The New Zealand Academy Level 2 side have showed promise in their opening game against the MPJFL U16’s, going down by 28 points in game 1 of their 2 match series.
The Level 2 side was coached by Shane Leat and with a new batch of young talented players, the side was looking to develop their knowledge of the game.
In wet and slippery conditions, the opening term was dominated by a skillful Mornington side as Mitchell Bell, Ned Moodie and Campbell McMillin all scored for the BlueScope Steelers.
New Zealand kicked into gear in the second as they went on the attack. Angus Hammett kicked an early goal but were unlucky as they missed their next 4 scoring shots which would have given them the lead at half time.
Captain Doug McJorrow was playing well and continued his good form from playing in the AFL New Zealand Premiership.
New Zealand again matched it with their opposition in the third quarter as both sides were playing some great wet weather footy.
Rico Tuhua and Campbell Cleal got their names on the scoresheet for the home side and were providing options up front for their midfielders.
In the final term, Mitchell Bell opened the scoring for the Steelers and Ned Moodie sealed the win when he kicked his fourth goal of the game.
Game 2 is set for Monday April 8th, 1.30pm at QBE Stadium.
NZ Academy Level 2: Angus Hammett 2, Campbell Cleal 1, Rico Tuhua 1
Mornington Peninsula U16’s: Ned Moodie 4, Mitchell Bell 2, Campbell McMillan 2, Zac Cordinia 1
Best on Ground Awards:
NZ Academy Level 2: Angus Hammett and Doug McJorrow
Mornington Peninsula U16’s: Ronan Vaipo and Tom Buckley