U19s wrap: Vic Metro edges WA, Allies hold on for first win


VIC METRO edged out Western Australia to kick off day two of the NAB AFLW under-19 championships.

The Allies claimed their first win of the competition after holding on against South Australia, while the Woomeras and Medleys faced off in the last game of the day, with the latter prevailing by a point.


A WASTEFUL Vic Metro has just pipped Western Australia, winning by four points in the opening match of day two.

WA's Chloe Reilly had a set shot after the siren to win the game, but it just fell short, giving the hosts the 4.13 (37) to 4.9 (33) win.

Ella Roberts led all-comers, the West Australian starring in the middle and up forward on her way to 31 disposals, six inside-50s and two goals.

WA young gun Ella Roberts shows off her medal as the state's most valuable player after the 2021 NAB AFLW U19 Championships. Picture: AFL Photos

Sixteen-year-old Roberts was named her state's most valuable player, while Vic Metro still have a match to play next month.

Georgie Prespakis (23, nine tackles, six clearances) and Charlie Rowbottom (20, eight inside-50s) led the way for Metro, while Stella Reid (17 and six inside-50s) was classy across half-forward.

VIC METRO     1.3     2.8    4.10     4.13     (37)
WESTERN AUSTRALIA     0.3     2.3    2.6     4.9    (33)

Vic Metro: Staltari, Ling, Campbell, Gillard
Western Australia: Roberts 2, Tuhakaraina, Franklin

Vic Metro: Gillard, Prespakis, Rowbottom, Ling, Reid, Ham
Western Australia: Wright, Roberts, Rowley, Wakfer, Nanut, Reidy


The Allies – made up of NSW/ACT, Northern Territory and Tasmania – recorded their first win of the week, knocking off a fast-finishing South Australia by six points.

The Allies got off to a flier, winning the ball out of the middle, locking in their attacking half and capitalising on the scoreboard.

The game was a torrid, flat struggle for the next two quarters, with the ball pinballing between the arcs but neither side managing to find the middle of the sticks.

South Australia charged home, but the damage was done early.

Jayde Hamilton of the Allies tackles SA's Zoe Venning at the 2021 NAB AFLW U19 Championships. Picture: AFL Photos

Academy members Zoe Prowse (SA) and Ally Morphett (Allies, NSW) had an intriguing battle in the ruck, while 15-year-old star Lauren Young – who needed special permission to play this week – found the footy at will, picking up 37 disposals, nine tackles, five clearances and a goal.

Cynthia Hamilton (Allies, NSW) backed up her strong first game on Monday with another promising performance in the midfield, recording 21 touches and 10 tackles, while Tasmanian Perri King laid a whopping 15 tackles on her way to 17 disposals.

Young was named South Australia's MVP and Hamilton was given the nod for the Allies. 

ALLIES     3.2     3.4    3.4     3.8     (26)
SOUTH AUSTRALIA     1.0     1.0    1.2     3.2    (20)

Allies: Bissett, C. Hamilton, Maurer
South Australia: Ballard, Venning, Young

Allies: Mulvahil, Maurer, Doyle, C. Hamilton, Sargent-Wilson, McLeay
South Australia: Young, Prowse, Shirmer, Borg, Ballard, Huynh


Elisha Lane of the Medleys celebrates with Laiema Bosenavulagi. Picture: AFL Photos

WOOMERAS     1.1     1.4    1.8     3.9     (27)
MEDLEYS     3.2     4.3    4.3     4.4    (28) 

Woomeras: Douglas, Bevis, Blurton
Medleys: Mendoza 2, Bohacik, Lane

Woomeras: Douglas, Michael, Campbell, Lambley, Brolly
Medleys: Vamah, Grigg, Tyson, Mendoza, Kikoak, Lane

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