Published on June 13, 2019 1:46 pm

Photo: Garry Sparkle

UNDER 19 VIC COUNTRY GOES DOWN TO VAFA

There has been no greater rivalry in community football than that of the AFL Victoria Country vs Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA).

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For years the pair have faced off across Victoria for the ultimate bragging rights.

Playing off for the Under 19 Challenge Cup, the competition provides the next crop of community football greats with an opportunity to showcase their talents.

The two teams went head to head at Elsternwick Park Oval over the weekend with the VAFA defeating Energy Safe Victoria Country by 38 points.

The Vic Country boys kicked with the aid of a strong breeze and were looking good early with Wil Hamilton providing a good target up forward. In the latter stages of the quarter the VAFA boys ran the ball well and were able to kick five goals against the breeze to put themselves into good position.

The second quarter proved to be an evenly fought contest with the VAFA kicking some great goals from tight angles. Vic Country had opportunities to score but were unable to hit the scoreboard.

Dan Frampton marked well in the backline to hold out the VAFA on numerous occasions and Cody Lindsay was working hard for Vic Country in the ruck against a taller opponent.

In the second half the VAFA proved to be the stronger side and were able to move the ball more cleanly by hand and foot. David Handley worked hard in the midfield to set up several scoring opportunities and kicked a great long running goal.

AFL Vic Country kicked 3 late goals into the wind in the last quarter courtesy of some good play from Joe Richards and Jonty Broughton.

The Peter Knights Medal for the best player from AFL Vic Country was awarded to Lachy Wallace from Strathfieldsaye, while the VAFA Best on Ground Medal was awarded to Hamish Dick from Old Brighton Grammarians.

Energy Safe AFL VIC Country: 11.13 (79)

Best Players: Lachy Wallace, David Handley, Jonty Broughton, Dan Frampton, Cody Lindsay

VAFA: 17.15 (117)

Best Players: D. Hanna, B. Wraith, L. Diggins, H. Dick, C. Hodges

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