Some teams played in bright sunshine and others played in rain on Sunday as Melbourne continued to throw all sorts of conditions at SMJFL teams.
Here’s the Monday Monash Review for Round 7, brought to you by Monash University.
Under 18 Girls Division 1
St Bedes/Mentone Tigers were the biggest winners in Round 7, thumping Ashwood by 116 points at Essex Heights Reseve. Pia Staltari was the star in front of goal, finishing with seven majors for the morning while Rose Alonzo and Emily Whittaker kicked three apiece for the winners.
East Malvern remains undefeated in 2019, accounting for St Peters by 76 points on Sunday. Abbi Moloney kicked her second bag of five goals for the season to help the Knights move to 3-0 and stay on top of the Division 1 ladder.
Hampton Rovers edged out East Brighton Vampires at Moorleigh Reserve on Sunday morning, winning by nine points. The Vampires were left to rue some missed opportunities in front of goal, as Hampton kicked 2.2 to 0.5.
Under 18 Girls Division 2
St Kilda City were the biggest winners in Division 2 this weekend, accounting for St Paul’s McKinnon by 83 points at McKinnon Reserve. City held a 27-point lead at half time but blew the Demons away in the second half thanks mainly to five goals from Guarino Giuseppina.
Mordialloc Braeside were also comfortable winners, beating East Brighton Vampires by 58 points at Moorleigh Reserve. Sarah Leitch kicked six of the Mustangs’ eight goals for the afternoon as they improved their record to 2-1.
Under 17 Boys Div 1
Mordialloc Braeside find themselves on top of the Division 1 table after a strong win over Beaumaris at Banksia Reserve. Corey Barden and William Skinner finished with three goals apiece for the Mustangs who extended their lead at every break.
St Bedes/Mentone Tigers recovered from a slow start against Dingley to record at 23-point win at Souter Reserve. The Tigers trailed by 16 points at the first break but seven goals to one in the second quarter saw them swing the momentum of the game. Benjamin Murphy and Jack Cain kicked three goals apiece for St Bedes/Mentone, while Daniel Knapper kicked three for the Dingoes to keep them in the contest.
Bentleigh was relegated to its first loss of 2019 on Sunday as they were knocked off by St Peters at Bentleigh Reserve. There was just a goal in it at half time, but five goals from the visitors to the Demons’ three in the second half proved the difference as St Peters took their record to 3-0.
Under 17 Boys Div 2
Caulfield made a mess of Mordialloc Braeside at Gerry Green Reserve, winning by 147 points on Sunday. Henry Nicolay and George Ganavas kicked four each for the Bears and Dylan Rawack chimed in with three in a percentage-boosting win.
St Kilda City kept their unbeaten record intact as they accounted for Dingley by 78 points. The first quarter was relatively even but from that point on it was all City, as they piled on 15 goals to the Dingoes’ four for the remainder of the game. Jordie Gray finished with five majors for City.
Waverley Park Hawks led from start to finish in their match against Oakleigh at Columbia Park, eventually running out 25-point winners. Dale Argus bagged five goals for the Hawks as they move to 2-1 and sit third on the Division 2 ladder.
Cheltenham held off a fast-finishing Murrumbeena at Le Page Park, securing a 14-point win. The Panthers led by a somewhat comfortable 30 points at three-quarter time, but Murrumbeena refused to lie down and kicked three goals to none in the final term. It wasn’t enough however as the Panthers took out their second Div 2 win.