Juniors kick off winter sport across region

The Western Border Football League juniors started on the weekend and it opened with East Gambier v North Gambier Under 14s at McDonald Park where the hosts claimed the points in a one-sided game.

The Bulldogs best were Jarvi Mee, Jaiden Picken and Riley Lawrence in the 62-point win, while Sam Baron, James Flett and Jackson Driver stood out for the Tigers.

Millicent and South Gambier played at McLaughlin Park and it was the visiting side that took the honours by 17 points.

The Saints were led by Teej Lawlor, Ryder Linder and William Jennings but they could not stop Lachlan Cameron, Alex Nunn and Brody Fox as the Demons recovered from a slow start to win 34-17.

West Gambier played Casterton Sandford and the Roos took away the points from the Cats in a 15-point win.

Harvey Croker and Kane Gilbert were the top two for the Roos, but Samuel Patton and Kirby Vise ensured gave the Victorians a boost after quarter time.

South Gambier dominated Millicent in the Under 16s to open the season with a 61-point win.

The likes of Jed Sims, Rex Jones and Jacob Salmon were in fine form to keep the Saints goalless until the last quarter despite the efforts of Harry Gibbs, William Wilson and Charlie Damhuis.

The East v North rivalry lived up to expectations with the result not decided until the final minutes of the match.

The Tigers enjoyed a fast start with Darcy Arthurson, Brodie Anderson and Joshuah Glidden leading the way, but soon the Bulldogs found their bark to steal the game by seven points after a fast finish.

East’s better players were Elijah Stratford, Angus Clarke and Jack Lawrence.

West Gambier and Casterton Sandford played at Malseed Park and it was the hosts who got the chocolates in a 29-point win at home.

Brooklyn Winterfield, Jayden Prior and Finn Kensley all amongst the named best for the victors, while the Cats were led by Bay McKinnon, Sullivan Gibbs and Rufaro Makore.

North Gambier smashed East Gambier in a 92-point thumping behind enemy lines during the Under 18s clash.

Reece McLaughlin booted five majors and was named among the best alongside Aaron Daily and Joel Griffith, while best Angus Clarke Will Ellis and Mitchell Price stood up.

Millicent went down to South Gambier in a tight game by 15 points where a goal-less first quarter severely hurt the former.

However, the Saints led at half time thanks to Kalan Shanks, Eli Redman and Jaxon Cushion, but eventually Nelson Forbes, Lochlan Thiele and Ethan Sims overwhelmed the hosts in the second to steal limelight.

The Mid South Eastern Football League Junior and Senior Colts flew back into action on an overcast and windy day in April.

Winners from round one in junior colts were Kongorong by 41 points over Port MacDonnell while Glencoe had a massive 125-point win over Kalangadoo and Nangwarry grabbed the chocolates over Tantanoola.

In the game of the round Hatherleigh squeezed out a 13-point win over Mount Burr in a close contest at the ground amongst the pines.

Robe had the Bye and will look forward to kicking the leather around this week.

In Senior colts games across the weekend high scores were recorded while one game was abandoned due to the COVID pandemic in which both sides shared the points.

Kongorong scored a 129-point win over Port MacDonnell, while Kalangadoo smashed Glencoe by 144 points. Meanwhile, Mount Burr was no match for Hatherleigh going down by 99 points. Robe had the bye and will be keen to take on the Tigers this weekend.

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