Juniors take aim at Western Border glory

After 10 weeks of enjoyable and intense action, the final chapter of the 2020 Western Border Junior Football League awaits with Millicent’s McLaughlin Park ready to host the decider on Saturday.

All five South Australian based clubs threw all of their resources at the revamped competition, but now only two remain in each grade after the home-and-away season.

Millicent and South Gambier have been the superior junior clubs across the board and the rivals will fight in two grand finals.

The highest profile clash will be the Under 18’s decider with many top-aged players desperate to enjoy one last junior flag before they take the step up to senior football.

The Saints are the in the box seat after a perfect run to the minor premiership.

The likes of Jaxon Cushion, Josh Werchon and Billy Shanks have been in dominant form around the ground and will be ready to unleash after resting their legs during a bye.

However, the Demons were the closest team to toppling Millicent and tuned up for the big game with a 50-point win over West Gambier.

Brock Keding, Hugh Winterfield and Josh McGregor were the team leaders in the round-10 victory and along with Deegan Vasilios Holland and Joel Duncan hold the key to their side’s hopes of a flag.

Round 10 produced one of the feel-good stories of the year when East Gambier scored a breakthrough first and only win of the year over North Gambier.

A bunch of new recruits breathed life into the embattled Bulldogs and they won by an uplifting margin of 58 points.

Millicent also starts as the favourite in the Under 16’s grand final against South Red.

The Saints enjoyed a faultless home-and-away campaign with Cushion, Eli Redman and Kalan Shanks the top performers.

South Red has been able to give the Saints a run for their money during the year and is hungry to go one better.

The rivals faced off on Saturday and Millicent was victorious by 13 points, but expect the intensity to rise another level with the trophy on the line.

In Saturday’s other round 10 fixtures a six-goal haul from Nick Wilke pushed South White to a narrow seven-point win over the Roos, while the Tigers prevailed over East by 35.

The home side will not be in action during the Under 14’s Grand Final between North Gambier and South White.

Throughout 2020 the Tigers have been destructive in front of goal to wrap up the minor premiership without a blemish on their record.

Brodie Anderson and Deacon Ilsley have been the major orchestrator’s with 42 goals between them and the pair was in fine form during Saturday’s solid win over the Bulldogs.

South White also carries winning form into the clash after a 40-point triumph over West, where Jace Maxwell and Jakob Hann were the top performers.

It will be a challenge for South White to overcome the formidable North outfit, but anything can happen when the premiership is on the line from 11.30am.

The Under 14 Saints completed their home-and-away season with a hard-fought win over South White and they will be cheering on their older team mates when the Under 16 and 18 deciders take place at 1pm and 2.50pm respectively.

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