Sandown 7.10 (52) def by Lyndale 12.5 (77)
Lyndale is on the board for season 2018, registering their first win against a plucky Sandown by 25 points at Edinburgh Reserve. In blustery conditions the Pumas controlled the first half, heading into the main break with eight of the first nine goals. Josh Kyle was in everything for the visitors and a major factor in Lyndale’s dominance.
However, after the break Sandown were able to wrestle back some momentum and more importantly started to hit the scoreboard. In an encouraging last quarter the home side was able to restrict the Pumas to just one goal, whilst kicking three of their own to comfortably win the quarter. Nevertheless the first half deficit proved too much for the Cobras and Lyndale was able to stand firm and record their first victory to kick start their season.
Trevor Kumetaitis, Trent Day and Shane Thomas were lively up forward for the Pumas, combining to boot 10 goals between them. For Sandown, Brendan Robinson continued his strong start to the season, whilst Matthew Bennie provided a target up forward.
Frankston Dolphins 12. 7 (79) def Cerberus 4.6 (30)
Frankston have continued their impressive start to the season, registering a comfortable 49-point win over Cerberus at Overport Park. In a complete contrast to last weekend’s weather, both sides were made to battle the wind and rain in chilly conditions. The Dolphins seemed to adapt to the conditions much better and were able to handle the greasy ball with better efficiency.
The first three quarters resulted in a tight tussle with the Dolphins able to keep the Dogs at bay every time they threatened to challenge. Heading into the final term, the game opened up somewhat and the Dolphins were able to run away with the contest, slotting six goals to two to finish the game off.
Frankston’s forward line showed once again they have many avenues to goal, with eight individual goal kickers highlighting the team effort. Andrew Lee and Regan Hall were solid all day for the Dolphins, along with Brendan Bryant who continued his good form.
The Dogs once again ran out of puff this week but Christopher Madson and Aiden Lochert were prominent for the visitors.
Carrum Patterson Lakes 6.7 (43) def Lyndhurst 3.5 (23)
Carrum Patterson Lakes have put in another solid display of football to account for Lyndhurst by 20 points in real slog at Roy Dore Reserve. The Lions made sure their first home appearance for the season ended with a victory, controlling the game for the majority of the day. In a low scoring affair CPL were able to open up and increase a handy buffer across the day, taking a 20 point advantage at the last change.
The last quarter saw a bit of a stalemate, as neither team was able to register a goal in difficult conditions. The win confirms that the Lions will be one of the teams to watch out for this season and they should be full of confidence after a good start to the year. Liam Swift and Jonathon Hawes were outstanding for the home side, while Anthony Caruso’s two goals were important in a low scoring tussle.
For the Lightning, the result was not ideal but they will take plenty of lessons from the clash before hitting the training track this week. Charlie Gardiner backed up last weekend with another good performance and was the best for the visitors.
Moorabbin 12.11 (83) def Dandenong 9.12 (66)
Moorabbin has notched their second win of the season against Dandenong at Widdop Crescent Reserve after a tale of two halves. The Kangaroos piled on the pain in the opening half, dominating the contest to take a healthy 52-point lead at the main break. The Roos looked in complete control and heading towards a handy percentage booster.
However the second half was the polar opposite for both sides, as the Redlegs started to take control of the game and hit the scoreboard. Dandenong completely jumped the Kangaroos to boot five goals to one, entering the last change with a boost in confidence and belief. Moorabbin had a chance to regroup and respond, but the Redlegs continued on with their momentum and were able to create several scoring opportunities.
But those chances were wasted in an inaccurate quarter, as Dandenong kicked 2.6 to ultimately fall short by 17 points. The Kangaroos will gladly take the victory but will hardly be satisfied with what they dished up in the second half. Dylan Bone once again hit the scoreboard with three goals, solidifying his position as leading goal kicker in the competition with nine majors thus far.
For the Redlegs there were plenty of encouraging signs in the second half and they will be looking to produce that type of football over a more consistent period next weekend. Bo Freeman and Jayke Hopkins were two of the best performers on the day for Dandenong.