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ROUND 10 REVIEW
Mordialloc 8.8 (56) def Dingley 7.6 (48)
Mordialloc has added the 2018 Pride Cup to its trophy cabinet following their eight-point triumph over Dingley in tricky conditions at Ben Kavanagh Reserve.
The Dingoes showed plenty of spirit in the opening stanza to take the fight up to the ladder leaders, before a goal after the siren to Steve Tolongs broke the deadlock and gave Mordi a slender advantage at the first change.
From there the Bloods really asserted their dominance as they booted four majors in succession. By the 12-minute mark of the third term, the Bloods’ advantage was stretched to 35 points and it was looking like getting ugly for the Dingoes.
But as Mordi took their foot off the jugular, Dingley lifted themselves off the canvas and staged a courageous fightback, slamming on five of the last six goals to get themselves right back in the game.
Unfortunately time ran out for them, with the final siren handing Mordi its eighth win in a row.
Tolongs was a conspicuous prescence up forward all afternoon for the winners, finishing the day with two goals. Danny Nicholls (two goals), Jayden Gregory and Aaron Kneebone were also among the contributors.
Danny Ades and Simon Hallsworth led the way for the Dingoes, with Chris Horton-Milne also relishing the slippery conditions.
Cheltenham 12.13 (85) def Chelsea Heights 4.6 (30)
The Heighters proved no match for Cheltenham as they slumped to a 55-point defeat at Jack Barker Oval.
Still flying high from their unexpected victory over St Kilda City the previous week, the Rosellas started brilliantly and restricted the visitors to just three behinds for the opening half as they bolted to a match-winning 48-point lead by the major interval.
Chelsea Heights rallied in the third term with three goals, but there would be no denying Cheltenham as they cruised to victory.
Jack Worrell and Daniel Vaughan were in everything for the Rosellas, while teenager Anthony Malamas added three majors in another impressive performance.
Daniel Campisano, Cal Dodson and Ben Finemore were the Heighters’ best.
St Pauls 10.8 (68) def Bentleigh 6.3 (39)
The Doggies were never headed as they claimed the honours over local rivals Bentleigh with a 29-point victory at McKinnon Reserve.
The hosts grabbed the ascendancy from the opening bounce, posting 3.2 and keeping the Demons scoreless in a strong opening term.
From there, St Pauls held the visitors at arms’ length for the rest of the afternoon as it secured win number eight.
Brad Gilder had an impact in his return to the Dogs’ line up, while the ever-dependable Lachie Butler, Curtis Murfett and Matt Kreymborg were again in the best.
Demons luminary Scotty Lawry wound back the clock with a tremendous performance that included two majors, while Michael Rogers and Jack Firns also excelled.
St Kilda City 18.9 (117) def Port Melbourne Colts 8.8 (56)
A dominant second half has lifted St Kilda City to a 10-goal victory over the Colts in their local derby at the Peanut Farm.
The Saints kept their noses in front with an eight-point buffer at the first two breaks, but really put the hammer down after half time, booting 12 goals to Port Melbourne’s four to run out convincing winners and snap a three-game losing streak.
The win sees Richard Houston’s men move up to fourth on the ladder.
Troy Parker had a big day up forward, slotting a bag of six, while Perry O’Hehir-Vargas and Nick Perry were the catalysts further up the field.
Cal Cathcart and Jamie Cook dug deep for the Colts.
Oakleigh District 10.6 (66) def by East Malvern 17.11 (113)
Oakleigh District lost no admirers as they succumbed to the powerful East Malvern by 47 points at Princes Highway Reserve.
The Districts entered the clash in great form and full of confidence, but nevertheless few would have given them much hope of rolling one of the premiership favourites. However, they were very impressive in matching it with the Panthers for three quarters, and by the final change were just 22 points adrift.
In the end it took a five-goal last quarter from the visitors to finally shake the gallant Oaks.
The classy Ryan Mullett was in superb form for the winners, kicking three goals, while Lucas Hall and Luke Duffy were also tremendous. Chris Carey and Alex Hywood also contributed three majors each.
Dave Velardo put on a clinic for the Oaks, finishing with seven of the side’s 10 goals in a virtuoso performance.