The second week of the Pepper Money SMJFL Finals Series coincided with the first group of Grand Finals.
Played across 4 venues and 6 ovals in glorious sunshine, the Under 11 to Under 13 Grand Final Day was an action packed day full of nail biting drama, plenty of thrills and big crowds!
With fantastic support from Major Sponsor Monash University and the 2018 Finals Partner – Pepper Money, spectators enjoyed the warmer weather and free entry to watch the future stars of footy test themselves on the biggest stage of all….a Grand Final.
A quick recap of each match is below and full match results of all matches can be found HERE
All match vision can be purchased via Red Vision on the SMJFL.TV Portal HERE
Under 11 Mixed Orange
St. Bedes /Mentone took home the U11 Orange flag after an ecstatic win over Brighton Beach at Essex Heights Reserve. The Tigers put on an impressive performance and with Flynn Walker kicking 3, they proved to be worthy winners of the silverware.
BEST ON GROUND: Curtis Howe – St Bedes/Mentone JFC
Under 11 Mixed Yellow
Ajax has fallen short of a flag going down at the hands of Caulfield at Essex Heights. The teams went in level at half time and both teams were up for the challenge. The Bears took in a slender lead at three-quarter time and were able to hold off a determined Rockets outfit who in the end lost by 14-points.
BEST ON GROUND: Jethro Gunn – Ajax JFC
Under 11 Mixed Blue
Mordi-Brae have clamied the U11 Blue title taking down East Brighton at King George Reserve on Sunday morning. The Vampires got within 7 points at the half-time break and were able to slow the Mustangs free-scoring ability for a large amount of the game. A spirited last quarter effort saw Mordi-Brae win by a convincing 28-points.
BEST ON GROUND: Hudson Read – Mordialloc-Braeside JFC
Under 11 Mixed Bronze
King George Reserve hosted the grand final between East Malvern and Port Melbourne. The Colts were up against it from the get-go, with the Knights leading at every break. The Knights’ clinical nature in front of goals ensured they took the flag, winning by 39 points
BEST ON GROUND: Max Lightbody – East Malvern
Under 11 Mixed Purple
East Malvern have pulled off one of the great comebacks taking down Hampton Rovers at King George Reserve. The premiership looked like it was heading to Boss James Reserve with the Rovers leading by a solid 14 points at the main break. However a spirited effort by the Knights saw the lead snatched at third quarter. East Malvern held on to win by a slender 3 points with Sam Zappulla kicking two snags, breaking the hearts of Hampton.
BEST ON GROUND: Gideon Ziesing – Hampton Rovers JFC
Under 11 Mixed Red
Dingley have added more silverware to their trophy cabinet by beating a determined Bentleigh side. The game at King George was close at half time with Bentleigh within striking distance before Dingley broke the shackles in the third term. In the end it was the Dingoes by a comfortable 21 points.
BEST ON GROUND: Bennett Martin – Dingley JFC
Under 12 Mixed Blue
It was all out attack in the first quarter between South Melbourne and Brighton Beach at Essex Heights Reserve. The second term was the complete opposite and the match completely tightened up. Brighton Beach were right in it all day but a flurry of missed chances meant they were unable to take out the premiership. South Melbourne got the premiership flag the craved with a hard fought 2 goal win.
BEST ON GROUND: Murphy Reid – South Melbourne Districts JFC
Under 12 Mixed Maroon
East Sandringham have taken out the U12 Mixed Maroon flag, beating East Malvern by a whopping 53 points. The Zebras shared the goalkicking having 5 individual goalkickers, and were able to stop East Malvern’s potent attack, keeping them to only 2 points. East Malvern had their fair share of the ball all day but couldn’t break down the stubborn Zebras defence whilst the Zebras looked dangerous on the counter.
BEST ON GROUND: Sam Fanning – East Sandringham JFC
Under 12 Mixed Orange
East Malvern went home from Highett Reserve with a flag on Sunday after beating a resilient Mordi-Brae outfit. East Malvern started quickly much to the shock of the Mustangs who couldn’t handle their pace. Mordi-Brae then cut down a 4-goal deficit in the 2nd and 3rd quarters to be in with a sniff at the final change, trailing by only 1 goal at the break. East Malvern killed off any chance of a fightback with a lively final term effort, winning by a solid 14 points.
BEST ON GROUND: Hunter Lynch – Mordialloc-Braeside JFC
Under 12 Mixed Green
Essex Heights Reserve witnessed a cracker between Highett and Murrumbeena. Highett started strongly but inaccuracy meant they didn’t add enough scoreboard pressure to rattle Murrumbeena. The Lions matched it in the second quarter, trailing by 3 straight at the main break. The Doggies changed gear in the third and the game looked done. Although, a reinvigorated Murrumbeena outfit came home strong, booting 3 goals to none only to fall by 4 points in the flag decider, poor kicking costing them but Highett brave in holding on.
BEST ON GROUND: Harry Stewart – Highett JFC
Under 12 Mixed Red
Mordi-Brae proved to be too much to handle for St Kilda City at Highett Reserve as the Saints battled hard but ultimately fell short of the flag. The game was dynamic and saw the Mustangs only leading by a slender goal at the main break. The game opened up for Mordi-Brae late on in the day as they came home strong to win by 31-points. The scoreboard didn’t do the Saints justice with both teams showing some great sportsmanship during and after the match.
BEST ON GROUND: Liam Payne – St Kilda City JFC
Under 12 Girls Green
Beaumaris have brought home a flag in front of Shark faithful at King George Reserve. They were dominant all day and ran out as 38-point victors, running riot in the midfield. Piling on 7 goals, the Sharks will looking to reek havoc next season as new players come up. It was a tough ask for St Kilda City but they dug in all day and would be proud with their never-say-die attitude.
BEST ON GROUND: Skye Shipton – Beaumaris
Under 12 Girls Purple
Caulfield have taken out the U12 Purple premiership dismantling a strong Dingley outfit. Matilda McIntyre was ruthless kicking 3 of her own to help the cause. Dingley, beaten in the end by 47 points managed to keep the Bears scoreless in the last quarter showing great fight and something to work with in 2019.
BEST ON GROUND: Matilda McIntyre – Caulfield JFC
Under 12 Girls Yellow
Prahran got off to a flyer before holding out a fast finishing Port Melbourne Colts at King George Reserve. Going into half time leading 35 to 7, the Prahran girls had worked very hard and were in the box seat but the Colts had other ideas and weren’t about to surrender, booting the final three goals of the game. A tail of two halves but it was Prahran who took home the cup in a very even team performance and deserved win having come from third on the ladder.
BEST ON GROUND: Sophie McKay – Prahran JFC
Under 12 Girls Blue
South Melbourne have overturned a quarter-time deficit to run out as 22-point winners in the Grand Final at King George Reserve. The teams could not be separated at half-time, tied on 7 points each before the Swans flicked the switch and kicked clear. The Swans proved to be lethal up front, booting 5 goals to none in the second half and claiming the premiership.
BEST ON GROUND: Lola Callan – South Melbourne Districts JFC
Under 13 Div 5
Mordi-Brae have come away as premiers in Division 5 winning by 5 points in front of a huge crowd at Highett Reserve. Despite the close scoreline, Ajax looked in control in the first half and took a 4 point lead into half-time. Mordi-Brae put together an inspired 30 minutes of football to dominate the 2nd half as Ajax fought back on the counter looking for the goal that may have shifted the momentum. It was not to be for the “Jackas” as the inaccurate Mustangs held on once they hit the front for a memorable win.
BEST ON GROUND: Vissarion Karakostas – Mordialloc-Braeside JFC
Under 13 Div 4
Woodruff Oval in Port Melbourne hosted the Div 4 Grand Final which saw Cheltenham come away with a flag. Jack Armstrong was too powerful for East Malvern and kicked three goals in the solid 31-point win. East Malvern were not without their chances but the Panthers got a sniff of victory and were reluctant to let it go.
BEST ON GROUND: Oscar Vallance – Cheltenham
Under 13 Div 3
Ormond defeated Bentleigh in sensational fashion at Woodruff Oval, Murphy Reserve. The 65-point win saw the flag come home to EE Gunn Reserve. They lead at every break and proved to be a faster side, beating Bentleigh at the contests. Tarkin Isaacs was brilliant for his side as he kicked 5 majors. Bentleigh’s Luke Lowe tried his heart out but couldn’t heave his team over the line.
BEST ON GROUND: Tarkin Issacs – Ormond JFC
Under 13 Div 2
St. Peters have slipped up at the final hurdle, succumbing to the power of St Bedes/Mentone. The Tigers trailed at the main break and a shock premiership victory was a possibility for the kids from Centenary Park. However, a heartbreaking final term for St Peters saw the Tigers flex their muscles booting 6 goals straight to come away with the flag, winning by 46 points.
BEST ON GROUND: Max Zalakos – St Bedes/Mentone
Under 13 Div 1
East Brighton have proved to be too strong for Beaumaris, taking out the Division 1 flag. The Sharks came within 6 points in the 3rd quarter but the Vampires strong defensive efforts held them off. They ran out as eventual 17-point winners and got to sing the song for one last time. Jett Butler was unstoppable kicking 3 goals whilst William Nish battled hard for Beaumaris.
BEST ON GROUND: William Nish – Beaumaris JFC