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ROUND 15 REVIEW
A new premiership contender has emerged from within Division 2 as Highett caused an upset and defeated ladder leaders Doveton Eagles to emerge legitimate September threat in what was an entertaining round 15.
Highett 13.7 (85) def Doveton Eagles 10.15 (75)
A second half fight back has lifted Highett into premiership contention following a 10-point defeat of ladder leaders Doveton Eagles.
The Dogs trailed by 19 points at half time with the Eagles looking in control despite some wasteful opportunities in front of goal.
A stunning third quarter from the home side saw them boot six goals to three from Doveton, closing the gap to two points before adding another three in the final term.
Tom Brown was the match winner for Highett, booting three goals in a best afield performance with his third sealing the game with less than five minutes remaining.
Jack Prosser and Sam Jackson were also influential for the Dogs.
The two sides started in hot fashion, going goal for goal as the Eagles lead by four at quarter time, before surging ahead in the second, kicking three of the four goals in the term to lead by 19 at half time.
Highett began its comeback in the third, booting six of the first eight goals of the term to take a four-point lead before a late Eagles’ major gave them a two-point three quarter time lead.
Doveton garnered momentum early in the fourth with the first goal, but Highett dug in and responded with three-straight, including Brown’s sealer, to come away with the 10-point triumph.
Michael Callinan was best afield for Doveton with three goals, while Cameron Carmody was also strong.
Mount Waverley 11.8 (74) def Caulfield 8.20 (68)
It seems like the wheels could be falling off at Caulfield after Mount Waverley caused the second biggest upset of the round, winning by six points.
The Lions were able to make the most of their opportunities throughout the game, which turned out to be the difference with the Bears wasteful in front of goal.
Matthew Tighello was best on ground for the visitors with three majors, while receiving strong support from Ben McLeod (two goals) and Daniel Thirkell.
A strong first half from Mount Waverley saw it lead by six points at the quarter time break, kicking four goals to three, before adding another three majors in the second term to lead by 12 at half time, with Caulfield kicking 1.7 for the term.
The home side gathered some composure during the third term, kicking three goals to one to sneak in front by a point at the final change, but were unable to finish the job, with the Lions booting three straight to 1.5 to come home by six.
Chris Ryall was named Caulfield’s best with James Backway booting four goals.
Murrumbeena 10.11 (71) def East Brighton 8.13 (61)
Murrumbeena has held off a fast finishing East Brighton outfit to record a 10-point win on its home deck and move into top spot on the ladder.
The Beena led by 38 points at half time after restricting the Vampires to one goal, but the visitors booted seven goals to three in the second half to get within 10 points.
Owen Lewis put together a strong performance for the hosts alongside Jake Semmel, while Sam Parkes led the way with three goals.
Murrumbeena enjoyed a stellar start to the game, booting the first seven goals of the game across two quarters before East Brighton finally broke through late in the second to trail by 38 at the half.
The goal gave East Brighton some momentum in the third and it booted three of the five goals of the term to cut the lead to 32 points before getting to within 11 points late in the fourth.
Stirling Reeve bagged his second goal to steady the Beena however and they were able to hold on for the 10-point win.
Jarryd Zaal and Barry Hope (two goals) were best afield for East Brighton.
Skye 11.12 (78) def Clayton 7.15 (57)
A final quarter comeback from Skye robbed Clayton of its first win of the season in a thrilling contest at Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve.
In a match that swung both ways at several instances, the Bombers trailed by six points at the final change before slamming home six goals straight to one I the final term to win by 21 points.
Nathan McConville was influential for Skye as its best player alongside Taylor Hughes, while Ben Evans bagged four majors.
Clayton enjoyed a positive, but slightly wasteful start to the game, kicking 2.6 to 1.4 to lead by eight points at quarter time, before Skye responded with four goals in the second to lead by 14 at the half.
Clayton took advantage of the conditions to boot three goals from eight scoring shots in the third and take a six-point lead, but the hosts were too good in the last and came home with a wet sail, bagging the first four goals of the term, then adding two more to win comfortably.
Dean Evangelista was in good form for the Clays, booting three goals in a best afield performance.
Keysborough 11.10 (76) def Hampton 8.13 (61)
A stunning performance from Keysborough star forward Chris Bryan has helped his side hold off a gallant Hampton by 15 points.
Bryan booted seven goals, including a sealer in the final term, in a match winning performance for the Burra who staved off the Hammers, who got to within four points at three quarter time after trailing by 21 at the half.
Bryan was joined by the likes of James Anwyl and Dion Elefantis among Keyborough’s best players.
After conceding the first two goals Keysborough bagged the next three to move ahead in the first, only for a late Hampton goal to give it a four-point lead.
Keysborough controlled the second however, setting up a 21-point half time lead before a powerful response from Hampton in the third, bagging four goals to one, closed the gap to four points.
The visitors finished on a high however, keeping the hosts to one behind while kicking two goals to come away with the 15-point victory.
David West and Mark Devereaux (two goals) were named Hampton’s best.