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Metro crushes Country

Vic Metro opened its National's AFL under 18 championships with a comprehensive 63-point victory over arch-rival and 2003 title holder Vic Country in the opening division one match at the MCG on Sunday.

Metro 19.6 (120) defeated Country 8.9 (57) and in the process gained some revenge for the 14-point loss against them during last year's championships.

The game was never in doubt after half-time when Vic Metro booted 11 goals to three in second half.

Vic Metro key forward Ryan Willitts, who stands at 196cm, was an outstanding performer with four goals and five grabs, which was a feature of his game, particularly his contested marking.

Marc Murphy, the son of five-time Fitzroy best-and-fairest winner John, had a great match with 20 touches, while Ben Sharp and Jesse W. Smith - the son of former Kangaroos defender Ross - were also among Vic Metro's best.

Vic Country's Dean Polo, who notched up 21 disposals - the most for the match - was impressive. Jordan Lewis, Matt Rosa and the highly rated Brett Deledio were also solid contributors.

Deledio, the son of Wayne who played one game for Carlton in 1975, is sure to better his father's VFL/AFL game tally, as he looms as a potential number one draftee come the November 20 National's AFL Draft.

He displayed classy attributes on a number of occasions, although he did miss several targets with his disposal. But he still managed to win the ball 20 times and he showed plenty to like about his game.

The first term was an even contest, with Vic Metro booting four goals to three to claim a six-point lead at quarter-time.

Vic Country levelled the scores when Kristopher Pendlebury kicked truly early in the second term, but Metro answered with four of the remaining five goals for the quarter to lead by 18 points at half-time.

Vic Metro's Luke Herrington, who booted nine goals against Western Australia and finished with 17 goals in last year's championships, had three majors to half-time.

Metro broke away in the third term and set up the victory with seven goals to one, which included five unanswered majors. Rosa was the Country's lone goalscorer in the third term.

With the result all but over in the final term, Vic Metro added a further four goals to two, with Willitts and Herrington notching up their fourth goal each for the match.

Victoria Metropolitan: 4.0 8.1 15.3 19.6 (120)
Victoria Country: 3.0 5.1 6.4 8.9 (57)
Goals: Vic Metro: Herrington 4, Willitts 4, Little 2, M.Murphy 2, J.W.Smith 2, Bain, Betts, Jolley, May, Moore
Vic Country: Herring 2, Rosa 2, Deledio, Lewis, Pendlebury, S.Young

Best: Vic Metro: Murphy, Willitts, Sharp, J.W.Smith, Bain, Herrington
Vic Country: Polo, Lewis, Rosa, Deledio, Drum, Kirby