The Monash University South Metro Stars were in action over the long weekend, playing the final two rounds of the 2019 AFL Victoria Metro Junior Development Series.
There were plenty of wins across the board as the SMJFL’s best Under 14 and 15 players showed their skills against other leagues from around Melbourne.
Under 15 Girls Division 1
Round 2: SMJFL 5.11-41 defeated Eastern Region 3.5-23
Saturday saw the South Metro Stars take out a strong win against Eastern Region at Jubilee Park in Ringwood. The girls overcame a half time deficit to run over the top of Eastern in the second half, kicking three goals to none.
Mia Zielinski was the star up forward, booting three goals for the afternoon and Bridie Hipwell was judged the best player on the field for SMJFL. Keeley Coyne, Sofia Hurley, Jenna Witts and Sascha Pribil were also among the best players.
Round 3: SMJFL 1.11-17 defeated by Northern Football League 5.9-39
The Division 1 side had a tougher time of things on Monday, going down to an impressive Northern Football League outfit. Inaccuracy hurt the Stars, who kicked 1.11 for the afternoon in a 22-point loss.
Eloise McCrae won the best on ground medal for SMJFL. Bridie Hipwell, Sofia Hurley, Lucy Mitchell, Tayla Jone and Georgia Foran the other players among the best for South Metro.
Under 15 Girls Division 2
Round 2: SMJFL 5.4-34 defeated Yarra Junior Football League 2.4-16
The Under 15 Division 2 had their first win of the competition on Saturday, knocking over Yarra JFL points at Koonung Reserve. The Stars extended their lead at every change, three second half goals pushing the final margin to 18 points.
Meg Webster was best afield for SMJFL, with Lily Mao, Lucia Martin, Beyoncé Wigg, Gemma Hollingswroth and Grace Kirkham playing excellent games as well.
Round 3: SMJFL 3.6-24 defeated Northern Football League 2.3-15
The Division 2 side finished their campaign with another win, this time over the Northern Football League at Waterview Reserve. It was a great weekend for the girls, who finished their three games with a 2-1 record.
Claudia Hollingsworth was BOG for SMJFL and was well supported by Katelyn Randall, Meg Webster, Gemma Hollingsworth, Giuliana Simionato and Bethany Bratuskins who also played excellent games.
Under 15 Boys Division 1
Round 2: SMJFL 9.8-62 defeated Northern Football League 5.7-37
The Under 15 Division 1 side kicked off their weekend with a comfortable win over Northern Football League at Trevor Barker Oval. The Stars trailed at quarter time but made the most of a strong breeze favouring one end in the second quarter to take control. The second half was fairly even, with SMJFL kicking another four goals to Northern’s three to take a 25-point win.
Joshua Cumberlidge won the best on ground medal for SMJFL, with George Wardlaw, Mackenzie Allen, Campbell Bedford, Olli Maxwell Hotton and Lachlan Mccluskey among the best players on the ground.
Round 3: SMJFL 5.12-42 defeated Eastern Football League 5.4-34
The SMJFL finished the 2019 Interleague series with a 2-1 record after accounting for Eastern Football League in a tight tussle on Monday. With just one point separating both teams at half time, it was the Stars who were able to edge ahead in the second half to take an eight-point victory.
Xavier Russo led from the front and was awarded the best on ground medal, while Luke Travers booted three goals in an impressive performance. Other notable performances came from George Wardlaw, Olli Maxwell Hotton, Jakob Anderson and Campbell Bedford.
Under 15 Boys Division 2
Round 2: SMJFL 12.13-85 defeated Northern Football League 4.6-30
Saturday was a good day for the Division 2 side, who had a dominant win over Northern Football League. Six goals to none in the third term was the difference as the Stars cruised to a 55-point win.
Harry Sheezel had a day out, booting 7 goals in a clear best on ground display. Jordan Maloney, Ben Hempel, Dylan Ting, Luke Nixon-Smith and Remy Spicer were significant contributors for the home side.
Round 3: SMJFL 7.12-54 defeated Eastern Football League 6.9-45
The Division 2 side finished their campaign with a winning record as they fought off a last-quarter surge from Eastern FL. A 27-point three-quarter time lead was cut to just nine points by the final siren, but the Stars did enough despite some wayward goal kicking.
Ben Hempel was BOG for South Metro, as Remy Spicer, Blake Pantas, Jonah Campigli, James Bourke and Jordan Moloney were the other eye-catchers on the day. Harry Sheezel was the focal point again for the Stars, kicking three goals to finish the Metro Junior Development Series with 12 goals from three outings.
Under 14 Boys Division 1
Round 2: SMJFL 5.5-35 defeated by Northern Football League 10.18-78
Saturday saw the Under 14 sides travel to West Preston to take on Northern FL, who were too strong for the Division 1 side. The home side kicked seven goals to the Stars’ two in the first half which set the tone for the match, eventually running out 43-point winners.
Charlie Wilce was the best player for South Metro, while William Snowden, Charlie Harrop, Ethan Williams, Sebastian Mcnamara and Harvey Johnston were also among the best players.
Round 3: SMFJL 6.4-40 defeated by Eastern Football League 21.10-136
It was a tough afternoon at the office on Monday for the Division 1 side who were outpointed by Eastern FL at East Burwood Reserve. The first term was an even affair, but the home side put the foot down after quarter time, kicking 18 goals to SMJFL’s four from that point on.
Charlie Harrop won the best on ground medal, with William Snowden, Nicholas Pike, Harvey Johnston, Timothy Parris and Ben Bawden also giving their best efforts on the day.
Under 14 Boys Division 2
Round 2: SMJFL 12.13-85 defeated Northern Football League 7.1-43
The Division 2 side started their weekend on a good note, defeating Northern FL by 42 points at JE Moore Oval. Three goals to Thomas Dowsing and two each to Benjamin Antonis and Jackson Dind helped spark the win for the Stars, who led at every break.
Maximus Sykes was the best player for SMJFL, with Antonis, Hugh McKenzie, Dowsing, Finn Chandler and Connor Riley also in the best players.
Round 3: SMJFL 10.9-69 defeated Eastern Football League 10.8-68
The boys played out an absolute thriller on Monday afternoon as they beat Eastern FL by just one point at East Burwood Reserve. The Stars had to come from behind to do it, trailing at three-quarter time before four final-term goals saw them snatch victory.
Connor Riley was judged BOG, with Luis Sari instrumental up forward with four goals. Ned Maginness, Nathan Golonka, Maximus Sykes and Finn Chandler were all exceptional on the day to lead the Stars to victory.