Josh Smillie in action for Vic Metro (Photo: AFL Photos)

The National Championships have well and truly kicked off, with some impressive performances starting to pave the way for a massive month ahead.

On Saturday, we got our first glimpse of representative footy for the Under 18 Girls, with Vic Metro and Vic Country playing trial matches to decide the final squad.

In the Metro v Metro clash, it was Sophie McKay, Sierra Grieves, and Kiera Whiley who stood out, showcasing promising signs after having tougher starts in losing sides at Talent League level.

The Under 18 National Championships kicked off for Vic Metro with a comprehensive victory over South Australia.

Up forward it was Jordan Croft with three goals and Nick Watson with four goals that propelled Metro to the 68-point win.

Down back, Logan Morris played a noteworthy performance, with a team-high six marks, another display of his versatility.

The Allies took care of business yet again, with another thumping, this time against Western Australia, winners by 88 points.

Ryley Sanders and Colby McKercher continue to dominate in the midfield, whilst Jack Callinan regained a bit of form with three goals after a quieter first game.

The future of Victorian talent was on display at Trevor Barker Oval on Saturday, as Vic Metro played Vic Country in the first game of the Under 16 National Championships.

Giuseppe Posterino brought the energy and pressure for Vic Country, along with Noah Hibbins-Hargreaves who showcased a bit of x-factor and composure in his game.

Willem Duursma (Younger brother of Port Adelaide winger Xavier Duursma), played a well-rounded game in the backline, using the ball effectively.

For Metro, Thomas McGuane, future father-son prospect of Mick McGuane, was noticeably ahead of the game with his football IQ, also clean below his knees, while Tom Burton was terrific in the middle of the ground, with great leg speed, able to break the game open.

Sandringham got their second win over local rivals Oakleigh, with Murphy Reid proving he will be a seriously good prospect in 2024.

Tune into the podcast to hear more about the standouts from the girls’ trials, Vic Metro’s impressive performances, younger prospects to keep an eye on, and much more.

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