Under 12 Girls Division 4 – West
Murrumbeena 4.2.26 def. St. Kilda City 3.2.20
The scene was set for an epic encounter between the division’s two best teams over the course of the home and away season who had both won their way through to the Division 4 Grand Final of the Under 12 Girls. Kicking against the wind in the first quarter, Murrumbeena’s job very quickly became significantly harder when their leading goalkicker (and by far the leading goalkicker in the competition) Zoe West went down in the first quarter with an ankle injury, and wasn’t to be seen for the rest of the game. However, despite the setback, Westy’s girls rose to the challenge and led for the greater part of the game to run out six point winners and bring a Premiership Flag back to Kangaroo Road! Lila Saunders was outstanding in the midfield and was rightfully awarded best on ground by the umpires, whilst Andy Krom and Lara Sullivan were both dominant in the forward line with two goals each. Congratulations to all the girls and the coaching staff on a fantastic season, culminating in well earned silverware!
Under 13 Boys Division 4 – Hunter
Highett 6.3.39 def. Murrumbeena 5.5.35
In a rematch of the 2018 Grand Final, Hunter’s boys again took on their nemesis in Highett, having also been the top two teams of Division 4 for most of the season. The signs weren’t great early on – after Murrumbeena’s failure to make the most of a handy breeze in the first quarter, Highett piled on four goals to one in the second quarter to take a three goal lead into half time, with two of the opposition’s taller lads doing most of the damage. A two goal to one third quarter which saw Tom Washington set Murrumbeena’s forward line alight gave the boys a glimmer of hope at the 3/4 time break, and what an amazing final quarter we then witnessed! The first goal to Beena to get within a kick was quickly answered by Highett, but the last ten minutes of the game was all spent in the Murrumbeena forward line. Nothing was getting past the wall that was Elliot Black who was playing a kick behind the play, and with Ky Burgoyne and Haris Orfanos controlling the midfield, it was game on when Murrumbeena goaled with three minutes to go. Unfortunately, it was a case of history repeats when the siren sounded with Highett less than a kick ahead; the boys so courageous in defeat for a second consecutive season. Josh Hunter was outstanding all day and was unlucky not to be awarded best on ground – he clearly was in this scribe’s eyes. Hopefully it’s a case of third time lucky for these boys in 2020.