By Ben Pollard
Under 14 Division 1
EAST MALVERN BLUE 9.9 (63) def BEAUMARIS SHARKS 8.6 (54)
Best on ground medallist: Hayden McLean (Beaumaris)
East Malvern Blue completed a dream undefeated season by outlasting Beaumaris in a thrilling grand final for the second consecutive year. It was neck-and-neck for much of the match until the Knights converted the only goal of the final term, forcing the Sharks to boot two majors in quick time to steal victory. The deficit proved too great, as East Malvern’s defence held tight in the dying moments to deny Beauy once again. No doubt these great rivals will butter up for another season of epic clashes in 2014!
Under 14 Division 2
SOUTH MELBOURNE WHITE 14.12 (96) def PRAHRAN 2.5 (17)
Best on ground medallist: Harry Gustin (South Melbourne)
South Melbourne White re-asserted its dominance over this division by comprehensively smashing Prahran to claim the flag on Sunday. Just two weeks after Prahran shocked the Bloods by winning their semi final by six points, they were put on the back foot from the get-go by a hungry Souths outfit. Izzy Huntington, Zachariah Patrick and Harry Gustin starred for the victors and Max Capp slotted a game-high four goals. Having lost just twice during the season, this was a deserved premiership triumph…
Under 14 Division 3
EAST MALVERN WHITE 11.12 (78) def BENTLEIGH 6.12 (48)
Best on ground medallist: Sebastian Tabain (East Malvern)
It was a super day for East Malvern’s Under 14 program, as the Division 3 Knights added their premiership to that of the Division 1 Knights. East Malvern White proved its finishing strength in this one against Bentleigh… Just a week after burying Waverley Park with a last-quarter goal blitz, the Knights kicked five goals to one after scores were level at the final break to emphatically seal the match. Finn Healy kicked six majors – adding to his five from last week – while Fraser Langton, Harry Baxter and Sebastian Tabain were all instrumental to the victory as well.
Under 14 Division 4
SOUTH MELBOURNE RED 7.13 (55) def EAST SANDRINGHAM 3.5 (23)
Best on ground medallist: Malachy Asmah-Brown
South Melbourne Red added to a very successful day for the Bloods Under 14s, claiming the premiership in a 32-point defeat of East Sandringham. The warning bells were ringing for the Zebbies early – despite only holding a 12-point lead at quarter-time, South Melbourne had had seven scoring shots to nil… It only got worse for East Sandy in the second term, as the Bloods piled on the pain with four goals to one. Jonathon Green was the multiple goalkicker for the victors with two majors, while Malachy Asmah-Brown was simply inspirational!
Under 15 Division 1
EAST BRIGHTON VAMPIRES 11.8 (74) def EAST MALVERN BLUE 8.13 (61)
Best on ground medallist: Christian Hatzis (East Brighton)
What an incredible finish to the season for East Brighton and East Malvern Blue! Last time these teams met – in a semi final two weeks ago – the Knights came from behind in the last quarter to snatch victory and this time it was the Vampires’ turn to be the heartbreakers… 21 points down at three-quarter time, East Brighton rallied to draw level at the final siren. Led by brilliant performances from Christian Hatzis (three goals), Jesse Maxfield and Luke Deville, the Vamps then proceeded to score the only two goals of extra time to secure an amazing premiership victory!
Under 15 Division 2
MORDIALLOC-BRAESIDE 7.9 (51) def HAMPTON 3.6 (24)
Best on ground medallist: Kevin Balfe (Mordialloc-Braeside)
Mordialloc-Braeside continued its finals domination of Hampton with a fast-finishing premiership victory on Sunday. The Mustangs had the better of the Rovers two weeks ago in a semi final, running all over them from the start to emerge with a 29-point victory… This time, Hampton kept it close for three quarters, but a strong Mordi outfit secured the flag by slamming on three goals to nil in the last quarter. Defensive rock Kevin Balfe was crucial for the Mustangs.
Under 15 Division 3
WAVERLEY PARK 11.12 (78) def ST PAULS 6.7 (43)
Best on ground medallist: Max Rundle (Waverley Park)
This grand final was always going to be a ripper, with Waverley Park and St Pauls having only suffered one loss each this season… Waverley’s sole defeat was at the hands of the Demons two weeks ago in a semi final, but the Hawks well and truly rectified the mistakes of that day by finishing all over St Pauls to the tune of 35 points. The Demons had a two-goal lead at quarter-time, but Waverley quickly turned the match on its head with a six-goal-to-nil second term. Jack Robertson booted six massive goals for the premiers, while Cameron Agars, Alistair Bailey and Max Rundle were also crucial.
Under 15 Division 4
OAKLEIGH 10.9 (69) def CAULFIELD BEARS 4.8 (32)
Best on ground medallist: Calvin Toohim (Oakleigh)
Minor premier Oakleigh may have had a reasonably poor record against Caulfield going into the decider (two losses and a draw from four games played), but you wouldn’t have been able to tell from Sunday’s performance… The Dragons were breathing fire from the first bounce with a three-goal-to-nil opening quarter and then snuffed out any resistance from the Bears with a strong final term. Oakleigh’s co-captain Calvin Toohim put in a blinder to help lead his team to glory!
Under 16 Division 1
MORDIALLOC-BRAESIDE WHITE 15.9 (99) def MURRUMBEENA GOLD 7.8 (50)
Best on ground medallist: Kurt Lopo (Mordialloc-Braeside)
Please CLICK HERE to see our detailed match review on a commanding performance from the Mustangs!
Under 16 Division 2
AJAX 9.7 (61) def EAST MALVERN BLUE 6.14 (50)
Best on ground medallist: Benjamin Michelson (Ajax)
Boy, didn’t Ajax enjoy this premiership victory! It was sure hard-earned, with East Malvern Blue pushing the Jackas every step of the way. The Knights led by seven points at halftime and arguably should have been much further than two points in front at the last change, having had seven more scoring shots than Ajax! But as we’ve seen in several AFL deciders recently, you’ve got to take your opportunities when they present themselves… The Jackas kicked three goals to one in the final term to secure a memorable 11-point flag win. Toby Fisher helped himself to four goals for the victors, while Benjamin Michelson and David Bookman were also stars.
Under 16 Division 3
ST PAULS 10.11 (71) def DINGLEY 4.5 (29)
Best on ground medallist: Harry Hunt (St Pauls)
St Pauls got its just reward for a strong year when the Demons dominated Dingley throughout to claim the flag. Harry Hunt was superb for the winners once again, kicking three important goals to go with the five majors he booted against Dingley in their semi final match-up. Jake Halasz, Lewis Trainor and Harrison Kiely were other key players for St Pauls as the Dees capped off a super season in style!
Under 17 Division 1
BRIGHTON ROVERS 7.9 (51) def CAULFIELD BEARS 3.7 (25)
Best on ground medallist: Will Barker (Caulfield)
What more can you say about the Brighton Rovers… The super-team chalked up its 17th win from 17 games against Caulfield in the big one on Sunday! The Bears had come closer to Brighton than any team this season in Round 6, and were threatening to even topple the Rovers after holding a one-goal lead at quarter-time and trailing by just two points at the half. But, Brighton demonstrated its class after the long break, taking control in the ‘premiership quarter’ to draw away to a deserved 26-point victory!
Under 17 Division 2
ST PETERS 6.15 (51) def WAVERLEY PARK/NORTHVALE 7.6 (48)
Best on ground medallist: Ben Riley (Waverley Park/Northvale)
St Peters and Waverley Park/Northvale played out a tension-filled classic in this grand final! WP/N flew out of the blocks to take a three-goal lead into quarter-time, but St Peters was just warming up… A massive second term saw it snatch a six-point halftime advantage, but from that point on the match was a tight, tough slog with barely anything in it. St Peters nearly saw its inaccurate kicking for goal bring it undone, but the weight of scoring shots was enough to hold off its opponent by three measly points. Declan Fowler took it right up to the victors with five goals for WP/N, but Thomas Still, Bernard O’Meara and Stefan Taranto were able to help bring the flag home for St Peters!