Monash Monday Review Round 5: Under 17 Boys

Round 5 marks the first round of the season after regrading. With some closer scorelines and outstanding performances, the competition is more exciting and lively than ever.

Here is our weekend wrap up:

Division 1:

In the first game of division 1, Highett/Cheltenham Black were challenged by Northvale in what was a very competitive first half, with the Panthers only maintaining the lead by mere points up to half time. Gaining momentum, they charged away in the third term, kicking 5 goals to 2, and kept Northvale to just a single behind in the final quarter. Despite some inaccuracy in front of goal, the Panthers were dominate over the second half and finished strong with a 54-point victory. Final Score: Highett/Cheltenham Black 11.16 82 def Northvale 4.4 28

Ormond made a valiant effort this round, but were ultimately defeated by Mordialloc-Braeside by 19-points. Though Ormond won the first quarter, the Mustangs dominated the second term and kicked 5 unanswered goals to cement the lead at halftime. Continuing their momentum, the Mustangs were in front by 38-points at the three quarter time break. Ormond looked determined in the last quarter, booting three goals to the Mustangs single point, but it unfortunately wasn’t quite enough to get the win. Final Score: Mordialloc-Braeside 9.11 65 def Ormond 6.10 46

In the last match of Round 5, AJAX claimed the victory over Beaumaris in their first Division 1 game. Though AJAX dominated the scoreboard, both teams showed a diversity of scorers and strength throughout the line-up with AJAX boasting 7 goal kickers, and K. Gold booting 4, while Beaumaris held their own with 5 different scorers, J Tinker leading the charge with 3. Despite their 47-point victory, this scoreline was much closer than their previous rounds in division 2. Final score: AJAX 13.16 94 def Beaumaris 7.5 47

Division 2:

In the opening match of Division 2, Highett/Cheltenham Blue experienced a 59-point triumph over St Kilda City. Keeping their opponents to just two behinds at the half time break, the Panthers maintained a consistent lead and kept their momentum going across the entire game. Despite an improved fourth quarter, St Kilda City were unable to capitalise in-front of goal, kicking 9 behinds from their 10 scoring opportunities and allowing Highett/Cheltenham to take both the four points and the win. Final Score: Highett/Cheltenham Blue 13.11 89 def St Kilda City 3.12 30

East Sandringham ended the weekend with a 34-point win over South Melbourne despite a tight first quarter. The game looked fairly even as South Melbourne went into the quarter time break with a 1-point lead, until East Sandringham kicked 4 unanswered goals in the second quarter and continued to maintain a steady lead across the rest of the game. M. Hewitt booted 4 majors for the Rovers while E. Soylemez kicked 3 and was named among the Bloods’ best players. Final Score: East Sandringham 10.11 71 def South Melbourne 5.7 37

In an absolute nail biter, Caulfield and Bentleigh scored 52-points each and experienced their first draws of the season. Despite their first quarter lead, the Bears were unable to stop Bentleigh from taking the lead at the halftime break and continuing their momentum into the third quarter. The Demons were unfortunately inaccurate in-front of goal, scoring 16 behinds over the match, and this allowed Caulfield back in the game in the final quarter. The Bears straight kicking allowed them to tie the scores in the dying minutes neither team could impact the scoreboard to ensure their victory. Final Score: Caulfield 8.4 52 – Bentleigh 6.16 52

In the final match of Round 5, Murrumbeena were 22-point victors over Oakleigh in a composed display that saw them maintain a steady lead across the game. Despite their inaccurate scoreline, Murumbeena were able to keep Oakleigh at bay, with the Dragons goalless for the opening quarter and ‘Beena ensuring they held at least a 20-point lead at the end of each term. Final Score: Murumbeena 10.13 73 def Oakleigh 7.9 51