Ballarat schoolboys finish football carnival on winning notes

BALLARAT retained its place in division one with a last gasp win over Goulburn Murray in the Victorian under-15 schoolboys’ carnival in Melbourne on Wednesday.

Ballarat's Ben Hutt takes on Geelong in Sunday's division one opening round in Ballarat.

Ballarat's Ben Hutt takes on Geelong in Sunday's division one opening round in Ballarat.

Ballarat scraped home by five points with a goal in the dying stages of the play-off for fifth and sixth to avoid relegation.

This was their first win of the championships.

Geelong won the V/Line Cup title, defeating Peninsula Stingrays by one point.

Ballarat also capped off its division three campaign with a win.

Also winless in its two round-robin fixtures,  Ballarat avoided finishing on the bottom of the competition with a convincing 20-point win over Bendigo.

Ballarat youth girls finished fourth in the Subway Shield after losing to Bendigo by 10 points in the play-off for third and fourth.

Geelong won the shield with a one-point victory over Gippsland.

Central Murray took out the schoolboys’ division two grand final and Sunraysia dominated division three.

DIVISION 1

GOALS – Ballarat: M. Tuddenham 2, J. Keogh, J. Harrington , J. Dodd

BEST – Ballarat: I. Pertzel, J. Keogh, K. Dawborn, R. Corden-McKinley, J. Dodd

DIVISION 3

BALLARAT 4.10 (34)

BENDIGO 2.2 (14)

GOALS  - Ballarat:  J. Flynn 2, M. Goh , L. Smith

BEST- Ballarat: D. Howell, L. Smith, X. Schuurs, J. O'Connell, C. McKenzie

YOUTH GIRLS

BENDIGO 5.3 (33)

BALLARAT 3.5 (23)

GOALS  - Ballarat: C. Layton , A. Mc Donald , A. Morgan-McTaggart

BEST -  Ballarat: A. Bertram, J. Bokma, W. Greenhalgh, J. Lawrence, J. Gilmer, C. Layton