BY MAE JAMES
Round 4 of the South Metro Junior Football League (SMJFL) will highlight Healthy Club Canteens Major Partner Marketplace Fresh.
The Round falls on Mother’s Day and will feature a Mother’s Day flower stall, courtesy of Marketplace Fresh, at Oakleigh JFC’s home ground at W.A Scammell Reserve.
The Marketplace Fresh team will be set up from 9am at W.A Scammell Reserve, providing a chance for players, umpires and families purchase flowers on game day.
Here’s the SMJFL Preview for Round 4, the Marketplace Fresh Round.
Under 16 Girls Green – East Malvern JFC (Blue) vs Beaumaris FC U16 Girls Sharks
Sunday, 3:00pm, D.W. Lucas
As there are only four teams in the Under 16 Girls Green Division, the East Malvern Knights and Beaumaris Sharks will be meeting for the second time in Round 4.
When the Knights and Sharks first met in Round 1, the Knights defeated the Sharks 34–nil at D.W Lucas Oval. Sunday will provide an opportunity the Sharks to bite back.
Carly Witts is East Malvern’s leading goal scorer of the season, kicking three goals in two games. Beaumaris also has its fair share of promising young players including Remy Barker (two goals) and Eboni Doulgeridis (two goals).
Under 15 Boys Div 2 – Ormond JFC vs East Sandringham JFC
Sunday, 3:00pm, EE Gunn Reserve – Oval 1
The Ormond Monders will host the East Sandy Zebras at EE Gunn Reserve this Sunday. Both teams have two wins and one loss to their names so far this season and will both seek to grasp another win.
It will be the Monders’ and the Zebras’ first meeting of the official SMJFL season and both teams will be looking to make a lasting impression on the field.
Coming off the back of a 92-point win in Round 3, the Monders will be feeling confident, whereas the Zebras are hoping to leave their first loss of the season behind them as they gallop into Round 4.
Under 14 Girls Ruby – East Brighton Vampires JFC VDM vs St Peters FC
Sunday, 1:30pm, Elsternwick Park Oval No 2
Both the Vampires and St Peters moved up to the Under 14 Girls Ruby Division in Round 3 after dominating in their previous divisions. This Sunday will mark a top–of–the–table clash between two seemingly unstoppable teams.
Both having comfortable wins in Round 3, the Vampires and St Peters will go head-to-head and leave only one undefeated team remaining.
Gemma Holland is a standout for St Peters, while Peggy Martin and Jorjia Haeata are a duo to watch for the Vampires, scoring a combined 10 goals so far this season.
Under 13 Mixed Div 4 – Cheltenham JFC U13 vs DMBJFC Under 13 – Hardeman
Sunday, 2:00pm, Le Page Park Oval 1
Another top–of–the–table clash will take place at Le Page Park with first–placers Cheltenham Panthers playing second–placers Dingley / Mordi-Brae Dingoes.
Standouts include Cheltenham force Charlie Brookes who has booted nine goals so far this season and shows no sign of slowing down. Brookes is followed closely behind by the majority of his teammates who show that kicking goals is a whole team affair.
The same can be said for the Dingoes with standouts including Joshua Robinson (seven goals) and Judd Lemon (six goals).
It’s set to be a great contest with a combination of good weather and great footy.
Under 12 Girls Red (Non Mod) – Ajax Under 12 Girls Comets vs SMD U12 Girls
Sunday, 1:50pm, Princes Park – Oval 4
The fourth-place Bloods take on the second-place Comets at Princes Park this Sunday. The non-modified Under 12 Girls Red (Non Mod) Division follow select AFL rules, including for tackling and smothering, which are not permitted in the rest of the Under 12 girls age group. Therefore, Sunday is sure to be a fiery effort from both teams.
Ajax came out on top against Prahran JFC U12G Laughton in Round 3, assisted by star player Ruby Page who has scored nine goals so far this season, followed closely behind by teammate Micaela Ickowicz who has scored seven goals.
The Bloods will be certain to put up a strong fight after an unfortunate loss in Round 3.
Under 8 Mixed Orange – East Brighton Vampires JFC Kealy vs SMD U8 Mixed
Sunday, 8:00am, Hurlingham Park Oval 2
The Under 8’s have been able to test out their footy skills at a variety of different grounds in the South-Metro region and this Sunday the Vampires and Bloods will meet for the first time at the Vampires home ground.
It’s sure to be a great game including many future stars of tomorrow. Bloods pair Alfie Earl and Miller Stevens have kicked four goals and three goals respectively this season, making them strong contributors to their side. On the opposition, the Vampires’ Samuel Rose has booted two goals so far, proving to be dedicated player.