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Under 15 Division 1

YJFL: 6.8 (44)

SMJFL: 9.8 (62)

The South Metro Stars erased the pain of last week’s defeat to the EFL with a gritty 18-point win over Yarra JFL at Bulleen Park.

They were the better side in the first quarter, but couldn’t properly capitalise on their dominance, registering 1.6 for the term. Pleasingly, they were able to keep their opponent scoreless and enjoy a 12-point advantage at the first change.

The Stars got their radar working a little bit better in the second, kicking 4.1 to blow the game open. Another four majors in the third gave them an insurmountable 38-point lead at the final change.

With the game in the keeping, the Stars seemed to put the cue back the rack, which allowed the Yarras to kick the only three goals of the last quarter. It certainly tightened the game up, but ultimately didn’t affect the result.

Kyle York was sensational in front of the sticks, booting four majors, while Toby Lipton was the only other multiple goalkicker for the Stars with two.

Jack Mahoney continued his stellar vein of form by winning the best on ground medal.

Tyson Murray, Sam Kristensen and Riley Virtue were also standouts.
Under 15 Division 2

YJFL: 4.10 (34)

SMJFL: 7.9 (51)

The Stars overcame a spirited late fightback from the Yarras to claim a hard-fought 14-point win over Yarras at Bulleen Park.

A superb first half proved the catalyst for the victory, with the Stars working incredibly hard defensively to keep the Yarras goalless to the main break.

Up the other end, there were no such difficulties in front of the sticks, with the Stars kicking five goals, two from the boot of Liam Witts, to race to a 31-point lead at the main break.

However, the job was not yet done as the Yarras, with their backs to the wall, mounted a charge in the second half.

They booted two goal in each of the last two quarters to get themselves back in to the contest, but it wasn’t enough to steal victory.

Nick Burke was voted best afield after a scintillating performance that included a goal, while Huntar Pace, Chris Perkins and last week’s BOG Kya Austin also had an influence.


Under 14 Division 1

SMJFL: 13.10 (88)

YJFL: 5.10 (40)

In a word, wow!

The South Metro Stars proved too classy for their Yarras opponents at Toorak Park, running out winners by 48 points in a tremendous display of team football.

The Stars were red hot from the outset, slotting a goal within the opening two minutes to signal their intent. By the first change they had five to their credit and an 18-point lead for their efforts.

It was more of the same in the second with Jake Bowey and James Hill in particular creating headaches for the Yarras’ defence. The duo added the first two goals of the term before another to Luke Cleary on the final siren gave the home side a 23-point advantage at the first change.

As rain soaked the ground during the long break, the ground became particularly slippery. However, it didn’t worry the South Metro boys as they display a surety with their hands and a cleanness in their disposal that wouldn’t look out of place at TAC Cup level.

The midfield dominated around the contests, but the defence held up spectacularly well too, conceding just 1.4 in the second half.

Cleary, Ryan Pietsch and Nick Grech were standouts, but it was Darby Hipwell adjudged best afield for the Stars.

Hill booted four goals in the victory, while Hipwell, Bowey and Castan Racunica finished with two each.


Under 14 Division 2

SMJFL: 3.5 (23)

YJFL: 16.8 (104)

A disappointing result for the South Metro after the previous week’s stirring victory over EFL.

Both teams struggled to adjust to the slippery conditions early on, and a consequence the opening stanza was a goalless affair.

The Yarras soon gained the ascendancy with a goal early in second and from their continued to assert their dominance on the contest.

Dylan Knight finally broke our goal drought just before three quarter time through some clever roving, but it was too late to kick start a South Metro revival.

However, the boys should be commended for the way they fought it out right to the end, with late goals to Jordan Hayter and Nick Taranto a reward for the pair’s hard work.

Defender Liam Hayes was terrific all day, and deserved claimed the medal as South Metro’s best player, though solid contributions also came from Harry Hawker and Lachlan Templeton.


Under 15 Girls


Unfortunately an injury to one of our girls led to an extended delay in play, the game could not be completed and was abandoned early in the second quarter.

The Stars were leading 12 to 0 at the time, but final score will be recorded as a draw.

All reports say our player is going to be ok!