2016 NFL Junior Grand Final Review
A review of the 2016 WaterMarc NFL Junior Grand Finals.
Darebin turned the tables on Montmorency to take out the Under-18 Girls premiership. The Falcons claimed a 12-point grand final win at Waterview Recreation Reserve, a year after going down to the Magpies in the 2015 decider. In a low-scoring game, Eloise Gardner was the only multiple goal kicker with two majors.
Wallan reversed a loss in the second semi final to down Greensborough for the Under-17 flag. Ahead by just one point at half time, the Magpies kicked away in the second half to win by 39 points. Corey Grindlay and Lachlan Inness were among their side’s best in the win, each kicking three goals. The premiership win was hard earned for the minor premiers, who lost to Greensborough in the second semi and then came from 16 points behind Yarrambat in the final quarter of the preliminary final to advance through.
The Under-16 Blue grand final was a thriller, with South Morang prevailing over Montmorency by five points at Waterview Recreation Reserve. The Magpies hit the post in the final minute, where a goal may have sent the match into extra time. Brody Bell and Mitch Wild were named among the Lions best players, while Nicolas Aleksovski booted six goals. It was a great turnaround by South Morang, who lost the second semi final to Montmorency by 48 points a fortnight earlier.
Whittlesea capped off its commanding season in Under-16 Red with a dominant display on the big stage. While Hurstbridge never gave in throughout the day, the Eagles proved too good in the decider at Wallan Recreation Reserve. Marcus Sindrivanis was outstanding with four goals, with Caleb Newport (five goals) and Taidhg Bland also key contributors. Dane Hunter was named Hurstbridge’s best in defeat.
Diamond Creek Women’s capped off a perfect season in the Under-16 Girls competition with a 44-point win over Greensborough. The Creekers showed no signs of pressure in the decider at Ben Frilay Oval as they secured an unbeaten season with their 16th consecutive victory. Captain Neve O’Connor claimed the best on ground medallion, while Adele Burn kicked a match-high three goals.
South Morang also secured a perfect season in the Under-15 Blue competition, recording a big grand final win over Greensborough. The result meant the Lions went through the year with a 14-0 record. Despite the one-sided scoreline in the decider, the Boro never dropped their heads and finished 59 points closer than their second semi final loss to South Morang a fortnight ago.
Yarrambat claimed premiership success in the Under-15 Red competition, defeating Research by 26 points in the grand final at Coventry Oval. Both sides progressed through to the decider after defeating the previously unbeaten Diamond Creek during the finals series. Kobe Brandt was immense for Yarrambat in the grand final win, along with Josh Walker and Dylan Shute (four goals). Tyler Wallace was named best for the Searchers.
Eltham backed up its second semi final win over Research with a 28-point win over the Searchers in the Under-14 Blue grand final, while a strong third quarter helped Diamond Creek to a 17-point win over Bundoora Park in the Under-14 Red decider.
The Under-14 Green grand final was a thriller, with Montmorency beating a gallant Hurstbridge by 10 points, while South Morang recovered from its only loss of the season in the second semi final to claim a 31-point win in the Under-14 Girls grand final over West Preston-Lakeside.
South Morang went through the Under-13 Blue season undefeated after beating Yarrambat in the grand final, as did Laurimar in Under-13 Red after beating Diamond Creek in the decider. Meanwhile, West Preston-Lakeside triumphed over Northcote in Under-13 Green.
Eltham won a three-point thriller against South Morang to win the Under-12 Blue premiership, while Greensborough came from third place to take the Under-12 Red premiership, beating Whittlesea in the grand final.
West Ivanhoe won its club’s first NFL premiership with a four-goal win over Hurstbridge in the Under-12 Green grand final, while Diamond Creek Women’s overcame Eltham for the Under-12 Girls premiership.
Undefeated throughout the year, Yarrambat won the Under-11 Blue grand final over Eltham, South Morang Gold defeated South Morang Blue in Under-11 Red, Mill Park beat Laurimar Teal in Under-11 Green, while Greensborough won the Under-11 Silver grand final over Yarrambat.
Well done to all sides that competed in the 2016 WaterMarc NFL Junior Grand Finals. We hope you enjoyed the experience.