Putting the grand into finals

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SPECTATORS were entertained by 12 thrilling Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League grand finals on Sunday 28 August.

Matches were played from under-11s to under-17s with three separate age groups for girls’ football.

Tight contests were the order of the day with the under-11 grand final between South Mornington and Dromana in Navy Division going to extra time after the scores were all tied up after four quarters. South Mornington eventually won the match.

In other grand final results:

Junior girls: Beleura 2.2-14 d. Mt Martha 0.1-1.

Under-15s: Mt Martha 13.12-90 d. Somerville 8.7-55.

Under-14s: Sorrento 11.12-78 d. Balnarring 5.11-41.

Under-12s: Somerville Gold 8.6-54 d. Red Hill 3.3-21.

Mt Martha Intermediate girls 7.5-47 d. Pearcedale/Baxter 2.3-15.

In the grand final under-12s White Division Somerville Gold JFC 8.6-54 defeated Red Hill JFC 3.3-21.

The day ended with the under-17s grand final between Crib Point and Rye – the MPJFL’s first twilight final. The national anthem was sung before the game as a helicopter delivered the match ball and premiership cup.

Crib Point won by seven points: 10.9-69 to 9.8-62.

“That was a fitting end to a truly magic day,” MPJFL secretary Paul Bartolo said.

The finals were held at the Thomas Barclay Reserve, Hastings.

On and off the field: Clockwise from top left: South Mornington’s Archer Murray, No 3, celebrates with teammates after beating Beleura; Rye’s Bonnie Street-Harris about to tale her kick; South Mornington’s Cooper Leopold, Tom Stuart, Ethan Mead, Harry Van Raay, Harrison Dade and Kieran Roberts and teammates with the cup; Mt Martha’s Nathan Heath (best on ground) runs with the ball against Somerville; South Mornington’s Harry Douglas takes a mark against Beleura; and Mt Martha captain Jake Hall holds the premiership cup aloft in front of his team.  Pictures: Stewart Chambers

First published in the Mornington News – 6 September 2016
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