The 2018 VFL season for us might have come to an end a few weeks ago, but it’s been business as usual for some of the Borough’s younger brigade since then, as they have participated in local suburban finals across Melbourne with their ‘home’ clubs.
On the weekend just gone, the VAFA Premier Division Grand Final featured Port teammates Hugh Johnson (Collegians) and Campbell Walker (Collegians) clash with the similarly impressive Ethan Phillips (St. Kevins).
Ethan had the last laugh in a tight and tense final term, as St. Kevins withstood a late Collegians charge to prevail by 5 points in a thriller (pictured, above).
Over in Division 2 of the Eastern Football League, it was a day to remember for 2017 Premiership star Dillon Viojo-Rainbow, who was not only a part of Doncaster East’s thumping 60-point victory over Lilydale, he also helped himself to three goals and took home the Best on Ground Medal honours.
In the VAFA’s Premier B Grand Final on Saturday, Matt King’s Old Carey ultimately fell short of Premiership success in going down to St. Bernard’s by 83 points.
The Southern Football League’s Preliminary Final saw Chris ‘Duck’ Carey’s East Malvern come up against Mordialloc for a spot in next week’s decider against St. Pauls.
It was another tight battle for most of the afternoon, however Carey and his teammates dug deep to win by 3 points, with ‘Duck’ named as East Malvern’s fourth best player for his efforts.
We wish him all the very best for the Grand Final to come this week, as we do his teammate in popular ex-Port champ Stephen Brewer (pictured below right, in promotion)!
We also wish fellow listed Borough boy Alex Spencer the best of luck too, as he takes his place against ‘Duck’ and ‘Brew’ for St Pauls.
Action will get underway at 2:30pm at Springvale Reserve this Saturday for anyone wishing to get along.
Back to the Eastern Football League, and Kyle Dove took his place for Blackburn against South Croydon in the Division 1 Preliminary Final.
Despite being named as his side’s fifth best, Dove’s Panthers unfortunately fell short by 5 points in another close one.
Up north in Queensland, 2017 Port Melbourne Premiership player Brodie Murdoch capped his relocation to the Sunshine State with another Grand Final medallion – his second in succession.
Murdoch was part of the Southport Sharks team that ultimately got the better of the Sydney Swans in their NEAFL Grand Final victory by 55 points (pictured, below).
Well done to all of these Borough boys for their efforts over recent weeks!
Image credits: VAFA Facebook page / NEAFL Twitter page.