The finest young talent in the AFL South East region will be out to continue a great start to the 2018 V/Line Cup when the Southern Stingrays compete at Moe and Morwell today.
Players from the Mornington Peninsula, Frankston and Districts, and South East Junior football leagues are representing the Stingrays in AFL Vic Country’s premier junior regional championship.
The Stingrays began the championships brilliantly with a clean sweep against Gippsland Power on Monday, before the Stingrays-2 Girls team was soundly defeated by a powerful Geelong Falcons outfit on Tuesday.
That team will back up against North East Border at Morwell at 3pm today, while the remaining three teams will compete against Goulburn Murray at Moe.
Now in its fifteenth year as the official naming rights partner of the carnival, V/Line has contributed extensively in providing the opportunity for young players to challenge themselves against the best in their age group across regional Victoria.
In 2018, the V/Line Cup has grown to include two Under 15 Boys and one U16 Girls divisions, with more than 3,000 participants flocking to Moe, Morwell and Traralgon for the four-day carnival which concludes on Thursday.
For many competing at these championships, the V/Line Cup will be a stepping stone to AFL Victoria’s mainstream talent pathway, the TAC Cup and TAC Cup Girls competitions.
In addition the V/Line Cup also provides an important development pathway for young umpires, with all field umpires at the Championships members of V/Line Umpire Academy.
MONDAY – MORWELL
BOYS – UNDER 15 DIVISION ONE
Gippsland Power 1 0.2 2.6 3.6 4.10.34
Southern Stingrays 1 1.3 1.5 6.10 8.12.60
Gippsland Power 1 Goals: J. Carnes, N. Hanily, L. Smith, J. Somerville. Best: J. Carnes, C. Whitehill, L. Heasley, B. Mabilia, B. Green.
Southern Stingrays 1 Goals: F. Anderson 2, L. Robinson 2, M. Bergman, J. Cahill, C. Nayna, J. Egan. Best: J. Cahill, J. Egan, M. Harvey, C. Nayna, L. Robinson, Z. Quick.
BOYS – UNDER 15 DIVISION TWO
Gippsland Power 2 1.4 1.6 2.9 3.9.27
Southern Stingrays 2 1.3 6.5 7.5 8.11.59
Gippsland Power 2 Goals: J. Evans, A. Connolly, B. Henderson. Best: W. Bromage, C. Van Oostveen, B. Fleming, T. Carpenter, F. Kennedy.
Southern Stingrays 2 Goals: C. McNair 3, K. Timms 2, F. Kelly, X. Donazzan, B. Petherick. Best: M. Andrew, C. McNair, C. Pola, C. Raymond, N. Saracino.
GIRLS – UNDER 16
Gippsland Power 1.0 1.0 1.2 1.3.9
Southern Stingrays 1 2.0 6.3 6.4 6.6.42
Gippsland Power Goals: M. Gilmour. Best: K. Te Huia, L. Williamson, S. Peters, G. Matser, H. Booth.
Southern Stingrays 1 Goals: J. Anthony 2, A. Guy-Toogood 2, G. Grimmer, K. Duke. Best: P. Stone, J. Radford, G. Grimmer, J. Macdonald, A. Guy-Toogood, S. Hosking.
TUESDAY – MOE
GIRLS UNDER 16
Southern Stingrays 2 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0.6
Geelong Falcons 1.4 5.8 12.9 13.9.87
Southern Stingrays 2 Goals: Z. Hazledine. Best: A. Power, G. Pabst, S. Haslem, M. Pearson, R. Murray, C. Wheatley.
Geelong Falcons Goals: Not available. Best: Not available.
WEDNESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER
Time Morwell Recreation Reserve, Morwell Division
11.00am Power v North East Border Boys 2
1.00pm Power v North East Border Boys 1
3.00pm Southern 2 North East Border Girls
Time Ted Summerton Reserve, Moe Division
11.00am Goulburn Murray v Southern Boys 1
1.00pm Goulburn Murray v Southern Boys 2
3.00pm Goulburn Murray v Southern 1 Girls