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The Under 17 Boys competition continues to increase in intensity with top contenders barely holding their positions and the ladder order determined purely by percentage. Division 1 saw a come from behind win, a stunning final quarter and the top two teams remaining on equal wins, unable to be split. Division 2 saw a star forward kick 6, a team remain goalless and a nail-bitter that saw the two teams draw at half-time.

Here is our weekend wrap:

Division 1:

Highett/Cheltenham Black find themselves back on the winners list after a convincing triumph over AJAX. Bouncing back from their loss against Beaumaris last week, the Panthers felt they had a point to prove and desperately needed to beat the third placed Comets to remain on top of the ladder. In an incredible display of intensity, determination and skill, Highett/Cheltenham were able to maintain their lead throughout the entire game. They had a stunning final quarter where they kicked 6.1 to the Comets’ 2.2, and showed that they despite being shaken last week, they won’t give up their top position too easily. Final Score: Highett/Cheltenham Black 18.9 117 def. AJAX 9.7 61

Beaumaris cemented their position on the ladder this week, with their win over Ormond ensuring they are sitting comfortably in second place. Still holding equal wins to ladder leaders Highett/Cheltenham Black, the Sharks are only falling behind by percentage and remain strong contenders in the competition. On Sunday, Beaumaris were able to shut down Ormond in the third quarter, keeping them scoreless and going into the final term with a 65-point advantage. Despite Ormond kicking two goals to Beaumaris’ single behind in the final quarter, the Sharks were already too far in front and Ormond were unable to catch up, ultimately falling by 51-points. Final Score: Ormond 3.7 25 def. by Beaumaris 11.10 76

Mordialloc-Braeside’s Mitchell Hart had a day out on Sunday, booting 4 goals in the Mustangs’ 12-point victory over Northvale. In what was an incredibly close game, the Mustangs experienced a come from behind win after trailing for the first three quarters, and going into the final term 14-points behind. In a thrilling last quarter, Mordi-Brae were able to shut down the Magpies with defensive intensity, and their ability to convert in front of goal. The Mustangs kicked 5 goals to 1, charging home and taking the four points. Final Score: Mordialloc-Braeside 9.8 62 def. Northvale 7.8 50

Division 2:

It was a battle of the forwards as both Highett/Cheltenham Blue’s Zac Morgan and St Kilda City’s Kenan Inal kicked 4 a piece throughout their game on Sunday. With just an 8-point gap at the half-time break, it was only in the second half that St Kilda City gained momentum and were able to break away, with 13 scoring opportunities to the Panthers’ 3, the Saints going into the final term with a comfortable 28-point lead. Despite both sides kicking the 3 goals each in the last quarter, the Saints’ earlier efforts ensure that they were able to hold their position and win by 29-points by the final siren. Final Score: Highett/Cheltenham Blue 9.5 59 def. by St Kilda City 12.16 88

Bentleigh remain on top of the ladder after their 55-point victory over Caulfield, with James Apostolidis at his best, kicking 6 over the match. The Demons prevented the Bears from scoring in the second quarter, and though Caulfield bounced back kicking 3 in the third term, Bentleigh’s lead was too great and the Demons remained in front. In the last quarter, Bentleigh turned up the heat, booting 6 majors to Caulfield’s 1, taking control and storming home, showing the Bears exactly why they are ladder leaders. Final Score: Bentleigh 15.9 99 def. Caulfield 6.8 44

Scores were level at the main break in a 2V4 at Albert Park on Sunday. Both East Sandringham and South Melbourne Districts had moments of control and composure that saw the teams evenly matched throughout the first half, with patrons unsure which team would emerge as victors. Even in the third term, when the Rovers kicked 2 goals to the Swans’ single behind, the gap was just 16-points going into the final term – still up for grabs for either team. The teams were once again evenly matched in the dying minutes, with both teams kicking 2 goals in the last quarter. It was ultimately East Sandringham’s earlier efforts in during the third quarter that enabled them to leave the ground victorious. Final Score: South Melbourne Districts 5.3 33 def. by East Sandringham 7.7 49

Sixth positioned Oakleigh had a satisfying win at Scammell Reserve on Sunday, the home team defeating thirdly placed Murumbeena by 72-points. The Lions had just 13 scoring opportunities throughout the match and were unable to convert, staying goalless for the entire game, while Oakleigh took advantage of their momentum and continually increased their lead across all four quarters. Due to their win, Oakleigh moved up until fifth place on the ladder, with equal wins as fourth team South Melbourne, trailing behind the Swans by  just 3.8 percent. Final Score: Oakleigh 12.13 85 def. Murumbeena 0.13 13