Hundreds of Melbourne’s best junior footballers will don their representative jumpers this week as they prepare to showcase their talents in the 2018 AFL Victoria Metro Junior Championships.
Kicking off on Wednesday night under lights, the Metro Junior Championships is the first stage of the AFL Victoria talented player pathway and gives respective TAC Cup regions an opportunity to view these players at a higher level than they experience each week in club matches.
Held at local venues across Melbourne, the five-week-long Championship series brings together the top junior metropolitan players in the Under 14, Under 15 and Under 15 Girls age groups.
Seven metropolitan leagues will have representative teams participating this season, including sides from the Eastern Football League (EFL), Essendon District Football League (EDFL), Northern Football Netball League (NFNL), Riddell District Football Netball League (RDFNL), South Metro Junior Football League (SMJFL), Western Region Football League (WRFL) and Yarra Junior Football League (YJFL).
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The tournament will see all teams compete in a three-round competition, with the top two teams in Division 1 Pool A and Pool B playing off in Grand Finals.
The Under 15 Division 1A, Under 15 Division 1B and Under 15 Girls Grand Finals will be played on Saturday June 23 while the Under 14 Division 1A and Under 14 Division 1B will be held on Saturday June 30.
The League which ﬁnishes on top of Division 2 will be promoted to Division 1 for the following year in both Under 14 and Under 15 competitions.
There will be two divisions in the female ﬁxture with the top two teams in the Division 1 Pool playing off in a Grand Final.
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