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By Ben Pollard

After a week off, SMJFL action resumed with a bang on Sunday…

–    What a way for Prahran Red to keep their unbeaten season alive in Radiant Under 11 East! They came back from a seven-point three-quarter time deficit against their closest ladder rival East Brighton Vampires Red to win by the barest of margins. They won’t be going the early crow, but Prahran may just have the division wrapped up…

–    St Peters and St Pauls played out a heavenly battle in Radiant Under 11 West. Kept winless for the season so far, St Peters summoned a miracle in the final quarter to run away with a 12-point win. Heath Dennehy and Noah Beveridge were the saviours.

–    St Pauls became the first team to knock off East Malvern Red in Under 12 South this season. Behind super efforts from Benjamin Gore, Jake Gray and Callum Jones, they kept their opponents to just two behinds after half time to secure a seven-point victory.

–    The top two in Under 13 Division 1 squared off on Sunday, as Beaumaris Sharks clashed with East Malvern Gold. It was a fittingly close contest, with the Sharks scraping home by three measly points to give East Malvern their first loss of the year. Beauy’s Hayden McLean was best-on.

–    How often do you see lower-placed teams deliver cracking matches? East Sandringham and Beaumaris Sharks haven’t had too much success in 2012, but produced a shootout in Under 14 Division 1, booting 25 goals between them (and for the record, Sandy kicked 15 of them). Hopefully the coaches weren’t too concerned with their teams’ defence (or lack of it)…

–    We know draws are always frustrating, but Under 14 Division 2’s bottom-placed and winless Waverley Park were presented with their best chance of getting something in the ‘W’ column against second-last East Brighton Vampires, but just couldn’t get ahead when it mattered…

–    East Brighton Vampires almost pulled off a memorable underdog win over the top Under 15 Division 2 team, St Bedes/Mentone Tigers. Michael Brodribb kicked five crucial goals, but East Brighton still fell short by two points.

–    There were two crackerjack games in Under 16 Division 3. Northvale went two games clear on top of the ladder after a scare from South Melbourne District – four points was the margin. Meanwhile, in a tussle between two winless teams, just one point separated Mt Waverley Falcons and Murrumbeena East Malvern. The Falcons scraped home and their opponents would have ‘Beena spewing.

–    Lot of good stories in Under 17 Division 1 this weekend. The game between St Bedes/Mentone Tigers Blue appeared to be in the balance at the last change, with just a point the difference, but the Tigers roared home with a huge four goal to nil final term. Cheltenham look to have a stranglehold on the division, comfortably accounting for their nearest rival Ormond by 34 points. And, what else can you say but “wow”… It was Zaia and Caia taking St Peters higher: Harrison Zaia booted TEN goals and Matthew Caia four in their big win on Sunday. Huge!