MONTMORENCY’S young guns have given the club a huge lift by winning the under 19s First Division premiership. In defeating Macleod by 44 points at the Preston City Oval, the NFNL Magpies racked up their first under 19s flag since 2001.This success takes Mont’s overall tally to six under 19 premierships.
In a typical grand final contest played in blazing sunshine, the Magpies produced high pressure footy to keep their more fancied opponents off balance.Macleod had its chances in the first half but wasted its opportunities with wayward kicking.
Mont edged ahead of their opponents and had a narrow lead at the main break.In the second half the Magpies upped the ante, piling on the pressure and creating turnovers which resulted in a stream of goals.
Ben Ramsey was highly influential around the ground, earning the NFNL’s best on ground award. He was ably supported by tall forward Josh Robertson, who chalked up four goals.The grand final capped off a spectacular finals campaign for the Pies, who started in poor fashion with a loss to Eltham, but then went on the score big wins against its old nemesis Greensborough in the semi and then Eltham in the preliminary.
Early on in the grand final Macleod Roos got plenty of the ball and forward 50 entries. However they didn’t get their first goal until Luke Carpenter goaled on the run at the 13-minute mark.
Montmorency held firm and recorded its first major through Robertson.The Roos continued to attack in the second term but could not convert. But the Magpies made the most of their opportunities with goals to Van Page, Jett Attard and Robertson, giving them a
The Roos fought back early in the third with goals to Bailey Grioli and Brayden Plant to get within a point.
They continued to surge in for the most of the term but wasted their chances.
Mont rediscovered its mojo late in the quarter, kicking three three goals in stoppage time. Jacob Fahey capped off the mini fightback with a long-range shot after the three-quarter-time siren, to give his side a 15-point lead at the last change.
Mont then held out another Macleod surge before mounting a string of attacks which resulted in four final quarter goals.
Final score: Montmorency 11.9 (75) defeated Macleod 3.13 (31)MACLEOD
Goal kickers: B. Morgan, L. Carpenter, B. Plant
Best players:L. Carpenter, J. Corelli, J. Cameron, J. Williams, B. Grioli, M. McGregor
Goal Kickers: J. Robertson 4, J. Attard 2, V. Page, B. Charles, J. Fahey, J. Lock, V. Loccisano
Best players:B. Ramsey, C. Kane, J. Mills, B. Charles, L. Edmonds, V. Page