The Murrumbeena Junior Football Club had six of our Under 11 to Under 17 teams qualify for finals in 2019, with all teams fighting out their matches with the pride and spirit that we are accustomed to seeing from this football club.
How did they fare? Let’s find out…
Under 12 Girls – Division 4
The girls used their home ground advantage to jump out of the blocks and restrict their opponents Bentleigh to a mere two scoring shots in the first three quarters of the game. Unfortunately for Murrumbeena, those two scoring shots were goals and our opposition was therefore still within reach at three quarter time, being only 17 points adrift. This allowed Coach West to ‘batten down the hatches’, and despite a goalless final quarter, the Beena girls held off Bentleigh by 9 points to win through next week’s Grand Final. A very exciting week awaits these girls – bring it on!
Murrumbeena 4.5.29 def. Bentleigh 3.2.20
Grand Final – Murrumbeena v. St. Kilda City
11:00 am – Le Page Park, Cheltenham
Under 12 Mixed – Division 2
Le Page Park in Cheltenham was the venue for this much anticipated Division 2 Semi-Final between Murrumbeena and Brighton Beach. Aided by a considerable breeze, our opponents took the early ascendancy and kicked three goals in the first 7 minutes of the match, though the Beena boys responded by kicking the next three goals of the game to go into half time a mere two points behind. A solid third quarter seeing only two goals conceded when kicking into the wind set up this game for an enthralling final stanza. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for Fleming’s boys, with our opposition rallying by kicking 3 goals to 1 in the final quarter and running out 28 point winners. The game was a lot closer than it appears on paper, and these boys should be extremely proud of how they handled themselves against primarily graded teams in the very competitive Division 2. Big things are expected from these boys in the coming seasons.
Brighton Beach 8.7.55 def. Murrumbeena 4.3.27
Under 12 Mixed – Division 4
Le Page Park in Cheltenham was also the venue for the ‘Local Derby’ between Caulfield and Murrumbeena, who came up against one another for the second time in as many weeks. In a low scoring defensive encounter, there was nothing in this game all day, with a mere 10 points separating the teams going into the final quarter. A terrible broken arm to one of the Beena’s key playmakers, James McInereny, in the second quarter certainly didn’t help team balance, but nonetheless the boys battled on manfully. A single goal in the last from Caulfield was enough to hold off a tenacious Murrumbeena, with the final difference being 17 points. A great season from these boys and we look forward to them going one or two better in 2020.
Caulfield 2.9.21 def. Murrumbeena 0.4.4
Under 13 Mixed – Division 4
Hunter’s boys trekked out to Murphy Reserve in Port Melbourne for their semi-final encounter against St. Bedes Mentone. After what seemed to be a reasonably comfortable three quarter time lead of 17 points by Murrumbeena, our opponents found another gear in the final quarter and charged home to kick three goals in the final quarter, but the Beena spirit shone through and a solitary goal of our own in the last was enough to secure a Grand Final birth by a mere three points. The goals were shared by the usual goalkicking suspects in Tsitouridis, Laing, Burgoyne, Orfanos and Molino and many of these boys with be hungry for a Grand Final victory after falling agonisingly short this time last season.
Murrumbeena 5.10.40 def. St. Bedes Mentone 5.7.37
Grand Final – Murrumbeena v. Highett
10:45 am – Le Page Park, Cheltenham
Under 14 Girls – Division 4
After finishing the home and away season atop the ladder, Becc’s girls entered this semi-final full of confidence but quickly learnt they were in for a tough battle when their opponents held them goalless in the first quarter despite the assistance of a handy breeze. Three goals straight in the second quarter to East Brighton and it was game on! The girls certainly had their chances in the third quarter though 2 goals from 7 scoring shots wasn’t ideal, and East Brighton’s 2 goals to 1 in the final quarter eventuated in a disappointing 7 point loss. Fortunately, the girls live to fight another day and will no doubt learn from this experience when we take on our neighbours Oakleigh in the Preliminary Final on Sunday.
Semi-Final – East Brighton 5.4.34 def. Murrumbeena 3.9.27
Koornang Park was the scene of the big Under 14 Preliminary Final between Murrumbeena and Oakleigh. After a shootout in the first half which saw Oakleigh lead by one straight kick, the second half was certainly a battle of the defences and despite keeping our opponents goalless, unfortunately Murrumbeena also failed to hit the scoreboard and fell just eight points short. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be for Becc’s girls this year, but they should all be very proud of a great season and look forward to coming back in 2020 to go at least one better!
Preliminary Final – Oakleigh 3.7.25 def. Murrumbeena 2.5.17
Under 14 Mixed – Division 3
Highett Reserve was the venue for this enthralling Under 14 Semi-Final between two teams who were matched up to play one another for the fourth time this season. With Murrumbeena holding a 2-1 head to head record, they had reason to enter this game with a reasonable degree of confidence. However, a wasteful first quarter with the breeze where despite numerous opportunities we were only able to score a solitary behind put these boys well behind the 8-ball. After being 17 points adrift at half time, the boys put on a scintillating display of football in the third quarter to hit the lead by 3 points at three quarter time, with Dylan Mack being the main contributor on the scoreboard with 2 majors. Unfortunately, three goals to Beaumaris in the final quarter ended the season for these boys, but they should be proud of the way they competed throughout the year.
Beaumaris 6.7.43 def. Murrumbeena 3.7.25