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Little separated St Peters and Mordialloc-Braeside all year, so it came as no surprise that these two sides played out one of the all-time great SMJFL Grand Finals.

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St Peters claimed the minor premiership in the SMJFL’s premier boy’s competition, Under 17 Division 1, just ahead of Mordi-Brae. After 15 rounds, both sides had 12 wins to their credit, with St Peters taking out top billing by just 10%.

St Peters claimed bragging rights in both meetings between the two sides during the home and away season, and made it three wins on the trot comfortable 43-point victory over the Mustangs in the Second Semi Final at Scammell Reserve.

And when they met again in the big dance a fortnight later, it proved to be an extraordinary exhibition of under-age football.

The match, a twilight fixture at Trevor Barker Oval that began under the setting afternoon sun, started off in electric fashion with a high-tempo opening term that yielded an accurate seven goals one between the two sides. Mordi-Brae took the early advantage, leading by seven points at the first change.

The game slowed after the first change as both team settled their early nerves. Both teams only mustered one goal each and Mordi-Brae lead by one straight kick going into half time.

As darkness envelopment the ground after the long break, a four-goals-to-one third term saw the Mustangs push ahead to a 22-point buffer at the final change. From that point, the flag looked destined to land at Walter Galt Reserve.

St Peters, though, had other ideas. The game was played almost exclusively in their half of the ground in the last quarter, but could only manage two goals. St Peters peppered the goals, but unfortunately couldn’t find their range as the Mustangs, who could only manage one solitary behind for the term, defended stoically in the frantic final few minutes and hung on for a nail-biting six-point victory.

Mustangs playmaker Jack Laidlaw won the medal as the best player on the ground with a dazzling display through the midfield, but Jake Love, Jarrod Peake and Yves Hopkins-Gamble also provided ample support in their side’s upset Grand Final triumph.

Joel Green booted three goals for the winners while Andy Silva and Luke Forbes finished the game with two each.

For the vanquished St Peters, James Sziller (who now plays TAC Cup footy with the Oakleigh Chargers) was clearly their best, while Corey Lyons and Ben Dance were also terrific.

 

Final Scores

St Peters 7.10 (52)

Mordi-Brae 9.4 (58)

 

You can watch this game and more from the 2015 SMJFL Finals Series at www.smjfl.tv, including all SMJFL Grand Finals from 2012 to 2015.

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