WE TAKE A LOOK AT HOW OUR JUNIOR TEAMS ARE TRAVELLING 15 ROUNDS IN AND WHAT WE CAN EXPECT FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON.
Results wise the Under 12s have struggled this year but there have been plenty of positives for coach Daryl McMillan to take from this season so far. Kai Lyster and Linus Bourke have been great in front of goal, with them bagging 8 and 7 goals respectively. Jay McCormack has been solid in goal and captain Rhyce Hore has led the team very well. With lots of games remaining, the youngest reds will look to get some points on the board to go with their good performances and leapfrog Eastern Lions who are just 2 points ahead of them in the league standings.
The Under 13s are in red hot form at the moment with them soaring up the league standings to sit in 10th place at this stage. With games in hand on the teams above, and the form of striker Steve Fidele, Phil Page’s side look to be set for a high finish come the end of the season. Zac Ferlauto, Natalie Grima, captain Leo Fidele and the rest of the side have shown they are capable at matching the best Melbourne has to offer in this age group.
Terry Masters’ Under 14s squad has had an up and down year this year but are starting to find some form going into the back end of the season. Carter Ramsey has been fantastic in front of goal this season, with 14 goals in 12 games. His side have been very solid this season and has seen many of them playing up in the Under 15s, which is a testament to the squad. A gritty 3-3 draw a couple of weeks ago after being 3-1 down typifies this team’s fight so expect to see a few more good results before the season is out.
It’s been a tough season for Darrel Mills and the Under 15s. With a depleted squad and many Under 14s doubling up, there hasn’t been much to shout about but there are definitely some positives to come from the season. The solitary win going against regional rivals GV Suns was great to see and many of the players have been very solid this year, particularly Goalkeeper and Captain Molly-May Ramsey. Having let in less goals than the two teams above us, it shows that Ramsey and her defence have held strong when the going has got tough. A great team spirit is shown every time they enter the field of play and hopefully that will start to pay dividends.
After a long spell at the summit of the table, the Under 16s have experienced a dip in form that has seen them drop to ninth in the league standings. With there only being 8 points separating them with 4th place and with games in hand, a return to form will see them rocket up the table. Azia Feltrin and skipper Issac Read have each chipped in with 9 goals each, with the next best being Freddy Myers on 3. Solid at the back had been coach Azar Levenston’s focus, and with players like Fletcher Caponecchia and Jack Milford in the side, the return to form looks to be coming.
5 wins and 10 losses tells the story of a team with potential, but have struggled to close games out. A number of late goals has seen draws turn into losses and something that coaches Jeff Ryan and Ash Dunn will look to change. It has been tough for the Under 18s, with a number of their stand out players being called up to the Under 20s and Senior teams, but they have a great team spirit within the side. A midfield pairing of Connor Caponecchia and Jo Masudi shows that they have a good balance between attack and defence, while players such as Suk Bhattarai and Josh Marks have been good at the back. With Lewis Greenwood called up for senior duties, Aiden Brescha has been good upfront in his absence.