By Jason Barbin
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ROUND 7 REVIEW
What a weekend it was in Division 2 of the Southern Football Netball League with two big upsets highlighting the round, with Caulfield and Murrumbeena coming away big winners.
Caulfield 10.10 (70) def Keysborough 6.14 (50)
Arguably a bigger upset than Murrumbeena v Doveton, the Bears bounced back from two straight defeats by toppling the second-ranked side at home.
At the end of the day, Keysborough had the chance to win, but bad kicking is bad football and the host side took their chances when they counted, converting a seven-point lead at the final change, kicking 4.2 to 1.7.
Blake Miles was named best on ground for the winners, alongside Brandon Turner and Joel Grimmond while Tom Stait finished with three goals.
A closely contest first half saw Caulfield kick three goals to two in the first term to lead by four points, before marginally increasing the lead to five by half time.
Both sides were again able to impact the scoreboard in the third, with the Bears owning a seven-point buffer, before capitalising with a four-goal final term to win by 20 points.
James Anwyl and Brandon Mather were named Keysie’s best.
Murrumbeena 17.10 (112) def Doveton 7.8 (50)
Murrumbeena has surged back to premiership favouritism following a comprehensive 62-point win against ladder leaders Doveton.
In the absence of Luke James, Alaster Bradley was the star up forward with six goals while Cory Hargreave, Declan Turkington and Harley Ambrose were among the best.
Murrumbeena took control of the game right from the outset, booting four goals to zero in the first to lead by 26 points, before Doveton finally hit the scoreboard in the second, trimming the margin to 24 at half time.
The Beena used favourable conditions in the third to re-establish control of the game, putting on five goals to two behinds, before running away with it in the last, outscoring the Eagles five goals to four.
Cory Wilson and Darryl Thomas were listed as Doveton’s best.
East Brighton 10.15 (75) def Skye 8.3 (51)
East Brighton has climbed to its third win of the season and sit just outside the top five, after accounting for Skye on Saturday.
The visitors had to overcome a plucky opponent, converting a four-point half time lead into a 24-point win.
Kai Love-Linay booted three goals for the Vampires, who also enjoyed strong performances from Mitch Backman and Sam Rowe.
Inaccuracy plagued East Brighton during the first half of play, and although they led at the main break, it was only to the tune of two points, after it booted 6.10 to 7.2.
The Vampires accuracy was marginally better in the second half, where they booted four goals to one from the Bombers to win by 24.
Hampton 19.14 (128) def Clayton 9.13 (67)
The Hammers took home their second win of the season, easily accounting for Clayton on their home deck.
Hampton survived a third quarter square from the Clays, who cut a 37-point half time lead to 12, before surging home in the final term.
Thomas Burley and Dylan Chisholm combined for nine goals in the win, with Corey Smith and Jake Timms named best on ground.
The home side roared to life in the first half, booting 10 goals to four to comfortably lead by 37 points at the half time interval.
Clayton stood tall in the third however, getting back to within eight points before a late goal to Chisholm stretched the lead to 12.
Burley put any thoughts of a further comeback to bed with two goals early in the fourth, as Hampton booted eight goals to three behinds to win by 61 points.
Jack Phillips kicked four for the Clays, with Matthew Wilson named their best.
Highett 21.23 (149) def Mount Waverley 7.9 (51)
Highett was back to its devastating best on Saturday, and it was Mount Waverley which fell victim, to the tune of 98 points.
Power forward Ed Turner booted seven goals in the win and Mitchell Hoar was best on ground with four majors for the Dogs.
Charlie O’Neil and Joel Jones-Hampton were also impressive.
Highett was guilty of inaccuracy in front of goal during the first half, booting 9.15 to 4.4 to lead by 41 points at the main break.
The Dogs cleaned up their goal kicking slightly in the second half, finishing with 12.8 to 3.5 to run out big winners and claim an important percentage boost.
Daniel Thirkell and Michael Dennis were named Hampton’s best.