This was the week hearts were pumping, with some ultimately broken on the final siren. The penultimate week of SMJFL finals is season-defining one way or another. For some their Grand Final dreams still stand whilst those less lucky will have to wait another 12 months for the opportunity. With thanks to Monash University, here is a comprehensive review of the Under 17 and 18s action in your Monday Monash Review.
Under 18 Girls Division 1
St Peters managed to overcome a stubborn St Bedes/Mentone side to advance into next Sunday’s Under 18 Girls Grand Final. The Saints came into the fixture off the back of a comprehensive 97-point victory over Ashwood, however they struggled to score with similar ease as St Bedes/Mentone nullified their potency. Despite failing to hit the scoreboard the Tigers were every chance to pinch a victory, trailing by just nine points at the final change. However, St Peters managed to extend their lead in a dominant last quarter performance, running out 22-point victors. The result ensures another tantalising match-up between the Saints and the Knights.
Under 18 Girls Division 2
Mordialloc and Prahran had their Preliminary Final abandoned due to lightning and severe weather conditions during the half-time interval. The Mustangs were leading when the match was called off, however the game will be restarted from scratch at 6:30pm this Wednesday night at Le Page Park – Oval 1.
Under 17 Boys Division 1
In one of the more stunning results this past weekend, St Bedes/Mentone have continued their fairy-tale story, upsetting Bentleigh by just three points at Darling Park.
The Tigers scraped into the finals with a 4-5 record yet have come to life at the right time of the year, upsetting a Bentleigh side who doubled their in-season win total.
What makes this result more incredible is St Bede’s slow start. The Tigers trailed 27-1 at quarter-time, which would have shell-shocked most groups. Yet the boys from Mentone roared back to outscore the Dees by 22 points in the second quarter. From here it was an arm-wrestle, with the lead changing on multiple occasions. Ultimately, it was St Bedes who clung to victory, earning them a spot in next week’s big dance against Mordialloc-Braeside.
Under 17 Boys Division 2
St Kilda City has stormed into the vacant Grand Final spot at the expense of Waverley Park Hawks- who were defeated by 52 points.
The Hawks will feel this is one which slipped through their fingers, having led at quarter-time before trailing by a mere 10 points at the major break. The damage was done in an explosive third quarter where the Saints piled on six goals and three behinds, to Waverley’s solitary point.
The last quarter proved an intense battle but for the Hawks it amounted to very little on the scoreboard. The third quarter burst was a real show of how damaging this St Kilda side can be, and there is no doubt we are set for a mammoth showdown next weekend as they face Caulfield.