The preliminary rounds of the 2018 AFL Victoria Junior Metro Champs concluded on Queens Birthday Monday with some outstanding results going the way of the South Metro Stars. After the dust settled on Monday evening, the Stars now find themselves in four Grand Finals, a sensational effort!
The Under 15 Girls SMJFL 2 team traveled to Kensington to take on the Western Region / NM&WB NGA. The WRFL girls got the early jump on the Stars and were never headed. The Stars fought on for the full match but a big third term from the WRFL proved too much in the end. Amelia Luca kicked the Stars’ only goal whilst Lucy Mitchell shone in a Best on Ground performance.
Over at West Preston, the two Under 15 Boys teams needed big wins to lock away a Grand Final berth and that is exactly what they did. The Under 15 SMJFL 2 team took their match right away from the Northern FNL in the second quarter before kicking 10 of the next 11 goals for the match. Archie Loughnan was brilliant kicking 8 goals earning himself best on honours in the process. The Under 15 SMJFL 1 team were just as ruthless on their NFNL opposition, restricting them to just the one goal for the day on their way to a 113 point win with a complete team performance. Nate Dear booted 4 goals and Gavin Boyd 3. Rex Kilburn got the nod for Best on Ground, playing a sensational match.
At Moorleigh Reserve, the SMJFL hosted a triple header with the Under 15 Girls SMJFL 1 team kicking off the day in brilliant fashion. The Stars were in control from the outset with Eliza James dominating up forward booting 4 goals. Kiana Lynch capped off a great championships being awarded Best on Ground.
Similar to the the Under 15 Boys, the Under 14 Boys needed to win both games to stand any chance of making it through to the Grand Final. Northern FNL got off to a flyer in the first term against the Under 14 SMJFL 2 team before the Stars whipped into shape to take a 13 point half time lead. NFNL weren’t done with and narrowed the margin to 5 points at the last change before the Stars flexed their muscles in the last to run out 19 point winners. The Stars boasted 7 individual goal kickers whilst Darcy Gilbert took home the medal for his outstanding performance across half back..
The match of the day belonged to the Under 14 SMJFL 1 team as the went goal for goal with the NFNL for three quarters in a gripping contest. Asked to find another gear for the all important final term, the Stars produced their best to keep the NFNL scoreless and slam home 4 goals to seal a 25 point win.
Under 15 Girls SMJFL 1
SMJFL 1 9.6.60
Under 15 Girls SMJFL 2
SMJFL 2 1.4.10
Under 15 Boys SMJFL 1
SMJFL 1 18.12.120
Under 15 Boys SMJFL 2
SMJFL 2 18.17.125
Under 14 Boys SMJFL 1
SMJFL 1 12.12.84
Under 14 Boys SMJFL 2
SMJFL 2 7.8.50