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SUNDAY 12 May 2024

Monash University U17.5 Boys Division 1


Waverley Park Hawks 4.9.33 def by St Bedes/Mentone Tigers AFC 14.13.97.

An invigorated St Bedes/Mentone Tigers side looked to return to winning ways against Waverley Park Hawks who impressed away from home in Round 4. Executing their game plan to perfection, St Bedes/Mentone Tigers commenced as intended in the first half by forcing a one-sided affair. William Mazzeo, Daniel Plotkin, Keanun Nadji, and James Cutler were all influential in establishing a comfortable half-time lead of 27 points and holding Waverley Park to only 4 minor scores. An admirable defensive effort from St Bedes/Mentone continued to prevent concession of a major score in the 3rd quarter, whilst Oliver Griffin and Lachlan Hecker were clinical at the opposite end kicking 7 goals to no reply - opening up the Tigers lead to 72 points at the final change. Daniel Huggins, Luke Corcoran,  and Patrick Klonis were notable contributors for the Hawks, however a 64-point margin and flawless display from St Bedes/Mentone Tigers proved too steep of a battle to recover from at Wellington Reserve.


AJAX 9.11.65 def Mordialloc-Braeside 7.11.53

A thrilling and end-to-end fixture played out a Princes Park, as reflect by a tight margin between AJAX and Mordialloc Braeside. Whilst a low scoring first quarter, high pressure, tough contests, and fast football immediately characterised this game, setting the scene early for a nail-biting contest. Individually, AJAX’s Bailey Nussbaum and Jesse Wrobel’s scoreboard contributions were met by Mordi-Brae’s William Reeves and Thomas Spriogiannis inside the opposite arc, as another 20 minutes in the second term was unable to separate the two sides. Continuing to trade scores in the 3rd term, a 4-point margin at the final break in favour of the home side proved too little to predict how this match would conclude. Despite the relentless efforts of Mordialloc-Braeside, AJAX continued to exhibit their class under pressure by adding 3 crucial goals in the final term to secure an electrifying 12-point win.


East Brighton Vampires JFC 20.17.137 def East Sandringham Rovers 0.4.4

Another powerful performance by East Brighton was a statement of intent to the Monash University U17.5 Boys Division 1, as the Vampires were victorious at against East Sandringham Rovers at Hurlingham Park. The Vampires consistent defensive and attacking efforts across 4 quarters were reflected on the scoreboard, among which Luke McGinness’ goal kicking prowess stood out with 6 major scores to his name. Jonte Crawford-Flett, William Chilcott, Jarvis Rowe, and Connor Tyler played a crucial role in propelling the home side towards a sensational win.


Bentleigh JFC 7.10.52 def Prahran JFC 5.11.41

In another thrilling Monash University U17.5 Boys Division 1 clash, Bentleigh JFC emerged victorious over Prahran at Bentleigh Recreation Reserve. Setting the tone early, Bentleigh and Prahran showcased both stellar collective and individual performances, however a handful of extra scoring attempts gave the home side minor breathing room in the first term. A similar story prevailed in the second quarter, with a major score each from both sides unable to forcefully swing the balance of this game. Fighting valiantly, Prahran refused to surrender and continued to stay hot on Bentleigh’s tail, trailing the home side by a mere 8 points heading into the final term. Despite Prahran’s continued efforts, a home ground advantage and establishment of an early lead meant a 2-goal quarter from Bentleigh was enough to secure a Round 5 win for the hosts.


Monash University U18 Girls Division 1


Prahran JFC 9.9.63 def. St Kilda City JFC Feferkranz 2.0.12

A clash between two sides who posted emphatic victories a week prior, the first fixture of Monash University U18 Girls Division 1 Round 5 saw Prahran JFC play hosts to St Kilda City at Como Park. Whilst St Kilda proved efficient in front of goal, their few scoring chances was capitalised on by the home side. Strong midfield efforts from Prahran facilitated a plethora of opportunities for the likes of Violet Newton-Brown and Izabela Ignjic, who’s two goals each contributed to the home sides impressive margin. Another victory backed up by a strong scoring effort consolidates 1st place on the Monash University U18 Girls Division 1 ladder for Prahran.


St Peters / Bentleigh 4.2.26 def Beaumaris 2.4.16

Unfortunately, we could not see out 4 quarters in a highly anticipated clash between St Peters/Bentleigh and Beaumaris at Centenary Park. An even first half contest between the two sides saw the game living up to its potential, with St Peters/Bentleigh’s first half goal kickers Reanna Barbakas, Ruby Arheim, Sienna Shepard and Emma Middleton contributing to a game that closed out with the home side securing victory.


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