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By Ben Pollard
Here’s the round-up of Sunday’s dramatic day of grand final action at Le Page Park, Cheltenham and Turner Road, Highett…
Radiant Under 11 East
(1) PRAHRAN RED 4.2 (26) def (2) EAST BRIGHTON VAMPIRES RED 2.2 (14)
Best-on-ground medallist: Matthew Nonske (East Brighton)
This game was a highlight at Le Page Park on Sunday. Prahran Red, shooting for an undefeated premiership season, kicked the first goal of the match early on and held that lead for most of the game, until a second half rush from East Brighton Vampires levelled things up at 2.2 (14) apiece in the last quarter. When Prahran marked the ball around 15m from goal with only minutes remaining, it looked like the deadlock would be broken. However, the kicker slipped on his way in to goal, before East Brighton made two crucial smothers in a row to prevent a score and send the game to extra time. Prahran’s bench looked worried, but their boys quickly found a goal – then another – to secure the perfect season. Absorbing junior footy!
Radiant Under 11 West
(1) EAST MALVERN WHITE 2.1 (13) def (2) BRIGHTON BEACH 2 1.1 (7)
Best-on-ground medallist: Jack Mahony (East Malvern)
Brighton Beach 2’s heartbreaking run of close losses to East Malvern White continued in the grand final, falling short of the premiership by a goal. East Malvern proved once again they are masters in the close, clutch games. Jack Mahony was superb for the victors, as was Jack Rosier (one vital goal), Thomas Bryce and Jacob Battista. This was a deserved premiership win.
Radiant Under 11 South
(2) HIGHETT 3.6 (24) def (3) EAST BRIGHTON VAMPIRES 0.2 (2)
Best-on-ground medallist: Cameron Taylor (Highett)
Highett looked to be the hot favourites on paper, and they proved that correct with a comfortable premiership victory over East Brighton Vampires. One goal separated the teams for much of game, but Highett drew away in the second half. The scenes of jubilation from the Doggies boys at Le Page Park showed just how much this win meant for the club.
Radiant Under 11 North
(1) EAST BRIGHTON VAMPIRES 4.4 (28) def by (3) ORMOND 4.8 (32)
Best-on-ground medallist: Liston Diaz (Ormond)
We’ve been saying how even this division is all through the finals series, so it was no surprise only four points separated premiers Ormond from East Brighton Vampires. The efforts of Liston Diaz were instrumental in getting Ormond over the line, three crucial goals earning him the best-on-ground medal. Ben Putamorsi and Joel Harty provided great support as the Vampires were left to lament three Under 11 teams finishing runners-up in grand finals…
Radiant Under 11 Blue
(1) NORTHVALE 4.5 (29) def (4) SOUTH MELBOURNE RED 1.5 (11)
Best-on-ground medallist: Sean Welsford (Northvale)
Northvale may have lost their only game for the year against South Melbourne Red during the regular season, but they made sure it didn’t happen on the biggest day of all. Sean Welsford was brilliant in the three-goal win. The best-performed team of the season took home the big prize – a great achievement!
Under 12 East
(1) EAST SANDRINGHAM 12.5 (77) def (3) CHELTENHAM 1.0 (6)
Best-on-ground medallist: Liam Danielis-Morley (East Sandringham)
It wasn’t pretty for Cheltenham in this one… East Sandringham’s four-goals-to-nil opening quarter set up a dominant 71-point premiership win. Liam Danielis-Morley stood out in the victory, while teammate Max King booted four majors for the second time against Chelt this year. The best team on the day won, and won handsomely. Well done East Sandy!
Under 12 West
(1) ST KILDA CITY RED 3.3 (21) def (2) EAST SANDRINGHAM 2 2.3 (15)
Best-on-ground medallist: Will Kennedy (St Kilda City)
What a fantastic grand final contest between these two sides! It was a slog in the first half, with both teams only managing to put one behind on the scoreboard, but East Sandringham looked to have stolen the decisive march with two goals to one in the third quarter – the ‘premiership quarter’. It wasn’t to be though, as the Saints stormed home with two goals of their own to record a famous comeback premiership victory. Kudos to Will Kennedy for an inspired game!
Under 12 South
(1) ST PAULS 6.3 (39) def (2) EAST MALVERN RED 3.3 (21)
Best-on-ground medallist: Bailey Smith (East Malvern)
St Pauls continued their dominance of East Malvern Red to land the Under 12 South premiership. An even start to the game was broken by two St Pauls goals in the second quarter, which was essentially when the flag was won. Jake Gray scored three snags and Luke Astone two in the victory, while Bailey Smith played his heart out for East Malvern. Another deserved premiership team.
Under 12 North
(1) BENTLEIGH 4.10 (34) def (2) ST BEDES/MENTONE TIGERS BLUE 3.4 (22)
Best-on-ground medallist: Hugo Ferdinand (Bentleigh)
The favourites, Bentleigh, claimed the flag against St Bedes/Mentone Tigers Blue, but really had to earn it. St Bedes looked the goods when they took an eight-point lead into halftime, but Bentleigh soon switched up a gear. They had a two-point lead at the last change then kicked another couple of goals in the final term to secure victory. Hugo Ferdinand played a ripper, Jake Haw kicked two majors, and Bryson Konorith and Nicholas Lawrence were also key parts of a great win.
Under 13 Division 1
(1) EAST MALVERN GOLD 9.3 (57) def (2) BEAUMARIS SHARKS 8.6 (54)
Best-on-ground medallist: Jack Higgins (East Malvern)
Our detailed match review of this classic grand final can be seen here!
Under 13 Division 2
(1) ST KILDA CITY 6.8 (44) def (2) AJAX COMETS 4.1 (25)
Best-on-ground medallist: Lachlan Harris (St Kilda City)
Ajax Comets almost had the best of St Kilda City twice in the last month, but the Saints showed who was truly boss with a comprehensive victory in the grand final. Lachie Harris was best-on-ground, but ably assisted by Dae Szydlik, Oliver Woods and Alexander Martin. The win made it two premierships for St Kilda City on the day, following the club’s Under 12 West title. A fantastic result for the Saints!
Under 13 Division 3
(2) MURRUMBEENA GOLD 4.8 (32) def by (3) CAULFIELD 5.9 (39)
Best-on-ground medallist: Ethan Casey (Caulfield)
We tipped Caulfield as the finals wildcard of this division, and so it proved to be on Sunday. For the Bears, claiming the flag was a job of wearing down Murrumbeena Gold. They broke away in the second term and showed the resilience to hold ‘Beena off through the second half. The enormous Ethan Casey was the difference for Caulfield, dominating the ruck contests and plucking big pack marks at will; a well-earned best-on-ground medal in a well-earned premiership.
Under 13 Division 4
(1) DINGLEY RED 3.8 (26) def (2) EAST MALVERN BLUE 1.2 (8)
Best-on-ground medallist: Adam Schaeche (Dingley)
Dingley Red slogged their way to the Under 13 Division 4 premiership against East Malvern Blue. For East Malvern, the loss meant the club had a mixed day at the grand final office, losing two deciders but winning two flags as well… Dingley, however, claimed their only flag of the day with their only team in action. The Dingoes were brilliantly led by captain James Mangoni, while Adam Schaeche took home the best-on-ground medal in a dominant display.