Around The Grounds: Community Clubs Wrap Up

In a big week of community football, Metro and Country representative sides faced off once more as AFL Victoria’s inaugural Young Guns Series returned. In a showcase of VFL and TAC Cup talent, Box Hill were fittingly represented by duo Nathan Boucher and Geordie Nagle, who found themselves on the winner’s list again as history repeated itself for a strong Metro outfit, who ran out nine-point victors.

Boucher continued to prove himself as an exciting future prospect, displaying both terrific pace and delivery to help set up the victory; while Nagle provided the trademark run and carry from defence that we’ve become so accustomed to from the composed and resilient backman.

In the Eastern Football League, back after a week off following the interleague Community Championships, Brayden Kilpatrick kicked things off with two majors to help South Croydon triumph over North Ringwood by over ten goals.

East Ringwood turned the tides and notched their first win for the year, defeating Knox by 62 points, courtesy of solid performances across the board from their Box Hill contingent. Tristan Tweedie, Leigh Osborne and Liam Jeffs each contributed two goals to the effort, while Reece Groves also hit the scoreboard and Tristan Davies remained strong in defence all day. Osborne matched his scoring prowess with a performance around the ground which saw him named best afield, while Tweedie’s ability to switch effortlessly from defence to attack also earned him a spot on the list.

A much tighter tale unfolded between Blackburn and Montrose, as Mackenzie Doreian stood up among the best, to get his Blackburn side over the line by just two points.

Stuart Horner slotted seamlessly into his new Norwood outfit, alongside teammates Nelson Lane and Tom Maloney. The trio got the four points over Balwyn, with a Maloney goal contributing to a comfortable 44-point victory.

Michael Knoll hit the scoreboard for Vermont’s reserves, as they accounted for Rowville; while Billy Evans kicked two for the Waverley Blues to help them comfortably defeat Warrandyte, ending the day named amongst the best.

James Locke’s goal proved vital as Doncaster East got home by the slightest of margins, defeating Wantirna South by a single point.

In the Victorian Amateur Football Association, St. Kevin’s were dealt the first blow to their season campaign, in spite of a two goal and best on ground performance from Vincent Adduci, falling to the Collegians by 28 points.

Lachlan Walker and his De La Salle side also couldn’t get over the line, defeated by Old Melburnians; whilst in better news, Harrison Burt was named best afield in the reserves’ six goal victory.

Liam Mackie and Old Carey were on the wrong end of the scoreline against the University Blacks; while conversely in the Northern Football League, Jesse Cucinotta and the Heidelberg reserves got the win over Whittlesea.

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