By Andrew Paloczi
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ROUND 5 REVIEW
South Yarra 9.11 (65) def Hallam 8.7 (55)
An Eric Ghasperidis’ goal on the run and an accurate set shot from the boot of Chris Merchant propelled South Yarra to a 41-point lead over Hallam.
At that point, a minute into the third term, it looked a matter of ‘how far the Yarras’. However, this battle between two winless but determined sides was far from over.
The Hawks showed spirit, restricting South Yarra to only one more major for the remainder of the third term.
Still, the Yarras narrowly won the quarter and began the final stanza 33-points up.
When action resumed, Hallam lifted.
Rory McIvor was outstanding all day for the Hawks and his major, 16 minutes into the last term, cut South Yarra’s advantage to just 11 points.
That made it four Hawks’ goals to none for the stanza and Hallam had a genuine chance to run over the Yarras.
As it transpired, the only remaining score was a Hallam behind, enabling South Yarra to escape with a 10-point victory.
Scott Stegehuis provided numerous opportunities for Yarras teammates and was his side’s best.
Merchant and Michael Higgins were the only multiple goal scorers for the victorious Yarras with two majors each.
Ashwood 6.13 (49) def Endeavour Hills 5.7 (37)
Mick Rossborough steered his Ashwood side to a stirring 12-point win in a low scoring contest against Endeavour Hills.
The Magpies’ coach was delighted with his side’s discipline and adherence to the game plan.
“Our structure in defence was fantastic. Our pressure on the ball carrier was fantastic,” Rossborough said.
Paddy Carroll again starred for Ashwood.
Jack Harris played his part in the Magpies’ win with a two-goal performance at centre half forward. He clinched the sealer from 40 metres out near the boundary line.
Ben Moriarty’s efforts at fullback for the beaten Falcons drew praise from rival coach, Rossborough, for holding Dale Carroll goalless.
Rossborough hopes the win over a high-quality opponent receives due acknowledgment.
“It frustrates me that my players don’t get the credit they deserve, because we’ve got some outstanding footballers,” he said.
A 4-1 start has Ashwood well placed in third spot on the ladder, suggesting the Magpies will be in the reckoning at the business end of the season.
Hampton Park 9.16 (70) def Heatherton 1.3 (9)
Heatherton president John Bennett, or Beany to listeners of The 5th Quarter program, was upbeat about the Tunners’ effort-level against Hampton Park.
However, the scoreboard wasn’t kind to the side in black and white, with Hampton Park prevailing by 61 points.
The Redbacks restricted the visiting side to only one major for the day.
That came courtesy of Brad Starkey.
Daniel Boudoloh helped drive Hampton Park’s victory with a best on ground performance.
The winner’s multiple goal kickers were Cameron Williamson, Matt Adair and Nathan Carver with two majors apiece.
Black Rock 2.4 (16) def by Springvale Districts 10.12 (72)
Sam Raru mounted a compelling case for best afield with a powerful midfield display, topped off with four goals.
He was one of the reasons Springvale Districts got the better of home team Black Rock.
His teammate Stefan Feehan also contributed four goals.
The Demons were never threatened, getting the job done by a margin of 56 points.
Backman Daniel Kick was best for the outclassed Jets.