The South Metro Junior Football League (SMJFL) 2018 season is underway and grassroots footy is abuzz in the south-east following Round 1.
Inclusive of two divisions of Under 17 boys and two divisions of Under 18 girls, this season promises to be lively and exciting at the top-age level.
Among the top-age boys were some big victories in Division 1 and an incredible 13 individual goal-kickers from one team in Division 2, while footy was hotly contested among the top-age girls, with some tight results from what is now a two-division competition for the first time.
Here is our weekend wrap:
Under 17 Boys –
Ormond was too strong and claimed a 40-point victory over Northvale, with a stunning first quarter in which they kept their opponents goalless. With only three goalkickers, D.Waldren had a huge day with five majors to help secure the four points for his side. The combined Highett/Cheltenham kept Beaumaris at bay with a 52-point win, with six individual goal kickers and a consistent lead of two or more goals at the end of each quarter. In the final match of Division 1, Mordialloc-Braeside finished round top of the ladder after defeating South Melbourne by a hefty margin, holding the Bloods goalless until the last term. M.Hart kicked five for his side, a fine contributor to his side’s 62-point win.
In the opening match of Division 2, Oakleigh managed a 13-point victory in a close game against Highett/Cheltenham Blue. Though they were kept goalless the first half, Highett/Cheltenham recovered well in the second half, coming home with a wet sail to kick 3.3 in the final term to Oakleigh’s single goal, but it wasn’t quite enough for a comeback win. Ajax kicked an amazing 26 goals in their victory against St Kilda City, with 13 individual goalkickers ensuring a great team win of 144 points. The Caulfield Bears enjoyed a win over Murumbeena, who had an inaccurate scoreline of 5.20 and went down by 20 points. In the final match of Division 2, despite leading early, they were run over the top over by a determined Bentleigh outfit, who enjoyed a comprehensive 32-point victory.
Under 18 Girls –
Bentleigh held a consistent lead in their game against St Bedes/Mentone, ending in a 48-point win which included a bag of five for B.Graffeo. It was a tight match between Beaumaris and St Peters, with the former winning by just a four-point margin. St Peters won the opening term but only managed one major in what were dire second and third quarters, helping Beaumaris to secure their win. In the final match of Division 1, Prahran kept reigning premiers Brighton Beach goalless until the final term in the Grand Final re-match, running out comfortable winners.
In what was an initially closely-contested contest between East Brighton and Oakleigh, the Vampires pulled away as the match wore on and secured a 16-point victory after Oakleigh failed to score in the last quarter. Meanwhile, Port Melbourne enjoyed a 19-point win over Hampton Rovers in what was a comprehensive defensive display.