Last years’ premier girl’s competition, the Melbourne FC Under 15 Girls Division 1, saw an enthralling albeit low-scoring Grand Final contest between two of the top sides in St Peters and Prahran.
The girls from St Peters were clearly the standout side all year, going through the entire home and away season undefeated to claim the minor premiership. They finished a whopping four wins clear of the next ranked side, St Bedes/Mentone Tigers, and their percentage of 614.63% further underlined their dominance.
Prahran, however, were also solid during the year, qualifying for finals in third place, just behind the Tigers owing to their early season bye adversely affecting their win percentage.
When finals rolled around, the minor premiers advanced straight through to the decider with a 26-point win over St Bedes/Mentone in the second Semi Final, a margin that should have been greater had they not registered a wayward 4.16.
Prahran comprehensively outclassed Beaumaris in their Semi by 53 points, before a comfortable 18-point victory over the Tigers in the Preliminary Final booked themselves a date with St Peters in the big dance.
The Grand Final itself started off slowly as both teams struggled to maintain a rhythm. Just one scoring shot was registered in a hard-fought opening stanza with St Peters enjoying a six-point advantage at the first change.
The second term went much like the first, with neither side able to break the shackles and find regular avenues to goal on the vast open spaces of Trevor Barker. Consequently, both teams could muster just one goal each, with St Peters ahead by eight points heading to oranges.
By halftime it was clear that this wasn’t going to be a high-scoring shootout, with the majority of game having been played between the arcs. Both sides knew the importance of nailing the third quarter’s first goal, and were desperate to land that opening blow. Unfortunately for Prahran, it was the girls from St Peters that landed that first goal to extend their lead. Positively, Prahran doubled their amount of scoring shots in this term, however, only added two minors to their 1.0 half time score.
The three quarter time scoreboard showed St Peters were only 12 points to the good, a surmountable difference at the best of times, but the long scoring nature of the contest made that difference seem a whole lot greater.
Ultimately St Peters powered home, booting two goals in the final term and kept the Blues scoreless to run out winners by 25 points.
Alana Porter was awarded the best on ground for her starring role in the St Peters’ girls flag win, but Caroline Hart, Grace Bridges and Sarah Hartwig were similarly influential.
Taylah Ercolano and Lily Bradley contributed the winners’ five goals for the day.
St Peters 5.3 (33)
Prahran 1.2 (8)
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