2015 was the second year SMJFL have entered a Girls team in the competition. After a difficult start, the girls managed to end the carnival on a high.
The girls faced the South East Juniors (SEJ) for their round 2 match at Boss James Reserve. The SEJ girls were strong in the middle, with their forward line regularly hitting the scoreboard after some strategic play through the middle.
By half-time the margin was 71 to SMJFL 0.
Jessica Ngyuen was able to register the South Metro Stars’ only goal of the match in the third quarter, where SMJFL started to play more defensively, restricting the Juniors’ chances of getting to the forward 50.
However the SMJFL girls couldn’t match the SEJ girls, losing by 114 points.
Bryanna Arnold was voted the best on ground for her persistence throughout the match.
Final Score Round 2:
South Metro Stars: 1.2.8
South East Juniors 18.14.122
The girls during their Round 3 match against Yarra Junior Football League 2 side.
After two challenging matches for the girls, they finally faced the Yarra Junior Football League (YJFL) 2 side.
The girls started strong, scoring 3.4 in the first quarter to be up by 22 points. Yarra managed to fire back in the second, scoring 3.2. But the Stars’ were equally impressive on the board, scoring 4.1 to be in a comfortable lead of 27 points heading to the long break.
With Best On Ground for the match, Maddison Wilson, part of the strong Stars’ outfit that followed their coaches advice, the girls managed to extend their lead and restricted Yarra’s opportunities of scoring. The girls registered their inaugural win of the Victoria Metro Junior Championships after beating YJFL 2 by 47 points.
The girls singing of ‘Oh When The Stars Go Marching In’ in the clubrooms could be heard from the boundary fence in what was a proud moment for the South Metro Stars.
Alana D’Aquino and Annabel Sutherland both scored two goals for the match.
Final Score Round 3
South Metro Stars: 10.9.69
Yarra Junior Football League 2: 3.4.22
The Girls’ final will be played between SEJ and the YJFL 1 side.
At the awards presentation ceremony, Coach Laura Kane spoke about how the most important things as coaches was to see the development of their players from the beginning to the end of the carnival.
“These are [the types of players] that lead clubs at their local level,” Coach Kane said at the awards.
From left: Isabel Molino, Bryanna Arnold, Leora Elias and Abbey Goullet with their awards from the carnival.
Most Valuable Player was awarded to Leora Elias. She was given a huge role throughout the tournament in heading up the ruck of the team in which Coach Kane believed she performed spectacularly.
The runner-up Most Valuable Player of the carnival, Abbey Goullet was awarded her medal due to her alertness during training and for the games she played.
Both Isabel Molino and Bryanna Arnold received Coaches Awards for the carnival.