There were some big wins in the top SMJFL age groups over the weekend as the top sides flexed their muscles with just a fortnight to go before finals.
Let’s take a look at what happened in this week’s Monday Monash Review, brought to you by Monash University.
Under 18 Girls Division 1
St Peters locked itself into a finals spot with a dominant win over Ashwood. Eliza James and Emma Langley kicked three goals each for the visitors, who finished with 14 goals for the day and kept the Magpies to just one behind.
East Malvern continue to nip at the heels of top side St Bedes/Mentone Tigers, with a big win over Hampton Rovers at Castlefield Reserve. The Knights kicked 18 goals for the afternoon, with Abbi Maloney continuing her stellar season with a seven-goal bag.
St Bedes/Mentone Tigers show no sign of slowing down, putting East Brighton Vampires to the sword at Moorleigh Reserve. Six goals to Pia Staltari and five goals from Emily Whittaker headlined a big day for the second-placed Knights.
Under 18 Girls Division 2
Beaumaris reminded the rest of Division 2 of their premiership aspirations, with a dominant with over St Paul’s McKinnon. The Sharks kicked ten first half goals to none to set up the win, although the Demons gave strong effort in the second half to keep the visitors to just another five majors.
Mordialloc Braeside remain undefeated at the top of the table, beating Prahran by 40 points at Walter Galt Reserve on Sunday. The Mustangs didn’t take as many chances as they could have in front of goal, but still chalked up a strong win over the fourth-placed Blues, who sit in the top four by just 0.53%.
St Kilda City forfeited its game against East Brighton Vampires.
Under 17 Boys Division 1
Bentleigh flexed its muscle at Bentleigh Reserve on Sunday, delivering a crushing blow to Dingley’s finals hopes. Ten goals to three set the tone in the first half as the Demons finished with 18 majors for the afternoon in a powerful performance. Matthew Canning kicked four goals for the home side while Jonah Micmacher kicked three.
St Peters continued its run to the finals and a top-two finish with a 51-point win over Beaumaris at Banksia Reserve. The visitors got out to a 38-point lead at the half and weren’t troubled from there, running away with the win. Jack Caspersz gave good service up forward for St Peters with five goals.
Mordialloc Braeside sits in third spot as they put an end to East Sandringham Rovers’ finals hopes. A 16-point half time deficit turned to 36 points by the final siren. Eight Mustangs hit the scoreboard in a very even team performance.
St Bedes/Mentone Tigers had the bye.
Under 17 Boys Division 2
Caulfield opened the weekend with a strong win over Cheltenham at Le Page Park under Friday night lights, running away 61-point winners. Spencere Hankin spearheaded the Bears’ attack with five majors as Caulfield shored up its position in third spot.
Waverley Park put on another impressive attacking display, this week against Murrumbeena at Columbia Park. The Hawks ran away with a 65-point win and have now kicked a whopping 82 goals in four matches to skyrocket their percentage to the highest of any Division 2 side. Hayden Boyce and Dale Argus booted five each for the winners.
St Kilda City all but locked up the minor premiership as it downed Mordialloc Braeside at Gerry Green Reserve. Four goals each to Tiernan Crowley and Ty Glennon headlined the victory which puts City two games clear on top of the ladder with two home and away rounds to play.
Oakleigh will occupy fourth spot for another week as they accounted for Dingley by 67 points at Souter Reserve. The Dragons were relentless in the first half, kicking six goals to none to set up the win. George Ruzbacky and Joshua Daniel Ashen kicked four majors each for the visitors.