2016 Eastern Region Girls Finals Report
A massive crowd made their way to Batterham Reserve on a wet and overcast day to watch some amazing and very close Eastern Region Girls Grand Final action where five premierships were handed out to the winners on the day.
U12 SOUTH GF: KNOX 3.0 18 FERNTREE GULLY 2.1 13
Knox Falcons went into the Under 12 South Grand Final with plenty of enthusiasm and energy knowing that they have already beaten Ferntree Gully three times throughout the season including a 14-point win in second Semi Final.
Knox Falcons came out of the blocks early as they kicked two goals in the first quarter through Tayissa Gray and Amber Law to put them ahead by two goals at the first change.
Ferntree Gully then started to hit back with all the possession going their way through the likes of Sarah Kaye and Alayha Roy running and taking every possession like its their last.
Both teams couldn't take any control of the game in the third quarter until Ferntree Gully's Lisa Peacock slot one home deep into the third quarter to bring the margin back to five points.
The last quarter was an absolute thriller as both teams tried hard to take the lead in the last quarter with Tayissa Gray in fourth minute for Knox and Lisa Peacock in seventh minute for Ferntree Gully.
Knox ended up winning the premiership with a five-point victory. Amber and Tayissa from Knox, interviewed by the EFL Media Team post game, stated they were very nervous going into the game but they all had their heads up and everyone played really well until the final siren.
U12 NORTH GF: MT EVELYN 2.3 15 YARRA GLEN 2.1 13
Mt Evelyn and Yarra Glen was a classic Grand Final where no team deserved to lose the premiership with both teams going at it.
Mt Evelyn were the confident team going into the Grand Final after their 62-point win in second Semi Final.
Very similar to the last game, Mt Evelyn jumped out of the blocks early with goals through Tia Neicho and Sky Wilson doing the damage in front of goals to put them two goals ahead.
Yarra Glen started to take control of the game for the next three quarters as they push Mt Evelyn to their very limits with Tahlee Ferguson, Tara Carson and Perry Byron keeping Yarra Glen in the game with Carson scoring two goals.
Yarra Glen had a couple of chance in the dying minutes of the game to win the premiership but Mt Evelyn's Sky Wilson, Bianca Richardson, Caitlin Hoskin and Riley Bradley refused to let Mt Evelyn lose the premiership this year.
Riley and Bridie from Mount Evelyn explained that they weren’t sure who was going to win the game at one stage plus they were surprise about how Yarra Glen made their way back into the game. Both of them were very happy and had an amazing experience about winning a premiership for Mt Evelyn.
U15 GF: FERNTREE GULLY 8.13 61 MITCHAM 1.0 6
Ferntree Gully were the overwhelming favourites to win the premiership this season after going through the season undefeated plus a massive 60-point win over their Grand Finalist Mitcham in second Semi Final.
Ferntree Gully jumped out of the gates with three goals in a matter of ten minutes through Chelsea Verrell and Hannah Lawson to give the Eagles fans something to cheer about but Mitcham hit back deep into the first quarter with a goal to Alice Smith to bring some life back for the Tigers heading into the quarter time break.
After quarter time, the Ferntree Gully Express continue to roll past Mitcham as they kicked 41 unanswered points to roll to a 55-point win as Hannah Lawson, Laura Gillard, Aime Corrin and Laura McClelland joined the party in kicking the last five goals of the match as Eagles celebrated the premiership and to be the third team to go through the season undefeated in Eastern Region Girls history.
U16 GF: NORWOOD 3.4 22 KNOX 2.2 14
Norwood and Knox came into this Grand Final with full of expectations on their team as they battled each other for the premiership.
After a goal-less first quarter, Norwood scored the first goal in the middle of the second quarter through Kelly Watt which was quickly responded by Knox's Madeline Watson from a free kick in the forward 50.
Norwood's Tahlia Tait got a free kick deep in the second quarter which she scored but it got cancelled because the umpire had to bring the player back on the mark which unfortunately for Norwood that she scored a point on half time.
Norwood and Knox couldn't take control of the game as both teams scored goal for goal for the next two quarters with Norseman' Tess Power, Karli Banks, Emily Forshaw, Casidee Cullen, Jasmine King and Alice D'Arcy doing the damage for the premiers and Falcons' Reyce Mactier, Tess Flintoff and Imogen Ball were the best players for the runner up.
Karli, Kodi & Olivia from Norwood spoke to the EFL Media Team and explained that they were very nervous at the start but with their training lifted and the intensity rising that they wanted to win the premiership and now got it.
The extra week of playing gave them more match practice but they finally came from winless season last year to a now become premiers this season with all their hard work, great support and the crowd of Norwood that got them over the line for a great win.
U18 GF: MT EVELYN 4.11 35 CHIRNSIDE PARK 2.4 16
This year's encountered was played for the big prize on the mud and wet conditions.
After a pretty even first half for both teams, Mt Evelyn scored the critical two goals to none in the third quarter through Isobel Urquhart which great assistance from her midfielders of Jess Provan, Melanie Hogg & Emerson Woods proved to be difference in this game. Chirnside Park didn't stop trying as Olivia Flanagan in the midfield and Chloe Arthur kept them in the game right to the very end but at the end Mt Evelyn came out on top and gave the club their second straight premiership on the day.
Emerson, Nicole & Isobel spoke to the EFL Media Team after the game providing insight into the work ethic required to make the Grand Final and win the premiership.
The improvements from the team were amazing throughout the season. The Coach (Scott Kelly) said to the team at the half time to work hard, keep their heads up and give 120% for the rest of the game (which they felt that it was critical to win the third quarter).
After the presentation, all three players we interviewed said that it was an unbelievable feeling, very special to make history and hard to explain in words about winning a Under 18’s premiership.