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After an exhilarating first week of finals, a host of SMJFL’s most talented sides clash this weekend.

For the Under 13’s it is their chance to be remembered forever, basking in Premiership glory.

Whilst the Under 14’s and above look to secure the remaining spot in next week’s Grand Finals.

We’ve dived deep into the SMJFL fixtures to assess this week’s most sumptuous matches in what is sure to be another cracking week of finals football.

This is the Pepper Money Week Two Finals Preview.

Under 13 Mixed Division 2 – Mordialloc Braeside vs St Peters                                                              Sunday 2.15pm, Le Page Park – Oval 1

Mordialloc and Braeside square up to decide the Premiership winners in Under 13 division two this weekend. This will be a battle of attrition. St Peters looked ominous in their 65-point dismantling of the Zebras last week, but to loft the cup they’ll need to beat Mordialloc, who have been the best side all year.

Under 14 Girls Division 3 – Cheltenham vs Waverley Park Hawks                                                          Sunday 10.30am, Koornang Park

The Panthers are licking their wounds following a 10-point loss to Prahran. The result sent shock-waves around the division, given Cheltenham had arrived at Centenary Park undefeated. Whereas the Hawks will be buoyed after their comeback victory against East Sandringham. Only one can progress to face the Blues next weekend.

Under 14 Mixed Division 1 – East Malvern vs East Brighton
Sunday 10.30am, Highett Reserve – Oval 1

The Knights have it all to do if they want another chance at Beaumaris for the ultimate prize next weekend. East Malvern lost by just one-point in a heartbreaking effort. Standing in their way is East Brighton who will be looking to provide another surprise. The Vampires sprung a shock, defeating the fancied Hampton Rovers by 42 points last weekend.

Under 15 Boys Division 2 – Dingley vs Bentleigh
Sunday 11am, Boss James Reserve

It is ironic that teams with the identical regular season record should have to duel it out in this week’s Preliminary Final. After being the second and third best sides all season, only one can come out on top. St Paul’s will be hard to beat but rest assured the Dingoes and Dees will be doing everything to have a shot.

Under 16 Boys Division 1 – East Brighton vs St Bedes/Mentone                                                            Sunday 3pm, Boss James Reserve

The Bayside boys are back in town with the Vampires and Tigers fighting for the right to play their fellow Bayside counterparts Beaumaris. East Brighton were on the losing side last week but showed signs they can compete with the Sharks if they are to get there. However, St Bedes played a complete match last time out and will look to do the same again at Boss James Reserve.

Under 16 Girls Division 3 – Caulfield vs St Paul’s McKinnon,                                                                  Sunday 1.30pm, Columbia Park

The girls of Division 3 travel east to Columbia Park, hoping to utilise the expansive spaces to their advantage. Caulfield’s slow start cost them against the highly rated Zebras last weekend and will come out firing against the Demons, who outlasted Ajax in a battle of attrition. The Bears have the better of recent history, last beating St Paul’s by three points – can they continue the streak?

Under 17 Boys Division 2 – St Kilda City vs Waverley Park Hawks                                                        Sunday 11am, Darling Park – Basil Reserve

It wasn’t quite St Kilda’s idea of heaven, but they must do it the hard way if they want to make the first week of September. They were simply overpowered by Caulfield last weekend, whilst the Hawks survived a scare to knock the Panthers out of contention. It will be a close encounter but the boys from Waverley will like their chances.

Under 17 Boys Division 1 – Bentleigh vs St Bedes/Mentone                                                                  Sunday 1pm, Darling Park – Basil Reserve

Bentleigh will be kicking themselves for allowing Mordialloc Braeside to run over the top last week. The Demons held a 13-point half-time lead before kicking just six behinds in the remaining two quarters. If they continue their slide, the Tigers will be ready to pounce given their fast-starting nature.

Under 18 Girls Division 2 – Mordialloc Braeside vs Prahran                                                                  Sunday 3pm, Hurlingham Park – Oval 1

The Mustangs were humbled in a convincing performance by Beaumaris, who pried an almost-certain Grand Final spot away from their Bayside colleagues. Now it is time for the ladder leaders to go to work, facing a Prahran side who swatted away St Kilda comfortably. On paper Mordialloc are favourites, but never discount the Blues’ fighting spirit.

Under 18 Girls Division 1 – St Bedes/Mentone vs St Peters                                                                  Sunday 3pm, Darling Park – Basil Reserve

Football is a game of momentum and there is no team in better form than St Peters Under 18 girls right now. The Red and Green machine took care of Ashwood to the tune of 97 points. To achieve victory St Bedes will need to quieten the attacking force of St Peters – which may be too much to handle. Can the Tigers bite back and take down their high-scoring opponents? One way or another we will certainly find out.