By Ben Pollard
After the week off, many SMJFL players would’ve been fresh as a daisy for Round 9 action. Let’s see what happened on the weekend:
– What an absolute classic between the two dominant teams of Under 16 Div 1! Before Round 9, Mordialloc-Braeside White (8-0) and Murrumbeena Gold (7-1) were both at least three games clear of third on the ladder. In their previous clash there was only five points in it, so this game had the makings of a ripsnorter… And it was! After being level at halftime, Mordi-Brae shot away in the third term, kicking four goals to one to set up a 16-point lead at the final break. But ‘Beena weren’t done with, channelling the memory of that first loss in Round 4 and storming home to win by a point! Matt Hanson, Reagan Maddaford and Harvey Hooper were all crucial multiple goalscorers for the victors, who have now pinched top spot.
– Two Under 11 East teams pulled out the lawnmowers when trailing at three-quarter time in their matches against higher-placed opposition… East Brighton Vampires and Murrumbeena Maroon nearly mowed Beaumaris Sharks and Ormond down to size in the final term, but both lost by a heartbreaking three points. With Josh Sinn and Jackson Ellwood leading the charge, the winless Vamps nearly beat the Sharks after trailing by four goals at the last change, while Emmanuel Efstathiou and Sam Boontjes almost helped get Murrumbeena over the line against Ormond after trailing by 21.
– Waverley Park Brown would be getting sick of close finishes in Under 12 West. Despite the efforts of Christopher Pond, Lochlan Jenkins and Josh Costanzo, the Hawks could only manage a draw against Highett – their second second tie of the year. Heartbreakingly, if they won those two games, they’d be on top of the ladder. Just sayin’…
– Some everyday heroes of the junior footy community played off for the ‘Community Cup’ in Under 12 North on Sunday. To acknowledge the importance of grass roots community footy, it was South Melbourne Red vs St Kilda City Black in front of many special guests at Wattie Watson Oval. In the end, Souths controlled the game throughout to win by 22, and it was an important win, too – just their third of the year, keeping them in touch with the pack of teams ahead of them on the ladder.
– Both Ormond and Beaumaris Sharks seem to be battling for second spot in Under 17 Div 1 behind Brighton Rovers and these evenly-matched teams met on Sunday to work out the pecking order… The Sharks weren’t hungry to start off, with Ormond bolting to a 17-point quarter-time advantage. But from there, Beauy slowly reeled their opponents in, finishing three points up to record a win that puts both teams at 6-3 for the season. Josh Davis kicked four for the victors, while Cameron Pace, Callum Cusack and Mitch Kornberg were all stars.
And of course, the Girls:
– Were you bored with a few predictable results in the AFL on the weekend? Well, you should’ve been checking out our Under 10 Girls games! In one thrilling match-up, St Peters Red rallied from 16 points down at three-quarter time to defeat Waverley Park Hawks by two points, while in the other game, the lasses of East Sandringham came from 22 points down at the last change to topple St Peters Green by a point!