By Jarryd McGuane
Round 11 of the SMJFL Youth Girls competition featured the tightest matches of the season with an amazing upset in the Prahran vs St Bedes/Mentone game.
BRIGHTON BEACH vs BEAUMARIS
Brighton Beach came from behind to defeat Beaumaris by 20 points at Moorabbin West despite never leading at any break. Beaumaris started quickly, and their first quarter score of 2.2 to Brighton Beach’s 1.0 gave the Sharks an eight-point lead at quarter time. In a low-scoring second quarter, Beaumaris failed to score and Brighton Beach added two behinds to reduce the margin to six points at the half. The Kangaroos came out in the second half and got rid of the Sharks lead as Beaumaris didn’t score and saw the game go into the final quarter tied. Brighton Beach blew the game out of the water in the final quarter as their 3.4 to Beaumaris’ 0.2 saw them secure a 20-point victory. Charlotte Myers and Madeleine McAllister were the goal kickers for Beaumaris.
HIGHETT vs ST PETERS
St Peters enjoyed the largest win of any side this round as they defeated Highett by 48 points at Highett Reserve. The game started in a tight fashion as both sides a goal on the scoreboard but six behinds gave St Peters a six-point quarter time lead. 2.4 more from St Peters to 1.0 for Highett saw the lead grow to 16 points at the half time break. Highett were held to a single goal for the remainder the game and would see St Peters extend their lead to 34 points and 48 points at three quarter time and full time respectively. Isabel Quintal was St Peters major goal kicker with four goals.
BENTLEIGH vs EAST BRIGHTON
At Packer Park, East Brighton held off a fast finishing Bentleigh for a 14-point victory. The Vampires flew to a fast start as they held Bentleigh scoreless in the first half and would lead by 19 points and 24 points at quarter time and half time respectively. The half time break awoke the Saints as they piled on three goals in the third quarter and held the Vampires to three behinds to reduce the margin to nine points. This would be as close as Bentleigh would get despite kicking a final quarter goal, East Brighton adding 1.5 to push the final margin out to 14 points. Jemima Broadhead was the only multiple goal kicker on the field with three for the Vampires.
PRAHRAN vs ST BEDES/MENTONE
Prahran jumped to equal first on the ladder as they defeated top of the table St Bedes/Mentone by 18 points at Como Park. Both sides started the match off well with a goal apiece, with one behind the difference as St Bedes/Mentone took the one-point quarter time lead. Prahran would take the lead in the second quarter, as St Bedes/Mentone were held scoreless and conceded a single goal to trail by five points at the major break. Both sides again kicked a goal each in the third quarter as the Tigers reduced the margin to four points. But in the final quarter St Bedes/Mentone ran out of gas, and two Prahran goals saw the final margin reach 18 points. All five of Prahran’s majors were from single goal kickers, while St Bedes/Mentone’s two goals both came from Georgia Ricardo.