Sunday was a real test of character for SMJFL footballers, with freezing conditions across Melbourne making for wet and muddy grounds.
This no doubt would have filled parents with dread about the thought of the washing required to get jumpers and socks clean for next week!
Here’s the Round 14 Monday Monash Review, brought to you by Monash University.
Under 18 Girls Division 1
St Peters kept the pressure on East Malvern in second spot with a thumping win over East Brighton Vampires. Four goals from Taylah Grasso and three to Alana Porter helped the home side to a 108-point win, which takes their record to 6-3 for the season.
St Bedes/Mentone Tigers sewed up a top-two finish as they defeated Hampton Rovers by 67 points at Boss James Reserve. Chelsea Bowen and Pia Staltari kicked three goals apiece for the Tigers, who sit atop the Division 1 ladder. The Rovers will need to win next week if they want to keep their finals hopes alive.
East Malvern remains in the top two as it defeated Ashwood by 63 points at Darling Park. Abbi Moloney continued her outstanding season in front of goal, kicking four majors to spur the Knights to victory. Ashwood can secure it’s place in the finals if it can overcome East Brighton Vampires next weekend.
Under 18 Girls Division 2
Undefeated Mordialloc Braeside survived a huge scare against St Kilda City, scraping home by just two points at Walter Galt Reserve. The Mustangs led by ten points at the final change, but City held them scoreless in the last quarter to nearly pull off the upset. It just goes to show all teams need to be on their game each week.
Beaumaris booked itself into a second-place finish with a 30-point win over East Brighton Vampires. The Sharks led by just ten points at half time, but extended their lead in the second half while keeping the Vampires scoreless in an impressive all-round effort.
St Paul’s McKinnon forfeited their match against Prahran.
Under 17 Boys Division 1
St Bedes/Mentone Tigers locked out the top four with a 49-point win over Dingley. Three majors from Joshua Miller helped the Tigers to a comfortable win, which secured them fourth spot and a finals berth in 2019.
Bentleigh remains the team to beat in Division 1, defeating St Peters by 27 points at Centenary Park. The home side was made to rue missed opportunities in front of goal, kicking 2.11 for the afternoon. The Demons also had their issues in front of goal booting 6.14, but did enough to stay at the top of the table for another week.
Mordialloc Braeside was made to work for its win over Beaumaris, eventually coming away with a 16-point win at Heatherton Recreation Reserve. The Mustangs led by just two points at the first break but kicked three goals to the Sharks’ one for the remainder of the afternoon to take the win and hang onto second spot.
Under 17 Boys Division 2
Caulfield moved back into top spot as they dispatched Mordialloc Braeside by 88 points at Koornang Park. The Bears dominated from the outset, opening up a 48-point gap at half time before putting the foot down in the second half to run away dominant winners. Spencer Hankin kicked four goals for Caulfield.
St Kilda City is keeping the pressure on the top two teams as it won by 48 points against Dingley at Peanut Farm. There was only 11 points in it at half time, but a six-goal burst from the home side in the second half put the result beyond doubt. Dante Visentini kicked three goals for the winners.
Waverley Park Hawks delivered a huge blow to Oakleigh’s finals chances as they defeated the Dragons by 42 points at W.A Scammell Reserve. Oakleigh kept pace with the Hawks early in the contest but three goals to Dale Argus and Hayden Boyce powering the Hawks to another win.
Cheltenham is now a game clear of Oakleigh in fourth spot after taking a 33-point win over Murrumbeena at Murrumbeena Park. The home side made the early running to take a lead into quarter time and only trailed by a goal at three-quarter time, but five goals to two in Cheltenham’s favour in the final term secured the win.