With finals just around the corner, some do or die battles have emerged from the pack of matches in Round 15.
With everything to play for, our contributor Owen Leonard takes his pick of the bunch in the final home and away round of the season….yes you read correctly. The season has flown by!
U/15 Boys Div 2: Cheltenham JFC v Ormond JFC
An interesting game for both sides, with the sixth-placed Ormond level on five wins with the third-placed Cheltenham, who are boosted by a strong percentage. If Ormond are any chance of playing finals football, they must not only win, but win well. On the other hand, it’s still possible that Cheltenham miss finals, with Oakleigh (4th) playing St Kilda City (5th) in what is effectively another elimination final, so this match for Cheltenham also fits into the ‘must win’ category.
U/15 Boys Div 2: Oakleigh JFC v St Kilda City JFC
In what is truly an extraordinary round of SMJFL football, like the Cheltenham v Ormond game, Oakleigh need to win to ensure a finals position, as losing would simply mean relinquishing their position in the final four, while Ormond are also required to win to leap into a finals berth. Each of Cheltenham (3rd), Oakleigh (4th), St Kilda City (5th) and Ormond (6th) have five wins and are only separated by percentage, meaning any two of those four teams could book their finals spot with wins this weekend.
U/18 Girls Div 1: Beaumaris v Brighton Beach JFC
In a finals preview, the top-of-the-ladder Brighton Beach travel to Jack Barker oval to take on the fourth-placed Beaumaris. The Richmond of the SMJFL U/18 Girls Division 1 competition, Brighton Beach have only lost two games this season, while laying claim to an overwhelming percentage of 302.16. The less-successful Beaumaris have a negative win/loss ratio at 6-7 despite securing a finals berth, and this weekend are presented the opportunity to test ways of finding a potential weakness in the Brighton Beach line-up.
U/17 Boys Div 1: Ajax v Beaumaris
Given it’s the 3:30 timeslot, after Northvale (4th) take on the first placed Highett/Cheltenham, Beaumaris could very well be aware of the equation to claim the minor premiers tag. If Northvale manage an upset over Highett/Cheltenham, then a Beaumaris win would mean a first-place finish. Ajax, on the contrary, will be eager to show Beaumaris they won’t merely be making up the numbers come finals, and would do exactly that with an upset victory on Sunday.