Junior football grand finals continue

Ararat’s young rats will travel to Horsham tomorrow for the Wimmera League’s 2019 Grand Final at Horsham City Oval, after Mininera and District League’s last weekend.

A number of Ararat College students will play in both the under 14 and under 17 games, whilst Year 12 Ella Wood will run out with the Western Bulldogs in the VFLW final.

PHOTO: Giselle Allgood

Ararat’s under 14’s will face Horsham Demons tomorrow for the second year in a row, with the team quietly confident of a win.

“It’s going to be a tough game. I’m just going to go out there, try my hardest and hopefully get over the line to win,” Sonny Kettle said.

“I reckon we’ve got a big chance – we’ve come a long way, beaten the top team by a few goals and I reckon we’ve got a good shot.”

The young team won by 13 points last weekend against the Horsham Saints in the Preliminary Final but fell short by five points when they last encountered the Demons.

“We’ve had some pretty bad history against them but I reckon we can pull it off this time, everyone’s confident and everyone’s up and about,” Darcy Aitken said.

PHOTO: Giselle Allgood

Under 14’s Coach, Shane Allgood said this years season has been a lot of fun thanks to the kids and their passion for the game, stating that last weeks win was due to a whole team effort.

“They’ve got a couple of really big players, whereas we’ve got quite a small side so we have to be careful with how we use the ball. We can’t be kicking it to their big guys all the time,” Allgood said.

“That’s pretty much been our season. All the good sides have had fairly big players and we’ve had to manage with little players. Not much will change but we’ll just have to be careful with how we use the footy.”

The under 17 team have had quite the season, finishing top of the ladder with only one loss. They will battle Horsham Saints tomorrow after a comfortable win against them in the second semi-final – beating them by 45 points.

Player Kobe Davis said that the team is feeling quite comfortable heading into the game but was keeping details close to this chest.

PHOTO: Giselle Allgood

Ararat Football-Netball Club also have teams playing in the 17 and under netball, reserves football and C Grade netball.

Ararat’s VFLW Star

Ella Wood will also pull on the boots for her first VFLW Grand Final on Sunday at Ikon Stadium after six games with the red, white and blue.

“I’m really excited actually but I am a bit nervous seeing as it is my first VFL Grand Final. But with all the support I have around me, I think it will be really good – everyone’s really encouraging so it helps a lot,” Wood said.

“It could go either way to be honest but I hope we do get to hold the cup in the end, we’ll have to wait and see.”

PHOTO: Eleanor Jeanne Photography

“Watch it… 11:35am, Channel Seven on Sunday so make sure you’re there watching it, or you can come down and watch.”

The Western Bulldogs beat Collingwood when they met in the finals but weren’t so lucky when coming up against them earlier in the season. Ella says the possibility of a win is fifty-fifty.

Moyston Netball Success

Moyston-Willaura’s under 13 and under 17 netballers both had successful games last weekend in the Mininera and District Grand Final to wrap up their season.

The under 13’s had a sensational win by 32 goals, with Ararat College student Ruby Evans awarded Best on Court.

Under 17’s had a much closer contest, 27-24, becoming back-to-back premiers in the end. Player Kirsty Skubnick said there were plenty of celebrations after the win.

“It went really well, better than expected. We thought we could win but we hadn’t beat them before so it was good to win,” Skubnick said.

“We had a good year, a few losses but we got there in the end which is what matters most.”

Best on Court went to Ararat College’s Taryn Kelly.