Nail­bit­ing fin­ish

Benalla Ensign - - Sport -

The next gen­er­a­tion of AFL su­per­stars showed their class on the pitch in the un­der-12 divi­sion fi­nals on the week­end.

The young Kan­ga­roos won the cur­tain-raiser, be­fore the Tigers won the big dance in a tight­ly­con­tested match.

The un­der-12s turned on a treat for spec­ta­tors with two gems of matches.

In the cur­tain-raiser the Kan­ga­roos took on the Cats. Af­ter cop­ping a beat­ing last week at the hands of the Kan­gas, the Cats stood up and showed pride but could not muster a win, go­ing down 8.3 (51) to 9.6 (60).

The usual sus­pects were ever dan­ger­ous for the Kan­gas, with nu­mer­ous shots on goal early. But the Cats kept fight­ing and al­most took the win.

There were a lot of sore boys af­ter the game.

The grand final was by far the most ex­cit­ing game of the sea­son, with both sides show­ing how much a premier­ship meant with some pas­sion­ate foot­ball played.

The con­test around the ball was fe­ro­cious at times, but only one team could come out on top. It came down to the last minute with the Tigers de­feat­ing the Hawks by point, 4.7 (31) to 4.6 (30) in a fin­ish wor­thy of a grand final.

Miller Gilchrist played his first game of the year and if not for the Roy Hill medal for best on ground in the grand final win­ner Molly Glaze­brook, things may have been dif­fer­ent.

Win­ners are grin­ners: Un­der-12s ju­nior divi­sion co-or­di­na­tor Luke Macfar­lane, Joe Berry, Tyler McGre­gor, Cooper Gra­cie, Henry Hill and BDJFL pres­i­dent Glen Davies.

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