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Grand Final Previews - Under 13s and U14s


Balwyn Greythorn run through the banner in their Under 14 Mixed Division 1 game. Photo by Jordan Oliva

The 2023 YJFL Season will come to a close for all competitions this Sunday 3 August with Grand Finals set to take place across multiple venues in an action packed day.



Ahead of the Grand Finals, the YJFL is previewing all the competitions to show which teams have made the Grand Final, where and when they'll be playing, previous matchups between the teams and how they got to the Grand Final.

The YJFL encourages all players, family, friends, supporters and more to attend Grand Finals on Sunday for what will be a fantastic day of football and celebration.


For those unable to attend, all matches will be filmed and will be available to watch via our Match Vision Portal in the days following the Grand Finals.


U13 Girls Division 1 – Camberwell vs Kew Rovers – Macleod Park – 2:30pm


Ladder Position

Position

Team

Won

Lost

Draw

Byes

Pts

1st

Camberwell

11

2

0

1

44

2nd

Kew Rovers

10

3

0

1

40

Previous matchups:

  • Round 10 - Camberwell 34 def by. Kew Rovers 36 - Lynden Park

  • Round 14 - Kew Rovers 1 def by. Camberwell 32 - Stradbroke Park

Finals

  • Qualifying Final - Camberwell 16 def. Kew Rovers 10 - Lynden Park

  • Preliminary Final - Kew Rovers 45 def. Banyule 16 - Bulleen Park

Camberwell - Season Summary

YJFL


Camberwell and Kew Rovers split their two Home-and-Away matchups during the season, but Camberwell came away victorious by a goal in the Qualifying Final.


The two sides are evenly matched and — despite finishing on top of the ladder — Camberwell will face a significant challenge in a Kew Rovers side that enjoyed premiership succes the previous year.


Kew Rovers - Season Summary

Ben Chan (Coach)


The spirit and camaraderie with the group is their key strength and they continue to encourage and push each other to improve and learn the game.


This has meant that training is always fun, despite the mud and game days fierce and competitive. The season has had many close finishes and the it is a credit to the girls that they have been responsible for their own motivation and playing the game in the right spirit.


The core of this team started having never touched a football and some not even been to training 3 years ago in Under 11s with a game against this week's formidable opponents being Camberwell Sharks. Having tasted success last year, the girls are excited at the opportunity to try and go back to back..


U13 Girls Division 2 – Kew Comets vs Hawthorn Citz – Whatmough Park – 11:15am


Ladder Position

Position

Team

Won

Lost

Draw

Byes

Pts

1st

Kew Comets

11

2

0

1

44

3rd

Hawthorn Citz

8

4

0

1

32

Previous matchups:

  • Round 7 - Kew Comets 62 def. Hawthorn Citz 20 - St James Park

  • Round 7 - Hawthorn Citz 10 def by. Kew Comets 79 - Victoria Rd Reserve

Finals

  • Elimination Final - Hawthorn Citz def. Aquianas (Forfeit)

  • Qualifying Final - Kew Comets 126 def. Canterbury 7 - Victoria Park (Kew)

  • Preliminary Final - Whitehorse 7 def by. Hawthorn Citz 24 - Springfield Park

Players to watch


Kew Comets

  • This team has such an even spread of contributors, making them so formidable and hard to contain on match days. 21 goalscorers reflects the even contribution as does the shepherding count, which highlights the selfless attitude all the girls play with. The team-first attitude has enabled Chloe Frazer (#1) to emerge as a dashing midfielder with pack breaking speed, creating a formidable duo with Ruby Lockyer (#14) a hard-nosed perennial star. Abigail D’Intini (#28) roams the mid/fwd line, whether controlling the air or gathering the loose ball, uses her raking left boot to effect (equal leading goal kicker with 25 goals). Eve Linnane (#40) new to footy, with natural instincts around goals, is always a chance to hit the scoreboard.

Kew Comets - Season Summary

Nicholas Vaughan (Coach)


We play as one, we play for fun.


A great quality of this team is the friendliness, trust, and cohesion they have cultivated. In 2023 this comprises a playing squad of 25. Season 2023 aims involved, enhancing footy smarts and game awareness. To develop a style that controlled the ball for longer periods, enabling fast ball movement.

Throughout the season the girls were challenged by their opponents, and when so, they trained hard improving the areas exposed. Ultimately, we wanted to play our best footy at the end of the season and be prepared for any challenge. To be competitive against any team across all competitions.

Some highlights of the season to date:

· 21 individual goal scorers

· 36 shepherds versus Aquinas in Rd. 6 (season high)

· 46 tackles versus Hawthorn Citz in Rd. 7 (season high)

The girls rose to the challenge of the Qualifying final, playing with confidence, turning out their best team performance of the season. Now the Grand Final awaits, the challenge is before them.


Hawthorn Citz - Season Summary

Matt Gwynn (Team Manager)


The Hawthorn Citz U13 Girls team have had a fantastic season which all the girls can be tremendously proud of. In 2022, the team played in the U11 competition which was the first full season for many of the girls after the Covid interrupted years. 2022 proved to be a valuable year of development and the girls have continued to grow and improve as footballers this season.


Our win loss record for the season read 8 & 4 and it is a testament to the girl’s grit and determination that two of their wins were amazing come from behind results with the winning goal being the last kick of the game against Fitzroy in round 3 and Aquinas in round 14. The confidence from the win against Aquinas in the last H&A game was carried into the finals and shone through against Whitehorse Colts in the Preliminary final. The Citz girls trailed at quarter time but ultimately overcame the deficit to win in a tight game.


The girls are super excited to play against Kew Comets in the Grand Final who have got the better of us in the H&A season. There is a strong belief amongst the team that they can match it with Comets and so we all look forward to a terrific contest and occasion to finish off the 2023 season. Go Citz!


U13 Mixed Division 1 – Ashburton vs Canterbury – Camberwell Sportsground – 11:00am


Ladder Position

Position

Team

Won

Lost

Draw

Byes

Pts

1st

Ashburton

12

1

0

0

48

2nd

Canterbury

10

3

0

0

40

Previous matchups:

  • Round 1 - Ashburton 58 def. Canterbury 39 - Ferndale Park

  • Round 7 - Canterbury 21 def by. Ashburton 36 - Canterbury Sportsground

Finals

  • Qualifying Final - Ashburton 62 def. Canterbury 41 - Burwood Reserve

  • Preliminary Final - Canterbury 54 def. Hawthorn Citz 48 - Gordon Barnard

Players to watch


Canterbury

  • The Cobras are at their best when it’s a full team performance. However, look out for some of the key midfielders like Angus Dunstan, Will Borrello and Josh Thomas to provide some highlights on Grand Final day.

Ashburton - Season Summary

YJFL


Ashburton made their way to the Grand Final after a strong season in which they dropped only one regular season game — a round three grading matchup against Canterbury's Preliminary Final opponent Hawthorn Citz.


The Ashburton side are the reigning premiers with three wins over Canterbury — including the Qualifying Final win at Burwood Reserve — they will be looking to go back-to-back in 2023.


Canterbury - Season Summary

Paul McIndoe (Team Manager)


The Canterbury Cobras team have had a great season to date, winning 11 games in the Home and Away season. This year the team has changed slightly with the merging of one of the other teams from previous years. The twenty two boys have developed and bonded during the season and are excited for a chance to win a premiership this weekend.

Some highlights of the season have been a one point win over Ivanhoe right on the siren, and a one goal win against Hawthorn Citz in the Preliminary Final.

The Canterbury Cobras have played Ashburton three times this season, which included the Qualifying final a few weeks back. Unfortunately, Ashburton have won all three encounters, which means the Cobras go in as underdogs this weekend. Ashburton is a strong club and the team is looking forward to the challenge of taking on the reigning premiers.


U13 Mixed Division 2 – Ivanhoe vs Kew Comets – Ivanhoe Park – 9:45am


Ladder Position

Position

Team

Won

Lost

Draw

Byes

Pts

1st

Ivanhoe

9

1

0

1

36

2nd

Kew Comets

8

2

0

2

32

Previous matchups:

  • Round 12 - Ivanhoe 35 def by. Kew Comets 46 - Ivanhoe Park

Finals

  • Qualifying Final - Ivanhoe 26 def. Kew Comets 23 - Ivanhoe Park

  • Preliminary Final - Kew Comets 47 def. Northcote 35 - Victoria Park (Kew)


Ivanhoe - Season Summary

YJFL


Ivanhoe enjoyed a 2023 campaign as the dominant team in the competition with a win loss record of 9 and 1. However, their 1 loss for the season came against their Grand Final opponent in Kew Comets.


Ivanhoe redeemed themselves in the Qualifying Final taking the spoils by a narrow 3-point margin, and they will be hoping to do the same on Grand Final Day.


Kew Comets - Season Summary

Nicholas Luke (Coach)


After a Grand final Victory in 2022, the team regrouped again in 2023 with the difficult task of being competitive in a higher division.


Losses in round 1 and round 3 demonstrated the reality that a very short pre-season, and the higher grade was going to make the season a mountain to climb. Rounds 4-7 saw much team building and team structure improvement and at the half way mark of the season we were placed 2nd on the ladder. Round 8 headed a clash with Northcote in 3rd ladder position. A 2 goal loss reminded us that we were still not in the best 2 teams in the comp. This loss stirred something in the team, and a will to be better, more bonded, and harder at the ball started to nurture. Rounds 9-11 saw victories, but still unable to regain a top 2 spot on the ladder.


Round 12 had the team up against undefeated Ivanhoe, a true force in the competition, that most opposition coaches told us would be unbeatable. The team rallied to this challenge, taking the ladder leaders by complete surprise and came out victors by 11 points. A remarkable victory that demonstrated the team had bonded and developed immensely. Most likely securing 2nd top spot from this win.


Finals Round 1 placed the Comets boys against a revenge driven Ivanhoe in a battle that saw the pressure and stakes high, with many lead changes, but unfortunately a 3 point loss.


Prelim Final round gave us the difficult task of beating Northcote, whom we had not beaten during the season. The stakes were high, and the margin at the breaks was never more than a point, drawn at ¾ time, then drawn at full time. 5+5 extra time saw the comets boys dig deep and come out victors by 12 points. Never a more exciting game played by the team.


Grand final week, and we are up against Ivanhoe again. 1 close win each against each other will make this an almighty clash. Hard fought clinched victories and tight losses in the last few games will put the comets boys in fighting spirit, knowing full well it isn’t over till the final siren, and sometimes even the extra time siren sounds. An incredible group of young men that deserve the belief they can win a grand final this week. GO Comets.


U13 Mixed Division 3 – Banyule vs Fitzroy – Beverley Rd Reserve – 11:00am


Ladder Position

Position

Team

Won

Lost

Draw

Byes

Pts

1st

Fitzroy

10

0

0

1

40

2nd

Banyule

7

4

0

0

28

Previous matchups:

  • Round 7 - Banyule 47 def by. Fitzroy 64 - Beverley Road Reserve

  • Round 11 - Fitzroy 30 def. Banyule 25 - Ramsden Street Oval

Finals

  • Qualifying Final - Fitzroy 43 def by. Banyule 69 - Ramsden Street Oval

  • Preliminary Final - Fitzroy 45 def. Kew Rovers 25 - W.T Peterson Oval

Players to watch

Fitzroy

  • All the Fitzroy Serafini team members contribute with a real focus on teamwork. Watch the strength of their teamwork right across the ground!

Banyule

  • The strength of the U13 team lies with the great friendships and acceptance of all playing abilities. With a list of 26 players, rotations often changed the team’s dynamics. It was the boys’ ability to adapt and support one another from one end of the ground to the other which has enabled them to reach the Grand Final.

Fitzroy - Season Summary

Lauchlan Eddy (Coach)


Fitzroy U13 Serafini’s (named after Laurie Serafini) aka Sera’s have had a terrific season finishing without losing a game in the regular season games. Many of the team had not played together before and to their credit they bonded quickly and played football demonstrating the Fitzroy Junior Football Club values.


We first faced our Grand Final opponents in an away game in Round 7 which was neck and neck all game with us trailing by 7 points at 3 quarter time. The Sera’s kicked into gear and kicked 5 goals to 1 to win by 17 points. The Sera’s next faced Banyule in a home game in Round 11. Once again, a super tight contest with Banyule leading by 9 points at 3 quarter time. The Sera’s in the last quarter, were able to kick 2 goals to 0 winning by 5 points.


In the Qualifying Final Banyule turned the table on the Sera’s. This time the Sera’s were leading at 3 quarter time 12 points. Banyule started the fourth quarter absolutely flying and never stopped, kicking 7 goals to 1. Defeating the Sera’s by 26 points.


There is nothing between these two teams when they both play their best football. This should be another tight affair with both sides giving it their all to the final siren!


Banyule - Season Summary

Cade Ward (Coach) & Ben Moorfield (Asst. Coach)


It sure has been a challenging and varied season for the team. Many were dishearten by the grading games and the huge losses we faced but once graded corrected they started to find their confidence.


Every game throughout the season seemed to be a challenge with no easy games coming our way. The top 4 teams were very competitive and we managed to take out enough wins including the last round against Kew Rovers to leapfrog them and finish the season in 2nd place.


A massive Qualifying Final win against the undefeated Fitzroy in the qualifying final to move through to the Grand Final really showed off the boys resilience under pressure. It has been a big season with many milestone games. We are very proud of the development within the playing group and look forward to the big game on Sunday.


U13 Mixed Division 4 – Surrey Park vs Ashburton – Surrey Park – 10:00am


Ladder Position

Position

Team

Won

Lost

Draw

Byes

Pts

1st

Surrey Park

10

1

0

0

40

2nd

Ashburton

7

2

1

0

30

Previous matchups:

  • Round 12 - Surrey Park 54 def. Ashburton 22 - Surrey Park

Finals

  • Qualifying Final - Surrey Park 43 def. Ashburton 40 - Surrey Park

  • Preliminary Final - Ashburton 77 def. Templestowe 32 - Victoria Park (Kew)


Surrey Park - Season Summary

YJFL


Surrey Park have been the dominant team in the competition with their only loss for the season coming in Round 13 against 6th place Whitehorse in a somewhat surprising result.


The team scores heavily and defends well and accounted for most other teams in the competition easily during the Home-and-Away season, however the Qualifying Final against Ashburton was decided by just 3-point indicating that this Grand Final is very much up for grabs.


Ashburton - Season Summary

Lukle Mannix (Team Manager)


For the U13 Ashy Redbacks Green team, it has been a season that has truly tested their character and they have shown tremendous fortitude and determination to finish second on the ladder and secure a chance to take home the premiership this Sunday against Surrey Park.


After a difficult four games of grading that saw a combined winning margin of 403 points against them, the boys found their feet in Division 4 and were able to develop a 'whole of team' game style under the leadership of their coach, Chich, and his assistant Nick, that has consistently improved over the course of the season.


Playing away against top of the ladder Surrey Park towards the end of the season in round 12, Ashy Green’s run of 6 wins was broken by a 32-point loss to Surrey in windy conditions. Back at Surrey Park only three weeks later for Round 1 of the finals it was a much closer affair going down by 3 points.


Following a win against Templestowe in the preliminary final, the boys are pumped for another chance to give absolutely everything they have when they are back at Surrey Park this Sunday for what is shaping to be an epic Grand Final. Watch out for Ashy Green’s cohesive midfield, fearless backs and dangerous forwards – because the boys know it is going to take a 'whole team effort' to secure the win!


U13 Mixed Division 5 – Parade St Damian's vs Camberwell – Binnak Park – 11:00am


Ladder Position

Position

Team

Won

Lost

Draw

Byes

Pts

1st

Parade

12

0

0

1

48

2nd

Camberwell

10

3

0

0

40

Previous matchups:

  • Round 7 - Camberwell 20 def by. Parade 68 - Camberwell Sportsground

Finals

  • Qualifying Final - Parade 68 def. Camberwell 24 - Binnak Park

  • Preliminary Final - Camberwell 30 def. Richmond 14 - Camberwell Sportsground

Parade - Season Summary

Chris Van Der Poel (Coach)


In an unprecedented season, Parade St Damians u13s have accomplished the extraordinary by going undefeated through the season after never having a winning season before.

Their unity, determination, and standout performances from players across all parts of the ground has defined their season. The grand final will be a historic clash, hopefully culminating in a premiership that will complete their journey from underdogs to club legends.


Camberwell - Season Summary

Lyle Meaney (Coach)


Whilst the core of the team played together the previous season, a number of new players and first-year footballers meant the first few trainings and games involved the team getting to know each other.


As a coaching group we explained to the boys we would rotate them through positions to work out their most ‘natural’ role that was best for the team. To the boys credit they embraced this mentality and thrived in the various roles without complaint.


As coaches we also wanted the team to understand if we did develop as a group we would be playing our best footy at the end of the season. This has certainly occurred. Through the year we had a couple of close losses, and some wins that flattered us more than a reflection of the opposition. All games in the grade were played in great spirit, which is a credit to the players, Coaches, Team Managers and Parents.


As a group we have played our Grand Final opponent, Parade Saints twice. On both occasions we have been given a footy lesson, losing by 6 goals in the regular season and 7 goals in the Qualifying final. Parade are a well drilled, well coached team with a deep bench and have been a class above all other teams in the grade having an undefeated regular season. As a Coaching group we could not be happier with the development & attitude of our players, and are incredibly proud with how the group has conducted themselves.


As long as we play at our absolute best, and continue to improve as a group in the final game of the year regardless of the result all players, coaches, support staff and parents know how the team will look back on the season fondly and deem it an outstanding success.


U14 Girls Division 1 – Balwyn Greythorn vs Beverley Hills – Binnak Park – 1:00pm



Ladder Position

Position

Team

Won

Lost

Draw

Byes

Pts

1st

Balwyn Greythorn

13

1

0

0

52

3rd

Beverley Hills

10

4

0

0

40

Previous matchups:

  • Round 1 - Beverley Hills 16 def by. Balwyn Greythorn 67 - Zerbes Reserve

  • Round 6 - Beverley Hills 7 def by. Balwyn Greythorn 35 - Zerbes Reserve

Finals

  • Qualifying Final - Balwyn Greythorn 20 def. Park Orchards 6 - Gordon Barnard Reserve

  • Preliminary Final - Park Orchards 24 def. Beverley Hills 30 - Domeney Reserve

Players to watch


Balwyn Greythorn

  • An exceptionally well-balanced team that on any given day has a long list of names that are all capable of getting votes and playing a team first role.

Balwyn Greythorn - Season Summary

Kim Brownlie (Coach)


The past year for the under 14 girls has been nothing short of remarkable. The addition of five new players injected a fresh wave of energy and talent into the team. The U14’s made it a focal point to implement strong standards at training.


Our training centred around high-touch skill development and core fitness, and our attitude at training proved to be a game-changer. Each player pushed herself to new heights and this resulted in a collective group that was stronger than ever before.


The season kicked off with a rematch against Beverley Hills in the grand final replay. While the scoreboard ultimately favoured us, the battle on the field was fierce, physical, demanding and a stack of fun.

As the season progressed, our focus shifted from simply winning games to nurturing player development and refining positions. We uncovered exciting talent in new roles that had previously been untapped.


Park Orchards jumped up a division and emerged as worthy adversaries, challenging us in ways that pushed our limits and saw the team employ video review and highlight edit coaching. No season would be complete without the clash and drama against our traditional rivals, Camberwell Sharks, always exciting and showcased the development of young girls playing our great game, Aussie rules.


As we look ahead to the grand final this Sunday, the prospect of securing our third consecutive premiership is thrilling and it would be a great validation for all our hard work.


However regardless of the outcome, we feel privileged to contribute to the development of exceptional talent and the growth of women’s football. Our club has become a nurturing ground for future AFLW stars, and we have a deep sense of gratitude to all our competitors for growing girls into football players.


Beverley Hills - Season Summary

Murray Harding


This season has pretty much mirrored the 2022 year from the Beverley Hills U14 girls team. Last year we started the season off slowly with 3 wins and 3 losses after 6 games, but then went on to win our last 8 games to finish 3rd on the ladder. We won our first 2 finals, but unfortunately was beaten in the Grand Final. This year we were 3 wins and 4 losses after 7 rounds, but went on to win the last 7 home and away game and again finish 3rd on the ladder. We won our 2 finals over the past 2 weekends and have now progressed to the Grand Final against the team that beat us in last year’s Grand Final – Balwyn Greythorn.


We’ve played them twice this year - very early in the season – where they were much too good for us. However, the Beverley Hills girls have really knuckled down over the past 3 months and their improvement as individuals and as a team has been immense. We very much look forward to the contest this weekend against Balwyn Greythorn – a team who has been the bench mark in our division for the past 3-4 years.


I’m extremely proud of ‘my girls’. Their level of commitment and care for each other, and their determination to improve each week has been fantastic. They are extremely motivated for success and their belief in each other and the team is enormous. We’re looking forward to a great game on Sunday. GO HILLS!


U14 Girls Division 2 – Whitehorse vs Templestowe Bulleen – Springfield Park – 12:00pm


Ladder Position

Position

Team

Won

Lost

Draw

Byes

Pts

1st

Whitehorse

11

1

0

2

44

2nd

Templestowe Bulleen

11

1

0

1

44

Previous matchups:

  • Round 11 - Whitehorse 32 def. Templestowe Bulleen 19 - Springfield Park

Finals

  • Qualifying Final - Whitehorse 35 def. Templestowe Bulleen 25 - Springfield Park

  • Preliminary Final - Templestowe Bulleen 38 def. Glen Iris 9 - Bulleen Park

Players to watch

Whitehorse

  • All the team know and are encouraged to play to their strengths, back themselves and play without fear.

Templestowe Bulleen

  • All the Templestowe Bulleen girls are standouts in my eyes, but when Zara Nitson has the ball in our forward line, our team knows there will be a score on the board. To be the highest goal scorer this year in our division is such an amazing achievement and our team values her hard work and efforts so much. Whenever we are in need of determination Lily Anderson, Talia Kouranos and Hayley Johnson can always be relied on. Their run through the midfield each week doesn’t go unnoticed.

Whitehorse - Season Summary

Chris Collard (Coach)


Our season started in December with a few training runs aimed at getting the team together and leaving no stone unturned given we had lost last year’s grand final by a point.


Momentum gathered throughout the preseason where we ended up with a wonderful group of 26 players registered for our team.


Our primary focus this year is to play with confidence, a smile on our faces and ensure we have fun.

This has proven to be the mindset that enables us to play our best football. We have slowly built our game style throughout the year to the point that we all know what role we have to play on game day and where we need to be on the ground.


This season, Templestowe Bullen and Whitehorse have played twice with both very tight, hard fought games. The Grand Final is set to be exciting with these two being so evenly matched


Templestowe Bulleen - Season Summary

Sandra Ciano (Team Manager)


2023 is definitely a year to remember for the Templestowe Bulleen girls, we started off as two teams and now have been united as one. A team that was organised just a few weeks before the season was about to start has now made it to the grand final. Both these teams were struggling for numbers and by this merger we were able to develop and grow all 24 of these girls' skills and love of footy. They are a very talented group of girls that know how to have fun and are always full of energy, they really know how to switch it on and get the job done. These girls are extremely competitive and will not give up without a fight. Each week these girls develop their skills despite the sessions that consist of talking more than training.

The two games we have played against Whitehorse have been two very tight and entertaining games, We are so proud of how far these girls have come, considering the challenges faced at the start of the season. The clubs, parents and supporters have thoroughly loved watching and being a part of everyone's journey on and off the footy field. This Grand final will be a very tough game and as expected both teams will fight out till the very end. Go Dockants!


U14 Mixed Division 1 – Hawthorn Citz vs Hawthorn Citz – Camberwell Sportsground – 1:00pm



Ladder Position

Position

Team

Won

Lost

Draw

Byes

Pts

1st

Hawthorn Citz 2

12

2

0

0

48

2nd

Hawthorn Citz 1

11

2

0

1

44

Previous matchups:

  • Round 7 - Hawthorn Citz 2 25 def by. Hawthorn Citz 1 56 - Rathmines Rd Reserve

  • Round 11 - Hawthorn Citz 2 79 def. Hawthorn Citz 1 34 - Rathmines Rd Reserve

Finals

  • Qualifying Final - Hawthorn Citz 2 71 def. Hawthorn Citz 2 67 - Rathmines Rd Reserve

  • Preliminary Final - Hawthorn Citz 1 65 def. Kew Comets 44 - Rathmines Rd Reserve

Players to watch

Hawthorn Citz 1

  • The season has certainly thrown some challenges at our team with injuries and players unavailable at times. However this has created a great opportunity for the boys to develop their skills and awareness of how to play multiple positions across the ground. The flexibility and the depth within the team enables any of the players to be impactful at any stage of a game. However, it is also worth acknowledging the 6 players elected to represent the YJFL Magpies as they all continue to provide great leadership and perform on the big occasions – Matthew Fairchild, Tanner Wilson, Oscar Doggett, Max Pavey, Lachlan Stevenson and Hugh Murchie.

Hawthorn Citz 2 - Season Summary

Mark Tucker (Coach)


The U14 Hawthorn Citz Mixed 2 has had a strong season finishing the home and away season as minor premiers with 12 wins from 14 games.


The group have worked hard to play a contested and committed brand of football through the year. After experiencing a loss in the finals in 2022 which has driven them throughout 2023, they now they have an opportunity to achieve the success they all are looking for. It is sure to be tough contest on Sunday against another team from within the club where many of the boys are team mates on a Saturday for school football and are now lining up against each other in club football.


All the boys are really looking forward to the challenge that awaits them.


Hawthorn Citz 1 - Season Summary

Simon Doggett (Coach)


After a successful 2022 under 13 season, the team regrouped in late January and commenced some pre-season training. With the addition of 2 new team members, Antony Carbone and Christopher Georgiou, we realised we needed to harness our great team culture and continue the development of our football skills and game strategy.


The boys have had to learn to work their way through some tough contests this season as we have been challenged on multiple occasions by our opposition. Two successive losses in rounds 10 and 11 were great reminders to the boys that success only comes with hard work. In recent weeks as finals were approaching we reset our team values, our training attendance improved, our injured boys became available to play and our work rate has gone up. We have now managed to build great momentum leading into the grand final this week.


Our recent encounter in the Qualifying final against Citz 2 team was a spectacular game of football, decided by a great pack mark and goal in the last minute of play. These 2 teams are evenly matched and our boys are well prepared and looking forward to another exciting game against our Citz 2 team.


U14 Mixed Division 2 – Ivanhoe vs Camberwell – Ivanhoe Park – 11:30am



Ladder Position

Position

Team

Won

Lost

Draw

Byes

Pts

1st

Ivanhoe

9

5

0

0

36

2nd

Camberwell

6

7

0

1

24

Previous matchups:

  • Round 7 - Camberwell 43 def by. Ivanhoe 51 - Lynden Park

  • Round 12 - Camberwell 34 def by. Ivanhoe 74 - Camberwell Sportsground

Finals

  • Elimination Final - Fitzroy 40 def by. Camberwell 44 - W.T Peterson Oval

  • Qualifying Final - Ivanhoe 43 def. Heidelberg 31 - Ivanhoe Park

  • Preliminary Final - Heidelberg 53 def by. Camberwell 70 - Warringal Park

Ivanhoe - Season Summary

YJFL


The Under 14 Mixed Division 2 competition was an ultra competitive Division with Ivanhoe doing well to finish on top despite 5 regular season losses.


They defeated Camberwell twice during the H&A season and won their Qualifying Final over a tough Heidelberg side, and they will be hoping they can finish the season as Premiers.


Camberwell - Season Summary

Benjamin Ellwood (Coach)


Following the grading games, we found ourselves in Division 2. As the season progressed, the players were getting a taste and sense of what they could produce on match day, although our consistency needed addressing.


We hung on to fourth place and our elimination final saw us kick the winning goal on the final siren. So we go in very much as the underdogs, particularly against Ivanhoe who have comfortably beaten us both times this year. Our boys are excited as Grand Final days are hard to reach and we are looking forward to the big occasion.


U14 Mixed Division 3 – Parkside vs St Mary's – Pitcher Park – 1:00pm


Ladder Position

Position

Team

Won

Lost

Draw

Byes

Pts

1st

Parkside

11

3

0

0

44

2nd

St Mary's

10

4

0

0

40

Previous matchups:

  • Round 5 - St Mary's 36 def by. Parkside 51 - Whatmough Park

  • Round 9 - Parkside 8 def by. St Mary's 57 - Pitcher Park

  • Round 14 - St Mary's 52 def. Parkside 51 - Whatmough Park

Finals

  • Qualifying Final - Parkside 66 def. St Mary's 34 - Pitcher Park

  • Preliminary Final - St Mary's 66 def. Preston 35 - Whatmough Park

Players to watch

Parkside

  • The key to our rise up the ladder in 2023 has been the ability of our whole squad of 25 to share the load. Our leaders Oli Flanagan, Clarrie Spurr, Gianni Stortis and Will Spiliopoulos have set high standards, with the rest of the team buying in. Whilst a bit more height has added another dimension to our signature running game, it’s been the ability of the combined team to relentlessly commit to the task for 15 tough games that has landed us a place in the final game of the year.

St Mary's

  • Kody McDonald, Sonny Johnson, Marcus Tangey and Jack Laing to name a few, but it will be a genuine team effort that will get them over the line.

Parkside - Season Summary

Rob Spurr (Coach)


After a credible defeat in last year’s Preliminary Final to the eventual premiers, Parkside’s U14s have worked hard to improve their game in 2023.


Whilst we’ve been fortunate to retain a stable squad these past few years, our team was strengthened in 2023 with the arrival of Leo Moore and Tom Smith.


A number of big wins in the grading section saw us eventually settle into a strong cohort that comprised St Marys, Whitehorse Colts, Kew Rovers, Preston and Balwyn Greythorn. Any team was capable of beating the other on their day.


At the conclusion of the R14, Parkside finished on top with an 11-3 record, defeating all competitors throughout the year at least once. It took a strong final quarter to shake off St Mary’s in a pulsating Qualifying Final.


We were proud that our co-captain Oli Flanagan was selected to represent the club and his cohort in the YJFL Div-1 team.


We hope to see a big crowd at Pitcher Park Alphington on Sunday.


Best of luck to both teams.


St Mary's - Season Summary

Aaron Johnson (Coach)


The St Mary’s under 14s team has shown great improvement each week under the coaching of Aaron Johnson which has culminated in them making it through to the Grand Final. The season saw a lot of fresh faces join the team and the boys have really gelled coming into to the back half of the year.


St Marys and Parkside have met 4 times this year with it spilt at two wins each, so it should make for a competitive game.


U14 Mixed Division 4 – Banyule vs Richmond – Beverley Rd Reserve – 1:00pm


Ladder Position

Position

Team

Won

Lost

Draw

Byes

Pts

2nd

Banyule

9

5

0

0

36

3rd

Richmond

8

6

0

0

32

Previous matchups:

  • Round 5 - Richmond 42 def. Banyule 29 - Citizens Park

  • Round 11 - Richmond 23 def by. Banyule 41 - Kevin Bartlett Reserve

  • Round 14 - St Mary's 52 def. Parkside 51 - Whatmough Park

Finals

  • Elimination Final - Richmond 34 def. Ashburton 30 - Kevin Bartlett Reserve

  • Qualifying Final - Canterbury 36 def by. Banyule 45 - Koonung Reserve

  • Preliminary Final - Canterbury 29 def by. Richmond 47 - Gordon Barnard Reserve

Players to watch

Banyule

  • We’re lucky to have some very talented boys within our group, many who have been fortunate to be involved in the YJFL representative program. However, to our coaching group, it has been the improvement across the board that has got us to the pointy end of the season. We love to celebrate the roles that so many of our boys have embraced, each which is integral to the results we have seen throughout the year. All of the boys have really bought into this team first, selfless mentality.


Banyule - Season Summary

Nigel Anderson (Coach)


When we think back to that first preseason session in December with 6-8 boys on the track, we’ve certainly come a long way. We are certainly seeing the dividends now from that hard work back then.


The season itself started off slowly. We came out of grading 1-3, then lost our first game. However, Cam (Assistant Coach) and I saw something that we were really excited about.


The pieces of the puzzle were there for a good run at it. To the boys’ credit, they have really bought into the way we want to play, which has seen us come on in leaps and bounds in the second half of the season with some big wins in important games.


We can’t wait for Sunday- the first finals series for all of these boys- and are all embracing the excitement of the lead up.


Richmond - Season Summary

YJFL


Richmond finished just one game behind Banyule in the season standings and will be hoping they can best them on Grand Final Day in what will be a close contest.


They will be confident they can defeat Banyule after their Round 5 victory, however the sides are tied at 1 win apiece for the season.


U14 Mixed Division 5 – Bulleen Temp vs Heidelberg – Ted Ajani Reserve – 11:00am


Ladder Position

Position

Team

Won

Lost

Draw

Byes

Pts

1st

Bulleen Temp

10

4

0

4

40

2nd

Heidelberg

9

5

0

4

36

Previous matchups:

  • Round 5 - Heidelberg 30 def. Bulleen Temp 14 - Warringal Park

  • Round 11 - Heidelberg 9 def. Bulleen Temp 8 - Heidelberg Park

Finals

  • Qualifying Final - Bulleen Temp 43 def. Heidelberg 16 - Bulleen Park

  • Preliminary Final - Heidelberg 65 def. CamComets 8 - Warringal Park

Bulleen Temp - Season Summary

YJFL


Bulleen Temp finished on top of the ladder in the U14 Mixed Division 5 competition however they experienced two losses during the regular season to their Grand Final opponent in Heidelberg.


Bulleen Temp rallied in the Qualifying Final and went straight through to the Grand Final defeating Heidelberg convincingly.


Heidelberg - Season Summary

Louise Ricardo (Team Manager)


What a season for U14JA!


With the lingering memories of last year’s agonising one point loss in the dying seconds of the Preliminary Final, our boys were determined to come together this year to prove that they could go that one step further. It is a testament to the team that was built last year that all of the boys wanted to remain as part of the same playing group for 2023. We also welcomed three new players to the team who had never played AFL before!


We started off the season with three big losses in grading games but found momentum in the remainder of the season to finish with 9 wins and in second place on the ladder. Our boys celebrated their Preliminary Final win against CamComets but remained humble knowing that they still have one more game to play.

Our team has been coached again this year by senior club player, Joel Anderson. Joel has been ably assisted by experienced seniors coach Anthony Palmer as Assistant Coach, runners Jack Baldasso and Aaron Walkley and the team leaders.

Our boys have approached each game this year with so much strength, determination and tenacity - we focus on those "one-percenters" that together have resulted in such a successful season. Every member of our team plays their role on the field and is well supported by their teammates and parents. They have embraced the club’s values of teamwork, inclusivity, enjoyment and encouragement.


Our players, families, friends and club supporters are looking forward to being part of the Grand Final excitement on Sunday. Go Tigers!

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