The Eastern Football League (EFL) has been crowned the best community football league in Victoria, after defeating reigning champions Geelong Football Netball League (GFNL) by 42-points in the top-ranked 2018 WorkSafe AFL Victoria Community Championships match on Saturday.
Playing under the roof at Etihad Stadium ahead of the Round 9 AFL game between St. Kilda and Collingwood, the EFL jumped out of the blocks early to pile on six majors in the opening half to take a slim five-point lead at the main break.
Despite the efforts of the reigning champions, the EFL’s pressure was simple too great, with two goals from Vermont ruckman Liam Buxton in the final term sealing the game for the metropolitan outfit.
EFL’s Leigh Williams took home best on ground honours for the winning side, while Jack Blood was judged the best player for Geelong.
EFL will face the Northern Football Netball League in the top-ranked match in 2019, after NFNL defeated Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League by 40-points.
At the MCG, it was the Goulburn Valley League who took home bragging rights in the top-ranked country match, with a win over Ballarat Football Netball League by 22-points.
In a high scoring game, the lead changed at every break before Goulburn Valley booted seven goals in the final term to secure its first senior interleague win in the last four outings.
The 7 v 8 game was held as part of the AFL Country Game celebrations and played as a curtain raiser to the Round 9 clash between Essendon and Geelong.
In other results, Ovens & Murray FNL secured a win over Western Region FL by 76-points, Hampden FNL defeated Bendigo FNL in a thriller by nine-points, while South East FNL has moved into the top 10 Community Championship rankings after defeating AFL Yarra Ranges by 36 points.
Other winners for the day included Gippsland FL, Bellarine FNL, Central Murray FNL, Geelong & District FNL, Southern FNL, Riddell FNL, West Gippsland FNL, Ellinbank & District FNL, Colac & District FNL and Loddon Valley FNL.
Official 2019 WorkSafe AFL Victoria Community Championship Rankings will be released on Monday.
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