By Jarryd McGuane
The inaugural season for the Youth Girls in SMJFL started with four exciting matches with one going down to the wire in the final quarter.
St Peters FC v Prahran JFC
In the tightest match of the round, St Peters were able hold off Prahran by five points at Centenary Park on Sunday. Neither side was able to establish their dominance in the first quarter as they entered the quarter time break tied 1.2.8 apiece. Prahran (2.1) were able to put through one more behind than St Peters (2.0) in the second quarter to lead at half time by one point. The match remained tight in the third term as St Peters were able to score one behind and hold the Blues scoreless to once again tie up the match at three quarter time. Both sides battled down to the final siren as St Peters accuracy in the final was the difference in the five point victory. All the goal kickers for St Peters kicked one each while Holly Bate was the major forward for Prahran with four goals.
Highett FC v East Brighton Vampires JFC
Highett were able to hold East Brighton Vampires goalless for the first three quarters as they secured a 55-point victory at Highett Reserve. In a low scoring first quarter, the home side were able to get out to an eight point lead at the first change. The Bulldogs continued their dominance in the second quarter as they still held East Brighton scoreless to lead by 30 points at half time. The Vampires were able to get some control as they held Highett scoreless in the third term, while scoring two behinds themselves to reduce the margin to 28 going into the final quarter. But despite scoring their first goal of the game in the final quarter, East Brighton could not stop Highett kicking away to the 55-point margin at the final siren. Samantha Beard was dominant on the day as she was responsible for eight out of the nine goals for Highett.
Beaumaris JFC v Bentleigh JFC
At Jack Barker Reserve, Beaumaris got their season off to the perfect start as they defeated Bentleigh by 68 points. The Sharks opened up a 19-point lead in the first quarter as they held Bentleigh scoreless. The Demons got on the scoreboard through a behind in the second quarter but didn’t stop Beauy extending their lead to 31 points at half time. The momentum of the game did not change in the second half as Bentleigh was held scoreless for both quarters. This allowed Beaumaris push their lead out to 54 points at three quarter time and to 68 points at full time.
Brighton Beach JFC v St Bedes/Mentone AFC
Brighton Beach did all their damage on the scoreboard in the first quarter, but it was not enough as St Bedes/Mentone handed them a 59 point defeat. The Kangaroos started well by scoring 1.2 in the first quarter, but still trailed St Bedes/Mentone by nine points at quarter time. The Tigers asserted their strength in the second quarter to lead by 31 points at the half. Inaccuracy in front of goal was the only thing stopping St Bedes/Mentone from extending the lead out of touch of the Kangaroos. With Brighton Beach scoreless in the second half, St Bedes/Mentone slowly extended their lead to 38 points at three quarter time, before pushing it out to 59 points in the last. St Bedes/Mentone has to multiple goal kickers with Georgia Ricardo and Maddison Wilson kicking two each.