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U15 Division 1:

A neutral observer would describe the team’s performance through the first three games as polished. They moved the ball cleanly, were well disciplined and even had midfielders running their own rotations.

In round one they disposed of the South East Juniors will relative ease as they kicked ten goals to two after an even first term.  They were relentless at the stoppages and were led by Lachlan Harris who received the medal for best on ground. Isaac Morrisby kicked three goals and stamped himself as the team’s go to forward for the remainder of the competition – it was his lowest goal total of the tournament.

“Both teams lost the grand final last year so for us it’s about winning the next game and giving ourselves the opportunity to get there,” said coach Tony Pucella after their first game.

However, winning their next game against the Essendon District Football League proved to be much tougher than the first encounter and it could have gone either way all the way up until the final siren sounded.

The team went going scoreless in the second quarter and headed into the half time break trailing by three goals. The premiership quarter proved to be the difference as they kicked 3.3 while holding the EDFL goalless to wrestle back the lead.

The last quarter was a tough grind of an affair but the SMJFL stood tall under the pressure eventually emerging seven-point victors. Morrisby was the difference up forward again, this time with four goals, half of the team’s total.

Round three of the tournament saw the team put in their most dominant performance with a 113-point thrashing of the Western Region Football League when Pucella took on old teammate, now WRFL coach Paul Grantham.

Immediately out of the gate Sebastian Williams took a beautiful diving mark low to the ground and converted from 35 metres out. The next few minutes were the Jack Higgins show as he snapped a goal and then shortly after danced his way through traffic to find the chest of William Lewis who kicked truly.

From that point onwards it was a procession and the WRFL never looked like clawing their way back into the contest. Morrisby piled on a competition best five goals as he continues to get better each game. It was a display of straight kicking from the merciless SMJFL as they kicked a coach-pleasing 24.7.

Round 1:

SMJFL             14.11.95

SEJ                  4.0.24

Goal Kickers: H. Persson 3, I. Morrisby 3, G. Cappiello 2, J. Higgins 2, A. Trusler , W. Lewis , E. Casey , S. Williams 

Best Players: L. Harris, A. Lowe, J. Hille, I. Morrisby, G. Nagle, E. Casey

Round 2:

SMJFL             8.5.53

EDFL               6.10.46

Goal Kickers: I. Morrisby 4, J. Higgins 2, S. Williams , A. Styles 

Best Players: A. Lowe, G. Nagle, L. Harris, A. Trusler, L. Height, M. Lohan

Round 3:

SMJFL             24.7.151

WRFL              6.2.38

Goal Kickers: I. Morrisby 5, J. Higgins 3, S. Williams 3, W. Armstrong 2, L. Height 2, J. Mangoni 2, C. McGAW 2, J. Hille , L. Barrett , L. Harris , W. Lewis , A. Lowe 

Best Players: C. Constable, L. Harris, L. Barrett, S. Williams, H. Persson, N. Lloyd

U15 Division 2:

In the first round the boys ran into the powerful Yarra Junior Football League and lost by 21 points – it would be the closest any other team would get to the YJFL with the next closest margin being 79 points.

All the damage was done in the second quarter where the YJFL kicked three unanswered goals and went into half time with what would be the decisive 21-point lead. Outside of the second term the SMJFL were only outscored by three points in the remaining three quarters of player.

Dae Szydlik toiled hard all game and was rewarded as the team’s best player with a medal and also one of the team’s three goals. Had the SMJFL kicked a little straighter then they would have given themselves every opportunity to advance to the grand final and the end result of 2.6 ended up hurting them in the end.

The second round saw the team bounce back in a big way with a 73-point victory over the WRFL at Moorleigh Reserve. They flew out of the gate with an unanswered five-goal first term and didn’t look back for the rest of the game.

Alfred Jarnestrom was played huge all game despite his shorter stature – the young forward provided forward pressure from the flank and pocket all game even when the game was already won. Jarnestrom ended up picking the medal for best on ground along with leading goal kicker honours with four, a feat made all the more impressive after he didn’t lace up the boots for the opening game.

Also impressive on the day was Ariel Syber who was a presence all over the ground and gave his midfielders first use of the ball time and again with clever tap work. However, one of the standout highlights came later in the game when Joshua Gorman nonchalantly took a one-handed mark in traffic to stymie a WRFL forward thrust.

They went into the third and final game of their campaign against the similarly one win and one loss EDFL team with the winner taking second place in the group standings. Early on it looked like the EDFL would take the group’s runner up honours when they caught the SMJFL napping out of the blocks and went into quarter time up by 22 points.

It appears they were adequately motivated after their poor first quarter as they exploded out of the gate in the second term and kicked six goals to one and took an eight point lead into the half time break.

With the SMJFL kicking against the wind, the third quarter was a seesawing affair where the EDFL failed to capitalise in front of the big sticks which gave the SMJFL a four point lead at the final break – at lead they would greatly improve upon in their last quarter for the year.

The boys ensured they finished the competition on a high note and made the most of their chances in front of goal, finishing the game with a six-goal quarter and a 30-point victory.

Ulyssess Urban steered the boys to victory as he was awarded the medal for best on ground, after he narrowly missed out following his three-goal effort against the WRFL.

Round 1:

SMJFL             2.6.28

YJFL                5.9.39

Goal Kickers: D. Szydlik , B. Rekic 

Best Players: D. Szydlik, N. Murphy, H. Bede

Round 2:

SMJFL             15.13.108

WRFL              4.6.30

Goal Kickers: A. Jarnestrom 4, B. Rekic 3, U. Urban 3, H. Bede , N. Murphy , A. Syber, F. Campigli , J. Morgan  

Best Players: A. Jarnestrom, U. Urban, A. Syber, J. Knipe, A. Berlinski, J. Morgan

Round 3:

SMJFL             15.6.96

EDFL               10.6.66

Best Players: U. Urban, H. Wardlaw, N. Murphy, J. O”Connell, A. Jarnestrom, J. Knipe