Round 2 AFL Victoria Development Series Match Reports
Under 15 Boys – Division 1
Yarra Magpies 4.13.37 lost to Eastern FL 9.9.63
Goal Kickers: W. Tanner 2, J. Tomasiello, A. Scally Best Players: H. Birks, H. Butterworth, K. Knight, E. Taylor, J. Tomasiello, L. O”Connell
Sunny conditions at Jubilee Park Ringwood for the second match in the series. A strong start by the Yarra Magpies saw us kick three goals in the opening term with Will Tanner kicking two goals and Jonathan Tomasiello kicking the other with a tidy set shot kick. We led by 8 points at the first break. Atticus Scally added another goal in the second term after receiving a free kick late in the quarter and we maintained an 8 point lead heading into the main break with Eastern only kicking one goal themselves with the aid of the scoring end. A burst of three goals in quick succession by the Eastern FL in the third term while kicking into the wind, and our inability to score with it saw the Eastern team take a 10 point lead into the final change. The challenge was going to be difficult in the final term where Eastern added another three goals and despite some chances we could only manage four behinds. Hugo Birks took the medal as the Yarra Magpies best player.
Under 15 Boys – Division 2
Yarra Magpies 6.12.48 lost to Eastern FL 7.13.55
Goal Kickers: X. Saviane 2, F. Park, J. Fell, H. Waters, N. Hill Best Players: H. Waters, T. Rigoni, B. Lindeman, H. Moulder, J. McInerney, F. Park
In exquisite conditions, the Yarra Magpies made the early running leading by 3 goals at 1/4 time against a physical EFL side. In an even, fast paced contest for most of the day, the EFL slowly came back over the course of the next two quarters to setup a close final quarter. Yarra forwards including Saviane and Waters were dangerous, as was captain Lindeman in winning the ball from stoppages.
The final quarter was a skilled display from two competitive teams with the EFL making the most of their chances and winning by 7 points. The attitude and intensity of Yarra Magpies could not be questioned during the match. Herschel Waters was awarded best on Ground for his crafty forward plan and teamwork throughout.
Under 14 Boys – Division 1
Yarra Magpies 11.12.78 defeated Eastern FL 6.8.44
Goal Kickers: L. Guymer 4, A. Rizzo, W. Lorenz, I. Barry, N. Shaw, C. Naish, B. Guymer, L. Visser Best Players: I. Barry, L. Guymer, O. Badr, B. Guymer, L. Harker, H. Warren
A great day greeted us at Bulleen Park to host Eastern. It was a tough, physical day right from the start with both sides going in hard and executing great ball skills all over the ground.
The first quarter was a tight tussle with both sides only managing one goal each for the term. In the second quarter we did a great job to spread our opposition and using the width of the ground much better. The boys started to win the stoppages around the ground and their work ethic also lifted. Lachie Guymer on fire in the forward line kicking 3 out of our 5 goals for the quarter and we went into half time with a 15 point lead. After half time the boys did a great job holding Eastern to one goal into the breeze and kicking 2 goals ourselves for the quarter. Ollie Badr and Hunter Warren in the middle along with Isaac Barry off half back and the Guymer twins up forward were all inspirational in their roles and leading from the front. At three quarter time we held a 19 point lead. Our focus for the final quarter was to finish off strong and to continue to play our brand of footy and the boys did this. Their tackling effort, ability to win contested ball, and ball movement was fantastic kicking 3 goals to 1 and winning by 34 points. Game medallist was Isaac Barry.
Under 14 Boys – Division 2
Yarra Magpies 5.4.34 lost to Eastern FL 14.9.93
Goal Kickers: R. Mantello, A. Johnson, P. Gonis, S. Stone, E. King Best Players: P. Gonis, N. De Silva, R. Mantello, C. Gravell, R. McKenzie, E. King
Eastern kicked 6.6 in the opening term and kept Yarra scoreless. While the Yarra boys were able to hit the scoreboard in the remaining three quarters, the damage was done and Eastern FL went on and recorded a 59 point win. Phoenix Gonis took the medal for Yarra’s best player, while Ryder Mantello and Nicholas De Silva were also good contributors.
Under 15 Girls – Division 1
Yarra Magpies 3.5.23 defeated Northern FL 2.5.17
Goal Kickers: D. Cooper 2, R. Wilcox Best Players: T. Hurst, J. Jackson, R. Thiele, A. Jordan, L. Podmore, D. Cooper
We came up against a very tall and strong NJFL. It was a battle from the first bounce to the last siren, the Yarra girls were ready for the fight. NJFL kicked an early goal in the first quarter with a long 45m kick, the wind taking it right through the middle. In the second quarter the girls fought hard to try and even the score but only managed to kick 4 points. At half time we changed some things around to try and combat their strong bodies in the middle and pushing our speedsters on the outside. The girls continue to be strong around the ground and keeping NJFL to minor scores. It was now or never to see what the Yarra girls are made of. We made a pact, once we kicked the first goal we would kick the second, well that didn’t quite go to plan. Once we kicked the first, NJFL kicked the second, we responded quick smart with a second goal to seal the deal. Our backline stood up with the pressure from the tall and strong NFL team. It was a beautiful day for football a perfect day for the Yarra girls.
Under 15 Girls – Division 2
South Metro 5.4.34 defeated Yarra Magpies 2.4.16
Goal Kickers: G. Papagianis, M. Chun Best Players: M. Chun, P. Nelson, M. Wenn, P. Edwards, S. Mooney, I. Baldwin
A tight contest early at Koonung Reserve with both teams kicking a goal in the opening quarter. South Metro were able to add a goal in each of the second and third terms to take a 10 point lead into the final change. Despite us adding our second goal in the final quarter, South Metro added another two and ran away with a three goal win. Mimi Chun, Phoebe Nelson, Madeline Wenn and Petra Edwards were among the Yarra Magpies better players.