The last home and away round of the 2019 SMJFL season is upon us, with teams either looking to play themselves into form or play themselves into the finals.
We’ve picked out some of the games which will matter most on Sunday as the mad dash to the finals begins.
Here’s the Round 15 Pepper Money Preview.
Under 18 Girls Div 1 – St Peters vs Hampton Rovers
Sunday 1.15pm, Centenary Park
It may seem unlikely, but Hampton can still push their way into fourth spot if it can overcome third-place St Peters on Sunday. Admittedly they do need Ashwood to lose to East Brighton Vampires, but you just never know what might happen. A win at least gives them a shot.
Under 18 Girls Div 2 – St Kilda City vs Prahran
Sunday 10.30am, Peanut Farm
Surprisingly, no teams can change ladder positions this week, but St Kilda City and Prahran will play out a dress rehearsal for their elimination semi final next week. City will fancy its chances of securing the win and potentially a mental edge for next week, but Prahran will certainly be up for the contest.
Under 17 Boys Div 1 – Mordialloc Braeside vs Bentleigh
Sunday 3.00pm, Gerry Green Reserve
Unquestionably one of the matches of the round, the Mustangs and Demons come together to finish off their seasons with a top-two clash. It’s a crunch game for the Mustangs, who could slip to third spot if St Peters get a win over Dingley at Centenary Park.
Under 17 Boys Div 2 – Cheltenham vs Mordialloc Braeside
Sunday 1.00pm, Le Page Park
Cheltenham will need to beat Mordialloc Braeside on Sunday to absolutely slam the door shut on fourth spot, with Oakleigh still looming in fifth. If the Panthers lose and Oakleigh win, then the Dragons’ superior percentage will see them jump into the top four. But a Cheltenham victory can put that to bed.
Under 16 Boys Div 2 – St Kilda City vs Oakleigh
Sunday 12.00pm, Peanut Farm
Fourth spot in Division 2 is on the line on Sunday as City and Oakleigh do battle at Peanut Farm. A win for the fourth-placed Dragons will see them into the finals, but a loss would see City through to the finals with a higher percentage of games won.
Under 16 Girls Div 3 – East Brighton Vampires vs St Paul’s McKinnon
Sunday 10.30am, Moorleigh Reserve
Another contest where fourth spot is on the line, this time between the Vampires and Demons. The Vampires currently occupy fourth spot, but a St Paul’s McKinnon win would see them leapfrog the Vampires with a higher percentage.
Under 15 Boys Div 1 – East Brighton Vampires vs East Sandringham Rovers
Sunday 9.45am, Hurlingham Park
A win on Sunday will guarantee East Brighton Vampires a finals berth and they will fancy their chances with a matchup against East Sandringham Rovers at Hurlingham Park. The Rovers will be keen to finish their season on a high, so the Vampires will need bring their best footy.
Under 14 Girls Div 2 – East Malvern vs Hampton Rovers
Sunday 12.00pm, DW Lucas Oval
East Malvern will be able to hold off a chasing pack of teams to retain fourth spot if it can overcome Hampton Rovers at DW Lucas Oval. Amazingly, there are five teams sitting at 5-5 heading into Sunday, but a healthy percentage has the Knights in the box seat for the last remaining finals spot.
Under 14 Mixed Div 2 – Ashwood vs Ormond
Sunday 10.30am, Essex Heights Reserve
This game has no consequences for the makeup of the Div 2 finals with all teams locked into their positions, but this game presents a valuable opportunity for both Ashwood (fourth) and Ormond (third) to tune up ahead of their finals campaigns the following week.
Under 13 Mixed Div 1 – East Brighton Vampires vs Port/South Melbourne
Sunday 3.30pm, Moorabbin West Reserve
East Brighton Vampires will need to overcome second-placed Port/South Melbourne if they want to hang onto third spot on the Div 1 ladder. Brighton Beach are the danger and could possibly leapfrog the Vampires with the right results.