Grand final glory shared across 10 clubs
THERE were 10 clubs who marked a premiership victory across the weekend’s grand finals in the Latrobe University-backed finals series in the Bendigo Bank Bendigo Junior Football League.
Fans were treated to many exciting contests at Queen Elizabeth Oval, Strathfieldsaye’s Triple M Park in Tannery Lane and the adjacent Enterprise Oval.
Grand final weekend involved 14 clubs from as far afield as Maryborough, Huntly, Maiden Gully, North Bendigo, and Strathfieldsaye.
Grand final weekend kicked off at Queen Elizabeth Oval on Saturday morning when Golden Square met Sandhurst in the under-16 seniors match.
The Bulldogs led 9-1 at quarter-time before Sandhurst fought back to score 1.3 to 0.3 in the second.
It was a goal the difference going into the final term, but Golden Square did plenty of attacking to score 1.5 to a point for a 30-14 victory and the premiership cup.
Goalkickers for the blue and gold were Charlie Paton, Nicholas Roberts and Hunter Wright.
Captain Billy Bassett goaled for Sandhurst.
Golden Square’s best were Jack McMahon, Hunter Wright, Patrick Docherty, Nicholas Roberts, Eddie Fleming and Oliver Eaton.
Finlay Lockhart, Jacob Austin, Gus Hay, Jack English, Hunter Connors and Hamish McNamara played well for the Dragons.
Maryborough celebrated a hard-fought eight-point win against Sandhurst to be the under-16 reserves, division one premiers.
It was Sandhurst which charged to a 12-1 lead by quarter-time on Triple M Park’s main oval.
The Magpies fought back to score 3.3 to 1.3 in the second for scores to be 21-all at the main break.
Maryborough won the third term, eight-nil, before both teams scored three goals apiece in the last.
At the final siren it was Maryborough which celebrated a 47-39 result.
Goalkickers for the Magpies were Robert Muscat, three; Kaian Constable, two; Judd Stevens and Bailey Walhouse.
The Sandhurst attack was led by Madden Guthrie on four goals as Jack Harvey and Darby Whatley added a goal.
Maryborough’s best were Jake Gavriliadis, Cale Wright, Jack Skinner, Khoa Do, Robert Muscat and Bailey Walhouse.
Harvey White, Will Bennett, Thomas Davie, Kai O’Hehir, Madden Guthrie and Charles Kealy were best for the Dragons.
After an evenly first half in which it led 23-19, South Bendigo kicked away to score a 25-point win against Strathfieldsaye in the under-16 reserves, division two match at Triple M Park.
The Bloods scored three goals to 1.2 in the third and added two goals to a point in the last for a 53-28 result.
Goalkickers for South Bendigo were Ryan Foster and Xavier Thomas, two; Lachlan Bice, captain Harrison Carter, Angus Martin and Liam Westerway.
Storm’s listed goalkickers were Fletcher Atherton and Phoenix Gordon.
Best for the Bloods were Baden France, Nicholas Masullo, Cooper Russell, Angus Martin, Ryan Foster and Alfie Taylor.
A list of Storm’s best was not supplied.
Two points was the final margin in the under-18 girls’ grand final contested by Strathfieldsaye and White Hills at Triple M Park.
White Hills led 7-6 at quarter-time and 19-14 by the long break.
Strathfieldsaye cut the deficit as it scored 1.1 to a goal in the third term.
Another goal as it held the Demons to a point in the last was enough for Strathfieldsaye to mark a 28-26 victory and be the 2022 premiers.
A list of Strathfieldsaye’s goalkickers and best players was not supplied.
Goalkickers for White Hills were captain Acacia Edwards, Lucia Painter, Sophie Sarre and Kadeisha Smith.
Best for the Demons were Lucia Painter, Sasha Pearce, Maiya Pearce, Kadeisha Smith, Jorja Morrison and Hannah Ripper.
Sandhurst was under-16 girls’ premiers after a 33-24 victory against Kangaroo Flat at Enterprise Oval in Strathfieldsaye on Sunday.
It was a brilliant start to the contest by Sandhurst which led 19-nil at quarter-time.
The Kangaroos fought back to score 1.2 to a point in the second.
Quarter three also went the way of the Roos, 8-7, but a Sandhurst goal as Flat added 1.2 in the last was enough to win 33-24.
Goalkickers for Sandhurst were Lily Franklin and Chloe Naughton with two each, and Olivia Lacy.
Abbi Wells kicked two goals for the Kangaroos as Lucinda Malone added the other.
Best for Sandhurst were Lacey Nihill, Chloe Taylor, Ava Bibby, Chloe Naughton, Ava Franklin and Bella McManus.
A list of Kangaroo Flat’s best was not supplied.
Great rivals in any age group, Sandhurst and South Bendigo contested the under-14 seniors match on Sunday on the main ground at Triple M Park.
The Dragons led 14-nil at quarter-time and added 1.2 in the second as the Bloods booted two goals through Harrison Jackman and Henry Turnbull.
After a third quarter in which defences were in control, Sandhurst led 25-12.
The Dragons then fired up in the last to add 3.1 to a point for a 44-13 victory.
Goalkickers listed by Sandhurst were Charlie Bannan, Harry Carter, Carter Reid and Oliver Stewart.
Best for the Dragons were Lenny McNamara, Chase Poyser, Charlie Bannan, Eamon Austin, Oliver Stewart and Noah Willits.
Jack Bell, Louis Eddy, William Davies, Sonny Cluff, Cooper Coll and Harrison Jackman played well for the young Bloods.
It was a one-point thriller in the under-14 reserves, division one grand final played between Maiden Gully YCW Eagles and Huntly Hawks at Enterprise Oval on Sunday.
The Hawks led 13-2 at quarter-time before the Eagles unleashed a five-goal blitz in the second to lead 33-15 at half-time.
Maiden Gully YCW added 2.1 to 1.5 in the third to hold a 20-point going into the final quarter.
The Hawks then dominated play to slam on 4.4 to 1.1 to soar to a 54-53 victory.
Huntly’s attack was led by Ben Miller on four goals as Charlie Cowan, Harley Matthews and Deegan Swinnerton added a goal each.
Goalkickers for the Eagles were Liam Budge and Anthony Gray on three and two goals as captain Lewis Pigdon, Harry Healey and Tyson Wakefield chipped in with singles.
A list of Huntly’s best was not supplied.
Noah Hadden, Mitchell Lines, Anthony Gray, Harry Healey, Ben Hines and Ollie Clapp were best for the Eagles.
Maiden Gully YCW Eagles fought back from a 20-point deficit at quarter-time to win the under-14 reserves, division two match against Marong on Enterprise Oval on Sunday.
The Panthers made a superb start to lead 21-1 at quarter-time, but the Eagles struck back to win the second term, 32-7.
Marong led 51-47 at the start of the final term, but it was Maiden Gully YCW which added 4.2 to 3.2 in a high-scoring quarter to claim a 73-71 victory.
Will Hargreaves and co-captain Drew Warren kicked three goals apiece for the Eagles.
Other goalkickers for Maiden Gully YCW were Riley Davey, two; Jonty Cavalier, Riley dylan Verdon, and co-captain Joel Wittingslow.
Goalkickers listed by Marong were John Bradley, Mack Dempster and Harrison O’Donnell, two; and Blake Smyth.
Best for the Eagles were Drew Warren, Elliot Bird, Angus Addlem, Lucas Hoctor, Oliver Steen and Riley Davey.
Blake Wells, Max O’Donnell, Mack Dempster, Lachlan Douglas and Jake Mannix played well for Marong.
It was a thrilling finish to the under-14 girls’ match between White Hills and Strathfieldsaye at Strathfieldsaye’s Enterprise Oval on Sunday.
The Demons led 6-0 at quarter-time before Storm struck back to score 1.3 to a point in the second.
Strathfieldsaye led 16-13 going into the final term.
White Hills added 1.5 to a goal for a 24-22 victory.
Goalkickers for the Demons were Mia Clark, Matilda Meersbergen and Sophie O’Connell.
Best for White Hills were Sophie O’Connell, Mia Clark, Lucy Newton, Matilda Meersbergen, Jayda Alford and Maeve Caine.
A list of Strathfieldsaye’s goalkickers and best was not supplied.
St Therese’s won the under-12A clash with Strathfieldsaye on Sunday on the main oval at Triple M Park.
The Sharks led 36-1 at half-time and continued to dominate after the main break.
A tally of 4.1 to 0.2 in the third was followed by the Sharks scoring two goals in the last as Storm score 1.2.
At the final siren, St Therese’s led 73-10.
Charlie Macumber capped a best-on-ground performance with seven goals as Carter Andrews, Zak Rooke, Jake Rosa and Jamison Westley kicked a goal each.
Levi van Dillen was on target for Storm.
Best for St Therese’s were Charlie Macumber, Jaxon Kelly, Jake Rosa, Jamison Westley, Zac Rooke and Patrick McNamara.
Storm’s best were Keelan McInerney, Ollie Long, Nicholas Hietbrink, Levi van Dillen, Tyson Sherwell and Ned Oldham.
St Francis dominated the under-12B match against Maiden Gully YCW Eagles on Saturday.
The St Francis line-up led 9-1 at half-time and then scored 2.6 in the third and a goal in the last for a 33-2 victory.
Henry Dewhurst, Tayte Frawley, Archer Horan and Jed Willis kicked a goal each.
Best for St Francis were Darcy Tyler, Quinlan Cody, Eli Fennell, Tate Kanzamar, Archer Horan and Oden Dean.
Darby Thompson, Harry Clapp, Noah Lowry, Zac Cavalier, Jack Hargreaves and Nate Ralton played well for Maiden Gully YCW Eagles.
It was a closely-fought under-12C contest between South Bendigo and St Kilian’s St Peter’s on Saturday morning at Triple M Park.
The St Kilian’s St Peter’s line-up led 7-6 at half-time, but the Bloods held a five-point buffer going into the final term after they scored a goal to nil in the third term.
The Bloods worked hard to add two behinds in the last to complete a 14-7 victory.
Ryan Packer and Miller Slattery goaled for South Bendigo.
Wesley Scholtes goaled for St Kilian’s St Peter’s.
South Bendigo’s best were Noah Poole, Harvey Long, Darcy Ford, Blaine Anderson, Ryan Packer and Kyah Weeks.
Tommy Byrne, Thomas McMurray, Callan McCarthy, Tarkyn Ralphs, Elijah Willits and Wesley Scholtes played well for St Kilian’s St Peter’s.
The under-12D grand final between Kangaroo Flat and St Therese’s was played on Enterprise Oval in Strathfieldsaye on Saturday morning.
The Sharks led 12-7 at half-time and scored 2.2 to 0.2 in the second half for a 26-9 result.
Xavier Mulqueen led the St Therese’s attack on two goals as Beau Rosa and Cruz Wilson added a goal.
Izak Cole kicked a goal for the Kangaroos.
Best for the Sharks were Levi Bell, Jack Holland, Quinn Casey, Jye MacDonald, Xavier Mulqueen and Beau Rosa.
Izak Cole was the only player listed in Kangaroo Flat’s best.
White Hills won the under-12E grand final against North Bendigo by three points.
Scores were seven-all at quarter-time before the Demons added a goal to a point in the second to lead 13-8 at half-time.
Both teams kicked a goal in the third quarter of the match on Enterprise Oval.
After a scoreless final term it was the Demons who led 19-16 when the siren sounded.
Charles Matthews was the only goalkicker named by White Hills.
Malakai Challis kicked both of North Bendigo’s goals.
Best for White Hills were Darcy Mullen, Cruz Shill, Ethan McDonnell, Hunter Sloan, Blaik Young and Henry Rice.
A list of North Bendigo’s best was not supplied.
Written by Nathan Dole.