Monbulk Junior Football Club battled against Emerald on Sunday 28 April, most teams in their first home game.
The club said it was great to see so many spectators enjoying the football, and especially great to see the under-14 girls play a home game.
It thanked Emerald for working with the club while its sporting pavilion is being built.
Monbulk vs Emerald
The under-9s had a tough outing this week with wet conditions and a good opposition in Emerald. Despite the conditions the side took a lot of great marks and handballed to team mates a lot.
Best: T. Cross, B. McConchie, C. Myres, T. Callanan.
Monbulk vs Emerald
The under-10s were confronted with wet, cold conditions and a tough opponent.
Strong tackling and player efforts were highlights from the Hawks players.
Best: N. Brown, C. Mitchell, J. Butler, A. Sproat.
Emerald 4.10.34 d Monbulk 1.0.6
The guys started well with an early goal and plenty of the ball in the first quarter.
After quarter time, Emerald’s bigger bodies and strength took over and they ran away from the Hawks in the final three quarters.
Best: J. Fraser, B. Henning, B. Nicholson, L. Hickingbotham, I. Mullinder.
Emerald 4.2.26 d Monbulk 2.4.16
This was a good contest, and well-umpired.
It was a close match with plenty of play in both teams’ forward lines.
Best: A. Moore-Dennis, T. Watson, Jaxon, B. Downey, K. Sutton.
Emerald 4.4.52 d Monbulk 1.5.23
The players ran the game out really well.
The endeavour was fantastic and the spirit was great.
Best: J. Blandthorn, J. Bateson, T. Kostich Angerson, K. Gates, C. Hussey.
Monbulk 13.6.84 d Emerald 2.3.15
It was great for the side to play at its home ground.
The girls worked well as a team to produce a strong finish.
Best: C. Bakker, S. Beecroft, K. Utting, R. Oleskowski, H. Koolstra, L. Judd.
Monbulk 7.7.49 d Emerald 7.6.48
The boys had a tough game.
Emerald started very physical and it took the boys a little while to adjust.
They played a fantastic second quarter to get back into the game and held on for a very tight finish.
Best: B. Grimes, W. Henderson, R. Finlay, M. Bateson, A. McDonald.