Nine junior teams took to the pitch on the weekend in the first round of finals. For the mixed shield teams, every round of the finals is sudden death, there is no double chance even for the top of the ladder as the second round of finals has the winners of the semi finals play against the winners of the North West shield semi finals.
At Hawthorn the under 14 and under 16 mixed shield played Doncaster. The two teams came in to the final with very different track records, with the 14s going down significantly against Donnie in the two home and away matches and the 16s beating them strongly.
Two years ago while in under 12s, the current 14s also came in to the finals as under dogs, but took the shield, can they do it again. The 14s started their finals in style with their best game for the season where they were in control of Doncaster for the whole game with same incredible goals from Lachie Paice the team on 4-3. Due to some challenging results in the NW shield finals, where Burra defeated the under defeated Essendon, Southern will play Burra in the cross over match.
The 16s did not show the same prowess of earlier games and struggled, with the scoreline 1-0 up at half time where Donnie had had four strong scoring shots but not getting through. Some better play in the second half and an amazing tomahawk from Carlin from the base line moved the 16s forward for a 3-1 win. Southern will play 2nd on the NW shield ladder Altona in the cross over match at the SNHC.
The 14 shield girls had a double chance, but did not need it playing one of their best games against Waverley winning 2-0. Waverley was the only team that had beaten the Southern minor premiers during the season, so a great result for super coach Shan and her band of assistant coaches. The girls have the week off while they wait to see who they play in the grand final in two weeks.
The under 12 mixed shield came in to the semi final as under dogs, fourth on the ladder, playing Camberwell who had not been beaten all season. The boys, with many of them fighting the dreaded lurgy played a never say die game, and at half time the score was nil all. Despite some continued great work, the Camberwell team slowly wore the team down taking the game 3-0, with the score not reflecting the closeness of the game.
The under 12 girls shield team were minor premiers, with only one loss for the season against Donnie the week previously. The girls facing their first final ever did not get the result they were wanting going down 4-0, but have a chance next week in the elimination final against Waverley.
The under 18 crew had finished second on the ladder to Burra who had taken the competition by storm. The team put up a good fight, going down 1-0. They now use their second chance against Mentone on Friday night.
The under 16 pennant girls have had an amazing season. After dropping from shield to pennant, they found their feet and have played really well, making the fourth spot on the ladder. In their game against Brumbies on Friday, the Southern girls played well and kept on fighting, but Brumbies took the win 2-0. Thanks to Lex, LJ and Megan for coaching these girls, your efforts have been really appreciated.
The under 14 mixed pennant team, with the club "if you need it, we are are there" Chris Silvers and Pim Okhuizen as coaches, had the one home game for the weekend and just could not get there. The team worked hard and kept the score for the nil all for most of the game, Mornington got a great shot across goal in the corner with about 6 minutes to go. The team had some last minute chances, but just could not convert. A strong season for the team.
The under 16 south red team had snatched the final spot from the black team, and played Monash on the water based pitch. With school productions, international exchanges and the dreaded nasties going around, all three permits for the three players from black to play were needed - thanks Liam, Jono and Tom for filling in. The different water based pitch probably was just too much for the team going down with a very credible 2-1 score line. Thanks Lachie once again for filling in as goalie. As always Warren, thanks for your work as a coach.