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By Ben Pollard  

Round 5 started earlier than usual, with Victoria’s first-ever Under 14 girls’ match kicking off under the lights of Chisholm Reserve on Friday night.

Two East Sandringham teams had the honour of launching the SMJFL’s new South Metro Girls division, and it’s fair to say the result was never in doubt – East Sandy got up in a spirited contest…

In the other girls’ game on a very chilly Sunday morning at Walter Galt Reserve (see photo on left), St Peters took the win over Mordialloc-Braeside by 19 points. Plenty of respect for the girls for getting out there in the cold – even our own general manager David Cannizzo could hardly bear it!

In news from the rest of the SMJFL:

–    You had to admire the effort of East Brighton Vampires Red in Radiant Under 11 East. Having put only one behind on the board to quarter time and trailing by 13 points, the Vamps hunted Beaumaris Sharks like… well, sharks. The margin was overcome in the third quarter and they went on to win by 12.

–    One for the underdogs in Radiant Under 11 North: Caulfield were winless before Sunday, while their opponents East Brighton Vampires North were undefeated. Just two points separated the teams at three-quarter time. Cue the underdog’s fighting spirit. Caulfield’s three superb final-quarter goals to nothing got them that sweet win they’d been waiting for.

–    It’s a log jam at the top of the Under 12 North ladder. Five teams are equal-first with three wins and two losses. One of those teams, Beaumaris Hammerheads, would’ve been alone on four wins if not for a heartbreaking one-point loss on Sunday. Well done to the previously-winless party poopers, East Malvern White!

–    No one could split Cheltenham and St Peters in a thrilling Under 13 Division 2 draw… So many draws this season – perhaps we need penalty shootouts!

–    St Peters Red got just about everyone on the scoresheet in Under 14 Division 3… An unbelievable 16 different goalkickers!

–    Ormond is the clear leader of Under 15 Division 3, undefeated thus far. East Sandringham hasn’t lost either, though they were very lucky to draw with Cheltenham Black on Sunday. Chelt lead nearly all day, but suffered a severe case of the goalkicking yips, kicking 6.14 (50) to Sandy’s 7.8 (50). Plenty of shots at goal on the training menu down Cheltenham way this week…

–    Under 16 Division 1’s East Brighton Vampires could teach the Gold Coast Suns a thing or two about finishing off a game… The Vamps drew away from a gallant Ormond in the last quarter with five huge goals to two, and now sit atop the ladder. Thomas Nicholls kicked eight snags and could almost get a game with the Suns, too!

–    Incredible final quarter from St Peters in their Under 17 Division 1 match against Beaumaris Sharks. After an even first half, the Sharks pulled away to a three-goal lead after three quarters, but St Peters finally found that proverbial switch they needed to flick… A scintillating seven-goal-to-one final term got them the win by 20. Michael Lee, Dylan Kelly and Daniel Anastasio were the architects. Elsewhere in the division, Cheltenham and Ormond continued their win-hogging ways and remain undefeated. There’s no sharing the love in Under 17s!