Victoria Metro has withstood a fierce challenge from Queensland to post a 46-point win on Day 1 of the AFL Youth Girls National Championships.
With 14-year-old Isabel Huntingon and co-captain Ellie Blackburn starring early, Metro bounced out to a 20-point lead at quarter time.
But when Rachel Milns goaled after some great work from Jordan Zanchetta to start the second term, Queensland were within striking distance and applying plenty of pressure.
Hannah Hillman and Tayla Harris were also fine contributors for Queensland as Vic Metro struggled to break the shackles.
As good sides do, Metro responded to the challenge and with three late goals enjoyed 34-point half time lead.
The intense contest continued in the third quarter with Huntington stating her case for best on ground with more than a dozen marks.
Rebecca Privitelli was another who shone for Vic Metro, using her agility to command plenty of the ball.
Two goals from Emily Smith were crucial, while Mia Amon bagged the first of the last term to finally put an end to Queensland’s challenge.
While the scoreline pointed to a lopsided encounter, Vic Metro finished knowing they will have to be at their best to come out on top this week.