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By Ben Pollard  

The great weather didn’t return for this weekend’s SMJFL action but the great contests did, particularly in the Under 9s and 10s where we saw a heap of tight matches. Here’s the wash-up from Round 2:

–    We saw some tight games in Under 11 South, including two great comebacks: St Pauls managed to climb over Prahran Blue in a see-sawing battle after trailing by a goal at three-quarter time, while East Brighton Vampires trailed by two goals against Oakleigh, but also pulled out a win.

–    Under 12 East threw up some close results, with Beaumaris getting the best of East Brighton Vampires by four points in a real arm wrestle. Mordialloc-Braeside and Hampton also played a ripper, with Mordi-Brae kicking three goals to one in the last quarter to win by a point. Abraham Kenny was the best for the victors.

–    Joseph Cincotta was crucial for Waverley Park Brown in a hard-fought six-point win over East Sandringham 2 in Under 12 West.

–    After going goalless for three quarters, Mordi-Brae nearly pulled off a fighting win in Under 13 Division 1, kicking two goals to none in the final term to fall just one point short against East Brighton Vampires. Well done to Liam Farrell, who was the Vamps’ best player.

–    Good tough wins in Under 13 Division 4 to East Brighton Vampires (by 14 points) and East Malvern Blue (by two points). Nice effort by Mt Waverley’s Joshua Willmott to kick five goals in their win, too.

–    A very impressive second half by Murrumbeena Gold in Under 14 Division 1, kicking nine goals to one to defeat St Peters, who were leading at half time. We must also mention the effort of Beaumaris, who trailed at every change against East Sandringham, but came home with a wet sail to win by a goal. Very good game by the Sharks’ Sam Kappler.

–    Nails were being bitten off throughout Under 14 Division 4. Murrumbeena Maroon knocked off Mordi-Brae by one point, East Malvern Blue beat Oakleigh by one and yes, we had a draw – Highett and Ormond walked away sharing the points.

–    In the Under 15 Division 2 ‘battle of Waverley’, Waverley Park produced a strong second half to topple Mt Waverley by 12 points.

–    Ajax Comets and St Kilda City played out a close, but inaccurate, match in Under 16 Division 1. The Comets’ 8.11 (59) was enough to hold off St Kilda’s 6.14 (50), with Leeor Chabat starring for Ajax.

–    It was a day of big margins in Under 17 Premier. Jordan Bichsel was best-on and Jordan Young kicked seven goals for St Bedes/Mentone Tigers Red in a victory over Waverley Park. Cheltenham, Ormond, St Peters and South Melbourne District all had impressive wins as well, and in Premier’s closest contest, Daniel Itsines was superb for Bentleigh in a 31-point defeat of East Sandringham – Jack Dear also chipped in with five handy majors.