A look back over the Round 8 action in the under-16 to under-18 junior competitions.
In the Under-18 Girls a new top team emerged. Montmorency and Darebin went head to head at Montmorency Park North Oval with Darebin taking a 24-point victory to take first place. Falcon star Guilia Ceravolo had an outstanding four-quarter performance, alongside Stephanie Elarmaly booting two majors. Bianca Keogh did her best to lift the Pies, while Hannah Laffey booted their only major.
Research had a comfortable win over Northcote at Montmorency Park South Oval. Jamieson Weddle played exceptionally for Research, while Milla Fereday kicked a game-high five goals. Northcote’s Jamie Spangher was awarded best on ground for her team and Gemma Starkey kicked the team’s only major.
Laurimar had a big win over Whittlesea Panton Hill at A.F Walker Recreation Reserve. The Power produced an excellent four-quarter performance, with Isabelle Caputo finding a lot of the ball. Holly Pitts (4), Taylah Selim Faux (4) and Mikayla Kotas (3) all kicked multiple goals. Whittlesea Panton Hill’s Tiana Markey was awarded best on ground for her team.
Diamond Creek Women’s enjoyed a solid win over Eltham at Susan Street Reserve. Lauren Durante booted away with four majors to help get her side across the line. Shannyn Ashby tried hard all day for the Panthers.
In the Under-17 Boys Research remains on top of the ladder after a big win over Kilmore at Montmorency Park South Oval. Searcher Ben De Bolfo produced an exceptional four-quarter display of football, while teammate Jackson Hasler led all goal scorers with four majors. Jaden Smith played well for the Blues, while Joshua Hall booted two goals.
Diamond Creek had a hard-fought win over Greensborough at Anthony Beale Reserve. The Creekers led at all changes to secure fourth spot on the ladder. Declan Williams had an outstanding game, while teammate Ben Costa led all goal scorers, booting five majors, including four in the third term. Finley McFarlane was best for the Boro, while William Brennan kicked a team-high three goals.
Montmorency scored a 21-point win over West Preston Lakeside at Montmorency Park North Oval. The Pies trailed at quarter time but managed to rally and claim a good win in a competitive game. Bronson Hill performed very well and capped his day with a major. Magpies trio Liam Chilcott (3), Mitchell Brownhill (2) and Jake Doyle (2) all kicked multiple goals. For the Roosters, River Studd had an outstanding game, while Jasper Dang-Lynch, Joseph Mansoor, Loris Carnovale and Charbel Khoury all kicked two majors.
Eltham scored an away win over Yarrambat at Yarrambat War Memorial Park. The Panthers stretched the lead throughout the game, with Damon Braby in great touch. Thomas Allin continued his good form, with five majors, while Lorne Waldron who booted four. Yarrambat’s Zac McCormack was awarded best for his side, while Ned Welsh kicked three goals.
In Under-16 Blue Yarrambat remains on top of the ladder after a big win against Laurimar at Yarrambat Memorial Park. The Bats had a strong first half and showed no signs of slowing down. Kyle Kankaanpaa again played exceptionally well for the Bats, while Nicholas Rizio (3), Rhys Proll (2), Ross Hatzis (2) and Zachary Soterales (2) all kicked goals. Power star Kai McCormack had a strong four-quarter display, while Kaiden Arthur kicked two majors.
Montmorency had a big win over Mernda at Waterview Recreation Reserve. The Pies led by a kick in both the first and second quarter before breaking away in the third quarter to secure the win. The Pies Adam Crick had a superb game with a huge impact on the ball while teammate Brodie Jones booted five-majors. Demon star Kai Turner’s efforts didn’t go un-noticed after being name best on ground for his team while fellow Demon Nicholas Eloff booted two-majors for his team.
Greensborough scored a 15-point win over West Preston Lakeside at Anthony Beale Reserve. The Roosters made a strong push in the second and fourth quarters, but the Boro held on for victory. Ryan Longley had an outstanding performance for Greensborough, while Angus Seivers and Shelby Ludlow booted three majors each. Zack Brown was great for the victors and booted two majors, along with Patrick Davies.
The Under-16 Red ladder-leader Kilmore scored another win, this time over Eltham at J.J Clancy Reserve. Scores were level at quarter time before Kilmore broke the game open. Tom Martin was brilliant for the victors, while teammate Dayne Middleton booted four majors. Eltham was well served by Jonah Watkins, while Bailey Harbord booted two majors.
Research stayed in touch with the top-four with a win over Hurstbridge at Ben Frilay Oval. Searcher Luke Manago had a superb performance, while teammates Jarred Coutts (3), Ty Forsyth (2), and Liam Jessop (2) all hit the scoreboard. Alex Molinaro-Lawrence had a solid-performance for Hurstbridge, with the help of Cooper Beauchamp’s two goals.
Whittlesea had an important away win over Diamond Creek at Coventry Oval. 30 points down at the last break, the Creekers made a strong push in the fourth quarter but it proved not enough. Jack Hegarty excelled for Whittlesea, while teammates Jack Taylor and Ethan Mann combined for five goals. Aiden Dower was awarded best on ground for Diamond Creek, while Thomas Brooks kicked two goals.
Wallan had a gripping 13-point win over Mill Park at Wallan Recreational Reserve. Wallans Jasper Doyle led the way for the Magpies, with teammates Tamar El-Asmar and Nicholas Mourkakos combining for five of their side’s eight goals. Stallion star Gadier Ahmad had an outstanding game despite the loss and finished with three majors.
The Under-16 Girls Blue saw a great contest between top-three sides Research and Diamond Creek Women’s Red at Plenty Park Oval. Scores were tied at quarter time before Research made a strong push to secure the victory. Tarrah Delgado had an outstanding performance, finding lots of the ball and booting three majors. Zoe Campbell, Madison Collins and Luke Kennedy all booted a major each for the Creekers.
Northcote took a closely contested nine-point win over Greensborough at Anthony Beale Reserve. Northcote trailed heading into the second quarter and turned things to then lead at all remaining breaks to win the game. Christina Papadimitriou had an exceptional four-quarter performance and finished with three majors. Hana Beruldsen’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed for the Boro.
Yarrambat won on the road, defeating Kilmore at J.J Clancy Reserve. Yarrambat started out strong to lead by 21 points at quarter time and went on with the game from there. Allanah Watts led the way for the Bats, while Amity Caracella led all scorers with two goals. Chloe Huy was awarded best for the Blues, while Bridie Groves, Heidi Woodley and Mia Tolson all booted a goal.
Montmorency scored a good win over Wallan in the battle of the Magpies at Montmorency Park North Oval. Renee Williams excelled in the victory, where teammates April Woodward, Cailey Noons, Grace Robinson and Ella Suckling all booted a major. Wallan’s Chelsea Paton performed very well.
In the Under-16 Girls Red, there were three games played out with Whittlesea remaining on top of the ladder after a runaway win over South Morang at Mill Park Lakes Reserve. Eagle star Jade Ventura continued her great year and played another exceptional game – finishing with a match-high three majors. Paris Gay was named best for South Morang.
Mill Park won its second game of the year by beating Darebin Falcons at Redleap Reserve. Ruby Pantisano had a superb performance, alongside Olivia Thomson who booted a game-high three goals. Tahlee Thompson was best the Falcons, while Eleni Smith kicked their only major.
Eltham scored a close 9-point win over Diamond Creek Women’s Blue at Susan Street Reserve. The Panthers had fewer scoring shots but kicked 6.1 to 3.10 in the victory. Ella Teagle had an outstanding display with a major impact on the ball. Fellow Panther Alla Goodison booted three important majors to lift her team. Diamond Creek Women’s Emily Coghlan was credited for her tremendous efforts despite the loss, while teammate Catherine Williams booted two majors.