By Ben Pollard
The girls had the weekend off for Round 5, a Sunday on which the previous week’s fine weather faded away. Winter – true footy weather – is almost upon us!
– When East Brighton Vampires swamped Mordialloc-Braeside Red with five first-quarter goals to one in their Under 11 West battle, Mordi-Brae almost looked done for. Even at three-quarter time, the Mustangs still trailed by 14 points… But they never said die. Charlie Miller and Max McInnes were superb and Thomas Fisher kicked two goals as Mordi-Brae powered home. A Vampire-slaying 12-point triumph!
– More comeback heroics from a Mordialloc-Braeside outfit in Under 14 Div 1… In a bizarre second half against Mt Waverley, Mordi-Brae first gave up a 21-point lead by conceding seven goals in the third term, only to then recover from 23 points down in the last quarter! Patrick Ballard and Ned Comerford shone as the Mustangs charged home by 20 points.
– What an incredible way for Under 15 Div 3’s Waverley Park to keep an unbeaten season alive! Set up by a six-goal-to-nil first quarter, East Brighton Vampires just about had Waverley down for the count at the final change, leading by 26 points… Who would’ve thought the Vamps wouldn’t score again?! Led by Giordan Fasano, Joseph Gallucio and Alastair Bailey’s four goals, Waverley steamed home to snatch the win by five points!
– Ouch, ouch, ouch. Kicking yourself out of a game hurts… Ajax Jets flew out of the gates against East Brighton Vampires in Under 12 North, booting 5.1 to nothing in the first term. And while the Vamps bit back in the second quarter, they could only manage an inaccurate 1.9. It would prove VERY costly by the final siren, as the Jets hung on 7.3 (45) to 5.13 (43). No such problems at the goal face for Ajax’s Samuel Jacobs though – five goals!
– Cracking battle between Murrumbeena Gold and Waverley Park in Under 14 Div 3! A brilliant second quarter had ‘Beena 25 points up at the main break, yet Waverley didn’t give up hope. They closed to within two points in the last term, but despite Matthew Jago’s efforts they just couldn’t jag the win… Jack McGrath and Nicko Farantouris were the chief heartbreakers for ‘Beena.
– With both Hampton and St Pauls seeking their second win of the season in Under 13 Div 2, you wouldn’t have been surprised to see a fierce, physical encounter… And that’s exactly what these teams produced. St Pauls matched the Rovers valiantly for much of the game, but Hampton opened them up in the second half with three goals to nil. Max Bull lived up to his name and was one of Hampton’s heroes.
– It’s probably fair to say East Malvern Blue’s Under 16 Div 2 boys Joshua Galbraith and George Manton were having a bit of fun in the forward line on Sunday… Nine – yes, nine – snags apiece – yes, apiece.
– Drama galore in Under 17 Div 2, with East Sandringham/Highett knocking off the previously undefeated St Peters by three measly points, Cheltenham White holding off a big last-quarter surge from St Pauls/Bentleigh/Murrumbeena, and Waverley Park/Northvale blowing away Ajax with a dominant final quarter performance. As a famous cricket commentator once said: “It’s all happening here!”
* There will be no photos posted to the Photo Gallery this week, as the SMJFL’s photographer was unavailable for Round 5.