By Will Hunter
The resurgence of St Kilda City continued on Saturday afternoon, as they comfortably accounted for Bentleigh at Arthur Street.
A seven-goal-to-one opening term put the visitors in the box seat from the outset, and while the Demons fought hard to bridge the gap, the visitors refused to let them back into the contest.
Beau Runnalls proved the difference up forward for the Saints with six majors, while ruckman Troy Kelm has rocketed into Ellis Medal calculations with yet another best on ground display.
Michael Rogers and Jackson Meredith led the way for the home side with commendable performances in the Demon’s engine room.
St Pauls has pulled off a stunning upset, edging out premiership fancies East Malvern by 10 points in a thriller at Dunlop Reserve.
A six-goal second term had the Panthers installed as 19-point leaders at half time, by which stage they were looking every inch the winner.
However, the Dogs refused to roll over, booting 10 second half goals to steal a memorable come-from-behind behind victory on the road.
Matt Kreymborg produced one of the most scintillating individual performances in recent years, with his eight-goal haul almost single-handedly dragging his side across the line. Brad Gilder and Nick Halliday were also among the contributors, while last year’s Under 19 Sparrow Medallist Connor Byrne was also impressive in his senior debut.
Ruckman Simon Taylor stood out for East Malvern with four goals, while Ryan Mullett and Dean Millhouse were also influential.
The Districts bounced back from the previous week’s defeat to steamroll a wasteful Cheltenham outfit at Princes Highway.
The Rosellas certainly had their chances, and controlled most of the play in the first half but couldn’t translate that into scoreboard dominance. They registered a woeful 5.12 to lead by just eight points at the major break, despite having eight more scoring shots than their opponent.
It proved to be a costly let off, as a five-goal final term saw Oakleigh come from behind to claim a 13-point victory.
Dave Velardo was in super nick for the Oaks with four majors, while Ryan Pearson (three goals) and Luke Casey contributed around the ground.
The usual suspects in Sean McLaren, Will McTaggart and Daniel Vaughan were again Cheltenham’s best.
After being shocked by St Kilda City the previous week, the SFNL world expected the reigning premiers to bounce back at home. But while the result perhaps was not unexpected, the manner in which the Dingoes systematically dismantled the Colts caught many off guard.
Dingley led from go to woah, booting 16 goals to three after quarter time to romp home in a canter. Danny Ades led all comers with four majors, while Lucas Walmsley and Trav La Rocca both exerted an influence on the contest.
Tim Hanly led the resistance, but a knee injury to star forward Mitch Clarke compounded a horror day for the Colts.
In the final game was a disappointing blowout, as ladder leaders Mordialloc handed Clayton a ruthless 137-point shellacking at Meade Reserve.
The Clays were simply never in the contest as Ben Humphrey and Justin Summons ran amok through the midfield. Humphrey, James Morris and Steve Tolongs each finished with a bag of five goals, while Matty Ravenall also starred with four.
For the second week in a row, it was Joel Rigoni and captain Jayden Gilmour offering any real resistance for the black and whites.
By Jason Barbin
Several teams for their first win on the board in round four of division two in the Southern Football League, with those wins coming at the expense of some surprising teams.
The first of the surprises comes the way of Highett as the Bombers came crashing back down to Earth following a hot start to the season.
The Dogs were impressive throughout the match, showing the form that got them into the finals last season while first half inaccuracy from Skye, kicking 2.11 was a big factor in its first loss of the season.
Jack Prosser bagged two goals for Highett as its leading goal kicker while Sam Jackson and Pat Singh were outstanding in their efforts across the ground.
In a low scoring, but hard fought first half, it was Skye which held the lead, but only by one point at the main break.
Highett bagged two goals to one in the third term to go ahead by 10 points before kicking another three goals in the final term to run out nine-point winners.
Marc Frizell and James Bateman were names the Bombers best.
East Brighton announced themselves as finals contenders, earning its second win in a row after defeating Heatherton by 35 points.
A scorching first half, which saw the Vampires scored 10 goals to just two, was the major catalyst behind the victory.
Marcus Lavender was in scintillating form, booting four goals in a best on ground performance, while Ryan Stringer was also impressive with two goals.
East Brighton started well, booting four goals to one in the first quarter before adding another six goals to one in the second to lead by 49 points at the main break.
Heatherton struck back with five goals to one in the third quarter to reduce the margin to 21 points, the Vampires held firm in the last to secure the win.
Callum Cusack and Nathan Foster were named the Tonners’ best.
The Burra are back in business after having the bye in round, securing their second win of the season while keeping Murrumbeena winless.
A six-goal second half was enough to secure the win for Keysborough, after it held a slender two-point lead at the main break.
Cory Hargreaves and Tim Werner combined for six majors for the winners, while Riet Pal was named their best on ground.
The first half of the match was tightly contested with both sides scoring seven goals, but Keysborough held the lead at half time.
The Burra was able to break away during the third term, booting four goals to two to extend the lead out to 10 points, before adding another two goals in the last quarter to win by 22 points.
Eduardo Espinosa and Jake Semmel continued their good form for Murrumbeena.
The second big surprise of the weekend came courtesy of the Lions, who scored their first win in division two with arguable the biggest upset so far this season.
Mount Waverley booted five goals to one in the opening quarter to get the jump on Caulfield, but the Bears fought back in the second term to level the game.
Michael Dennis and Michael Keem were each impressive for the Lions while Joseph Rickard booted three majors.
After giving up a 26-point quarter time lead, Mount Waverley again held the lead at the end of the third term, kicking four goals to three.
The final quarter was thrilling right until the final siren with both side kicking inaccurately, but Mount Waverley was able to hold on for the win.
Jake Buggy was named Caulfield’s best after kicking three goals.
A scintillating 13-goal second half performance from the boys from Beazley Reserve has sparked them to their fourth win to start the season.
The Heighters only led by two points at the half time break, but five goals in the third and eight goals in the fourth helped secure the win.
Luke Newton and Ryan Archer combined to kick eight goals between them with Archer and Lachlan Dobson (three goals) named best on ground.
Chelsea Heights took the early advantage, leading by 22 points at quarter time, before Hampton struck back in the second to cut the lead to two points at half time.
The Heighters kicked five goals to three in the third term to break away to a 17-point lead, before adding a further eight goals to five in a high scoring final term to secure the 39-point victory.
Guy Timms was named best on ground for the Hammers, while James Gascard kicked four goals.
By Andrew Paloczi
There was just one competitive game in Round 3, with the second closest margin being over ten goals. A couple of sides lost by more than 100 points.
South Yarra achieved an 11-point win over Black Rock with Shaheen Merchant contributing three of the Lions’ 10 goals.
Andrew Volpetti was named the winner’s best player.
It was a tight game throughout.
The Lions are one of a couple of undefeated teams, and appear capable of not just playing finals but having a major impact in September.
This scribe underestimated the Lions ahead of the season, despite suggesting they would be tough to beat at home.
In a scrappy first half, Hallam had the edge over Lyndale.
A first quarter downpour made conditions challenging.
Hallam did enough to lead by 20 points at the main break.
The Pumas responded with the first goal of the third term through Shannon Rainey.
Hawk Shane Thomas hit back with a couple of quick majors and Lyndale proved uncompetitive thereafter.
The margin ballooned to 61 points by the final siren.
Thomas contributed five Hawks’ goals and Nathan Pulham was named their best player.
Stephen Chin caught the eye, regularly clearing the ball from the backline.
Doveton Eagles dominated, beating Endeavour Hills by 63 points.
Cory Wilson was Doveton’s best player for the second time in his three appearances since transferring from Division 1 club Clayton. He is not to be confused with club captain Corrie Wilson.
Russell Robertson booted six of Doveton’s goals and took a mark club president Shane McGrath feels is one of the best he has seen in local footy.
Dale Carroll booted seven Ashwood goals in a best on ground display against Moorabbin.
The Magpies soared to an 84-point win over the Kangaroos.
Ashwood is unbeaten and sits on top of the ladder.
Lyndhurst romped to victory against an uncompetitive Dandenong.
By the time the final siren sounded, the gap between the sides was 103 points.
It was Lightning’s first win of the season, and the biggest in the club’s short history.
David Ford was named Lyndhurst’s best player, with Charlie Gardiner the leading goal scorer with five.
Carrum Patterson Lakes recorded its first win of the season, crushing Sandown by 109 points.
It condemned the Cobras to last place on the ladder.
Jarrad Kennedy kicked six goals for the roaring Lions in his senior debut.
Teammate Matt Ryan was best afield.
By Britt Goldsmith
Round 3 resulted in some outstanding performances from dominant teams inflicting heavy losses on their opponents and only one game decided within a 10-point margin. Oakleigh District have jumped to first position on the ladder, with a pleasing 3-0 start to the season.
A close match at McKinnon Reserve resulted in a satisfying win for Parkmore/Springvale Districts, as they defeated a dogged St Pauls by ten points. Scoreless in the second term and quiet in the third, St Pauls mounted a challenge in the final quarter piling on six goals and outscoring the opposition, however a consistent four quarter performance by Parkmore/Springvale Districts kept them safe in the end. Jamie Nguyen was a standout for the winners, alongside Jordan Waite who impressed with a five goal haul.
Hampton have had a somewhat rollercoaster start to the season, with one large win and two big losses. Hallam were just too good for the Hammers at Peterson Street Reserve, knocking them back by a hefty 81 points. Despite being able to keep the game relatively close at half time with the margin only at 16 points, the third term was where Hampton fell short and an unwavering Hallam inflicted the damage.
With a seven goal lead at three quarter time, Hallam showed no signs of slowing down, piling on another seven goals to Hampton’s one in the final term. Hallam’s coaches would have been delighted to see a spread of 11 goal kickers in a great team performance, with highlight efforts from Alex Mackensie and Dion Cavallo.
A formidable Oakleigh District got to sing their club song for the third time this season after a considerable defeat over Cheltenham by 72 points. With only a three-point lead at half time, there was a change in the air for Oakleigh District, as they proceeded to stack on eight goals to Cheltenham’s one.
From there, Cheltenham were unable to pick up the pieces, scoring only two points as Oakleigh continued to dominate in the final term. Simon Bonacchi and Christopher Cassett were both ones to watch for Oakleigh, sharing six goals between them and claiming best on ground performances.
Endeavour Hills continued Doveton’s rocky start to the season, inflicting their second 100-point plus loss. Keeping the Eagles to just one goal, Nick Gay was once again a stand out for the winning side, and Umid Ashna contributed to five out of Endeavour Hills’ 20 goals scored.
Bentleigh were unable to put on the performance they wanted at Bentleigh Reserve, as St Kilda City stole the show with a 56-point defeat of the home side. With one point to the Saints’ 36 in the first term, the game looked grim from the start for Bentleigh as they were unable to catch a runaway St Kilda. City’s Matthew McNaughton was once again best on field with four goals, and Ubil Chol and Jack O’Shea also starred for the winning team.