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A topsy-turvy Under 14 Division 2 season concluded with an epic Grand Final between Ajax Comets and Mordialloc-Braeside at Meade Reserve.

Watch the full match replay of the Under 14 Division 2 Grand Final here.

In a five-team division, The Comets were awarded the minor premiership ahead of Mordi-Brae. Both sides won eight matches for the year, but having played one less game during the home and away season, Ajax claimed top billing thanks to a narrowly superior win percentage.

The two sides met in the Second Semi Final at Princes Highway Reserve, with the Mustangs cruising to a commanding 74-point victory. In doing so, they emerged as clear flag favourites.

The following week, the Comets accounted for Hampton Rovers in the Prelim at Walter Galt Reserve to set up a rematch with the Mustang in the premiership decider.

And the big game itself lived up to all expectations with Mordi-Brae racing to an early lead on the back of three first quarter goals. They managed to grab the early jump on their opponents, and realistically should have been further ahead had it not been for wayward kicking in front of goal (they registered 3.5). The Mustangs took a 16-point lead into the first break, despite six more scoring shots than Ajax.

But the Comets settled into a rhythm after the change of ends, and began to dominate around the ground. Their early nerves had well and truly vanished and completely dominated proceedings in the second quarter.

Six goals to one saw their early deficit well and truly eradicated, and the boys from Ajax lead by 11 points heading into the oranges. It was a devastating display by the Comets, who took every opportunity presented to them in front of goal, booting an accurate 7.1 for the half.

The two sides traded goals for the entire second half, with the Mustangs unable to make any real inroads into the deficit. The Comets held them at arm’s length, and remained 12 points to the good when the final siren blared.

At the end of the day it was an even contest for three quarters, but the boys from Ajax were crowned champions on the back of that blistering second term.

Toby Lipton was awarded the medal as best on ground in the Comets’ win, while solid performances from Jason Nirens, Hudson Levin and Ben Krongold also helped their side over the line. Sam Jacobs also kicked three goal for the winners.

Ethan Marshall and joint league B&F winner Blake O’Leary were multiple goalscorers for the Mustangs, while Aaron Perry and Lachie Nott were named among their best.

 

Final Scores

Mordialloc-Braeside 8.12 (60)

Ajax Comets 11.6 (72)

 

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