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Division 1 – Round 6 Review
With Good Will Hunter
ST KILDA CITY vs MORDIALLOC
A gloomy and dreary day greeted fans at the Peanut Farm for the weekend’s Match of the Round between St Kilda City and Mordialloc, however, it failed to put a dampener on the pre-game Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round celebrations.
The morning drizzle cleared in time for the Welcome to Country and traditional smoking ceremony, but unfortunately the senior match that followed was reflective of the grey skies that covered the majority of Melbourne.
The dour, low-scoring and heavily congested contest was far from pretty football, but Mordialloc were nevertheless pleased to escape their bogey venue with an 8.15 (63) to 7.7 (49) victory.
Both sides were locked at 3.3 apiece at half time, but a purple patch in the third term that netted the Bloods three quick goals swung the game in their favour and they never looked back. In fact, had it not been for inaccuracy early in the term, the match could have been all over by the final change.
There were few standouts for either side, but Chris Brooking’s work in the clinches and Michael Barnhoorn’s influence off half back helped the visitors home.
Jonathan Hay proved a rock in defence for the Saints all afternoon with his sure hands while Cam Hansen racked up a stack of possessions further up the ground.
But both sides will be counting the cost of this game with City’s Nathan Dumbleton (dislocated shoulder) and Mordi’s James Keighley (broken leg) set for extended stints on the sidelines.
OAKLEIGH DISTRICT vs DINGLEY
Elsewhere, a gallant Oakleigh District came within a whisker of upsetting flag favourites Dingley at Princes Highway Reserve, but ultimately came up short in an entertaining shootout 14.5 (89) to 17.11 (113).
In a game of ebbs and flows, the Oaks flew out of the blocks, booting five of the first six goals to stun the ladder leaders and advance to a handy quarter time lead.
The Dingoes managed regain control of the contest, booting 11 of the next 14 goals, but just as it looked like Dingley were going to run away with it, the home side hit back with four goals in eight minutes late in the third to bring the margin back to just two points at the final change.
The two sides trading majors for much of the last quarter, but three quick goals in time on took the wind out of Oakleigh’s sails and handed the Dingoes their sixth straight victory.
The Ades boys, Jack and Danny were industrious for the victors, but it was spearhead Calhan McQueen that proved the game changer, booting three of his five goals late in the final term when the match was in the balance.
Justin Hill and Paul Fermanis slotted four goals each in their side’s agonising loss.
BENTLEIGH vs EAST MALVERN
Bentleigh also remains undefeated in 2016 after posting a remarkable come-from-behind victory over fellow premiership aspirant East Malvern at Bentleigh Reserve.
Both sides were missing several players from their best 22, but a tremendous all-round team performance from the Demons saw them home 8.11 (59) to 6.7 (43).
The Panthers blew the Demons off the park in the first quarter, booting the only five goals of the term to silence the traditionally vocal home crowd. But optimism turned to disaster for East Malvern as Bentleigh kept them to just one goal for the remaining three quarters.
East Malvern were left to rue wasted opportunities in the third term (they registered 1.5) as they clung to a two-point advantage at the final change – a lead that was swiftly erased courtesy of Bentleigh’s three-goal-to-nil last quarter.
Mitch Allamby led the way for the victorious Demons, while three goals to SFNL interleague hero Matt Troutbeck proved decisive in the result.
Jimmy Dowling, Ed Sim and Matt Terech stood out around the contests for the Panthers.
CHELTENHAM vs ST PAULS
Meanwhile, St Pauls posted their first victory on the road for 2016, running out 14.17 (101) to 10.8 (68) winners over Cheltenham at Jack Barker Oval.
The injury-ravaged Rosellas were remarkably competitive for the first three quarters, with Dan Vaughan, Jack Worrell and debutant Mitch Daniels all prolific.
Just one straight kick separated the two sides at the final change, but unfortunately Cheltenham ran out of steam, gifting St Pauls six last quarter goals en route to their third win of the year.
Five goals from Nick Shannon proved the difference, while Josh Verlin and Carl Herbstreit also impressed.
CLAYTON vs EAST BRIGHTON
The final game saw Clayton inflict another heavy defeat on the struggling East Brighton at Meade Reserve.
The Vampires could manage just five goals for the day, three of which came off the boot of Mark ‘Jewie’ Jamieson, as the Clays ran out comprehensive 16.12 (108) to 5.10 (40) victors.
Six unanswered goals in the second quarter saw the home side gain the ascendancy and from there were never challenged with ruckman Aaron Mills providing silver service to the likes of Cory Wilson and Dean Scanlon.
Lee Boyle finished with a bag of five for the winners.
Division 2 – Round Review
With Jason Barbin
The Southern Football Netball League is back in action after a week’s break because of the AFL Victoria Community Championships.
Chelsea Heights def 15.14 (104) def Murrumbeena 3.9 (27)
The Heighters put Murrumbeena to the sword with a comfortable 77-point victory at Beazley Reserve, solidifying their spot in the top five. Phil Smith was simply superb with six majors while Mark Stevens was best on ground in a match which saw the Demons bag nine majors to one in the first half to set up the win. Josh Wright was named as the Beena’s best but two goalless quarter was the undoing of last year’s grand finalists, who have struggled to regain last season’s form.
Caulfield 16.8 (104) def Heatherton 10.1 (61)
A 10-goal second half has helped Caulfield secure its fifth win of the season and allowed it to maintain its hold of second spot on the ladder. Nick Gilbert was back to his best with five goals while Andrew Sheed and Harris Lanyon were named best on ground. The Bears only led by a point at half time with the Tonners lifting their intensity towards the ball but an impeccable 10-goal to four second half from Caulfield lifted it to victory.
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Photos from the Caulfield V Heatherton game can be purchased HERE.
Port Melbourne Colts 21.11 (137) def Black Rock 1.6 (12)
Port Melbourne remains undefeated after another stunning performance to defeat Black Rock by 125 points at McDonald Reserve. The Colts were simply too strong for the Jets, scoring 11 goals in the first half to set up its seventh victory in a row to maintain their undefeated run to start the season. Jason Butty was back to his best with five majors while Mitch Clarke finished with four and Trent Chumbley was named best on ground.
Skye 12.9 (81) def Hampton 8.9 (57)
Skye is back in the top four after a 24-point victory over the Hammers at the Toolbox. Tim Barr kicked three goals while Michael Kane and Chad Petrie were named best on ground as the traditionally defensive Bombers restricted Hampton to just three goals in the first half. Skye was able to kick seven first half goals in reply to lead by 25 points at half time and despite Hampton improving in the second half, it wasn’t able to overcome the deficit.
Highett 14.12 (96) def Springvale Districts 5.7 (37)
The Dogs have moved into the top five after a commanding 59-point victory against the Districts. Joel Jones-Hampton bagged five goals for Highett while Sam Jackson bagged three and Reece Schuth was named best on ground in a match which saw Highett seal the game with an eight-goal final quarter. After leading by 27 points at half time, the Dogs conceded three goals while going goalless to only lead by eight points at the final change. But eight goals to zero in the last quarter sealed the victory.
Division 3 – Round 7 Review
With Andrew Paloczi
Lyndale vs Ashwood
Visitor, Ashwood started as favourite against Lyndale. However, the Pumas jumped out of the blocks with the first three goals, with a couple from the boot of Trevor Kumetaitis.
A Jake Chapman goal got the Magpies going, but they found themselves down by 13 points at the first change.
Despite Lyndale managing to add just 11 points in total to its score over the next couple of terms, the game was still alive, with Ashwood leading by 17 points at the last change.
But the Pumas ground to a halt, unable to score in the final term as the Magpies recorded a 39-point victory.
Dale Carroll kicked four goals for the winner and Josh Stanton was chosen as its best player.
Sandown vs Dandenong
Dandenong’s Mitch Clarke had just a couple of goals to his name in five games, but cut loose with six in a best on ground performance. It helped the Redlegs beat Sandown by 42 points.
The win consigned the Cobras to the bottom of the ladder and leaves them as the only team in Division 3 yet to taste victory.
South Yarra vs Carrum Patterson Lakes
Carrum Patterson Lakes faced a tough assignment, taking on South Yarra on one of the most challenging grounds in the League.
CPL took it up to the Yarras in the first half, going in just 13 points behind at half time.
But South Yarra stamped its authority on the contest after the break, charging to a 44-point three quarter time lead.
Encouragingly for CPL, it was able to keep its fellow Lions goalless in the final stanza. South Yarra still recorded a comfortable 31-point win.
For the victor, Tom MacDonald was named the best, while Shaheen Merchant and Andrew Volpetti booted a couple of goals each.
Lyndhurst vs Doveton Eagles
It took home side, Lyndhurst until the third quarter to bring up its first goal against Doveton.
Peter Dye was back for the Eagles and his recent injury-enforced lay off did nothing to break his previous good form around the goals. He finished with eight majors, but Clint Wilson in his first game of the season edged him out for best on ground.
Doveton’s winning margin was 68 points.
Moorabbin vs Mount Waverley
Moorabbin was able to enjoy the public announcement that life member Margaret Torpy will be the first woman inducted into the SFNL Hall of Fame, recognising her tireless efforts for the club.
Unfortunately, the onfield news was again bad for the Kangaroos, as ladder leader Mount Waverley won by 57 points.
However, Moorabbin stuck with the Mountain Lions for a considerable time, and the Kangaroos were just 16 points down with a term to play.
For Mount Waverley, Dylan Cincotta was named its best, and Luke Galle was its highest goal scorer with five.
Hallam vs Endeavour Hills
Endeavour Hills was striving to be the first team to get the better of the Hawks this season. This proved a tight contest.
The Hawks held a two-goal lead at quarter time, but by half time the Falcons had their beaks in front by a couple of points.
They stretched this to 16 points at the last change, and the Hawks managed to shave just a behind off this margin by the game’s conclusion.
The win enabled the Falcons to land in the top five.
Notable performers for the winner were Daniel Morrison with five majors, and Aaron Brooks who was named best player.
Under 19 – Round 6 Review
With Alex Charles
Round 6 Results:
St Kilda City 19.13 (127) def
Highett 1.1 (7)
Hampton 10.7 (67) def
St Pauls 6.7 (43)
Oakleigh District 15.18 (108) def
Dingley 4.11 (35)
Carrum Patterson Lakes 2.2 (14) def
East Brighton-Bentleigh 28.22 (190)
Hallam 7.5 (47) def
Endeavour Hills 4.11 (35)
After a week off from competitive competition, the U19s returned to action and it was evident the majority of players were eager.
St Kilda City comfortably accounted for Highett by 120 points. Highett managed one goal for the game and struggled to get into the contest. Fortunately, they didn’t let the efforts of Mykelti Lefau completely dismantle their percentage. He was the star of the show with 11 majors out of a team total of 19 and is definitely deserving of his week off. Highett will be looking to channel their frustration into a Round 7 fixture with Dingley as either club is guaranteed of premiership points – one way or another.
Astonishingly, having had the bye in Round 5, Hampton were fresh from two weeks of rest in what was considered the most interesting contest of the season thus far. St Pauls were hot favourites for this game and given their incredible scoring power and form, none of the league’s pundits could be blamed for buying into it.
The Bulldogs started well and were on top for the majority of the first half. They took a six-point lead into the second half, but the Hammers never went away and levelled the scores ahead of the final change. Unlike previous weeks, the Dogs didn’t manage a player with more than one goal and this took its toll on the final result. Hampton’s superior fitness ensured a 24-point win in a crucial early-season game for both clubs. Ryan Carroll’s five goals, with support from Patrick Feather’s three, ultimately enabled Hampton to remain undefeated and gain immense confidence in the process.
Oakleigh District continued their solid form and progressed further up the ladder following a 73-point win over Dingley. Inaccuracy marred the game with 29 behinds kicked in total but this did little to influence the result. Liam McCabe was one of the strongest performers in this fixture as he bagged 9 goals against the struggling defence of the Dingoes. The result keeps Oakleigh near the top contenders as they now sit two wins from top, and incredibly, three wins from Endeavour Hills in seventh positon.
Elsewhere, Carrum Patterson Lakes were defeated by East Brighton-Bentleigh. Since the merge, the Vampires have struggled to maintain a consistent level over four quarters but this performance was beyond remarkable. They managed 28.22.190 to win by 176 points – not only providing the club with their first official victory – but a mammoth percentage and morale boost for the club.
Moreover, Hallam and Endeavour Hills concluded the round in an ‘8-point fixture’. Both sides need a win for different reasons – Hallam – to remain in touch with the top 4 – and the Falcons – to remain within touching distance of a finals place. Although there is plenty of football to play, the intensity was noticeable from the beginning of the game. In the end, the Hawks overcome a 12-point half time deficit to win by the same margin in a low-scoring affair – 47-35.