Bendigo’s young stars shine against Goulburn’s guns

THE Bendigo Junior Football League showed their development in Sunday’s showdowns with Goulburn Murray in the Latrobe University inter-league challenge at Triple M Park in Strathfieldsaye’s Tannery Lane.

It was the second inter-league showdown for many of the Bendigo JFL players this season under the Worksafe AFL Victoria representative games series.

Intensity and pressure was high across all age groups as the talented youngsters represented their leagues and citites.

Matches were played on the main oval and also on Enterprise Oval.


Bendigo won the under-15 boys’ clash, 74-28.

The home team led 39-9 at half-time.

Xavier Coghill kicked three goals and Thomas Rutledge added two in the BJFL’s win.

Other goalkickers were Patrick Conlan, Zane Connick, Jonty Davis, Jett Grundy, Gus Hay and Hunter Wright.

It was a great team performance by Bendigo’s squad.

A list of best players was not supplied.


The under-14 boys’ match ended in a 67-19 win for Bendigo.

In a brilliant opening term, Bendigo scored 4.5 to 0.3.

The Bendigo line-up led 40-5 at half-time.

William Bartlett kicked three goals and Ben Miller added two.

Other goalkickers were Miller Bartlett, Charlie Mortimer and Chase Poyser in a strong team performance.

No best players were listed.


Bendigo set up its victory in the under-13 boys’ clash by scoring 22-nil in the first term.

Both teams added a goal in the second and two points in the third.

At the final siren, Bendigo led 43-20.

Max Connick kicked four goals for Bendigo.

Best for the BJFL were Billy Buhagiar, Max Connick, Tyce Griffin, Aydan Hand, Zaxon Shelton and Riley Travaglia.


In the under-12 boys’ competition, Goulburn Murray scored a 70-20 win against Bendigo.

The GV line-up led 37-13 at half-time and then added 5.3 to 1.1 after the break.

Austin Coghill kicked two goals for Bendigo as Bentley Geary added the other.

Bendigo’s best were Jaxon Kelly, Corben Bell, Luke Cameron, Jack Moresi, Patrick McNamara and Austin Coghill.


Finale to the day was the under-18 girls’ match in which Bendigo took on Northern Country.

The visitors led 23-6 on their way to a 47-6 victory.

Ella Jeffrey goaled for Bendigo in the second quarter.

Nadia Peebles, Kisha Monleon, Tahlia Kendall and Ella Torr were Bendigo’s best.


Written by Nathan Dole.