By Jarryd McGuane
In Round 5 in the SMJFL Youth Girls saw the top three sides remain in good form and a tight match between Highett and Brighton Beach
Bentleigh Saints vs St Bedes/Mentone Tigers
St Bedes/Mentone continued their dominance of the Youth Girls competition as they defeated Bentleigh by 123 points at Packer Park. St Bedes/Mentone came out of the room ready as a four goal first quarter gave them a 26 point quarter time lead. The Tigers would follow it up with their highest scoring quarter of the match with seven more goals to lead by 71 points at half time. The Saints battled hard all game but like the first half, they would remain scoreless in the second half as the Tigers would go on to lead by 99 at three quarter time and 123 at the final siren. Georgia Ricardo booted seven goals, while Jemma Owen and Madison Wilson added four each to the score.
Prahran vs East Brighton Vampires
Prahran maintained their good form from a week previous, defeating East Brighton Vampires by 45 points at Toorak Park. A three goal first quarter from Prahran to East Brighton’s one goal got them out to a 15-point margin at quarter time. The Vampires were held to one goal in each of the next two quarters as they would trail by 22 points and half time and 36 points at three quarter time respectively. Prahran would then hold East Brighton scoreless in the final quarter as they got the final margin out to 45 points. Tess Plowman with three goals and Heidi Termpleton with two were the major goal kickers for Prahran. While Mietta Nolan, Stephanie Wallace and Jessica Campbell all kicked one each for East Brighton.
Brighton Beach vs Highett
In the tightest game of the round, Highett overcame a first quarter deficit to defeat Brighton Beach by 11 points at Brighton Beach Oval. The Kangaroos would start the more composed of the two sides as they would kick the only goal of the quarter to lead by six points. The Bulldogs would awaken in the second quarter as their 2.6 to Brighton Beach’s 0.1 would see them lead by 11 points at half time. Brighton Beach would be held to only five behinds in the third quarter as Highett extended their lead to 13 points at the final break. Both sides threatened to take the game but inaccuracy kept the overall scores down as the Bulldogs held on for the 11 point victory.
St Peters vs Beaumaris
St Peters join St Bedes/Mentone as the only undefeated sides in the league as they were too strong for Beaumaris, eventually running out 115 point victors at Centenary Park Oval 1. In the first half inaccuracy would plague St Peters but were strong defensively to lead by 17 points and 48 points at quarter time and half time respectively. After another four goal quarter in the third for St Peters, the margin grew to 75 points at the final change. The Sharks battled hard all day against the undefeated St Peters but remained scoreless throughout, as six goals in the last gave St Peters the 115-point victory. Tayla Jane Eke was the dominant forward on the field with six goals, with Hailey Pratt, Leora Elias and Bethany Supple adding two each.