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Round 1 of the SMJFL season got underway under largely grey skies on Sunday, but that didn’t dampen the quality of football that was put on display from nearly 500 teams across the league.

Here’s the Monday Monash Review, brought to you by Monash University.

Under 18 Girls

East Malvern got their season off to the perfect start, recording a 52-point win over St Bedes/Mentone Tigers. Charlotte Murray was the star with three goals for the Knights as they kept the Tigers scoreless in an impressive all-round effort.

Ashwood and Prahran played out an entertaining contest at Essex Heights Reserve, with the Magpies victorious by 34 points as Oceane Pereira Leclerc booted four majors for the home side. With just three points separating both teams at half time, Ashwood’s four goals to Prahran’s one in the third quarter set up the win.

St Pauls McKinnon opened its account with a victory over East Brighton (Sherlock). Ellie Williams was the star with a best on ground display and Louisa Lloyd finished with a couple of goals to help the Demons to  31-point win at McKinnon Reserve.

St Kilda City defeated Modialloc Braeside by 29 points at Gerry Green Reserve on the back of three majors to Jessica Ward. The Saints put in a superb defensive display, keeping the Mustangs to just one point for the match.

A last quarter burst allowed Beaumaris to edge out Hampton Rovers at Moorleigh Reserve. There was just one point separating both sides at three-quarter time, but two goals to the Sharks in the last term saw them take the win by 14 points.

St Peters forfeited their match against East Brighton (Angus).

Under 17 Boys – Div 1

St Bedes/Mentone Tigers made a real statement at Mentone Reserve, thumping Waverley Park Hawks by 105 points. Benjamin Murphy bagged seven goals and Mitchell Giannakis kicked three as the Tigers recorded a big win to open their 2019 account.

Six majors to Corey Barden led Mordialloc Braeside to a 44-point win over Dingley. A 19-point margin at half time quickly grew in the second half, as the Mustangs kicked six goals to Dingley’s two, including four in the final term.

St Peters caused an upset at Banksia Reserve, beating last year’s premiers Beaumaris by 23 points. There was just three points in it at half time, but St Peters pulled away with five second-half goals. Shane Ho (three goals) and Campbell James (two goals) did the damage up forward for the visitors as they started their season in style.

A total of nine individual goalkickers helped Bentleigh to a win over East Sandringham Rovers at Boss James Reserve. It was a great defensive effort from the Demons, limiting the opposition to just three goals for the afternoon on their way to a 53-point win.

Under 17 Boys – Div 2

Oakleigh Dragons were the big winners in Round 1, with three goals to Joseph Locandro, Harry Boxshall and Finnbar James Donovan helping them to a 72-point win over Dingley. The first quarter was an arm wrestle, but the Dragons eventually worked their way on top with 33 scoring shots for the match. Daniel Knapper kicked four goals for the Dingoes.

Murrumbeena were too strong for Mordialloc Braeside, as they recorded an 11-goal win at Gerry Green Reserve. The Lions shared the spoils with nine players hitting the scoreboard in a 13.9-87 to 3.3-21 win over the Mustangs.

St Kilda City were 48-point winners over Cheltenham to open their account in 2019. Sebastian Harris-Knipe kicked three goals for the Saints, who led at every break over the Panthers at Le Page Park.

Caulfield Bears had the bye.