Vic Metro claims Youth Girls title

Friday, May 10, 2013

Victoria Metro is the new AFL Youth Girls National Champion after eclipsing Western Australia by 15 points in Shepparton tonight.

After giving up a two-point half time lead, Metro hit back with a three-goal-to-none third term to wrestled control of the match.

WA was relentless until the final siren but could do little to prevent Metro claiming a 6.4 (40) to 3.7 (25) victory.

Rebecca Privitelli bagged three goals roaming in the forward 50 while Alexandra Quigley kicked two and proved an ever present danger.

Rivalling the pair for best-on-ground honours was Katherine Smith who blanketed elusive WA forward Kira Philips.

The girls from the West appeared on track for an upset when they led by seven points at the first change. Running midfielders Kellie-Marie Gibson and Caitlyn Edwards were on top in the centre square while Belinda Smith had repelled countless forward thrusts by Metro.

But inch by inch the Victorian girls gained control, co-captain Ellie Blackburn using her enormous kick to advantage and also slotting an important goal.

A two-point half-time deficit transformed itself into a 12-point lead at the last break as Privitelli stamped her authority on the match and Isabel Huntington started to find her run.

With a large contingent of fans behind them, WA dug deep and after Sabrina Traub-Frederick bagged a late goal, hope of come-back remained.

But it wasn’t to be with Metro winning the next centre clearance and controlling possession until the final siren which sparked massive celebrations.

Gibson was awarded best-on-ground honours with Privitelli and Blackburn others worthy of the prize.

Blackburn capped her grand final effort with the Player of the Tournament awarded by the umpires after four games over five days.

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