Victoria take clean sweep at Under 18 Nationals

Victorious Under 18 Victorian state teams
Victorious Under 18 Victorian state teams
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Lacrosse Victoria wishes to congratulate both the Under 18 boys and Girls state teams on their clean sweep of the national championships over the Easter long weekend.

The under 18 boys started off their campaign on day 1 with a commanding win over Lacrosse South Australia 22-6 with Mitchell  Baker (Malvern) starring in the win with 7 goals and 4 assists. Mitchell was ably assisted by Joseph Pagliaro (Camberwell) with 5 goals finishing off a great performance by the boys on day one.

Day two saw Victoria come up against a very strong Western Australian outfit. In what was another outstanding offensive performance by the Victorians Joseph Pagliaro scored 3 goals and Liam Harari (Caulfield) 2 goals to run away with the 12-8 victory. Moving onto day 3 of the national tournament and already with two wins on the board the Victorians did not stop there and were led by excellent and strong defence as well as a potent offence beating Taiwan 10-1. Joseph Pagliaro was at it again scoring 4 goals in an MVP performance for the Victorian side who were now sitting atop of the leader board with three wins under their belt. The second game on day 3 was against a high flying New Zealand outfit looking to knock off the ladder leading Victorians. In what was a hotly contested game Griffin Nicholas (Williamstown) produced the goods for Victoria scoring 3 goals as well as having 3 assists in what a fantastic all-round game and was ably supported by Mitchell Baker who had 2 goals and 6 assists to add to his tally.

The Victorian under 18 team after moving through the round robin stage undefeated were ready to tackle a Lacrosse Western Australia outfit for the national championship that were looking for revenge after an early loss to Victoria on day 1. With the Victorians looking for back to back under 18 national championships they held nothing back in the early going of the match and proceeded to dominate the game running out convincing winners 19-7. Mitchell Baker capped off a stellar championship campaign with an MVP performance with 4 goals while Finn Lane (Caulfield) and Joel Kukucka (Altona) scored 3 each. The Victorian defence was stout all weekend backed by the two goaltenders Blake Watson (Footscray) and Merric Auty (Brunswick). Two of the defenders made the all-tournament team in Sam Boontjes (Chadstone) and Chinaka Roa-Egbugur (Williamstown). The defence should be commended with keeping teams to under ten goals in every game which is no small task! Lacrosse Victoria wishes to congratulate Clinton Lander, his coaching and support staff on a fantastic campaign and back to back national championships.


The under 18 girls team also had a successful campaign writing the wrongs of previous tournaments. Victoria opened up their tournament on day 1 against the reigning champions of Western Australia. The game didn’t disappoint with highlights a plenty but unfortunately for the Victorians it was an early loss going down 13 – 6 with 2 goals each to Georgia Latch (Footscray), Abby O’Mahony (Williamstown Women) and Ruby Barnes (Williamstown Women). The girls bounced back on day 2 to regain some winning form by defeating Waikato 9-5. Georgia Latch was again promising in attack with 3 goals while Molly Dunham(Newport Ladies) was strong in defence being awarded MVP for the match. In the afternoon Victoria were able to notch up their second win for the day in a strong display going on an offensive rampage to down Auckland 16-3. Georgia Latch was able to continue her strong display with another 5 goal performance while Abbey O’Mahony chipped in with 4 goals and Nikala Patsolaridis(Footscray) came through with 3 goals and 1 assist to round out a stunning Victorian display. On to day 3 where the girls were able to recover from a double header on day 2 to take on the might of South Australia in the afternoon. In what was another exciting encounter it was Victoria’s 3-0 third quarter that broke the game open and allowed the team to run away with an 11-8 victory and a spot in the championship game against Western Australia.

In a rematch of the 2017 National championship match Victoria played off against a strong Western Australian outfit keen to take revenge for the early loss on day 1. The match went back and forth for most parts but Victoria were able to weather the Western Australian storm, thanks largely to strong defence and Georgia Latch’s final quarter goals, to reverse the 2017 result and walk away with the National championship title over Western Australia 12-11. It was great campaign by the girls with strong defence coupled with an excellent offensive performance. Lacrosse Victoria wishes to congratulate Cliff Jennings and his coaching and support staff on a wonderful campaign and are happy to have both national title back home in Victoria.


Congratulations also needs to go to our All Australian team members and coaches in both the male and female teams (See below), LIam Harari (Caulfield) as tournament MVP and Georgia Latch (Footscray) for being awarded the top goal scorer for the tournament.

Under 18 women’s all Australian team
Defence - Isabella Murphy - Footscray Lacrosse Club
Midfield - Abbey O'Mahoney - Williamstown Women
Attack - Bonnie Yu - Footscray Lacrosse Club
Coach - Cliff Jennings - Newport Ladies Lacrosse Club

Under 18 Boys All Australian team
Defence - Sam Boontjes - Chadstone Lacrosse Club
Defence - Chinaka Roa-Egbugur - Williamstown Lacrosse Club
Midfield - Liam Harari - Caulfield Lacrosse Club
Attack - Mitch Baker - Malvern Lacrosse Club
Attack - Joseph Pagliaro - Camberwell Lacrosse Club
Coach - Clinton Lander - Camberwell Lacrosse Club

Well done Vics!



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