How are the U14 – U17 teams looking as they head into their big match of the year? Let’s take a look at the Grand Final teams and their road to this Sunday.
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U14 Div 1
The 7-side competition will be decided by the two most dominant sides as Beaumaris FC and East Malvern Blue are set to meet for the fourth time this season. Both sides recently met during the semi-final where Beaumaris ultimately won by 45 points – and while the Sharks have been able to win on all three occasions by a combined total of 135 points – the grand final looms as East Malvern’s chance to win when it counts.
U14 Div 2
After a relatively even year, the top two sides of the regular season will meet. Despite earning top place and the minor premiership, Ajax uncharacteristically struggled in their semi-final with Mordialloc Braeside as the Vampires won by 74 points to move straight into the grand final. Ajax took a different route to the final and have been made to work hard for their place, however the players will be in their best possible mindset for the final after an astonishing last quarter performance of 33-1 during the competition’s preliminary final which saw the side overrun Hampton to book the ultimate reunion with Mordialloc.
U14 Div 3
The top three sides were comfortably ahead of the rest during the regular season and it was South Melbourne and Beaumaris FC who earned the top two positions and subsequently an easier run to the grand finale. South Melbourne accounted for the Great Whites by 37 points in the semi-final to earn a place in the final. While third-placed Oakleigh snuck by Northvale with a 14-point win and ultimately overcame Beaumaris by 4 goals in the preliminary final! Thereby eliminating the Great Whites in straight sets to book a final meeting with South Melbourne.
U14 Div 4
Bentleigh and St Kilda earned their places in the final under varying circumstances. After finishing the season in the top two, the sides had a semi-final meeting where St Kilda comfortably win by 71 points. With St Kilda having already earned a place in the grand final, Bentleigh were forced to play the Waverley Park in the preliminary final and defeated the Hawks by 65 points to earn a rematch with the Saints.
U14 Div 5
Hampton Rovers AFC and Prahran will meet during the final after successfully overcoming their respective paths. The sides met during the semi-final where the Rovers proved too strong in winning by 79 points with 33-4 scoring shots. Ultimately, Prahran managed to bounce back with a 17-point win over South Melbourne in the competition’s preliminary final to ensure the top two sides of the league will be playing for the premiership.
U15 Girls Div 1
St Peters were able to win their semi-final and earn direct entry into the final while Prahran took the longer route to the grand final with wins over Beaumaris and St Bedes. Despite sitting outside the top two during the regular season, Prahran have proved their worth and will be solid competition for St Peters.
U15 Girls Div 2
Brighton Beach topped the ladder during the season subsequently receiving a favourable draw and opportunity to move directly to the grand final. The Kangaroos achieved this by defeating the Hawks by 35 points. Their final opponents, Bentleigh, defeated Mt Waverley and Waverley Park by 33 and 13 points respectively en-route to final.
U15 Div 1
East Sandringham narrowly edged Waverley Park to place second during the regular season, ultimately earning a fixture with minor premiers St Kilda City. East Sandringham brought their best brand of football to the contest thereby earning a grand final place with a 45-point win. However, the Saints bounced back during the preliminary final, defeating the Hawks by 44 points to earn a rematch with the in-form Zebras.
U15 Div 2
East Malvern Blue and Bentleigh met during the first semi-final where East Malvern accounted for the Demons in a close-fought game by 16 points to earn a grand final berth. The minor premiers were then forced to do it tough, coming from behind during the preliminary final to defeat East Brighton by 22 points. They were both evenly matched in their semi-final, but the Demons will be keen to make up for lost time at Mentone Grammar.
U15 Div 3
St Peters comfortably accounted for St Kilda City by 47 points during their semi-final to ultimately qualify for the grand final. Ultimately, the Saints also managed to qualify after a nail-biting 8-point win over Oakleigh during the competition’s preliminary final. With only one loss separating St Kilda from the top St Peters, both teams will be keen for an impressive showdown.
U15 Div 4
Ormond JFC defeated the Caulfield Bears by 40 points during the semi-final stage to book a place in the grand final. Their opponents, Waverley Park, overcame East Malvern by 20 during the semi-finals and came back from the brink to defeat Caulfield by 6 points in the preliminary final. Now they are facing off against Ormond, who have been the dominant side of the season. But after taking down the second team, Waverley should be feeling pretty confident.
U16 Div 1
Hampton Rovers AFC won their way into the grand final with a 31-point win over the Beaumaris Sharks. Meanwhile, East Malvern had a different pathway with wins over Mordialloc Braeside and the Beaumaris Sharks by 44 and 42 points respectively to ensure a meeting with the Rovers.
U16 Div 2
South Melbourne were first to make the final with a semi-final victory over East Brighton. The Vampires recovered from the 25-point loss with a 14-point win over East Malvern White to ensure a semi-final rematch in the final.
U16 Div 3
Ajax and Waverley Park will face-off in the grand final after Ajax managed to defeat the Hawks by 26 points. As a result, Waverley had to overcome an epic preliminary final with Dingley where they snuck home by 6 points.
U17 Div 1
St Peters moved into the final with a 43-point win over Mordialloc Braeside, forcing Mordialloc to need a preliminary final win over Ormond in order to force a rematch with St Peters. Fortunately for Mordialloc, they managed an 18-point win to ensure the top two sides would play for the premiership.
U17 Div 2
Beaumaris moved into the grand finale with a comfortable 57-point win over St Paul’s. The Sharks were the best side of the regular season and their opponents, St Paul’s McKinnon, defeated Waverley Park by 21 points to earn another crack at the minor premiers in the grand final.
U17 Div 3
St Bedes overpowered East Malvern in the semi-final by 32 points to earn a place in the grand final. Despite inaccuracy hampering the side with a score line of 9.17, they were able to win comfortably. As a result, Caulfield needed a win over East Malvern in the preliminary final and were ultimately defeated by 43 points. East Malvern’s semi-final win over Ormond by 91 points – as well as their preliminary final performance against the Bears – puts them in a strong position when they face St Bedes in the final.