ROUND 5 REVIEW
Surprise packet Doveton Eagles and Murrumbeena both passed on-field tests in Round 5 of Division 2 action while Hampton secured its first win of the home and away season.
Hampton 13.14 (92) def Mount Waverley 7.7 (49)
Hampton delivered its first win of the season with a strong performance against Mount Waverley at home, winning by 43 points.
After leading by just eight points at quarter time, the Hammers pulled away the remainder of the game, scoring nine goals to three.
Thomas Burley was in prime form with four goals in a strong performance, while Callum White was best on ground alongside Matthew Pola.
In an entertaining opening quarter, Hampton kicked four of the first six goals, before a late one to Mount Waverley reduced the margin to eight points at the first break.
From there it was all the Hammers, as they kept the lions goalless for the second term, putting on four themselves to go up by 28 points.
The second half was a similar story with Hampton piling on six goals to three to run away with a big victory.
Nick Doherty and Ben McLeod (two goals) were named Mount Waverley’s best.
Keysborough 13.12 (90) def Skye 4.9 (33)
The Burra were simply too good in this one, keeping Skye goalless for two straight quarters before ending with a 57-point victory.
Matthew Carnelley and Chris Bryan combined for seven goals in the win and have fast become the premier forward combination in the league, while the likes of Tamas Siposs and Bryce Sutton were also impressive.
Keysborough took the game head on in the first quarter to end with a 15-point lead, which expanded to 35 points by the half time break.
The Burra continued to control the game through the third quarter, kicking four goals to three behinds before the Bombers finally found the middle of the big sticks for a second time in the last, booting three goals as the visitors finished big winners.
Taylor Hughes and Marc Frizell were named the Bombers’ best.
East Brighton 10.18 (78) def Clayton 4.9 (33)
East Brighton has secured its second win for the season, comfortably accounting for a struggling Clayton side on its home turf.
Nathan Foster put together his best performance inside 50 for the year with five goals, while Mitch Backman and Mark Jamieson were influential.
The first three quarters of the game were highly competitive and although the Vampires led at every change, the Clays seemed to be able to hang around.
The Vampires put them to rest during the final quarter however, piling on four goals to four behinds to come away with a 45-point victory.
Josh Llerena and Jack McEwin (two goals) were among the best for Clayton
Doveton Eagles 22.15 (147) def Caulfield 7.15 (57)
The high-flying Eagles passed their biggest test of the season so far, defeating Caulfield by 90 points on the road to solidify their premiership credentials.
Doveton finished the match with seven players kicking multiple goals, with Nick Battle, Peter Dye and Enayte Samadi each bagging four.
Cory Wilson was named best on ground for his efforts alongside Jarrod O’Neil and Corrie Wilson.
The two sides enjoyed a spirited contest throughout the first half, combining for 17 goals with Doveton leading by 21 points at the main break.
Doveton turned it on in the second half however, blasting away with 12 goals to nine behinds to record a stunning 90-point win.
Chris Ryall and Jake Benoiton were named the Bears’ best.
Murrumbeena 18.8 (116) def Highett 9.5 (59)
A strong final quarter and a lethal forward combination has sealed Murrumbeena’s third straight victory, defeating Highett by 57 points.
The Beena led by 25 points at the final break in an entertaining affair, but a decisive five-goal to one behind final term lifted them to a comfortable win.
Alaster Bradley and Luke James were near unstoppable in the win, combining for 13 goals with both named among the best alongside Jake Semmel and Tommy Valenta.
After James kicked the first two goals of the game, Highett responded with four unanswered goals, only for Murrumbeena to wrest back control with another two, creating a one-point buffer at quarter time.
Bradley hit the scoreboard for two goals early in the second as his side kicked the first three before going goal-for-goal with Highett as the lead extended to 19 points at half time.
The third quarter belonged to Murrumbeena as it kicked three goals to two, extending the lead to 25, before the Beena powered home in the last with five goals to none to finish with a 57-point triumph.
Brett Collins and Ed Turner combined for seven goals for Highett, with James Short best afield.