Mixed results for Ballarat, Bendigo FLs

Ballarat interleague team (Ballarat FNL Facebook)

The Ballarat Football League came away with bragging rights in its interleague match, while the Bendigo Football League fell short in its on Saturday.

The Ballarat league fielded an under-23 match to take on a Hampden Football League match.

Coached by Anthony Koutoufides, the Ballarat team made it back-to-back wins after winning last year clash between the two leagues.

It was Hampden that led by four points at quarter time, before the Ballarat team took a seven point lead into the main break.

The game was broken open in the third quarter, with four goals to one in favour of Ballarat.

The Ballarat team was able to finish off strongly, winning 11.15 (81)-7.8 (50).

Melton South’s Cody Chapman was awarded the best on ground medal, while Sunbury Lions’ Mitch McLean and Riley Miller also had strong games.

The Bendigo league faced a Victorian Amateur Football Association side featuring players from its premier B to division 3 competitions.

The VAFA opened up a 14 point lead at quarter time and was able to extend its lead to 25 points at half time.

Five goals to three in the third quarter gave the Bendigo league some hope heading into the final quarter.

Both teams finished with three goals each in the final quarter, with the VAFA winning 12.13 (85)-10.12 (72).

James Schischka finished with four goals for Bendigo. Gisborne spearhead Pat McKenna kicked two goals.

Ricky Monti, Charlie Langford and Cooper Smith were named Bendigo’s best.

Both Ballarat and Bendigo competitions will resume their normal competitions this weekend.