OPENCORP ROUND 7 – MATCH OF THE ROUND
MONASH UNIVERSITY UNDER 18’S GIRLS DIVISION 1
CHELTENHAM v ST. BEDES/MENTONE TIGERS
SUNDAY MAY 29 – 3:00PM – LE PAGE PARK OVAL
St. Bedes/Mentone have claimed its first win of the 2022 season over Cheltenham on Sunday at Le Page Park Oval.
The Tigers made a statement early in the game, taking off with a 20-point first quarter whilst keeping Cheltenham scoreless.
The next quarter of play saw more of the same as St. Bedes/Mentone utilise quick and short passes to consistently keep the ball in their forward 50.
“For some girls, this is their first year, so it was really great to see them switch on as a team,” said St. Bedes/Mentone coach Natalie Corrigan.
A spirited Cheltenham backline did well to force minor scores in the second half, however, the Tigers continued to push the Panthers’ backline to their limits.
St. Bedes/Mentone found their groove in this game, their teamwork was on full display from the very first bounce.
“It has been a while since we have had a consistent group of girls, this was the first time they really came together and was by far our best turnout.”
With six scoring shots in the final quarter, the Tigers sealed the game with a 50-point victory.
“The girls will gain so much confidence from this win, I think they will come out next week as a different team.”
UNDER 18 GIRLS DIVISION 1
East Brighton Vampires 6.11.47 defeated Port Melbourne/South Melbourne Districts 0.2.2
Hosted at the VFL’s North Port Oval, East Brighton Vampires turned it’s fortunes around in it’s return match with PMSMD from last week. The Vamps controlled the scoreboard for much of the contest, booting four goals in the last term to put the result beyond doubt and run away 45-point victors.
St. Kilda City 7.9.51 defeated Beaumaris 3.3.21
A fast-finishing St. Kilda City have leapt to third on the U18 Girls ladder with a second half blitz against Beaumaris. With the margin only 4-points at the half, the Saints kicked away in the second half, booting four goals to one to set up a 30-point victory.
Prahran 3.4.22 defeated East Malvern Knights 3.3.21
Prahran have caused the upset of the season so far, knocking off ladder-leaders East Malvern in a thriller at Toorak Park. Coming off the back of their first win of the season last week, the Two-Blues stormed out of the gates to take an early lead and headed into the main break with a 5-point lead. Scoring in the second half tightened up with the Knights booting the only major for half, as Prahran held on by the slimmest of margins to ensure a 1-point victory. Maddison Miller was instrumental for the Two-Blues, kicking two goals.
UNDER 17.5 BOYS DIVISION 1
Beaumaris 20.7.127 defeated East Sandringham Rovers 5.5.35
With four individual goal kickers booting four goals apiece, Beaumaris has recorded it’s biggest win of the season to date at Banksia Reserve on Sunday. Taking a five-goal lead into the quarter time break, the Sharks continued to the hit the scoreboard with regularity to lock up their fifth win for 2022. As previously mentioned, it was a big game in attack for Beaumaris’ Max Kambouris, Alex Hopkins, Charlie Bruce and Calsher Dear who all kicked four goals apiece.
Port Melbourne/South Melbourne Districts 10.4.64 defeated by St. Bedes/Mentone Tigers 20.7.127
A six-goal to zip first quarter has set-up St. Bedes/Mentone’s sixth win of the season as the claim outright top spot on the Under 17.5 Boys Division 1 Ladder. In a shootout at Lindsay Hasset Oval, in which 30 goals were kicked for the game, the Tigers forward half fire power proved too much for PMSMD as they stormed to an emphatic victory. Max Hoult led the way up forward for St. Bedes, booting seven majors while fellow Tiger Jack Ferrero kicked a bag of five. Archie Ellwood & Ted Bridger both kicked three goals for the Bolts.
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Written by Zac Jennings & Joel Micari