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By Ben Pollard

Here’s how the Under 14, 15, 16, 17 and 14 girls’ divisions are positioned after their semi final weekend…

Under 14 Division 1

(1) Murrumbeena Gold 10.9 (69) def by (2) East Brighton Vampires 10.14 (74)

(3) East Malvern Gold 5.10 (40) def by (4) St Peters 8.9 (57)

Two victories for the underdogs… Top-placed Murrumbeena Gold was knocked off by East Brighton Vampires in a ripsnorter by five points. Blake Hayes and Andrew McGrath were huge for the Vampires, while Christian Hatzis kicked four goals. After an even start, the Vampires held a 14-point lead going into the last quarter, but Murrumbeena came home strong. Battling to within a goal at the end wasn’t enough though and they’ll now have to face St Peters, which surprised higher-ranked East Malvern Gold. Cameron Polson, Ben Dance and Will Taylor were brilliant as St Peters held their opponents at arm’s length all day.

Under 14 Division 2

(1) South Melbourne District 13.6 (84) def (2) Ormond Blue 8.6 (54)

(3) Hampton 4.3 (27) def (4) Cheltenham 1.7 (13)

South Melbourne District surely has one hand on the premiership here… It finished well ahead of the pack with Ormond Blue and has now proved simply too strong for Ormond again. The 30-point victory was never in doubt as Matthew Rice slotted five big majors. Ormond now face Hampton, who out-slogged Cheltenham in their semi final. Ormond smashed Hampton the last time they met in Round 10, so the second-placed team will be strongly fancied to win through and meet their South Melbourne masters once again in the grand final.

Under 14 Division 3

(1) Prahran 12.9 (81) def (2) St Kilda City 11.11 (77)

(3) St Peters Red 9.10 (64) def (4) Mt Waverley 5.10 (40)

Simply amazing effort from Prahran… The top-placed team looked in trouble at three-quarter time after a dynamite third term from St Kilda City had put them 21 points up. Enter Oscar Don. The big fella pushed forward and helped bring Prahran home with a wet sail. He finished with six goals for the match and was ably assisted by great performances from Taylor Bamford and Ben Regan. St Kilda was brave, but must now clash with St Peters Red in the preliminary final. St Peters were too strong for Mt Waverley, with Zacharian Grundmann starring. The Saints had the edge by 13 points last time they met St Peters in Round 11.

Under 14 Division 4

(1) East Malvern Blue 3.4 (22) def by (2) East Sandringham 10.3 (63)

(3) Highett 5.16 (46) def (4) Murrumbeena Maroon 1.6 (12)

East Sandringham rocketed into the grand final with a (perhaps) unexpectedly big win over East Malvern Blue. Nathaniel Covino kicked three goals as East Sandy dominated all game. East Malvern will have to recover to face Highett in the preliminary final, a team they defeated by 39 points in Round 7.

Under 15 Division 1

(1) Cheltenham 12.13 (85) def (2) Caulfield 9.6 (60)

(3) East Sandringham 13.9 (87) def (4) South Melbourne District 4.5 (29)

Cheltenham continued their undefeated season with an all-the-way win over Caulfield. The pressure will be on to keep the streak going in the granny… Jaye Edmunds, Corey Connelly and Kieran Arthur were their best, while Lee Natsioulas kicked four majors. Caulfield will meet East Sandringham this week, after East Sandy easily rolled South Melbourne District with Ned Broadhurst best-on-ground. Caulfield accounted for East Sandy by 25 points back in Round 7, but Sandy will be desperate to be the team that finally claims Chelt’s scalp.

Under 15 Division 2

(1) St Bedes/Mentone Tigers 11.4 (70) def (2) Mt Waverley 9.6 (60)

(3) East Brighton Vampires 7.8 (50) def by (4) Waverley Park 9.15 (69)

St Bedes/Mentone Tigers finished four and a half games clear on top of the ladder, but didn’t exactly play like it against Mt Waverley. The Tigers made it harder than it needed to be against a gritty opponent, trailing by three points at halftime before a big third quarter got them back on track. Oscar Adorno, Sam Lundy and Sam Barca were the Tiger keys. Waverley Park qualified for the finals with a 6-9 record, but is now through to the preliminary final! They’ll meet Mt Waverley this week after destroying East Brighton Vampires with a scintillating first half of football. It goes to show that it doesn’t matter how you get there, as long as you get there…

Under 15 Division 3

(1) Ormond 3.7 (25) def (2) Dingley 1.5 (11)

(3) East Sandringham 2.10 (22) def (4) St Pauls 3.3 (21)

Boy oh boy… East Sandringham nearly kicked their way out of a preliminary final berth by shanking 10 behinds against the relatively efficient St Pauls, but they did enough to be in front when the siren blew. They’ll face Dingley this week, after the Dingoes were defeated in a dour tussle with Ormond. Ormond and their match-winners from the weekend – Will O’Shannessy, Ryan Kettle, Cale Hirschman – await the preliminary final winner in the big dance.

Under 16 Division 1

(1) Ormond 2.1 (13) def by (2) East Malvern Gold 10.5 (65)

(3) East Brighton Vampires 3.7 (25) def by (4) Hampton 6.9 (45)

Sensational upsets galore in Under 16 Division 1! The number 1 team after losing just one game for the year, Ormond, was pulverised by East Malvern Gold – even kept goalless until three-quarter time. East Malvern’s William Paine brought the pain with five goals, while teammate Corey Bruinstroop bagged three. If that wasn’t enough, Hampton – which won four fewer games than its opponent – put the stake into East Brighton Vampires to advance to the preliminary final. Tom Fisher and Tom Currie were largely responsible for the slaying. Ormond have beaten Hampton three times this season, but how rattled will they be from the semi final?

Under 16 Division 2

(1) Dingley 7.5 (47) def by (2) Caulfield 11.11 (77)

(3) St Pauls/Bentleigh Demons 4.6 (30) def by (4) Ajax Comets 8.9 (57)

Caulfield continued its dominance over Dingley, comfortably heading through to the GF after a 30-point semi final victory. The win was set up by a big seven-goal-to-nil first half. Dingley will have to rebound against Ajax Comets now, after Ajax got the best of St Pauls/Bentleigh Demons. There’s a fair chance they will if form is any guide… Dingley has dominated the Comets twice already this season.

Under 16 Division 3

(1) Northvale 6.9 (45) def by (2) Mordialloc Braeside 12.7 (79)

(3) Waverley Park 8.4 (52) def by (4) South Melbourne District 12.12 (84)

South Melbourne District made it two wins in two weeks against Waverley Park, a 6.9 (45)-to-nothing first half setting up the 32-point victory. Samuel Kelly was best-on for the Districts, who now meet Northvale in the preliminary final. Despite a 9-1 top-of-the-table finish, Northvale just weren’t good enough for Mordialloc Braeside, which takes the express lane to the granny. Northvale had victories of four and 25 points over Souths during the year, but the Districts are in barnstorming form…

Under 17 finals series

Semi finals

(4) Beaumaris Sharks 7.8 (50) def (8) Ajax 6.8 (44)

(3) Ormond 19.13 (127) def (7) South Melbourne District 7.4 (44)

With Cheltenham and St Peters sitting at home resting the joints after qualifying finals wins, their victims from last week were out eliminating the two Under 17 Division 2 teams in semi finals.

Beaumaris Sharks copped a belting from Cheltenham last week, but managed to turn it around against Ajax in the semis… only just. The Sharks looked safe with a 21-point lead at three-quarter time, but completely stopped in the final term. Beauy couldn’t hit the scoreboard at all, but still had enough in the tank to stop the Ajax charge. They’ll meet St Peters in a preliminary final next week and it’ll be a tough task for the Sharks, having lost twice to the red and green already in 2012.

Ormond, on the other hand, had no trouble beating South Melbourne District. With Nicholas Curwood slotting a casual seven majors, and James Tighe, Joshua Doggett and Cameron Muir running rampant, this one was over by halftime. Ormond advance to preliminary final date with the big boys, Cheltenham – and this could be an epic. Chelt had the best of Ormond in Round 9, winning by 34, but Ormond turned the tables in the last home-and-away round with an important 15-point triumph. Things are heating up now!

Under 14 Girls

Prelim final: (1) St Peters 3.5 (23) def (4) East Brighton Vampires 2.3 (15)

GRAND FINAL: (2) EAST SANDRINGHAM vs (1) ST PETERS

Congratulations to the St Peters Under 14 girls, who won through to Victoria’s first-ever Under 14 girls’ grand final against East Sandringham this week. They had a tough battle against East Brighton, with the Vampires kicking two goals in the second quarter to take a three-point lead into halftime. St Peters whittled that lead down to one point at the final break, before finishing with a two-goal burst in the last quarter and sealing their spot in the decider. St Peters’ grand final opponents, East Sandringham, had the better of them last time they met in a semi final two weeks ago, winning through to the big game by 15 points. The Zebbies will also be playing on their home turf at Chisholm Reserve this week, but don’t count St Peters out – they finished top of the ladder after the home-and-away rounds. This will be an enjoyable – and historic – game to watch!