Playing with six new players against a very physical Ormond line-up, the Tiger Girls made a solid start matching their stronger opponents throughout the first quarter, The unfortunate loss of centre half back Brydie Steinfort who suffered a badly broken leg as a result of a crude tackle ten minutes into the first quarter seemed to take their momentum away. After the injury time interruption the Tigers found it difficult to get their systems and structure back, conceding three goals whilst adding a solitary behind. After the long break some of our least experienced players started to influence the game with Paige Knapton breaking through packs and gaining valuable possession. She was supported by her sister Taylor pushing out of defence and creating opportunities for Mikala Sykes to keep the ball moving and matching Ormond for scoring opportunities. On a day where we had no tall players and lost all but two ruck taps, the discipline and system of the Tiger Girls meant they won almost 60% of clearances.
The last quarter the Tigers were asked to stop the opposition momentum and players put forward some suggestions in the huddle, which they followed and slowed the physical Ormond girls to a few opportunistic shots on goal early in the last quarter. There were a few highlights with Dani May taking a great overhead mark deep in the defensive 50metres, The smallest player on field, Monica Tran, laying another of her trademark run-down tackles. This game has given the girls something to learn from and take into next week’s final Grading Round against an unbeaten Beaumaris, Saturday 29th April at Southern Road Reserve with the game starting at 11:40
Goals: Kate Dempsey, Bek Dee, Beth Hearn-Amy
Best: Paige Knapton, Beth Hearn-Amy, Mikala Sykes, Kate Dempsey, Taylor Knapton, Laura Summers
Here's your match details for Round 1 of SMJFL footy!
|Competition||Match Date||Match Time||Home Team||Away Team||Venue Name|
|Under 8 Mixed Red 2017||23/04/2017||9:00:00 AM||St Kilda City JFC Inc.||St Bedes / Mentone Tigers AFC||WATTIE WATSON OVAL - ELWOOD PARK Oval 2|
|Under 9 Mixed Yellow 2017||23/04/2017||9:00:00 AM||St Bedes / Mentone Tigers AFC||Oakleigh JFC||SOUTHERN ROAD RESERVE|
|Under 10 Mixed Silver 2017||23/04/2017||10:15:00 AM||St Bedes / Mentone Tigers AFC||South Melbourne Districts||SOUTHERN ROAD RESERVE|
|Under 10 Mixed Purple 2017||23/04/2017||12:30:00 PM||Dingley JFC||St Bedes / Mentone Tigers AFC||CORRIGAN OVAL|
|Under 11 Mixed Div 1 2017||23/04/2017||10:30:00 AM||East Brighton Vampires JFC||St Bedes / Mentone Tigers AFC||MOORABBIN WEST|
|Under 11 Mixed Div 5 2017||23/04/2017||9:00:00 AM||St Kilda City JFC Inc.||St Bedes / Mentone Tigers AFC||WATTIE WATSON OVAL - ELWOOD PARK|
|Under 12 Mixed Div 1 2017||23/04/2017||9:00:00 AM||Beaumaris FC||St Bedes / Mentone Tigers AFC||DONALD MCDONALD RESERVE|
|Under 12 Girls Div 2 - Grey 2017||23/04/2017||1:45:00 PM||Mordialloc Braeside JFC||St Bedes / Mentone Tigers AFC||WALTER GALT RESERVE - Oval 2|
|Under 12 Mixed Div 5 2017||23/04/2017||11:30:00 AM||St Bedes / Mentone Tigers AFC||Mordialloc Braeside JFC||SOUTHERN ROAD RESERVE|
|Under 13 Mixed Div 3 2017||23/04/2017||1:30:00 PM||Mordialloc Braeside JFC||St Bedes / Mentone Tigers AFC||PARKDALE SECONDARY COLLEGE|
|Under 14 Mixed Div 2 2017||23/04/2017||8:45:00 AM||Dingley JFC||St Bedes / Mentone Tigers AFC||SOUTER RESERVE|
|Under 15 Boys Div 1 2017||23/04/2017||9:00:00 AM||St Bedes / Mentone Tigers AFC||South Melbourne Districts||MENTONE RESERVE|
|Under 16 Girls Div 1 2017||23/04/2017||1:00:00 PM||St Bedes / Mentone Tigers AFC||Mordialloc Braeside JFC||MENTONE RESERVE|
|Youth Girls 2017||23/04/2017||2:30:00 PM||St Bedes / Mentone Tigers AFC||Prahran JFC||MENTONE RESERVE|
|Under 17 Boys Div 2 2017||23/04/2017||11:00:00 AM||St Bedes / Mentone Tigers AFC||Oakleigh JFC||MENTONE RESERVE|
St Bedes/Mentone Tigers Women opened their account for the season with a strong performance against Old Mentonians in front of a die-hard group of supporters at Brindisi St.
The match was played in wet-weather conditions with a heavy storm coming through during the half-time break. Despite having several key players absent due to injuries and the dreadful weather, Jaymie Summers opened the scoring for SBMT with an opportunist’s first quarter goal. The wind changed in the second quarter with Old Mentonians scoring but being held to only one goal; while the difficult conditions caused several scoring opportunities for the Tigers to miss the big sticks. Meg Geschke and the dominant ruckwork from Chloe Clarke kept pushing the ball back into the Tiger's scoring zone.
The second half turned into a wet weather “slog” with solid defence from Elsie Martin and Monica Tran turning every attempt by Old Mentonians to push forward. The visitors failed to score for the remainder of the match while the Tigers fought out a solid 1-12-18 to OM 1-1-7 win. Thirteen scoring shots to two demonstrating the SBMT Women’s dominance of the game and resulted in second position in Grading Group 6.
Goal: Jaymie Summers
Best: Meg Geschke, Rebecca McMullin, Mikala Sykes, Gen Barns-Dunne, Chloe Clake, Elsie Martin
Round Two, on Saturday 22nd April we meet another undefeated team in Ormond AFC at E.E.Gunn Reserve starting 9:20 am.
In recognition of over 40 years service to the Victorian Amatuer Football Association, our very own Tom Brain was awarded Life Membership of the VAFA at the Association's recent gala season launch dinner. Tom, along with long serving VAFA administrator Sue Anderson, was honoured to be bestowed the very rare and prestigious title.
In acceptance, Tom spoke of his love of the game, the camaraderie and the close friendships which had fuelled his passion. Like many, Tom began his love affair as player. In Tom's case it began in the preseason of 1977 for ANZ Bank FC. In the 15 years that followed, Tom developed and honed his club administration skills eventually taking these skills to a number of other thankful clubs, including our own.
During the late 80’s Ross Booth and Peter Hille asked Tom to become involved in VAFA media, an offer which he duly accepted. This led to what Tom describes as an "absolutely magnificent involvement in all things VAFA". "For 20 years I had the pleasure of writing in the VAFA Record. I have written in every grade from F to B grade (you had to be a journalist for A grade). This gained me a great deal of notoriety, albeit both good and bad. It was never a burden, but took time and research was required. The bonus was I met some great club people through this involvement." Tom's media involvement grew into "the real love of my VAFA Career" his over 25 years involvement with the VAFA Sunday Radio show on 88.3 Southern FM.
In late 2002, Tom was elected to the VAFA Board. "To learn and see the VAFA operations from a different perspective was a total eye opener. I put my heart and soul into my time on the Board and totally enjoyed the experience. I was VAFA Duty Officer at the best game of Ammo footy I have ever seen. It was at Sandringham in September 2006 and it will always be a highlight. A massive crowd, 2 talented sides, 2 great coaches made for a fantastic game of football. To be able to present the Premiership Cup to the great Luke Beveridge – WOW! A memory I will always treasure."
Following his stint on the VAFA Board, and with the encouragement of then President Matt Beasley, Tom joined SBMT, was immediately volunteering and continues to do so to this day.
Tom, on behalf of all you friends at St Bedes/Mentone Tigers AFC, congratulations on the richly deserved recognition of VAFA Life Membership and thank you for all you have done for the love of the game.