CALDER Cannons' Jonathan O'Rourke played a stellar role for Vic Metro in its 15-point win against Vic Country in the NAB AFL under-18 championships at Simonds Stadium on Friday.
O'Rourke, who is sure to be in AFL selectors' minds come the end of the year, kicked the opening goal of the final term to break the deadlock.
Country fought hard for the rest of the quarter, but a 50m penalty and resultant goal to the Western Jets' Lachlan Hunter with just minutes to go ended its challenge.
Metro won 8.18 (66) to 6.15 (51).
Both teams struggled to adjust to the windy conditions early which resulted in inaccurate kicking, with Metro managing only 1.7 for the opening term.
Goals were hard to come by and it was an even contest for the whole day.
But it was Metro players who stepped up at the pointy end of the game.
O'Rourke, who was named in the best, was one of those, with his spread from the contest important for Metro.
Metro takes on Western Australia at Etihad Stadium tomorrow.
Vic Country 2.5 3.8 6.14 6.15 (51)
Vic Metro 1.7 4.11 6.14 8.18 (66)
Goals: Vic Country: Calvert 2, Crouch, Membrey, Wines, Wood. Vic Metro: Boyd 3, Hrovat, Hunter, Jaksch, Kelly, O'Rourke
Best: Vic Country: Wood, Smith, Sherman, Garner, Wines, Hams. Vic Metro: Temay, O'Rourke, Boyd, Kelly, Vlastuin, Viney, Gilmore