Many exciting finishes as finals campaign kicks off
THERE were many exciting finishes to matches in the weekend’s start to the La Trobe University finals series in the Bendigo Junior Football League.
Strathfieldsaye scored a 21-4 win against White Hills in the under-12A first semi-final at Maryborough’s Princes Park.
Keelan McInerney kicked two goals for Storm as Hudson Svanosio added the other.
Lon Schelfhout booted two goals for the Demons.
Best for Strathfieldsaye were Levi van Dillen, Zander Walker, Max Perkins, Spencer Worthington and Jake Ingram.
Jensen Sawyer, Harry Morrish, Rhyder Michielsen, Jack Yates, Lon Schelfhout and Ari Sawyer played well for the Demons.
Maiden Gully YCW Eagles soared to a 20-point victory in the under-12B first semi-final against Maryborough at Marist College Bendigo.
The Eagles led 14-1 at quarter-time and 22-2 by half-time.
The Magpies goaled through Ed Boyes in the third, but it was Maiden Gully YCW which went on to win 28-8.
Goalkickers for the Eagles were Jack Hargreaves, Thomas Tweed and Tommy Watson.
Maiden Gully YCW’s best were Harry Clapp, Jack Hargreaves, Darby Thomson, Noah Lowry, Koby Wilson and Thomas Tweed.
Hayden Bartlett, Jai Andriske, Chase Larkin, Cruz Stevens, Jayden Humphrey and Max Skinner played well for the Magpies.
St Therese’s stayed in the under-12C premiership race after a 34-17 win against Heathcote in the first semi-final at Marist College Bendigo.
The Sharks led 12-8 at half-time and then scored 3.1 to a point in the third.
Heathcote fought back to add 2.2 to 0.3 in the final term.
Goalkickers for St Therese’s were Kahl McInerney, Jack Rees, Oscar Rutzou, Louis Travaglia and Cathal Whelan.
The Saints’ goalkickers were Max Dellar and Isaac Pianta-Cook.
Best for the Sharks were Louis Travaglia, Knox Westley, Kahl McInerney, Fletcher Stevenson, Mitch Hannaford and Tate McCarroll.
Xavier Moore, Isaac Miller, Jesse Mitchell, Tristan Foster, Max Dellar and Isaac Pianta-Cook played well for the Saints.
It was a one-goal margin in favour of South Bendigo in the under-12C qualifying final against Kangaroo Flat.
The Roos led 14-6 at three quarter-time of the match at Marist College Bendigo.
The Bloods upped the pressure and run to score 2.2 to nil in the last for a 20-14 victory.
Noah Poole and Jack Stone goaled for South Bendigo.
Max Gould and Charlie Scholes were on target for the Roos.
Best for South Bendigo were Harvey Long, Blaine Anderson, Callum Fyffe, Fabian Guzzo an Paw Si Thein.
Kangaroo Flat’s best were Beau Blythman, Jett Gudge, Korbin Hull, Max Gould, Ethan McBride and Dominic McWilliams.
Final margin was just three points in the under-12D first semi-final between Marong and Maiden Gully YCW Eagles at Marong’s Malone Park.
The Eagles led 6-1 at half-time and 7-3 at a quarter to go.
Marong did goal in the last term, but so did the Eagles to clinch a 13-10 victory.
Astin Clayton and Ashlinn Teece were the Eagles’ goalkickers.
Best for Maiden Gully YCW Eagles were Connor Berry, Kobe Turner, Zavier Brown, Oliver Bird, Mitchell Pitson and Oscar Emmerson.
Details from Marong were not supplied.
Strathfieldsaye won the under-12E first semi-final against Kyneton Tigers at Maryborough’s Princes Park by three goals.
Tyler Brown kicked two goals and Jack Dutra added the other in a 20-2 result.
Storm’s best were Jordan Sherwell, Jack Dutra, Lucas Glazner, Chase Bowie, Tyler Bartram and Isabelle Willows.
Cooper Liebelt, Charlie O’Brien, Thomas Rowles, Blake Jeffrey, Finley Arnup and John Pearce were the Tigers’ best.
South Bendigo won the under-14 seniors first semi-final showdown with Strathfieldsaye by 31 points.
The Bloods led 27-12 at half-time of the match at Marong’s Malone Park and then scored 3.3 to 2.2 in the third term.
At the final siren, South Bendigo led 65-34.
The Bloods’ attack was led by Jack Bell and Aydin Price on three goals each.
Sam Bardsley, Oliver Elms and Rylan Newman were also on target for the red and white.
Storm’s goalkickers were Joseph Buchanan, Josh Mundy, Jake Schubert and Harrison Whitfield.
Best for the Bloods were Aydin Price, Louis Eddy, Jack Bell, Mitchell Clark, Sam Bardsley and Henry Turnbull.
Archie Stevens, Harrison Whitfield, Ezekiel Cousins, Lachlan Hargreaves, Jake Schubert and Jack Oldham played well for Strathfieldsaye.
Strathfieldsaye won a high-scoring under-14 reserves, division one elimination final showdown with Castlemaine.
The Magpies led 35-19 at half-time, but Storm dominated the second half as it scored 8.7 to 1.4 for a 74-45 victory at Marong’s Malone Park.
Storm’s attack was led by Will Mayes, six; Kallen Villani, two; and singles from Lachlan Edwards, Mannix Grieve and Jesse Webster.
Goalkickers for Castlemaine were Magnus Britton and Oscar Giddings, two; Oliver Britt and Levi Bruce.
Best for Strathfieldsaye were Kallen Villani, Jack DeAraugo, Will Mayes, Tait Gardiner, Mykhail Geary and Will Brandt.
Harper Kneebone, Flynn Culph, Oliver Britt, Alex Welch, Oscar Giddings and Magnus Britton played well for the Magpies.
The under-14 reserves, division one qualifying final was won by Huntly.
The Hawks led 40-14 at half-time of the clash with Sandhurst and went on to win 69-16.
Charlie Cowan kicked four goals for Huntly and Ben Miller added three.
Other goalkicker for the brown and gold were Zethan Jensen, Zayver Marwood and Zane Whyte.
Max Connick and Izaiah O’Meara goaled for Sandhurst.
Huntly’s best were Harley Matthews, Ben Miller, Mitchell Lawrence, Thomas Biggs, Charlie Cowan and Oscar Kleinert.
Max Connick, Harry Byrne, Baxter Billett, James Mathews, Maurice Nihill and Oliver Taylor were the Dragons’ best.
Marong dominated the first semi-final clash with South Bendigo in the under-14 reserves, division two competition.
After a scoreless first quarter, Marong added 4.3 to nil in the second at Malone Park.
The Panthers did not let up as they added 8.5 to 1.3 across the final two terms for an 80-9 victory.
Marong’s goalkickers were John Bradley, Mack Dempster, Max O’Donnell, two; Seth Davis, Jake Mannix, Ryan Marwood, Jack Miller, Harrison O’Donnell and Ryder Smith.
Elijah Hurley goaled for the Bloods.
A list of Marong’s best players was not supplied.
Best for South Bendigo were Lucas Rinaldi, Elijah Hurley, Harper Fitzallen, Jack Dyer and Arkie Rooke.
In the under-16 seniors competition, Golden Square took on Kangaroo Flat in the qualifying final at Marist College Bendigo.
The Bulldogs led 20-14 at quarter-time and then added 6.1 to a goal in the second to be in control.
Golden Square dominated the second half as it scored 5.8 to a point for a 95-21 victory.
Bulldogs’ captain Jack McMahon kicked five goals as Xavier Grant added two.
Other goalkickers for the blue and gold were Oliver Eaton, Lincoln Lowther, Charlie Paton, Nicholas Roberts and James Wilkinson.
Max Balcke, Zak Lythgo and Orin McKay were goalkickers for the Roos.
The Bulldogs’ best were Riley Dillon, Patrick Docherty, Charlie Paton, James Gibson, Xavier Grant and Harry King.
Kangaroo Flat’s best were Max Balcke, Davis McNair, Ronnie Grant, Zach Bird, Lachlan Raymond and Bryce Goudge.
Castlemaine won the under-16 reserves, division one first semi against Golden Square by 77 points.
The Magpies led 30-3 at half-time of the match at Marist College Bendigo.
Led by the play of Chaz Holman, Alton Bracken and Nick Lord, Castlemaine ruled the contest in the second half as it added 9.3 to 1.1 for an 87-10 result.
Multiple goalkickers for the Magpies were Chaz Holman, three; Alton Bracken and Mitchell McKnight, two.
Callam De Bono, Caspian Lord, Dallas Keogh-Frankling, Curtis McLennan and Tate Whaley were also on target for Castlemaine.
Darreal Penrose goaled for Golden Square.
The Magpies’ best included Dallas Keogh-Frankling, Ngolueth Nyok and Jacob Honeychurch.
Josh Kelly, Ryan Brown, Harry Pysing, Blake Dowton, Joel O’Shea and Byron Ritchie were best for the Bulldogs.
White Hills marked a 10-point win against Eaglehawk in the elimination final for under-16 reserves, division two at Maryborough’s Princes Park.
The Demons led 23-20 at half-time and 40-28 at a quarter to go.
Eaglehawk fought back to win the last term, 14-12, but it was the Demons who led 52-42 at the final siren.
Angus O’Brien kicked four goals for the Demons as Harley Barnett, Jacob Langtree and Lucas Rice were on target.
Goalkickers for the Hawks were Lachlan West, four; Kobi Macdonald and Daniel Vallance.
Best for the Demons were Joey Mizzi, Jack Kristiansen, Blaine Schelfhout, Logan Taylor, Lucas Rice and Angus O’Brien.
Bailey O’Neill, Ashton Frankling, Daniel Vallance, Oliver Hicks, Lachlan West and Tyler Rayson were best for the Hawks.
South Bendigo won the under-16 reserves, division two qualifying final against Kangaroo Flat.
The Bloods led 20-1 at quarter-time and 50-2 by half-time at Marist College Bendigo.
Xavier Thomas kicked four goals as Harrison Carter and Ryan Foster booted two in a 67-12 result.
Other goalkickers for the Bloods were Sam Power and Alfie Taylor.
Ryan Smith goaled for the Kangaroos.
The Bloods’ best were Ryan Foster, Cooper Russell, Baden France, Liam Westerway, Seth Moore and Harrison Carter.
Kangaroo Flat’s best were Marcus Goudge, Riley Kerr, Zander Watson, Ryan Smith, Rory Bolton and Brodie Hancock.
Golden Square won a thrilling under-14 girls’ first semi-final against Sandhurst.
The Square led 16-6 at quarter-time, but the Dragons fired up to score two goals in the second and keep the blue and gold scoreless.
In the third it was the Bulldogs who added 1.1 and kept Sandhurst scoreless.
A goal as the Dragons added 1.2 was enough for Golden Square to win 29-26.
Goalkickers for Golden Square were Tiara Davis, two; Lucy Johansen and Evelyn Williams.
Hannah Cochrane kicked four goals for Sandhurst.
Best for Golden Square were Lily Mansfield, Lucy Johansen, Ruby Demeo, Tiara Davis, Soolia Norman and Jayde Chappel.
Sandhurst’s best were Hannah Cochrane, Tully Place, Milla Franklink, Leni Brown, Evie Pay and Macey McGurk.
Kyneton Tigers roared to a big win in the under-16 girls first semi-final against Strathfieldsaye at Maryborough’s Princes Park.
The Tigers led 14-6 at quarter-time and then added 3.5 to nil in the second to hold a 31-point buffer by half-time.
Kyneton scored 3.1 to 1.1 in the next term and 4.3 to a point in the last for an 83-14 victory.
Carrie Harris kicked five goals and Nikola Cox added three.
The Tigers also had Lucinda Barry, Eliza Coutts, Ella Jeffrey and Olivia Tuck on target.
Storm’s goalkickers were Aylah McLean and Tessa Skipper.
Best for Kyneton were Jasmine Short, Charlotte Pennefather, Darcie Carrucan, Nikola Cox, Carrie Harris and Anna Moloney.
Tahlia Kendall, Amelie Haigh, Tilly Parkinson, Bryanna Colliver and Molly Manton played well for Storm.
In the under-18 girls’ first semi, Woorinen scored a 46-point victory in the first semi-final against Golden Square at Marist College Bendigo.
The Tigers led 15-6 at quarter-time and 28-12 by the long break.
Woorinen scored 2.5 to a goal in the third term and 3.2 to a point in the last for a 65-19 result.
Issy Boulton booted four goals for the Tigers as captain Demi Greenwood and vice-captain Samantha Johnston added one each.
Goalkickers for Golden Square were captain Stephanie Demeo, Gabrielle Drage and Gemma McPhee.
Best for Woorinen were Samantha Johnston, Nevaeh Roberts, Carlee Hazlett, Sunny Barry, Heidi Schneider and Kobe Davison.
Holly McPhee, Jayda Lockwood, Stephanie Demeo, Tia Anderson and Kaylah Donaldson played well for Golden Square.
Schedule for Sunday’s first semi-finals:
Under-12C: Kangaroo Flat v St Therese’s, 11.40am at White Hills.
Under-14 reserves, div. 1: Sandhurst v Strathfieldsaye, 10.50am at Canterbury Park.
Under-16 seniors: Kangaroo Flat v Strathfieldsaye, 2.45pm at White Hills.
Schedule for this Sunday’s second semi-finals:
Under-12A: St Therese’s v Golden Square, 9am at Weeroona Oval.
Under-12B: Eaglehawk v St Francis, 9.30am at Canterbury Park.
Under-12C: St Kilian’s-St Peter’s, 10.20am at Weeroona Oval.
Under-12D: Kangaroo Flat v St Therese’s, 10.20am at White Hills.
Under-12E: North Bendigo v White Hills, 10.45am at North Bendigo.
Under-14 reserves, div. 1: Maiden Gully YCW Eagles v Huntly Hawks, 2.20pm at Canterbury Park.
Under-14 reserves, div. 2: Maiden Gully YCW Eagles v Sandhurst, 9am at North Bendigo.
Under-14 seniors: Sandhurst v Maryborough, 12.05pm at North Bendigo.
Under-16 reserves, div. 1: Maryborough v Sandhurst, 1.50pm at North Bendigo.
Under-16 reserves, div. 2: Strathfieldsaye v South Bendigo, 12.35pm at Canterbury Park.
Under-16 reserves, div. 2: Kangaroo Flat v White Hills, 1pm at White Hills.
Under-16 seniors: Sandhurst v Golden Square, 3.35pm at North Bendigo.
Under-14 Girls: White Hills v Strathfieldsaye, 9am at White Hills.
Under-16 girls: Kangaroo Flat v Sandhurst, 11.40am at Weeroona Oval.
Under-18 girls: Strathfieldsaye v White Hills, 1pm at Weeroona Oval.
Written by Nathan Dole.