Sensational semis played in all age groups
THERE were many sensational second or first semi-finals played in week two of the Latrobe University-backed finals series for the Bendigo Junior Football League.
For the winners of second semis it was advance to the September 11 grand final in the Bendigo Bank-backed BJFL, while the defeated had earned a double chance and will now play in next Sunday’s preliminary finals.
Those won the first semi stayed in the premiership race as it was season over for the defeated.
In the under-18 girls’ competition, Strathfieldsaye is first to the grand final after a two-goal win against White Hills in the second semi-final.
Storm led 15-13 at half-time of the clash at Weeroona Oval and then scored four goals to nil in the third quarter.
The Demons fired up in the last to add 3.2 to a goal as Storm won 45-33.
Goalkickers listed by Strathfieldsaye were Teagan Colliver, Macey Curnow, Breana Dunn, Caitlin Evans, Sienna Hobbs and Marnie Wakefield.
The Demons’ attack was led by Lucia Painter on three as Sasha Pearce and Kadeisha Smith added a goal each.
Storm’s best were Taylor Mitchell, Taylah Petrusma, Penelope Hendy, Breana Dunn and Kaleah Bonanno.
Jorja Morrison, Sasha Pearce, Estelle Murphy, Lucia Painter, Milli Newlan and Maiya Pearce played well for White Hills.
Golden Square dominated the last quarter of the under-16 seniors second semi-final against Sandhurst.
The Bulldogs led 22-21 at half-time of the match in another kennel at North Bendigo’s Atkins Street.
It was a closely-fought third term in which Square added 3.4 to 3.1.
Led by the play of Riley Dillon, Oliver Eaton and Jack McMahon, Golden Square surged clear in the final term.
The blue and gold added 4.3 to a goal for a 71-46 result.
Xavier Grant and James Wilkinson led the attack on three and two goals.
Other goalkickers for the Bulldogs were Liam Hanley, Lincoln Lowther, vice-captain Nicholas Roberts, Lachlan Ross and Hunter Wright.
Jacob Austin booted three goals for Sandhurst as Daniel Artavilla, captain Billy Bassett, Charles Duke and Declan Stevenson added a goal each.
The Bulldogs’ best included Xavier Cain, Xavier Grant and Lachlan Ross.
Sandhurst’s best were Jacob Austin, Deakin Andrews, Finlay Lockhart, Declan Stevenson, Hunter Connors and Charles Duke.
The first semi-final ended in a 23-point win for Kangaroo Flat against Strathfieldsaye.
The Roos led 29-10 at half-time and 50-27 at the final siren.
William Chant and Lachlan Raymond kicked two goals for the Roos as Alex Daykin, Izack Brown and captain Jay Newman chipped in with a major.
Storm’s listed goalkicker was Archer Ladd.
Best for Kangaroo Flat were Orin McKay, Aaron Nevins, Bryce Goudge, William Chant, Ronnie Grant and Josh Sbrugnera.
Hugh Behrens, Jett Nicholas, Alex Wingrave, William Harvey, Jesse Gill and Lincoln McKern played well for Strathfieldsaye.
One point was the difference between Sandhurst and Maryborough in the second semi-final of the under-16 reserves, division one competition.
The Dragons and Magpies met at North Bendigo’s Atkins Street ground.
Sandhurst led 33-21 at half-time and 36-28 going into the final term.
It was the Magpies who finished full of running as they scored 2.1, but a goal was enough for the Dragons to claim a 42-41 victory.
Madden Guthrie kicked two goals for Sandhurst as Jack Harvey, Kobi MacDonald, Darby Whatley and Harvey White added a major.
The Magpies’ attack was led by vice-captain Kalan Constable on four as Joe Lovel and Jack Skinner chipped in with a goal each.
Sandhurst’s best were Campbell Mackenzie, Thomas Davie, Will Bennett, Kobi MacDonald, Lewis Sims and Harvey White.
Kalan Constable, Jake Gavriliadis, Robert Muscat, Joe Lovel, Ronnie Feeney and Khoa Do were the Magpies’ best.
South Bendigo marked a two-goal win against Strathfieldsaye in the second semi-final of the under-16 reserves, division two competition.
The Bloods led 21-10 at half-time at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park before Storm unleashed a three-goal blitz in the third to led 40-28 going into the final term.
South Bendigo upped its pressure and run to score 4.3 to 0.3 in the last to win 55-43.
The Bloods’ attack was led by Lachlan Bice, Mason Bird, Ryan Foster and Liam Westerway on two goals each.
Storm’s listed goalkickers were James Connor, three; Phoenix Gordon, two; and Jack Spencer.
Best for South Bendigo were Cooper Russell, Angus Martin, Liam Westerway, Alfie Taylor, Ryan Foster and Lachlan Bice.
A list of Storm’s best was not supplied.
The first semi ended in a 16-point win for Kangaroo Flat against White Hills.
The Roos led 25-16 at half-time of the clash in the Demons’ den at Scott Street.
Kangaroo Flat added 4.6 to 3.5 in the second half for a 55-39 victory.
Ollie Lowndes led the Roos’ attack on three goals as Ashen Kelly added two, and Marcus Goudge, Riley Kerr and Ryan Smith booted a goal each.
Goalkickers for White Hills were Joey Mizzi, two; Angus O’Brien, Blaine Schelfhout and Logan Taylor.
Best for the Roos were William Salau, Riley Kerr, Brodie Hancock, Jack Burns, Ashen Kelly and Sam Pickering.
Joey Mizzi, Logan Taylor, Jack Kristiansen, Jack McGrath, Talan Schultz and Blaine Schelfhout played well for the Demons.
It was a one-point thriller in the under-16 girls’ match between Kangaroo Flat and Sandhurst.
The Roos and Dragons played at Weeroona Oval.
After a goalless first quarter for both teams, Sandhurst scored 1.2 to a point in the second to lead 8-1 at half-time.
Both teams goaled in the third as Sandhurst led 14-10 going into the final term.
In a hard-fought last quarter it was the Roos who scored 2.1 to 1.2 to claim a 23-22 victory.
Abbi Wells kicked two goals for Kangaroo Flat as Chelsea Cole added the other.
Chloe Naughton starred in Sandhurst’s attack to kick three goals.
Best for Kangaroo Flat were Abbi Wells, Zarli Waugh, Chelsea Cole, Shelby Boldiston, Nikeah Anderson and Jorja Hill.
Sandhurst’s best were Ava Bibby, Olivia Lacy, Shanae Daly, Bella McManus, Chloe Naughton and Chloe Taylor.
The under-14 seniors second semi-final ended in a 23-point win for Sandhurst against Maryborough.
The Dragons led 19-3 at quarter-time, but the Magpies fought back to win the second term, 2.1 to nil.
Sandhurst added 3.2 to 2.1 in the third quarter and 2.1 as it kept the Pies scoreless in the last to complete a 52-29 victory.
The Dragons’ attack was led by Carter Reid, three; Miller Armstrong, Levi Stephens, Oliver Stewart, Lucas Tzouroutis, and captain Noah Willits.
Goalkickers for Maryborough were vice-captain Logan Howell, two; Liam Clark and Ethan Wings.
Sandhurst’s best were Lenny McNamara, Noah Willits, Carter Reid, Eamon Austin, Oliver Stewart and Charlie Bannan.
Billy Skinner, Sam Ross, Jasper Trickey, William Soulsby, Logan Howell and Campbell Wood played well for the Magpies.
Maiden Gully YCW Eagles soared to a big win against Huntly Hawks in the second semi for under-14 reserves, division one.
The Eagles led 23-6 at half-time of the match at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park.
Ollie Clapp, Lewis Pigdon and Lincoln Hancock won plenty of the footy as Maiden Gully YCW kicked on a 92-22 victory.
Anthony Gray, Steven Neervoort and Liam Budge led the Eagles’ attack on four, three and two goals.
Other goalkickers were Ollie Clapp, Lincoln Hancock, Harry Healey and Cleveland Tucker-Young.
Ben Miller kicked both of Huntly’s goals.
The Eagles’ best included Noah Hadden, Anthony Gray and Liam Budge.
Best for the Hawks were Mitchell Lawrence, Deegan Swinnerton, Noah Pellegrino, Marshall Archer, Ben Miller and Harley Matthews.
Sandhurst stayed in the under-14 reserves, division one premiership race after a first semi-final win against Strathfieldsaye.
The Dragons led 30-16 at half-time of the match at Canterbury Park in Eaglehawk.
Although down by 22 points at the start of the final quarter, Storm surged to score 3.3 to a goal.
At the final siren, Sandhurst led 53-40.
Goalkickers for the Dragons were Max Connick and captain Archer Weeks, two; Lucas Fazzalori, Toby Fraser, Bailey Holland
Storm’s goalkickers were Mannix Grieve, two; Jack DeAraugo, Coby Hilson and Lucas Sharam.
Sandhurst’s best were Maurice Nihill, Harry Byrne, Nicholas Harvey, Max Connick, Oliver Taylor and James Matthews.
Flynn Maddren, Sam O’Bree, Samuel Whitford, Jesse Webster, Tait Gardiner and Jack DeAraugo played well for Storm.
The Eagles from Maiden Gully YCW won three of four quarters against Sandhurst in the second semi for under-14 reserves, division two.
Maiden Gully YCW led 21-7 at quarter-time, 36-14 at half, and 53-26 by the last change in the match at North Bendigo’s Atkins Street ground.
Sandhurst fired up to win the final term, 14-12, but it was the Eagles who won 65-40.
Multiple goalkickers for Maiden Gully YCW were Riley Davey, Will Hargreaves and Kellan O’Brien on two.
Eagles’ skipper Joel Wittingslow and Cooper Attard added a goal.
Goalkickers for the Dragons were Zane MacDonald, two; captain Jett Craig, William Lacy, Henry O’Callaghan and Griffin O’Shea.
Best for the Eagles were Joel Wittingslow, Drew Warren, Declan Downing, Angus Addlem, Ryan Wilson and Oliver Steen.
William Lacy, Duncan Strachan, Hugh Bain, Angus McNamara, Noah Rees and Griffin O’Shea worked hard for Sandhurst.
Scores were locked on 15-all at half-time of the under-14 girls’ second semi between White Hills and Strathfieldsaye.
The Demons fired up after the main break on their turf at Scott Street to score 2.4 to a point in the third and 1.1 to a point in the last for a 38-17 victory.
Mia Clark and Sophie O’Connell kicked two goals each for White Hills.
Ava Dickson and Scarlett Ward were on target for Strathfieldsaye.
Best for White Hills were Jayda Alford, Sophie O’Connell, Mia Clark, Lily Rochester, Maci Gough and Madisyn Morrison.
Strathfieldsaye’s best were Scarlett Ward, Gemma Fox, Maddie Dunn, Kaylene Harley, Zaidee Khong and Lara Cockerall.
St Therese’s scored 12 goals in the under-12A second semi-final against Golden Square.
The Sharks led 46-7 at half-time of the match at Weeroona Oval.
Led by the play of Jake Rosa, Jaxon Kelly and Jamison Westley, St Therese’s went on to win 78-15.
Charlie Macumber kicked five goals for the Sharks as Jamison Westley added three.
Other goalkickers for St Therese’s were captain Carter Andrews, Jake Rosa, Zac Rooke and Jet Yeomans.
The Bulldogs’ goalkickers were Jack Allen and Rheef Norman.
Best for the Sharks included Corben Bell, Patrick McNamara and Adam Holland.
A list of Golden Square’s best was not supplied.
After being down 8-9 at half-time of the under-12B second semi, St Francis scored two goals to 1.1 in the third term of the match against Eaglehawk at Canterbury Park.
St Francis then scored 1.4 to nil in the final term for a 30-16 victory.
Goalkickers listed by St Francis were Alistair Hughes, Tate Kanzamar and Jed Willis.
The Hawks’ goalkickers were vice-captain Cale Hinton and Xavier Stone.
Best for St Francis were Alistair Hughes, Quinlan Cody, Archer Horan, Henry Dewhurst, Darcy Tyler and Etta Place.
Cashius Burke, Taj Ferguson, Cale Hinton, Zac Farrow, Jordan Ashman and Riley Hill played well for the Jack Frankel-led Eaglehawk.
It was a closely-fought under-12C second semi-final between St Kilian’s-St Peter’s and South Bendigo at Weeroona Oval.
St Kilian’s-St Peter’s led 27-7 at half-time, but the Bloods took the lead after they scored 3.3 to nil in the third term.
In the last it was St Kilian’s-St Peter’s which steadied to added 1.3 to a point for a 36-29 victory.
Bentley Geary kicked two goals for St Kilian’s-St Peter’s as Beau Butler, Callan McCarthy and Wesley Scholtes were on target.
Goalkickers for South Bendigo were Zac Mitchell, two; Alex Obudzinski and Miller Slattery.
Best for St Kilian’s-St Peter’s were Tommy Byrne, Bentley Geary, Wesley Scholtes, Thomas McMurray, Beau Butler and Elijah Willits.
A list of the Bloods’ best was not supplied.
Kangaroo Flat kicked clear of St Therese’s in the second half of the under-12C first semi-final at White Hills.
The Roos led 15-8 at half-time and then scored 3.1 to a goal in the third term.
Both teams added two goals apiece in the last quarter as the Roos marked a 46-27 victory.
Sebastian Sharpe cut through the Sharks’ defence to kick a match-high four goals as Beau Blythman, Jett and Rydder added a goal each.
Goalkickers for St Therese’s were Darcy Cakebread, Jack Rees, Fletcher Stevenson and Knox Westley.
Kangaroo Flat’s best were Sebastian Sharpe, Jett Gudge, Riley Brown, Rydder Gudge, Jackson Thatcher and Jai Neuman.
Knox Westley, Louis Travaglia, Fletcher Stevenson, Liam Hubble, Oscar Rutzou and Kahl McInerney played well for the Sharks.
It was a showdown between Kangaroo Flat and St Therese’s in the under-12D second semi-final at White Hills.
The Sharks led 15-13 at half-time and 30-20 at a quarter to go.
It was Kangaroo Flat which dominated play in the last to score 3.1 to nil for a 39-30 victory.
The Roos’ attack was led by Izak Cole on two goals as Jett Lower, Harley Nelson, Thomas Pluck and Tyson Penrose added a goal each.
Beau Rosa and Xavier Mulqueen booted two goals apiece for the Sharks.
Kangaroo Flat’s best were Izak Cole, Jett Edwards, Thomas Pluck, Adrian Bellis, Darcey Dingfelder and Samuel Hurley.
Levi Bell, Quinn Casey, Jack Holland, Xavier Mulqueen, Beau Rosa and Jye MacDonald played well for St Therese’s.
North Bendigo starred on home turf at Atkins Street to win the under-12E second semi-final against White Hills.
The Bulldogs led 13-nil at quarter-time and 20-1 by the long break.
White Hills did goal in the third through Ayden Beck, but North Bendigo added 3.1 to be well in front going into the last term.
At the final siren, the Bulldogs led 51-10.
Malakai Challis capped a best afield performance with three goals.
Other goalkickers for the Bulldogs were Tadym Borserio, Jaxson Challis, Ethan Miller, Aiden West and Isaac Widdicombe.
North Bendigo’s best were Malakai Challis, Ethan Miller, Tadym Borserio, Jaxson Challis, Isaac Widdicombe and Cooper Russell.
Henry Rice, Memphis Slattery, Dennis Edwards, Lachlan Mitchell, Tamati McLary and Hunter Sloan played well for the Demons.
Schedule for Sunday’s preliminary finals:
Matches at Fur Life Oval, Wade Street, Golden Square:
Under-12D – St Therese’s v Maiden Gully YCW Eagles at 9am.
Under-12B – Eaglehawk v Maiden Gully YCW at 10.20am.
Under-12A – Golden Square v Strathfieldsaye at 11.40am.
Under-14 seniors – Maryborough v South Bendigo at 1pm.
Under-16 reserves, division one: Maryborough v Castlemaine at 2.45pm.
Matches at Dower Park, Kangaroo Flat:
Under-12C – South Bendigo v St Therese’s at 9am.
Under-14 reserves, div. one – Huntly Hawks v Sandhurst at 10.20am.
Under-14 reserves, div. two – Sandhurst v Marong at 12.05pm.
Under-16 girls – Sandhurst v Kyneton Tigers at 1.50pm.
Under-16 seniors – Sandhurst v Kangaroo Flat at 3.10pm.
Matches at Triple M Park, Tannery Lane, Strathfieldsaye:
Under-14 girls – Strathfieldsaye v Golden Square at 9am.
Under-12E – White Hills v Strathfieldsaye at 10.20am.
Under-18 girls – White Hills v Woorinen at 11.40am.
Under-16 reserves, division two: Strathfieldsaye v Kangaroo Flat at 1pm.
Written by Nathan Dole.