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 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.
GOALS – Ballarat: M. Tuddenham 2, J. Keogh, J. Harrington , J. Dodd
BEST – Ballarat: I. Pertzel, J. Keogh, K. Dawborn, R. Corden-McKinley, J. Dodd
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
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