FDJFL player Kulang Kulang is surrounded by SEJ players during the U15 clash at Lloyd Park on Wednesday night.
By David Nagel
The Frankston and Districts Junior Football League (FDJFL) has set a hot pace in round one of the 2019 SEDA AFL South East Regional Junior Championships on Wednesday night.
The Saints won six games across seven age groups, ranging from under 13s to 17s for boys and under 15s and 18s for girls.
The South East Juniors (SEJ) had a challenging start to the championships but will focus on a bright light with its under 14s scoring a super-impressive win, while the Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League (MPJFL) and AFL Yarra Ranges (AFLYR) showed promising signs ahead of a big weekend of football.
Night one was a great success, with large crowds braving the chilly conditions to attend games at Marriott Waters, Lyndhurst, and Lloyd Park, Langwarrin.
The championships continue at Frankston Park and Lloyd Park on Saturday, June 8 before an exciting conclusion at Frankston Park and Shepley Oval, Dandenong, on Monday, June 10.
The Queen’s Birthday carnival, an important stepping-stone in the Dandenong Stingrays Pathway, has grown in significance over the years and is now aligned with both the Melbourne and St Kilda Football Club’s Next Generation Academies (NGA).
Both AFL clubs would have had a particular focus on some standout performances on night one.
Harrison Rowe, Brodie Scully and Chris Buttner were outstanding in the Saints’ 57-point win over SEJ in the under-17 boys. Scully ended the night with two goals, while Rowe was everywhere in a 4.2 to 1.1 first quarter. Josh McCormick and Nathan Kannemeyer were best for SEJ.
All four leagues were in action in the under-16 boys, with the Saints scoring a 21-point victory over MPJFL, while Yarra Ranges secured an impressive 38-point triumph over SEJ.
Luke Filippone, Callum Pola and Tom Sullivan starred for the Saints, while Jacob Sengstock and Darcy Murr were equally impressive for the Mornington Peninsula boys. For Yarra Ranges, Brad Langridge booted three, and Tyler Belloni and Ben Bourke two each, with Belloni producing a great four-quarter performance.
Nathan Dowsett, Lachie Auhl and Sam Cachia never stopped trying for SEJ.
In under 15s, the Saints were wasteful early before finding their range in a 31-point victory over SEJ. Sam Latreille kicked three goals for the winners who had Phoenix Brennan and Connor Morgan in tip-top form around the ground. Mitchell Kemish was important for SEJ, while Mitchell Szybkowski produced plenty of drive off half back.
FDJFL Saints Under-15 Coach Peter Freeman instructs his players at the quarter-time break against SEJ.
The highlight for SEJ came in the under 14s, where Doveton Hall of Fame member Ryan Hendy coached his side to a 70-point win over the FDJFL Saints. Jack Wilson slotted four goals, and Tom Falkingham three, while Kynan Auhl, Patrick Sinnema and Logan Hiscock proved too hot to handle for the Saints.
Harrison Marks, Flynn Wood and Mark Ackerman will take some good form into the Saints next clash against the MPJFL on Monday.
The most impressive performance on night one came from the FDJL under 13s, who kept SEJ scoreless in an 86-point win at Lloyd Park.
The Saints are an impressive unit, with Flynn Webster, Levi Wannacott, Cooper Hynes and Jonah O’Connor kicking multiple goals and Alexander Cortese and Charlie Rowe having a stack of the ball around the ground.
SEJ was outplayed, but Charlie Weller, Jack Mannix and Josh Greig showed they match it with any opposition going around.
The closest match on night one of the championships was played at Marriott Waters where the FDJFL Saints scored a seven-point victory over SEJ in the under-18 girls.
After a tight start, the Saints edged away in the second and third quarters before the SEJ girls rallied in the final term. Lilly Delves, Xiara McFarlane and Maya Rich-Danks were terrific for the Saints, with Alexandra Smith playing a starring role up forward with three goals.
Jayde Smith and Cassidy Humphries scored a goal each for SEJ, while Rhianna Clemow and Rhian Skegs were influential figures in a stirring contest.
And last, but certainly not least, was the game between FDJFL and SEJ in the under-15 girls.
This was a competitive contest in the first half before the Saints played some great footy to power away to a 61-point win.
Emily Shepherd, Jemma Ramsdale and Georgia Mann gave forwards Mikayla Williamson and Olivia Cornwall the opportunity to score two goals each for the Saints, while Shae O’Connell and Amber Clarke were best for SEJ.
Well done to all players and coaches on a great night of football.
ROUND ONE RESULTS – WEDNESDAY JUNE 5
UNDER 17 BOYS
FDJFL 4.2 5.4 7.11 9.14.68
SEJ 1.1 1.1 1.3 1.5.11
FDJFL Goals: B. Scully 2, E. Woolley, C. Buttner, L. Cox, J. Fleming, R. Hosie, H. Rowe, L. Philp. Best: H. Rowe, B. Scully, C. Buttner, S. Peckett, J. Fleming, L. Cox.
SEJ Goals: L. Matson. Best: J. McCormick, N. Kannemeyer , R. Van Eede, L. Chisholm, J. Goicoa, C. Wright.
UNDER 16 BOYS
SEJ 1.1 2.2 3.3 3.3.21
AFLYR 2.3 4.4 5.5 9.5.59
SEJ Goals: C. Brown, S. Cachia, C. Van Oostveen. Best: N. Dowsett, L. Auhl, S. Cachia, C. Dunn, B. Stiles, C. Van Oostveen.
AFLYR Goals: B. Langridge 3, T. Belloni 2, B. Bourke 2, B. Matthews, L. O’Dea. Best: T. Belloni, L. O’Dea, F. Seal, B. Syswerda, B. Langridge, B. Bourke.
UNDER 16 BOYS
FDJFL 1.1 4.3 5.4 7.5.47
MPJFL 1.3 2.3 2.5 3.8.26
FDJFL Goals: L. Filippone 2, L. Stephens, J. Culley, J. Moli, D. Otto, S. Van Brummelen. Best: C. Pola, T. Sullivan, L. Filippone, J. Culley, F. Kelly, D. Otto.
MPJFL Goals: J. Gatt, J. Sengstock, D. Murr. Best: J. Sengstock, B. Hickson, D. Murr, N. Prabowo, T. Lewis, L. Bryce.
UNDER 15 BOYS
FDJFL 1.4 4.5 6.7 8.9.57
SEJ 1.0 1.1 3.3 4.4.28
FDJFL Goals: S. Latreille 3, J. Turner 2, O. Williams, J. Sprie, B. Taylor. Best: P. Brennan, C. Morgan, S. Latreille, J. Turner, T. Kirkwood.
SEJ Goals: B. Bowden, B. Sellings, K. Seing, M. Szybkowski. Best: M. Kemish, M. Szybkowski, N. Edwards, J. Binns, K. Grass, T. Varlet.
UNDER 14 BOYS
FDJFL 0.2 0.2 1.5 1.5.11
SEJ 3.2 7.4 9.5 12.9.81
FDJFL Goals: H. Brittain. Best: H. Marks, F. Wood, M. Ackerman, B. McIndoe, J. Ogilvy, J. Downie.
SEJ Goals: J. Wilson 4, T. Falkingham 3, S. Woodward 2, T. Lucas, K. Shipp, L. Morrell. Best: K. Auhl, J. Wilson, P. Sinnema, L. Hiscock, B. Tonking, K. Rudy.
UNDER 13 BOYS
FDJFL 2.2 4.5 8.8 13.8.86
SEJ 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
FDJFL Goals: F. Webster 3, L. Wonnacott 3, J. O’Connor 2, C. Hynes 2, J. Farrar, A. Wilson, P. Bloink. Best: A. Cortese, C. Rowe, L. Wonnacott, J. Muscillo, F. Webster, E. Peckett.
SEJ Best: C. Weller, J. Mannix, J. Greig, H. Lamb, R. Martini, C. Giliam.
UNDER 18 GIRLS
FDJFL 1.2 2.2 3.2 3.2.20
SEJ 1.0 1.1 1.1 2.1.13
FDJFL Goals: A. Smith 3. Best: L. Delves, X. McFarlane, M. Rich-Danks, S. Farris-White, F. Myrtle, A. Smith.
SEJ Goals: C. Humphries, J. Smith . Best: R. Clemow, R. Skeggs, T. Cataldo, K. Ward, C. Felton, S. Price.
UNDER 15 GIRLS
FDJFL 2.2 3.4 7.4 10.5.65
SEJ 0.0 0.2 0.4 0.4.4
FDJFL Goals: M. Williamson 2, O. Cornwall 2, B. James, J. Ramsdale, G. Mann, M. Fischer-Baker, T. Roberts , E. Shepherd. Best: E. Shepherd, J. Ramsdale, G. Mann, C. Blair, R. Knowles, E. Butler.
SEJ Best: S. O’Connell, A. Clarke, C. Barkwith, C. Layfield , K. Cornwall, K. Calderwood.