Whilst the squad headed into the Carnival missing as many as nine Division 1 players from the previous year (through injury and other school & sport commitments), both teams improved overall against their Under 14 2014 performances.
This year’s impressive on-field results saw improved results against both the Eastern Football League and Essendon District Football League.
UNDER 15 DIVISION 1 – REVIEW
The Under 15 Division 1 side was always going to face a tough task, with nearly half of last year’s Division 1 team missing. However the team battled manfully throughout the Carnival to improve on last year’s results.
In the first round the Division 1 side secured a hard fought draw against the Essendon District Football League. This was a big improvement on a 27 point loss to the same side in 2014. A link to the full match report is here.
The U15 sides faced off against Yarra Junior Football League (YJFL) in their second round of the AFL Victoria Metropolitan Junior Championships.
The U15 Division 1 Stars side had a strong start to the first quarter against Yarra, being down by seven points at quarter time.
However Yarra kicked away in the second, scoring 5.3 to the Stars’ 1.1 score.
After the half time break, Yarra dominated the final two quarters, despite the Stars persistence down at the forward 50. The Stars ended the game losing 77 points to Yarra.
Max King had a great day down at the goal square, scoring four out of the seven Stars goals. Sam Forbes was awarded the Best On Ground.
Final Score Round 2
South Metro Stars: 7.5.47
Yarra Junior Football League: 19.10.124
The final game of the Stars’ Interleague series was against the Eastern Football League (EFL).
The Stars had a shaky start to the game, scoring one behind to Eastern’s 5.3 score. After the first quarter, the Stars couldn’t match Eastern in the second and third. The Stars were down by 70 points by three-quarter time.
In the last quarter, Eastern had run out of steam, allowing the Stars to get on the scoreboard. Although the Stars scored 4.3 in the final term, and limited the Eastern side to 1.1, they couldn’t catch up to Eastern.
In the end, Eastern won the game by 50 points.
Troy Brimble scored two goals in the Stars’ goal tally, with William Kennedy receiving the Best On Ground award.
Final Score Round 3
South Metro Stars: 6.7.43
Eastern Football League: 14.9.93
Division 1 – Player Awards
Congratulations to the following Division 1 players who received awards:
Most Valuable Player: Sam Forbes
MVP (Runner-Up): Joel Crocker
Coaches’ Awards: William Kennedy & Hugo Read
UNDER 15 DIVISION 2 – REVIEW
In the Division 2 competition, the team also faced some strong opposition. However they performed above expectations by improving significantly on the previous year’s results. This is testament to the outstanding performance and commitment shown by the coaching staff & players.
In the first round the Division 2 side recorded an impressive 7 point victory versus Esssendon District Football League. This was a big improvement on a 5-goal loss to the same side in 2014. A link to the full match report is here.
The first quarter against YJFL Div 2 side was a tough one for the Stars. Yarra commanded the entirety of the first quarter, scoring 8.4 with no score from the Stars.
Although the Stars kept Yarra quiet for the next three quarters of play with their defensive play, the Stars couldn’t overcome the early surge by Yarra, going down by 32 points.
Terence Patten scored two goals, while Andrew Pinna received the Best On Ground award.
Final Score Round 2
South Metro Stars: 5.10.40
Yarra Junior Football League: 11.6.72
The round 3 game against EFL was a close contest, with a close margin for most of the game.
The Stars were leading in the first quarter by a goal, but Eastern managed to respond, scoring 6.8 in the second.
The pace of the game changed again in the third quarter, with the Stars leading the play scoring 3.4 to 1.1.
After such a close game, a side had to be able to kick away to lead in the final. Eastern managed to do that. Despite the Stars only being down by three points heading into the final quarter, they couldn’t match the 1.8 Eastern score in the final term.
EFL managed to snag the victory by 16 points.
Adam Ossip scored the Best On Ground award, while Terence Patten continued his dominance in the goal square, scoring three goals in the game.
Final Score Round 3
South Metro Stars: 8.7.55
Eastern Football League: 9.17.71
Division 2 – Player Awards
Congratulations to the following Division 2 players who received awards:
Most Valuable Player: William D’Amico
MVP (Runner-Up): Adam Ossip
Coaches’ Awards: Lachlan Jones & Flynn Wood
The SMJFL would like to thank all SMJFL Stars Interleague Players for their efforts in 2015 and wishes them all the best for the remainder of the 2015 SMJFL Season and their future representative football participation.