By Jason Barbin
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ROUND 4 REVIEW
The high-flying Doveton Eagles and Keysborough remain the only undefeated teams within Division 2 of the Southern Football Netball League after Round 4.
Keysborough 10.12 (72) def East Brighton 10.6 (66)
The Burra escaped with a narrow victory at home against a very gallant East Brighton side determined to put up a spirited fight.
Key forward recruit Matthew Carnelley was best on ground for the victors, booting five goals in the second half to lift his side to victory, while Damian Collins and Riet Pal were also impressive.
A scrappy first quarter saw the Burra only lead by three points at the first change, before they were able break away in the second to extend the margin to 14 points.
East Brighton hit back with a vengeance in the third term, booting five straight goals to take the lead before Carnelley booted two to put his side back on level pegging by the final change.
Carnelley’s run continued into the last, as he booted the first two goals of the final term, before another string of two goals from the Vampires created a two-point buffer.
Keysborough kicked two of the last three goals of the match however, holding off East Brighton for a six-point win.
Patrick Jamieson and Marcus Lavender each kicked three goals for the Vampires, while Kai Love-Linay was their best.
Mount Waverley 10.11 (71) def Skye 9.9 (63)
Another close result on Saturday saw Mount Waverley score its second win of the season, overcoming Skye at home by just nine points.
After conceding an 18-point half time lead to trail by one at the final change, the Lions swung back into gear in the last to keep the Bombers winless for 2018.
Playing coach and resident hard nut Michael Keem was best on ground for the victors, alongside Daniel Thirkell, while Dylan Chaplin-Birch kicked three goals.
After the Lions kicked the first goal of the game, they conceded the next three to trial by 13 points at quarter time, only to kick six of the next seven goals of the match to lead by 18 at the main break.
The Bombers hit back in the third, keeping the host side goalless while piling on three themselves to lead by one at the final change.
Mount Waverley booted three goals in quick succession at the start of the final term, before holding off a fast finishing Skye outfit to claim the four points.
Ben Evans claimed five goals for Skye while Nathan McConville was named their best player.
Murrumbeena 18.20 (128) def Clayton 4.6 (30)
The Murrumbeena wagon continues to roll on after a demolishing, yet slightly wasteful victory against Clayton at home.
The Beena led comfortably throughout the match but kicked 20 behinds from a massive 38 scoring shots, Key recruits Mark Marasco (four goals) and Luke James (three goals) were among the standouts, while best on ground Jake Semmel and Alaster Bradley, also three goals, were similarly impressive.
Murrumbeena put its firepower on display right from the word go, kicking five goals from 12 scoring shots in the first before adding another four goals in the second to lead by 48 points at half time.
The Beena were again wasteful in the third, booting 3.6, but kept Clayton goalless to lead by 70 at the final change, before a six-goal to two final quarter extending the winning margin to 98 points.
Mark McLean and Jack Gavin were named Clayton’s best.
Doveton Eagles 20.21 (148) def Hampton 8.10 (58)
A monumental effort from key forward Peter Dye has spurred Doveton Eagles to its fourth straight win to start the season.
Dye bagged a season-best 10 goals for the Eagles in their 90-point win and was easily best on ground with Cameron Carmody and Michael Callinan also impressive, while Russell Robertson (four goals) and Ricky Johnson (three goals) also chipped in.
The Hammers put together a competitive first quarter against the upstart Eagles to trail by three points at the first change, before Doveton put the Hammers down in the second with five goals to one to extend the lead to 31 points at the main break.
It was a similar story in the second half, with Doveton continuing its domination with 12 goals to four, running away with a big win.
David West and Nicholas O’Donovan were best on ground for Hampton.
Caulfield 11.14 (80) def Highett 7.15 (57)
The visiting Bears have ended an inaccurate Highett’s unbeaten run to start the season, dispatching it to win by 23 points.
While the Dogs had their chances, they could only convert seven goals from 22 scoring shots, while the Bears converted 11 from 25 scoring shots.
Chris Ryall was best on ground for the winners in a strong performance, while three goals from Luke Murchie held him in good stead.
Caulfield enjoyed a strong start to the match, kicking three of the first four goals to lead by 10 points at quarter time, before cut the lead slightly to seven points by half time.
When Ed Turner kicked two of the first three goals of the second half, Highett was within two points, but two goals to Cameron Roughead restored a 13-point lead at the final break.
Although Turner kicked his third at the start of the last, Caulfield kicked the next three goals to run away with the match and win by 23.
Turner and Brett Collins finished with three for the Dogs with Nathan Scott among the best.