Geelong maintains its status as AFL Victoria's No.1 league

PACK FLIES: Action from Saturday's match between Heathcote District and Central Murray at the Queen Elizabeth Oval. Central Murray won by 43 points in a game in which it was never headed. Picture: GLENN DANIELS
PACK FLIES: Action from Saturday's match between Heathcote District and Central Murray at the Queen Elizabeth Oval. Central Murray won by 43 points in a game in which it was never headed. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

GEELONG has maintained its status as AFL Victoria’s No.1 community league.

Geelong held on to its No.1 ranking with a 16.9 (105) to 11.17 (83) victory over Mornington Peninsula Nepean at the MCG in Saturday’s main event match of the 2017 AFL Victoria Community Championships.

Eastern earned the right to challenge Geelong for the No.1 spot next year after it held on to win a 3 v 4 thriller against Essendon District by two points, 18.10 (118) to 17.14 (116).

Saturday’s results across the state generally played out according to the rankings.

Of the 15 games played, 12 were won by the higher-ranked teams.

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Saturday’s results:

Geelong 16.9 (105) d Mornington Peninsula Nepean 11.17 (83);

Eastern 18.10 (118) d Essendon District 17.14 (116);

Northern 24.17 (161) d Western Region 5.6 (36);

Ovens and Murray 12.14 (86) d Goulburn Valley 11.13 (79);

Ballarat 16.9 (105) d Bendigo 14.10 (94);

Hampden 13.19 (97) d South East 12.7 (79);

Yarra Ranges 16.15 (111) d Gippsland 6.14 (50);

Murray 16.10 (106) d Wimmera 13.6 (84);

Central Murray 17.16 (118) d Heathcote District 11.9 (75);

Geelong District 15.1 (91) d North Central 13.9 (87);

Southern 9.6 (60) d Central Highlands 8.8 (56);

Riddell 18.15 (123) d West Gippsland 11.5 (71);

Maryborough-Castlemaine District 14.10 (94) d Warrnambool District 9.12 (66);

Horsham District 19.19 (133) d Colac District 5.13 (43);

Kyabram District 21.13 (139) d Golden Rivers 9.2 (56).

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New rankings:

1 – Geelong

2 – Eastern

3 – Morn. Peninsula

4 – Northern

5 – Essendon District

6 – Ovens and Murray

7 – Western Region

8 – Ballarat

9 – Goulburn Valley

10 – Hampden

11 – Bendigo

12 – Yarra Ranges

13 – South East

14 – Murray

15 – Gippsland

16 – Bellarine

17 – Wimmera

18 – Central Murray

19 – Sunraysia

20 – Geelong District

21 – Heathcote District

22 – Southern

23 – North Central

24 – Riddell

25 – Central Highlands

26 – Maryborough-Castlemaine District

27 – West Gippsland

28 – Horsham District

29 – Warrnambool District

30 – Kyabram District

31 – Colac District

32 – Golden Rivers