Season 2017 of the South Metro Junior Football League (SMJFL) is underway and grassroots footy is abuzz in the south-east with three divisions of cracking Under 17’s football to enjoy.
There was some Grand Final revenge in Division 1, an early pace-setter in Division 2 while a remarkable scoreline in Division 3 with Murrumbeena somehow getting over the line despite some erratic kicking in front of goal.
Here is our weekend wrap:
Division 1 –
Revenge was sweet for Ormond who were on the right end of a much-deserved 14-point win over 2016 Grand Final nemesis Beaumaris, with seven straight first-half goals paving the way for victory. Cheltenham produced a stunning first-half against newcomers to Division 1 East Malvern, keeping the visitors goalless, ensuring a thumping victory, while Mordialloc returned home from Dingley with all four points, with a spread of eight individual goal-kickers leading to a 44-point victory over the Dingoes who are also new to Division 1.
Division 2 –
It was St Bedes/Mentone who jumped out the blocks early, with a resounding 118-point win over Oakleigh on their home deck. 13 individual goal-kickers helped the Tigers to what was very much a great team win. In the other results, St Kilda City earned a 34-point victory over South Melbourne Districts while a thrilling clash between St Peters and Ajax ended in a narrow three-goal win to the former.
Division 3 –
The clash between Caulfield and Murrumbeena certainly headlined the four fixtures in Division 3, with the former despite an incredibly inaccurate scoreline of 8.18, pinched victory by just a solitary point. Something for the boys to work on during the week! Round off Division 3, Ormond led from start to finish in a comfortable victory over Waverley Park, Beaumaris scraped past Mordialloc in 13-point nail-biter and East Sandringham produced a five goal to zip second quarter to run away with victory at home to Ajax.