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ROUND 12 REVIEW
Lyndale 2.6 (18) def by Lyndhurst 9.10 (64)
Lyndhurst has made it 10 wins in a row following another defensive masterclass that saw them run out 46-point winners over Lyndale. It was a scrappy start to the game for both sides with neither team able to kick a major in the opening 20 minutes.
Thankfully after the quarter time huddle the scoring picked up a tad, with the Lightning’s three-goal effort crucial in a low scoring tussle. Whilst the Pumas were unable to get their free flowing game up and running, they were by no means out of the contest only trailing by 15 points at the half.
But after the break the Lightning’s defence once again showed its stubborn qualities, holding the Pumas goalless for the term whilst adding three majors to the scoreboard themselves.
Requiring six goals in a quarter of footy against the best defensive side in the competition was going to take an exceptional effort from the Pumas and it proved too much. The Lightning continuing on their way with another solid quarter of footy to notch up a 46 point victory.
Jeremy Jakupi and Zachary Woolcock were instrumental in the victory for the visitors, while Jesse Walia put in a stand out performance to be best afield.
Sandown 6.3 (39) def by Frankston Dolphins 26.28 (184)
Frankston has got back onto the winners list in empathic fashion, smashing Sandown to the tune of 145 points in a brutal examination of the home side.
Heading into the clash the Dolphins were desperate to pocket the four points in any way they could, following three consecutive losses in the prior weeks. However their response, where they brutally mauled the Cobras after quarter time, signalled their return to form.
The scary thing is the margin could have been a lot larger had the Dolphins not wasted so many opportunities in front of goal. Their first quarter was particularly putrid as they clocked up 14 scoring shots for a return of just three goals.
However their second term was much more damaging, as the visitors piled on a whopping 11 goals in a devastating display to take a huge 80-point lead at the main break.
The Cobras never recovered from here as the Dolphins continued to create chances in the second half to boot another 12 goals to run out massive winners.
Half of the Frankston side were able to finish with a goal with five players notching up multiple majors. Joshua Kerrigan finished win six snags but Joshua Dart was best afield with plenty of footy and five goals to boot.
Scott Jackman tried his best for the home side in a dirty day that won’t linger in the clubs memory bank for too long.
Dandenong 7.7 (49) def by Cerberus 13.13 (91)
Cerberus has cemented themselves in the top four after a solid seven goal victory over Dandenong at Greaves Reserve.
The clash was somewhat of a danger game for the visitors after the Redlegs had shown some strong form to win two of their previous three games heading into the match.
And the home side were up and firing in the first quarter, getting the jump on the Dogs to take a nine point lead at the first break.
The Dogs were able to fight back in the second term but the Redlegs once again stood tall to minimise the damage, as both sides entered the rooms at half time locked on 5.4 apiece.
But following a half time rev up, the men from the Naval Base slowly started to turn the tide and take control of the contest. In a grinding quarter of footy the Dogs were able to open up a handy buffer of 15 points with one last effort required to secure the four points.
The Redlegs had been gallant all afternoon but the damn wall finally burst open for the Dogs in the final stanza, controlling the term to slot five goals to run out convincing winners.
The important victory safely locks the Dogs into fourth spot with a two-game buffer ahead of the fifth-placed Pumas. Adam Quinn continued his fine season with three goals in a dominant performance, whilst Dimitri Garoufalis got plenty of the pill to put in his best game for the year.
Moorabbin Kangaroos 16.5 (101) def by Carrum Patterson Lakes 24.14 (158)
The trend of away sides coming away with the win continued in this game, with Carrum Patterson Lakes shrugging off a determined Moorabbin side by 57 points in a high scoring affair at Widdop Crescent Reserve.
The final margin didn’t truly reflect the close nature of the contest, with the first three quarters providing fans with an entertaining and even contest. The Kangaroos recent struggles have been well documented but they came out pumped up in the first quarter and showed the Lions that they would not be pushed over without a fight.
The small dimensions of the ground allowed for plenty of scoring as both sides combined for 11 goals in the first term, the Roos taking a slight seven-point lead at the quarter time siren.
A similar theme continued in the second term, as both sides once again had no trouble hitting the scoreboard with the Kangas once again holding strong to take a ten point lead at half time.
But as they have so often when challenged this season, the Lions once again found another gear to boot eight goals in the premiership quarter to swing the momentum back their way.
And that momentum carried on into the last term, as the visitors slammed through seven more majors to run away with the contest and register their 11th win for the season.
The Lions spread up forward was impressive with 11 players finding the goals, as Alex Wilson and Brenton Rafferty bagged five goals each in a fruitful afternoon for forwards.
Although the result did not go their way, there were plenty of things to like from the Kangaroos as they pushed one of the premier sides in the competition for the majority of the afternoon. Shaun Jackson was the best for the home side with four goals.