There were some big wins and closely fought contests in Round 2 of SMJFL action on the weekend.
Teams extended their unbeaten start to the year, while others recorded their first win of the season. Here’s your Round 2 Monash Monday Review, brought to you by Monash University.
Under 18 Girls
Ashwood continued its unbeaten start to 2019 with a thumping win over East Brighton Vampires. Emma Loveless was the star for the Magpies, booting seven goals as her side cruised to a 109-point win. Paige Baddeley, Abbey Russell and Oceane Pereira Leclerc also kicked multiple goals for Ashwood.
Prahran bounced onto the winners list for the first time this season with a big win over St Paul’s McKinnon at Toorak Park. Elle Lynch bagged five goals and Lucy Hackett kicked three for the home side as they recorded a 118-point win.
A second quarter burst set up Beaumaris’ second win of the season, 85-point winners over Mordialloc Braeside. There was just eight points in it at quarter time, but the Sharks kicked six goals to none in the second term to pull away and set up the win at Beaumaris Secondary College.
St Peters chalked up their first win of the season over St Bedes/Mentone Tigers at Mentone Reserve. After having to forfeit last week, St Peters kicked four goals to none in the third term to help set up a 35-point win. Annie Elias kicked three for St Peters, while Jessie Natoli put in a best on ground display for the Tigers.
East Malvern continued its strong start to 2019 with a 53-point win over St Kilda City. Some wayward kicking in front of goal meant the margin wasn’t as big as it could have been as the Knights kicked 6.17 the game but put in a strong defensive effort to keep the Saints at bay. Holly Searby finished with three goals and Charlotte Murray finished with a couple to take her season tally to five.
Hampton Rovers made their way to the winner’s circle for the first time this year with a 28-point win over East Brighton Vampires. The four points were very much up for grabs at half time with just 14 points separating both sides, but Hampton pulled away in the second half with plenty of attacking play. Greta Robertson and Ali Coyne kicked two goals each for the Rovers.
Under 17 Boys – Division 1
Bentleigh and St Bedes/Mentone Tigers played out a hard-fought contest at Bentleigh Reserve on Sunday. The Demons held a comfortable margin for most of the day, but the Tigers gave them a fright in the final term booting three goals to one. It wasn’t enough however as the Demons held on for a nine-point win – their second of the season.
Mordialloc Braeside continued their impressive start to the year, recording a nine-goal win over East Sandringham Rovers. Mitchell Morison kicked three majors for the Mustangs and William Straford, Corey Barden and Jordan Hesline also finished with multiples as the home side collected 28 scoring shots for the day.
St Peters remain undefeated in Division 1 with a 69-point win over Dingley at Centenary Park. The Dingoes were in the contest at half time, but St Peters proved too strong in the second half, kicking nine goals to run away with the four points. Jacob Mackinnon kicked three goals for the hosts as did Shane Ho, who now has six goals for the season.
The match between Waverley Park Hawks and Beaumaris was postponed due to unsafe ground conditions.
Under 17 Boys – Division 2
After having the bye in Round 1, Caulfield Bears came out firing in a 46-point win over Oakleigh Dragons. The Bears shared the load in front of goal, with nine different goal kickers on the day. Caulfield’s defence was also a highlight, keeping the visitors to just three goals for the afternoon.
Dingley bounced back from a Round 1 loss to Oakleigh with a win over Moridalloc Braeside at Heatherton Recreation Reserve. The first term was a real tussle with both teams kicking a goal each, but the Dingoes eventually found their range, slotting nine goals to five from that point on to set up the win. Lachlan Benton finished with three majors for the home side.
Murrumbeena and Cheltenham played out a highly entertaining contest at Murrumbeena Park on Sunday afternoon. Ten points was the biggest margin at any break, and it was the Panthers that held their nerve to record a seven-point win despite some wayward goal kicking. Both teams had six goal kickers on the day, Lachlan Dight kicking two for Cheltenham and Terence Roccazzella kicking a couple for the Lions.
St Kilda City had the bye.