The future stars of Southern footy were the curtain raiser to the senior side in Romsey on the weekend and put on a show in a tough loss to the Riddell district Football league.
It was a tight opening quarter with Riddell going into quarter time two points ahead before the hosts kicked three goals in the second term to gain a bit of ascendancy over the Southern boys going into half time.
A tough third term saw the SFNL down 13 points at the final change, but still well and truly in the contest, however Riddell had all the momentum and it looked as though they were starting to get on top of the Southern boys.
In the end, Southern were gallant, but fell six points short in a strong showing that they can be incredibly proud of. SFNL were able to keep Riddell goalless in the final term and nearly stole it but fell just short in a classic contest.
St Kilda City’s Ubil Chol was outstanding throughout the afternoon, and really set his team up all day, getting plenty of football as he tried to claw the Southern league over the line.
Captain Luke Simmons was huge for the Southern too and would be proud of the effort his boys put in while St Pauls young gun Nicholas Stathopoulos was the Southern’s only multiple goalkicker with two majors.
SOUTHERN FOOTBALL NETBALL LEAGUE
Goal Kickers: N. Stathopoulos 2, L. Nunn, M. McNaughton, J. Morgan-Ranui, A. Peacock, B. Crane
Best Players: U. Chol, L. Simmonds, T. Lafituanai, N. Stathopoulos, R. Goldsmith, J. Morgan-Ranui
RIDDELL DISTRICT FOOTBALL NETBALL LEAGUE
Goal Kickers: S. McArdle 4, J. Watkins, H. Giddings, E. Ricupero, N. Croft
Best Players: J. Watkins, P. Doyle, N. Croft, B. Marshall, L. Randle-Hewitt, S. McArdle