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By Ben Pollard

Under 14 Division 1

(1) East Malvern Blue 7.7 (49) def (2) Beaumaris Sharks 5.5 (35)

(3) Mordialloc-Braeside 7.12 (54) def by (4) Hampton 13.4 (82)

It may not have been a grand final, but East Malvern Blue put in a commanding performance during the ‘premiership quarter’ to put away Beaumaris Sharks in their semi final and advance to the decider. Trailing by two points at halftime, the Knights piled on four goals to none in the third term to open up a decisive break, with Isaac Morrisby booting three majors for the winners. In the other semi, Hampton demonstrated the value of efficiency in front of goal against Mordialloc-Braeside, the Rovers slotting 7.3 (45) to the Mustangs’ 3.9 (27) after halftime to run away with a 28-point victory. Next stop: the Sharks, a team Hampton has been comfortably beaten by twice this season. Tough preliminary final ask!

Under 14 Division 2

(1) South Melbourne White 5.8 (38) def by (2) Prahran 5.14 (44)

(3) Cheltenham Milicia 7.9 (51) def by (4) St Peters 9.10 (64)

Prahran caused a massive boilover by toppling the runaway minor premiers South Melbourne White by six points and moving on to the granny! The underdogs bolted out to a 17-point halftime lead and withstood a South Melbourne fightback in the second half to scrape home. Prahran’s two Oscars – Bennett and Dowd – were no grouches post-match, as they were both instrumental in securing this victory. The Districts must recover now for a prelim against St Peters, which blew Cheltenham Milicia away with a 5.5 (35)-to-nil first quarter! South Melbourne will want to be on their game from the first siren or these fast starters might knock them out in straight sets…

Under 14 Division 3

(1) Bentleigh 11.13 (79) def (2) East Malvern White 2.10 (22)

(3) Murrumbeena Gold 7.8 (50) def by (4) Waverley Park 8.7 (55)

Bentleigh pushed East Malvern White aside in ominous fashion in their semi final, crushing the Knights with a six-goal final quarter. Jayce Morgan kicked four classy goals for the Demons, while goalkicking machine Jack Fennell chipped in with three. They’ll be tough to beat in the grand final on this performance… In the other semi, Waverley Park looked to have it in the bag early against a slow-starting Murrumbeena Gold, but Beena ground its way back into the contest, getting within five points at the final bell. Alas, it was a case of close, but no cigar. The Hawks must like their chances against East Malvern this week, too – Waverley thrashed the Knights in their only meeting this year, back in Round 11.

Under 14 Division 4

(1) South Melbourne Red 8.5 (53) def (2) Beaumaris Great Whites 5.6 (36)

(3) East Sandringham 7.10 (52) def (4) Ormond 4.6 (30)

South Melbourne Red and Beaumaris Great Whites continued their tradition of tight matches this season, with the Districts this time turning a three-point lead at the final change into a strong win. Jonathon Green’s four goals were crucial in getting South Melbourne to the big dance in two weeks’ time. Meanwhile, East Sandringham had their semi final against Ormond almost shot to pieces by the first break. Five goals to one in the opening quarter proved decisive in getting the Zebs through to a prelim final. Their opponent will be Beauy, with whom East Sandy has split the points 1-1 in 2013… A ripper contest looms!

Under 15 Division 1

(1) East Brighton Vampires 5.4 (34) def by (2) East Malvern Blue 7.5 (47)

(3) St Peters 7.7 (49) def (4) Murrumbeena Gold 6.9 (45)

A brilliant last quarter from East Malvern Blue slayed East Brighton Vampires in a ripping semi final that sealed a grand final berth for the Knights. Down by five points at the final change, East Malvern steamed home with three goals to the Vamps’ one behind to snatch the win. Alex Lowe led the Knights’ charge in front of goal with three snags. In another epic finish, St Peters stole victory from the jaws of defeat against Murrumbeena Gold, overhauling a nine-point deficit at three-quarter time to triumph by four! Cameron Polson and Mitch Edema did a lot of the damage for St Peters, which now confronts a team that defeated it by 36 points in Round 7, East Brighton.

Under 15 Division 2

(1) Mordialloc-Braeside 6.9 (45) def (2) Hampton 2.4 (16)

(3) St Bedes/Mentone Tigers 6.9 (45) def (4) Prahran 5.5 (35)

What an emphatic statement from minor premiers Mordialloc-Braeside! The Mustangs were all over Hampton from the outset of their semi final and had Conor Larkin, Yves Hopkins-Gamble and Jack Love running amok. The Rovers need to put that one in the rear-view mirror and focus on this week’s preliminary final with St Bedes/Mentone Tigers, who had a tough time putting away a gallant Prahran outfit. The game was in the balance at three-quarter time, but the Tigers were guided home by players such as Michael Hurst and James Moloney to triumph by 10. They might need the confidence boost too, because Hampton have already accounted for St Bedes three times this season!

Under 15 Division 3

(1) Waverley Park 6.6 (42) def by (2) St Pauls 8.11 (59)

(3) St Peters 10.3 (63) def (4) East Brighton Vampires 8.9 (57)

Oh boy, did the pressure of a potential undefeated season get to Waverley Park? The all-conquering Hawks suffered a shock 17-point loss to St Pauls in their semi final after leading by 15 points at halftime. For St Pauls, Jack Cameron slotted four goals and William Clarke was also superb. Waverley, however, has a chance to bounce back this week in a prelim final with St Peters, which showed its resilience by mounting an unbelievable last-quarter comeback to topple East Brighton Vampires in the other semi. Down by 27 points heading into the final term, St Peters slammed on an amazing 6.3 (39) to the Vamps’ one goal to somehow claim victory! It shows you can never write the script of a finals match…

Under 15 Division 4

(1) Oakleigh 12.14 (86) def (2) Ajax Comets 8.2 (50)

(3) Ormond 1.6 (12) def by (4) Caulfield Bears 10.15 (75)

Oakleigh showed Ajax Comets exactly how to construct a second half in their semi final, amassing 7.9 (51) to just two goals after halftime to record a big win. Jack Daniels and Martin James were key players in getting the Dragons into the decider. Caulfield Bears dominated Ormond to the tune of 63 points in the other semi, with Andrew Pinna and Josh Medoro starring. Caulfield’s prelim final opponent this week, Ajax, defeated the Bears twice earlier in the season, but were on the receiving end in Round 11, when Caulfield won by six points. You get the feeling we can look forward to a tight clash with everything on the line here!

Under 16 Division 1

(1) Murrumbeena Gold 4.9 (33) def by (2) Mordialloc-Braeside White 13.10 (88)

(3) St Bedes/Mentone Tigers 9.7 (61) def by (4) South Melbourne District 12.5 (77)

Mordialloc-Braeside White were simply too good for Murrumbeena Gold in their semi final, with this one in essence wrapped up by halftime. Led by Nathan Peterson’s three goals, the Mustangs avenged their only two defeats of the season, which were to Beena. But will they meet again in the big dance? The Lions now have to get past South Melbourne District in the preliminary final after the Districts were very strong throughout against St Bedes/Mentone Tigers in the other semi. South Melbourne probably won’t be looking to the past for inspiration though – Murrumbeena comprehensively won their three encounters this season.

Under 16 Division 2

(1) Ajax 11.7 (73) def (2) St Peters 5.8 (38)

(3) Beaumaris Sharks 5.6 (36) def by (4) East Malvern Blue 10.5 (65)

The stamp of authority has been planted on this division by Ajax! After a tight previous encounter with St Peters, Ajax came out breathing fire in their semi final, registering eight goals to St Peters’ one by halftime. From that moment, St Peters could start thinking about this week – an impending prelim final battle with East Malvern Blue. The Knights were clinical is dispatching Beaumaris Sharks from the finals, maintaining control for most of the game. David Dassie was fantastic with four goals for the winners and will be keen to back up that performance against St Peters… An enormous East Malvern victory at their last meeting in Round 13 indicates he might be able to!

Under 16 Division 3

(1) St Pauls 15.3 (93) def (2) Dingley 5.7 (37)

(3) Murrumbeena Maroon 6.10 (46) def (4) Mt Waverley Falcons 3.5 (23)

Will the challengers to St Pauls for this division title please stand up? Dingley can now sit down… The Dingoes were sent packing with tails between their legs as St Pauls ran rampant by 56 points. A five-goal-to-nil first term set up the win, as Ben Lindsey, Karl Abourizk and Harrison Hunt (five snags) went about clearing the path to a grand final. Dingley now faces Murrumbeena Maroon in a prelim after the Lions got the best of Mt Waverley Falcons in a crucial last quarter. Just one point up at the final change, Beena powered home with help from Jordan Cannizzaro to notch a 23-point victory. Looking ahead though, the Dingoes have touched up Murrumbeena three times this season…

Under 17 Division 1

(1) Brighton Rovers 13.10 (88) def (2) Ormond 1.5 (11)

(3) Beaumaris Sharks 4.6 (30) def by (4) Caulfield Bears 9.10 (64)

Brighton Rovers just power on and on in Under 17 Division 1… 77 points was the margin in their semi final against Ormond and it looks as though it will take a superhuman effort for a team to stop their charge to the title. Tom Nicholls helped himself to four goals in this one, but a feature of the win was that nine other Rovers hit the scoreboard as well… The team that has gotten closest (10 points) to Brighton this season, Caulfield Bears, was also victorious in their semi. The Bears defeated Beaumaris Sharks by 34 points to advance to a prelim final date with Ormond and of course, one step closer to a showdown with the Rovers!

Under 17 Division 2

(1) Waverley Park/Northvale 8.5 (53) def by (2) St Peters 10.9 (69)

(3) Cheltenham White 8.5 (53) def by (4) Dingley 8.7 (55)

Two amazing semi final finishes in this division, with both Waverley Park/Northvale and Cheltenham White being rolled after leading at three-quarter time! St Peters were a goal down to WP/N before John Barnes, Jacob McGaw, Frederick Jenkins and others decided to put things into top gear. Four last-quarter goals to one and St Peters were into the granny! Dingley’s late surge was perhaps even more impressive, overcoming a 13-point deficit to pluck a two-point victory from nowhere. Matt Withers and Callum Ryan were among the best as the Dingoes set up a prelim final clash with Waverley Park/Northvale, a team they beat by five points just a few weeks ago…