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ROUND 12 REVIEW
Round 12 of Division 2 didn’t throw up too many surprises, but the contest between Highett and Hampton was a spectacle to behold with a thrilling finish giving the Dogs the win.
Highett 13.14 (92) def Hampton 12.12 (84)
A late goal from Brett Collins has helped Highett hold off a gallant Hampton and complete a decisive comeback and turn it into an eight-point win.
The Dogs trailed by 24 points at quarter time after conceding seven goals to the Hammers in the opening term, but turned their fortunes around in the second quarter to lead at half time.
The two sides could hardly be separated from there on out, both kicking four goals in the second half.
Kyle Hendy and Ed Turner combined for six goals for the victors, with Hendy named best on ground alongside Harry O’Neill and Jordan Thompson.
Hampton blew Highett out of the water in the first term, booting the last five goals of the first quarter to lead by 24, only for the Dogs to boot the first six of the second to take a five-point lead into half time.
Highett scored the first two of the third to pull away to a 19-point lead, but Hampton struck back to trim the deficit to seven at the final change.
The two sides went goal for goal in the last, with Callum White’s third goal pushing the Hammers to within two, only for Collins to score in the final minutes and seal an eight-point win in an epic contest.
Pat Bolger was named best on ground for Hampton, alongside White.
East Brighton 12.8 (80) def Mount Waverley 6.12 (48)
East Brighton has won its fourth game of the season and kept its finals hopes alive after defeating Mount Waverley by 32 points at Mayfield Reserve.
The Vampires were able to make the most of their chances throughout the first half, setting up a 21-point lead at the main break, which led to the win.
Mark Jamieson and Adam Governi each bagged three goals, while Shaun James and Ryan Cosgrave were best afield for the visitors.
A strong start from East Brighton in the opening term, kicking five goals to two gave them a 19-point head start on the Lions, which turned into 21 points during the second term.
The Vampires were able to steadily increase their advantage during the second half, booting five goals to three to run away with the win.
Ben McLeod was best on ground with three majors for Mount Waverley with playing coach Michael Keem also impressive.
Murrumbeena 16.18 (114) def Caulfield 4.4 (28)
A four-quarter performance from Murrumbeena lifted it over the line against fifth-placed Caulfield to the tune of 86 points at Murrumbeena Park.
The Beena finished the game with six multiple goal kickers, led by Cory Hargrave and Eduardo Espinosa with three, while Jordan Cusin and Jake Semmel were named best on ground.
A scintillating opening quarter saw the home side boot five goals to one in the opening term, before adding another two in the second to lead by 32 points at half time.
The Beena were even better in the second half, restricting the Bears to just one major, while slamming home nine more to finish as 86-point victors.
Chris Dove was listed as Caulfield’s best on ground player.
Doveton Eagles 27.12 (174) def Skye 5.9 (39)
An exhilarating and accurate performance from Doveton on its home deck secured a massive 135-point victory against Skye.
The Eagles were in control from start to finish, with a nine-goal second term the highlight.
Darren Sheen bagged eight goals in the and was among the best on ground players alongside Steven Ognjenovic while boom recruit Khaled Kandakji was impressive with four majors in his debut.
A competitive first term saw Doveton lead by just 11 points at the first change, before they went up another level and slammed home nine goals to three behinds in the second to stretch the lead to 63 points by half time.
From there it was all Doveton as it scored eight goals in the third and five goals in the last, compared to three goals altogether from the Bombers, to finish with a triple figure win.
Ben Evans claimed three goals for Skye, with Luke Bailey-Kohne best on ground.
Keysborough 9.12 (66) def Clayton 3.11 (29)
Keysborough maintained touch with the top three after a 37-point win against Clayton on Saturday on its home deck.
Missing leading goal kicker Chris Bryan, the Burra received support from Cory Hargreaves who finished with three goals in a strong performance, while former coach Ryan Goodes and Joseph Bekierz were also influential.
In a wind-affected clash, Keysborough started with a band, booting eight goals to zero in the opening term to lead by 51 points, before Clayton hit back with two goals to one behind in the second to trim it to 33 points.
The Burra couldn’t take advantage of the win in the third, kicking 1.6 while the Magpies struggled in the last, finishing with 1.4 as the margin ended at 37 points.
Chris Morrison and Christian Macrae were listed as best afield for Clayton.