains second after beating Wallan by 10 points. Leading by five points at three quarter time, Panton Hill was able to kick the only goal of the last quarter. Tiana Cooper kicked two majors and Rebekah Cullen-Hall was named best for the Redbacks. Kasey Lennox kicked both of Wallan’s majors.