ROUND 10 WRAP
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
By Ben Pollard
- We saw a huge upset in Radiant Under 11 South on Sunday. Oakleigh had one win to their name; East Brighton Vampires had seven. Think that daunted Oakleigh? Not for a second... The margin was barely a goal for most of the game, but the underdogs kept it at to take a brave seven-point victory.
- Was there something wrong with the goalposts in Radiant Under 11 Blue? Top-of-the-table Northvale defeated their closest rival Dingley Red with an inaccurate score of 6.10 (46), while Mordialloc-Braeside colts knocked off St Bedes/Mentone Tigers Blue with an even more inaccurate score of 5.20 (50). However, taking the cake of inaccuracy was Bentleigh, who defeated East Brighton Vampires Blue with a score of 7.25 (67)!
- Ajax Comets very nearly had their first win for the year in Under 12 East against Hampton... The Comets shot to a 17-point lead at half time and still found themselves four points up at the last change. Bradley Antman and Benjamin Ayzelman gave everything for Ajax, but they couldn’t hold off Hampton, who won by just two points.
- The scoreline may not have been pretty, but we’ve still got to hand it to East Malvern White in Under 12 North – well over half their team (13 players!) made the list of goalkickers. Sharing is caring, people...
- Under 13 Division 2 is looking very even at this stage of the season. Ajax Comets remain first after Round 10, but will need more performances like that of Jake Liberman (four goals, best-on-ground in their 23-point victory over Highett) to stay ahead of the chasing pack.
- Two contenders for the Under 14 Division 3 title – St Peters Red and Mt Waverley – squared off in a beauty on Sunday. St Peters must have fired up during the half time break, coming out and turning around a disappointing second quarter with a seven-goal-to-one second half. Great games from the St Peters J-Squad: Jake Hibbert, Jack Sanders, Jack Power and Michael Jakes.
- Some great games in Under 15 Division 1 on the weekend. Mitchell Wildoer was the best for Murrumbeena Gold, as they trailed at every change but came home strong for a three-point victory over Mordi-Brae White. Ajax Comets chalked up their first win for season in style by 27 points over East Malvern Gold, with Mitchell Aarons and Yoisef Ash (three goals) the best. Finally, East Sandringham shut the door on Hampton with a huge five-goal-to-nothing last quarter, as goalkickers Jordan Matera and Lachlan Palfrey ran wild.
- Cheltenham was gunning for its first win in Under 16 Division 2, but kicked its way out of the game with St Pauls/Bentleigh Demons. Chelt were within striking distance at three-quarter time, but could only manage 2.5 (17) to their opponents’ 2.0 (12) in the last term and lost by four. Spewing!
- Ajax toppled the previously unbeaten South Melbourne District in Under 17 Division 2 on Sunday. It was comprehensive, too – 36 points – but as the top two of the division, both sides should progress to the Under 17 finals series. Of the teams likely to play off for the Championship Cup (the bottom five), Waverley Park stole a break on its rivals, a hard-fought three-point win over Bentleigh putting them a game clear of the rest. That third-placed finish will be crucial going into the Cup...