Great contests played across preliminary final weekend
THERE were plenty of high-scoring matches and close results in the weekend’s preliminary finals played in the Latrobe University-backed finals series run by the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Junior Football League.
Showdowns were at Fur Life Oval in Golden Square’s Wade Street, Dower Park in Kangaroo Flat, and at Triple M Park in Strathfieldsaye’s Tannery Lane.
White Hills won its way to the under-18 girls’ grand final after a 33-point victory against Woorinen.
The Demons led 9-0 at quarter-time of the match at Triple M Park in Strathfieldsaye’s Tannery Lane and then added 3.2 to 1.1 in the second.
Led by the play of Acacia Edwards, Jorja Morrison and Sasha Pearce, White Hills kicked on for a 49-16 victory.
The Demons’ attack was led by Lucia Painter and Sophie Sarre, two; Eve Cail, Kiara Field and Kadeisha Smith.
Goalkickers for Woorinen were Jenna Bannam and Kobe Davison.
The Demons’ best included Milli Newlan, Kadeisha Smith and Catherine Fry.
Brydi Lewis, Ngaire Harlan, Kobe Davison, Carlee Hazlett, Sophie McClelland and Lily Humphreys played well for the Tigers from Woorinen.
Sandhurst and Kangaroo Flat played out a great contest in the under-16 seniors competition.
The Roos led 19-15 at quarter-time of the clash on their ground at Dower Park before the Dragons fired up to score 2.2 to a point in the second term.
Kangaroo Flat hit back to win the next quarter, 14-9.
The Dragons held a four-point going into the last and added 1.3 to 1.1 for a 47-41 victory.
Declan Stevenson kicked three goals for Sandhurst as Daniel Artavilla, Lachlan Borchard and Logan Kilcullen added a goal each.
Max Balcke booted two goals for the Roos as Izack Brown, Darcy Ferguson, Bryce Goudge and Zak Lythgo chipped in with singles.
Dragons’ captain Billy Bassett was best afield as Finlay Lockhart, De
clan Stevenson, Jack English, Deakin Andrews and Lachlan Borchard played well for the maroon and blue.
Kangaroo Flat’s best were William Chant, Ronnie Grant, Bryce Goudge, Lachlan Raymond, Josh Sbrugnera and Davis McNair.
It was a showdown of the Magpies as Maryborough took on Castlemaine in the under-16 reserves, division one match at Fur Life Oval in Golden Square.
The Borough led 21-15 at half-time, but Castlemaine hit back to win the third quarter, 12-10.
It was Maryborough which finished the game with plenty of run as it scored 5.3 to a goal in the last for a 64-33 victory.
Robert Muscat led Maryborough’s attack on three goals as Kaian Constable added two.
Other goalkickers were Jake Gavriliadis, Blair Ross, Bailey Walhouse and Kody Wright.
Castlemaine’s goalkickers were Dakoda Carmichael, Dallas Keogh-Frankling, Saxon Seiber-Hogg and Tate Whaley.
Best on ground honours went to Maryborough captain Jake Gavriliadis as Bailey Walhouse, Khoa Do, Robert Muscat, Kaian Constable and Brodie Quinlan all played well.
Castlemaine’s best were Callam De Bono, Tate Whaley, Harry Northwood, Dakoda Carmichael, Sam Moran and Lane Kingett.
The Storm boys from Strathfieldsaye dominated the under-16 reserves, division two match against Kangaroo Flat.
Storm led 21-6 at quarter-time of the match at Triple M Park in Tannery Lane and had gained a 23-point buffer by the main break.
An evenly-fought third quarter went Storm’s way, 19-15, before Strathfieldsaye added 5.3 to nil in the last for an 87-27 victory.
James Connor led Storm’s attack on four goals as Archie Stevens and Jack Spencer added two and Selwyn Bratby, Phoenix Gordon, Max Hibbs, Charles Loorham and Riley Webster were on target.
Goalkickers for Kangaroo Flat were Ollie Lowndes, two; Jack Burns and Ashen Kelly.
Storm’s best were Archie Stevens, Jack Molloy, Selwyn Bratby, James Connor, Nathan Di Camillo and Ethan Giddings.
Dylan Gilbee, Jack Burns, Riley Kerr, Tajh Blythman, Rory Bolton and Tanner Jennings played well for the Roos.
South Bendigo won a closely-fought under-14 seniors clash with Maryborough at Fur Life Oval in Golden Square.
The Bloods led 20-19 at half-time.
There was plenty of atacking in the third, but South Bendigo’s shots went astray as it scored five points and the Magpies added one.
The Bloods scored 2.1 to 0.2 in the last for a 38-22 victory.
Aydin Price led South Bendigo’s attack on three goals as Jack Bell was also on target.
Maryborough co-captains Logan Howell and Campbell Wood kicked two and one goal respectively.
Best for the Bloods were Sam Bardsley, Aydin Price, Sonny Cluff, Jack Bell, Rylan Newman and Cooper Coll.
Campbell Wood, Jasper Trickey, Billy Skinner, Miller Bartlett, Hunter Kurzke and Oliver Cassidy played well for the Magpies.
Sandhurst marked a 43-point win against Kyneton Tigers in the under-16 girls’ match played at Kangaroo Flat’s Dower Park on Sunday.
The Sandhurst line-up led 26-6 at half-time and then added 3.1 to a point in the third term.
Lacey Nihill kicked five goals to earn best on field honours for Sandhurst as Jakira Irwin-Booth booted two goals and Chloe Naughton the other in a 58-15 victory.
Goalkickers for the Roos were Eliza Coutts and Ella Jeffrey.
Sandhurst’s best were Lacey Nihill, Chloe Taylor, Neve Pinner, Olivia Lacy, Chloe Naughton and Jakira Irwin-Booth.
Best for Kangaroo Flat were Aaliyah Terbeeke, Milly Sims, Ella Jeffrey and Charlotte Pennefather.
A four goal to one run in the third quarter set up Huntly’s win against Sandhurst in the under-14 reserves, division one match at Kangaroo Flat’s Dower Park.
The Hawks led 15-9 at half-time and then added 4.3 to 1.2 in the third.
Sandhurst fought back to win the last term, 20-8, but it was the Hawks who marked a 50-37 victory.
Huntly’s attack was led by Zethan Jensen and Ben Miller, two.
Other goalkickers for the brown and gold were Miller Connors, Charlie Cowan and Lucas Wheelhouse.
Goalkickers for the Dragons were Max Connick, Lucas Fazzalori, Nicholas Harvey, Ashton Oehms and Izaiah O’Meara.
The Hawks’ best were Thomas Biggs, Deegan Swinnerton, Mitchell Lawrence, Ben Miller, Miller Connors and Oscar Kleinert.
Max Connick, Harry Byrne, Archer Weeks, Bailey Holland, Ashton Oehms and Nicholas Harvey played well for the Dragons.
Marong racked up 13 goals in a big win against Sandhurst in the under-14 reserves, division two clash at Kangaroo Flat’s Dower Park.
The Panthers charged to a 38-nil lead by quarter-time and led 45-2 at the long break.
Marong kicked on to win 95-11.
Goalkickers listed by the Panthers were Mack Dempster and William Hope, three; Harry Allison and Blake Wells, two; and Jake Mannix.
Marong’s best were John Bradley, Max O’Donnell, Harry Allison, Jake Mannix and William Hope.
A list of Sandhurst’s best and goalkicker was not supplied.
Strathfieldsaye starred on home turf at Triple M Park in Tannery Lane to win the under-14 girls’ match with Golden Square.
Storm led 12-nil at three quarter-time and added 3.3 in the last for a 33-point victory.
Goalkickers were Alysha Boyd, Ashlee Campbell, Jordan O’Bree and Scarlett Ward.
Best for Storm were Louise Khodja, Lilly Hope, Rania Jackson-Leahy, Milla Sherriff, Alysha Boyd and Scarlett Ward.
Ruby Demeo, Lily Mansfield, Lucy Johansen, Matilda Lovett, Emme Chapman and Jayde Chappel were Golden Square’s best.
It was a five-point thriller between Golden Square and Strathfieldsaye in the under-12A match at Fur Life Oval in Golden Square’s Wade Street.
The Bulldogs led 18-15 at half-time before Storm added 2.2 to 1.1 in the third quarter.
Both teams kicked a goal in the last as Strathfieldsaye held on for a 38-33 victory.
Goalkickers for Storm were Kellan McInerney, two; Charlie Giddings, Zander Walker and Finn Worthington.
The Bulldogs’ goalkickers were Jack Allen, Declan Dupille, Bailey McInnes and Noah Pollard.
Storm’s best were Nicholas Hietbrink, Cliff Fitzgerald, Zander Walker, Tyson Sherwell, Keelan McInerney and Ollie Long.
Jack Allen, Hudson Hayes, Kobi Read, Ryan McLean, Bailey McInnes and Ryder Mortimer played well for Golden Square.
The under-12 match between Maiden Gully YCW Eagles and Eaglehawk ended in a two-goal win for the Eagles at Golden Square.
Maiden Gully YCW led 14-3 at half-time and 22-4 at a quarter to go.
The Hawks goaled through Xavier Stone in the last, but it was the Eagles who marked a 23-11 victory.
Goalkickers for Maiden Gully YCW were Tyson Smith, William Waters and Koby Wilson.
The Eagles’ best were George Polkinghorne, Darby Thomson, Zac Cavalier, Molly Austin, Jordan Barker and Nate Ralton.
Cale Hinton, Cashius Burke, Jack Frankel, Zac Farrow, Riley Hill and Alexander Gill played well for Eaglehawk.
South Bendigo was in hot form in the under-12C match against Kangaroo Flat on the Roos’ ground at Dower Park.
The young Bloods led 22-1 at half-time and 28-10 at the last change.
South Bendigo scored 5.7 in the final term to record a 65-10 victory.
South Bendigo’s attack was led by Miller Slattery, three; and Zac Mitchell, two.
Also on target for the Bloods were Harvey Long, Alex Obudzinski, Paw Si Thien and Jack Stone.
Archer Caddy goaled for the Kangaroos.
South Bendigo’s best were Miller Slattery, Blake Dobbin, Blaine Anderson, Ryan Packer, Charles Neilson and Darcy Ford.
Jett Gudge, Nash and Beau Blythman, Max Gould, Jaidee Leech and Riley Brown played well for Kangaroo Flat.
St Therese’s kicked on to the under-12D grand final after a 14-point win against Maiden Gully YCW Eagles on Fur Life Oval in Golden Square.
The Sharks led 10-3 at half-time on the way to a 20-6 win.
Goalkickers for St Therese’s were Jack Holland and Xavier Mulqueen.
Quinn Casey, Jack Holland, Levi Bell, Xavier Mulqueen, Callen Harrington and Jye MacDonald were best for the Sharks.
The Eagles’ best were Connor Berry, Mitchell Pitson, Zavier Brown, Oliver Bird, Thomas McMinn and Kobe Turner.
White Hills kicked clear of Strathfieldsaye in the last quarter to claim a 28-16 victory in the under-12E match at Triple M Park in Strathfieldsaye.
Storm surged to an 8-0 lead by quarter-time, but the Demons fought back to score 2.2 to a point in the second.
Both teams added a point in the third term before White Hills added 2.1 to a goal in the last.
Noah Kalstrom kicked three goals for the Demons as Memphis Slattery added the other.
Goalkickers for Strathfieldsaye were Hamish Peel and Shannon Quarrier.
Best for White Hills were Darcy Mullen, Hunter Sloan, Cruz Shill, Ethan McDonnell, Blaik Young and Tamati McLarty.
Jack Dutra, Logan Morrice, Jordan Sherwell, Xavier Howard, Lucy Richard and Jackson Brain played well for Strathfieldsaye.
Schedule for Saturday’s grand final at Queen Elizabeth Oval:
Under-16 seniors at 8.45am: Golden Square v Sandhurst.
Schedule for Saturday’s grand finals on main oval at Triple M Park in Strathfieldsaye’s Tannery Lane:
Under-12C at 9.30am: St Kilian’s-St Peter’s v South Bendigo.
Under-12B at 11am: St Francis v Maiden Gully YCW Eagles.
Schedule for Saturday’s grand finals on Enterprise Oval at Triple M Park in Strathfieldsaye’s Tannery Lane:
Under-12E at 9am: North Bendigo v White Hills.
Under-12D at 10.30am: Kangaroo Flat v St Therese’s.
Schedule for Sunday’s grand finals on main oval at Triple M Park in Strathfieldsaye’s Tannery Lane:
Under-12A at 9am: St Therese’s v Strathfieldsaye.
Under-14 seniors at 10.30am: Sandhurst v South Bendigo.
Under-18 girls at 12.20pm: Strathfieldsaye v White Hills.
Under-16 reserves, division one at 1.50pm: Sandhurst v Maryborough.
Under-16 reserves, division two at 3.40pm: South Bendigo v Strathfieldsaye.
Schedule for Sunday’s grand finals on Enterprise Oval at Triple M Park in Strathfieldsaye’s Tannery Lane:
Under-16 girls at 9.30am: Kangaroo Flat v Sandhurst.
Under-14 girls at 11am: White Hills v Strathfieldsaye.
Under-14 reserves, division one at 12.30pm: Maiden Gully YCW Eagles v Huntly Hawks.
Under-14 reserves, division two at 2.20pm: Maiden Gully YCW Eagles v Marong.
Written by Nathan Dole.