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The South Metro Junior Football League Under 14 Division 2 representative side put in a spirited performance but ultimately lost to the powerful Eastern Football League by 49 points in the Interleague Grand Final.

The final margin was the closest any side got to besting the EFL who cruised through their group stage undefeated – the closest any team getting prior to South Metro was 89 points.

South Metro’s path to the final game took a slightly different route with the boys winning two of their three games but getting through due to their superior percentage.

The opening quarter was ominous for South Metro with Eastern taking advantage of a strong wind and getting off to a flying start. It was looking like Eastern would have another triple digit victory with the margin at the first break sitting on 29 points.

Early on in the second term it appeared Eastern would continue to run over the top of the South Metro group as they recorded the first two goals of the second quarter. However, the boys responded and picked themselves up off the ground when Matthew Field kicked the final two goals of the half to cut the margin to 27 points at halftime.

For the opening few minutes of the third quarter South Metro were able to sustain the momentum they built up towards the end of first half and were moving the ball well into the wind. They boys then snagged the first goal of the half courtesy of David Seager to bring the game within 21 points and striking distance.

Unfortunately after that they weren’t able to capitalise on their clean ball movement by impacting the scoreboard. It was one of those games where all the 50/50 bounces seemed to fall into the arms of the opposition

After their initial flurry to start the half, Eastern asserted their dominance on the contest and a goal after the three quarter time siren presented South Metro with a difficult 31-point margin heading into the final quarter.

The last quarter of the competition saw Eastern kick three goals while South Metro failed to hit the scoreboard.

It was a great effort from the South Metro squad in a match where the final score line doesn’t truly reflect the closeness of the contest. Dawit Mcneish secured his second best on ground honours in a row while the consistent Francis Connolly found himself named in the best players for the fourth time in four games.

Final scores:
SMJFL:  0.0 2.4 3.4 3.4 (22)
EFL: 4.5 6.7 7.11 10.11 (71)
Goal Kickers: M. Field 2, D. Seager
Best Players: D. McNeish, H. Reynolds, S. Sargeant, J. Munnings, F. Connolly, H. Campbell