By Andrew Paloczi
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ROUND 6 REVIEW
Springvale Districts 8.11 (59) def Hampton Park 4.5 (29)
Springvale Districts honoured the memory of former player Andy McQueen
in style with a 30-point win over previously unconquered Hampton Park.
McQueen featured in 199 games for Districts and the Demons wore black armbands as they took on the Redbacks.
After the win, Springvale Districts’ players wasted little time cracking open cans of VB in the rooms.
It seemed a fitting tribute to McQueen, a man renowned for regaling his companions with a beer in hand.
A number of former Springvale VFA players gathered to watch the match and must have been impressed by proceedings on the field.
Particularly eye catching was the Demons’ third term, in which they added 5.3 to a meagre Hampton Park behind.
That blew Springvale Districts’ lead out to 40 points.
Surprisingly, the Demons failed to add to their goal tally in the final term, but it mattered little as they conceded just a couple of majors in that period.
Demons’ coach Kris Thompson was thrilled with his side’s ability to take control on the outside, but was also impressed by its tackling intensity.
He highlighted Springvale Districts’ tackle count of 90 for the match.
Matt Thompson and Ben Stacey starred for the winner, but it was Matt Soutter- Smith who the Demons named as their best.
Springvale Districts’ Stefan Feehan topped the game’s goal kickers with three.
One of those was a miraculous effort from a difficult angle, which came early in the contest, and proved to be the only major of a tight first term.
Hampton Park’s Jackson Fry worked hard in defence and was named its best player.
Black Rock 21.14 (140) def Hallam 7.8 (50)
Black Rock forward Tom Dewar struck form, slotting eight majors as the Jets swept aside Hallam at MacDonald Reserve.
The home side charged to a 41-point advantage by the first change and never looked back, prevailing by 15 goals.
Black Rock’s Darcy O’Brien was best afield, with ruckman and skipper Tom Dalton and veteran Kelly Spratt also prominent in the victory.
Dylan Thompson was best for the beaten Hawks.
Hallam’s onfield struggles this season were put into perspective by a recent accident that left Hawks’ forward Billy Athanasopoulos in a critical condition.
He fell from a second storey balcony onto concrete on the weekend of the interleague bye. Attempts to check on his current condition were unsuccessful.
The thoughts and best wishes of this scribe and undoubtedly those of the SFNL community are with him and his family.
Heatherton 9.7 (61) def by Ashwood 20.16 (136)
Ashwood quickly made itself at home on Heatherton’s turf.
The Magpies skipped to a 41-point break by the end of the first term and were never threatened.
Dale Carroll helped lead the rout with seven majors, whilst Jake Chapman was his usual productive self.
He created opportunities for Ashwood teammates in a best on ground display.
Fellow midfielder, Paddy Carroll, fresh from interleague representation, was another dominant force for the victorious Magpies.
Callum Cusack was best for the disappointing Tunners in their 75-point loss.
Endeavour Hills 22.12 (144) def South Yarra 4.8 (32)
Endeavour Hills’ Byron Hoe started the rot for South Yarra with his major, just a couple of minutes into the game.
By the time he added another late in the first term, his side already had a stranglehold on its opponent.
The Yarras managed a paltry couple of behinds up to the first change, already trailing by 38 points.
Dashing midfielder Daniel Batson was best afield and chimed in with a couple of goals as the Falcons went on to dispatch South Yarra by 112 points.
His Endeavour Hills teammate Jarrod Marolla also starred and topped the winner’s goal kicking list with six majors.
Scott Stegehuis continued to lead the Yarras with distinction, again being named the team’s best.