ROUND 3 REVIEW
Three teams remain undefeated after three rounds of the Division 2 competition within the Southern Football Netball League, while Murrumbeena gave us a glimpse of what they can be at their best.
Doveton Eagles 20.11 (131) def Skye 7.7 (49)
One of those three remaining undefeated teams travelled to Skye on the weekend and came away with yet another commanding win, this time by 82 points.
A seven-goal first quarter from Doveton Eagles set up the win with Enayte Samadi, best on ground Nick Battle and Peter Dye each kicking three goals.
Michael Callinan and Nicholas Beer were also among the best for the Eagles.
Seven goals in the first term pushed the momentum strongly towards the visiting side and they held a 36-point lead at the first break, which turned into a 60-point lead by half time after another five goals.
Although Doveton was wasteful during the third term booting 3.9, the lead continued to grow as it ran away with the game to record its third straight win.
Brett Dawson was named Skye’s best with Chris McCann booting three second half goals.
Murrumbeena 15.12 (102) def Caulfield 10.3 (63)
A nine-goal second half from Murrumbeena has lifted it across the line against previously undefeated Caulfield to win by 39 points.
The Beena trailed by 15 points at quarter time, but took the lead in the second and never looked back.
Luke James booted four goals and Alaster Bradley three, as gun midfielder Jake Semmel was named best on ground alongside Cory Hargrave.
Caulfield enjoyed the perfect start to the contest, booting four straight goals in the opening term, but Murrumbeena hit back in the second with five goals to two, creating a three-point half time lead.
The Beena kicked on during the second half, booting four goals in the third and five in the last, while keeping the Bears to four goals total, to run away with their second win for the season.
Chris Dove booted three goals for Caulfield with Joel Grimmond named best on.
Highett 16.10 (106) def Hampton 9.16 (70)
Highett has pulled away from Hampton to record its third straight win of the season, spurred on by a nine-goal second half to win by 36 points.
The Dogs controlled the game for much of the first half and led by 17 points at half time, before putting on a six-goal burst in the third to break away.
Ed Turner finished with four goals and was among the best for the visitors with Sam Jackson and Jordan Thompson named their best.
The two sides fought it out during the opening half, with Highett able to draw ahead after booting seven goals to four up to half time.
Highett went into another gear during the third quarter as it began to pile on the goals, booting six to just one from a wasteful Hampton side, stretching the lead to 44 points, before a positive final term from the Hammers reduced the winning margin to 36.
Nicholas O’Donovan was listed as Hampton’s best alongside Callum White.
East Brighton 15.6 (96) def Mount Waverley 4.6 (30)
East Brighton is on the board for its first win of the season, comfortably accounting for Mount Waverley to the tune of 66 points.
Marcus Lavender booted four goals for the victors, while Shaun James and Mark Jamieson finished with three and Kai Love-Linay was named best on.
For much of the match, the two sides could barely be separated, with East Brighton leading at every change, but only by 14 points at three quarter time.
The Vampires found another level during the final term however, booting nine goals to two behinds to run away with the win.
Sean Rickard and Michael Dennis were named the Lions’ best.
Keysborough 20.11 (131) def Clayton 11.6 (72)
In the round’s only Sunday game, Keysborough took care of business against Clayton, recording a 59-point victory for its third straight win.
Chris Bryan and recruit Matthew Carnelley combined for 11 goals in the win, with Bryce Sutton named best on ground alongside the forward duo.
The Burra were in good form across the opening term, booting nine goals to three to hold a comfortable 39-point buffer at the half time break.
Clayton hit back in the second however, holding its opponent scoreless to reduce the lead to 23 points, before Keysborough turned it on in the last, with 11 goals to five to come away with a big victory.
Danny Gilmour and Jack Coutts were named Clayton’s best.