The 2018 Under 14 Metro Junior Champions will be decided this weekend when three different metro leagues prepare to go head to head in the Grand Finals on Saturday. Mark Koelmeyer reports.
The under-14 deciders come following the under-15 grand finals, where three representative squads were crowned champions.
In the U15 Girls Grand Final it was the Eastern Region Girls who came out on top, defeating the Northern Football Netball League 5.14 (44) to 0.3 (3).
Both teams showed great effort but Eastern Region Girls were just too good on the day.
In the U15 Boys Division 1B final, it was the Yarra Junior Football League (YJFL) who defeated South Metro Junior Football League (SMJFL) 11.9 (75) to 5.8 (38).
The game was close early but YJFL were too good and managed to pull away at the end.
In the U15 Boys Division 1A final SMJFL flipped the script as they defeated the YJFL in a close 6.9 (45) to 4.8 (32) contest.
Scores were level at half time but SMJFL finished strong, winning by two goals.
We look ahead to this week where the young guns of the Under 14s will face of in their Grand Finals.
The first matchup will be between YJFL and SMJFL in the U14 Division 1B final.
Both teams had a terrific series, with the YJFL finishing on top of the ladder with three wins and the SMJFL finishing a close second with two wins.
We can expect a tightly contested game with both teams having a number of talented goal kickers.
YJFL’s Will Noumertzis has been one of the best players in the Championships thus far, kicking a remarkable nine goals in just three games, while teammates Harry Broderick Angus Perry, Hugo Birks and Sammy Vidor have also been dominant up forward.
For SMJFL, their strength lies in its versatility, with ten individual players contributing to the scoreboard across the round-robin series.
Kyden Vella has been dangerous in the forward line with four majors throughout the Championships, while Byron Clarke has also been a handful for his opponents with three goals.
In the Division 1A final, it will be the NFNL taking on SMJFL.
The NFNL will rely on superstars such as Jason Mccormick who has eight goals and Benjamin Ham and Jordan Nguyen who both have five goals.
For SMJFL, they will look to replicate the performance that saw them defeat NFNL earlier in the season.
Spearhead Harry Sheezel -who leads the Championship goal kicking tally with 10 goals- will be influential in the decider, while Aydin Rielly and Cameron Mackenzie have been important with four goals apiece.
The U14 Grand Finals will be played on Saturday June 30 at Eltham Park, with the Division 1B Grand Final to begin at 12:00pm, while the U14 Division 1A decider will start at 2:15pm.