The 2019 AFL Victoria Metro Junior Development Series got underway last night, with the Monash University South Metro Stars playing host to Yarra and Western Region Junior Football Leagues.
The Under 14 Boys teams played at McKinnon Reserve, while the Under 15 Girls sides played at Le Page Park – thanks to St Paul’s McKinnon JFC and Cheltenham JFC for hosting these games. The Under 15 Boys travelled to Bulleen Park where they were hosted by Yarra.
Under 15 Girls Division 1 (1.4-10) vs Yarra JFL (0.0-0)
The Division 1 side started their fixture against Yarra in great fashion, taking a ten-point lead into the half time break.
Unfortunately, due to a player being injured in the third term and an ambulance being required, the remainder of the game was abandoned. Thankfully that player has been released from hospital and we wish them a speedy recovery.
Under 15 Girls Division 2 (0.1-1) vs Western Region FL (5.8-38)
It was a tough start for the Under 15 Division 2 side, who came up against a very impressive Western Region outfit.
Western were able to handle the cold and wet conditions better than the Stars, extending the lead at every break to eventually run out 37-point winners.
Willow Sweeney-Johnston was awarded the best on ground medal for SMJFL, while Amber Byrnes, Beyoncé Wigg, Grace Kirkham, Hannah Webb and Madeleine Spanos also gave their all.
Under 15 Boys Division 1 (7.5-47) vs Yarra JFL (10.9-69)
The Under 15 Division 1 side came up against a strong Yarra outfit on Wednesday night and despite a strong effort were unable to come up with the win.
Yarra made the early running and extended their 21-point quarter time lead to 27 at half time and that’s where the lead stayed for most of the evening. The Stars did win the third term, keeping Yarra scoreless in a positive to take away from the match.
George Wardlaw was a standout for SMJFL and he was supported by Lachlan Lawrence, Campbell Bedford, Mackenzie Allen, Mitchell Rowe and Jake Johnson, who were also named in the best players.
Under 15 Boys Division 2 (7.6-48) vs Yarra JFL (12.3-76)
The Under 15 Division 2 side couldn’t hold off a fast-finishing Yarra outfit, going down by 27 points at Bulleen Park.
The Stars started well and took a one-point lead into the half-time break, but Yarra came out breathing fire in the second half, kicking seven goals to SMJFL’s two to run away with the win.
James Bourke was best afield for the Stars, while Ben Hempel, Harry Sheezel, Blake Pantas, Luke Nixon-Smith and Remy Spicer were all solid contributors on the night.
Under 14 Boys Division 1 (0.0-0) vs Yarra JFL (9.14-68)
The rain well and truly set in for the Under 14 Boys Division 1 match at McKinnon and that made life difficult for the South Metro Stars, who were outclassed by Yarra to the tune of 68 points.
The visiting side controlled the match for most of the evening and despite some wayward kicking in the first three quarters, found their radar in the final term to put a significant gap on the scoreboard.
Best on ground honours went to Nicholas Pike, with Oliver Tyrer, Ethan Williams, William Snowden, Calsher Dear and William Nish also giving their best for the cause.
Under 14 Boys Division 2 (6.11-47) vs Yarra JFL (1.10-16)
Conditions were very damp as the Under 14 Division 2 side kicked things off at McKinnon Reserve against Yarra.
The visitors made the early running but failed to capitalise on their forward entries, kicking 1.7 in the first half. The Stars worked their way into the contest in the second term with a couple of goals to take the lead into half time.
From there it was all one-way traffic, as SMFJL kicked four goals to none in the second half to run out 31-point winners. Benjamin Antonis was judged the Stars’ best player, with Maximus Sykes, Cameron Clarke, Zach Grech, Jackson Dind and Oscar Newstead also prominent on the night.
— South Metro JFL (@SMJFL) May 29, 2019