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ROUND 14 REVIEW
By Will Hunter
St Pauls 4.7 (31) def by Mordialloc 13.9 (87)
It was billed as one of the most eagerly anticipated clashes of the season, but the battle between the top-two ranked teams in the competition was a fizzer, with Mordialloc crushing St Pauls by 56 points at the Kennel.
While many would have expected Mordialloc’s bigger-bodied midfielders to have the edge over their younger opponents, few would have envisaged the drubbing that was to follow.
The Dogs got off to a productive start, despite the early loss of skipper Harley Ambrose to a hamstring injury, booting three opening-term goals to jump to a 16-point advantage at the first change. But from there it all unravelled, with Mordialloc booting 12 goals to one after the quarter time huddles to ascend to the top of the Division 1 ladder at St Pauls’ expense.
The third term proved to be the defining moment in the contest, with the Bloods restricting the hosts to just one goal with the wind, while adding a couple themselves to stretch their lead to 19 points with a quarter to play.
Passengers were few for the Bloods in what was one of their most clinical performances for the year. Of particular note, the stronger bodies of Danny Nicholls (three goals), Jordan Derbyshire and Ben Humphrey were pivotal around the contests and Steve Tolongs and Tom McMahon were also colossal.
Reigning Sparrow Medallist Connor Byrne was the clear standout for St Pauls, while Will Clarke and Alex Spencer continued their good form.
St Kilda City 10.9 (69) def East Malvern 3.11 (29)
The Saints pulled off the big shock of Round 14, dismantling an undermanned East Malvern by 40 points at the Peanut Farm to keep its slim finals hopes alive.
The home side were all over the Panthers from the word go, and although they missed a few shots at goal with the breeze in the first term, they nevertheless enjoyed an 18-point lead at the first change.
The Panthers hit back to halve the margin by the long break, but City made full use of the gale-force wind in the third term, piling on five unanswered goals to ensure the visitors had a considerable mountain to climb in the final term.
Tellingly, St Kilda City kept East Malvern scoreless into the breeze for the entire afternoon, but scoring wasn’t impossible at the northern end, with the Saints adding an accurate 3.0.
Lai Leaunoa, Troy Parker and Aaron Green propelled the Saints with their outstanding contributions, while veteran Mark Tasiyan booted three goals in his second game back from a bicep injury suffered in Round 1.
Workhorses Ed Sim and Nathan Robinson were industrious for the Panthers in the testing conditions.
Dingley 15.12 (102) def Bentleigh 7.10 (52)
A blistering final term has propelled Dingley to a 50-point triumph over a competitive Bentleigh outfit at Souter Oval.
The Demons came out all guns blazing with the breeze in the early stages, but were left to rue a wasteful first quarter that yielded 2.7. Dingley then wasted no time in erasing the deficit in the second term and from there they were never headed.
To Bentleigh’s credit, they fought hard to get within 10 points at the final change, but it was never going to be enough as the Dingoes booted seven goals with the howling wind in the last quarter to cruise to victory.
Sam Williams booted three goals for Dingley in a scintillating best on ground display, but Robbie Rusan, Kane Davidson and Matt Morwood were similarly prolific. Dan Farmer also finished with three goals for the winners.
Mitch Smart was again tremendous in the ruck for Bentleigh, while Michael Rogers and Scott Lawry both won a stack of the footy.
Port Melbourne Colts 4.14 (38) def by Oakleigh District 13.11 (89)
The Oaks have edged closer to a finals berth after belting Port Colts by 51 points at JL Murphy Reserve.
The visitors wrested control of the game with five goals in the second term, before booting three goals into the wind to Port’s one in the third quarter to really assert their dominance.
The damaging Ryan Pearson was prolific through the midfield, earning him best on ground honours, while Pat Carroll and Luke Casey were rock-solid in defence. Dan Kiellerup was the only multiple goalkicker on the ground, finishing with three majors.
Luke Hardwick, Josh Attard-Dickson and ruckman Nathan Spinks were the major contributors for Port Melbourne.
Cheltenham 16.21 (117) def Clayton 3.4 (22)
Cheltenham snapped a four-game losing streak with a dominant 95-point thrashing of Clayton at Jack Barker Oval.
The Rosellas held the visitors to just 1.1 for the first three quarters, by which stage the margin had ballooned to 82 points. However, the winless Clays saved face with two final-term goals to keep the deficit under triple digits.
Jack Barclay, Richard Ryan and Tom Donnell led from the front and were in everything for the winners, while Will McTaggart, promoted to the seniors after booting 10 goals in the reserves last week, finished with a game high four majors.
For the Clays, it was Jak Martin, Jack McEwin and Matt Wilson leading the resistance.
ROUND 16 REVIEW
By Jason Barbin
Skye was the big winner in Round 16, keeping its goal of a top-three finish alive with a big win against Chelsea Heights, while Keysborough also scored a vital win.
Skye 9.14 (68) def Chelsea Heights 9.12 (66)
Exactly the kind of game you would like to see between two of the top four sides in the competition with David defeating Goliath.
Skye trailed at every change, but put together desperate charge during the final quarter to run out two-point winners.
Three players finished the match with two goals, while Tim Barr was named best on ground alongside Jordan Thomas and James Bateman.
Chelsea Heights got off to a solid start, somewhat taking advantage of favourable conditions with two goals in the first, to lead by 16, before Skye hit back in the second with three goals to one, cutting the margin to two points.
The Heighters again had the chance to put some distance between them and the Bombers in the third, but converted three goals from eight scoring shots compared to three goals from five scoring shots, leaving the lead at five points at the final change.
Skye had difficulties of its own converting shots at goal during the final term, but as each side kicked three goals, the Bombers’ seven behinds would prove crucial as they won by two points.
Phil Smith kicked three goals for the Heighters, while Joel Williams was their best.
Keysborough 8.9 (57) def Caulfield 5.8 (38)
In a tough, hard fought contest the visiting side proved to be able to get the job done, as Keysborough defeated Caulfield by 19 points and remain in the top three.
The Burra only led by seven points at the half time break, but piled on six goals to four in the second half to secure the victory.
Tim Werner was in sensational form inside attack, nailing four goals on his way to a best on ground performance, while Matthew Werner was also impressive.
In a defensive first half, Keysborough scored the only goal in the first quarter to lead by seven, the same margin it took into half time after each side found the middle of the big sticks once in the second.
The Burra found their kicking boots in the third term, able to pull away from the Bears with four goals to two, increasing the lead 19 points, and it remained that way when the final siren went.
Luke Murchie and Chris Lewis were named best on ground for Caulfield.
East Brighton 9.13 (67) def Highett 5.10 (40)
Hurlingham Park became Howlingham Park on Saturday as East Brighton remained in fifth spot after defeating challenger Highett by 27 points, effectively ending its season.
The Vampires were able to make the most of the tricky conditions with five goals in the third term, before keeping the Dogs to just three behinds in the last.
Mark Jamieson was dangerous inside 50 with three goals in an impressive display, while the ever-reliable Andrew Jansen was best on ground.
East Brighton enjoyed a strong start to the match, booting three goals to just one in reply, before Highett hit back in the second to reduce a 23-point margin to just four by half time.
Again, the Vampires produce a strong display in the third quarter, booting five goals to one to increase the lead to 28 points, before holding off the Dogs to win by 27.
Tom Brown was best on ground for Highett with two goals alongside Jack Prosser.
Mount Waverley 16.19 (115) def Heatherton 4.9 (33)
Mount Waverley got the big percentage booster it needed when it showed off its impressive firepower in a big rout of Heatherton.
The Lions bagged eight goals in each half against the Tonners, who were held goalless until the third term, but inaccurate kicking kept the margin at 82 points.
Joseph Rickard and James Gough each kicked three goals for the Lions, while Jackson Smith was best on ground in the win.
Mount Waverley had the game under control right from the opening bounce, kicking five goals in the first and three in the second, to just five behinds, to lead by 50 at half time.
Heatherton finally found the middle of the big sticks in the third with two majors, but the Lions kicked ahead with three more in the third, before slamming home five goals from 13 scoring shots to win by 82.
Aidan Nelson and Reagan Maddaford were named the Tonners’ best.
Murrumbeena 3.6 (24) def Springvale Districts 2.5 (17)
In a low scoring affair, Murrumbeena did what it had to do to get across the line, defeating Springvale Districts by seven points on the road.
Leading by just four points at three quarter time, Murrumbeena was only able to score one goal in the last, but kept Springvale Districts to just one goal as well, giving it the win.
Eduardo Espinosa was named best on ground for Murrumbeena in the win alongside Darcy Hargrave and big man James Shirley.
David Monaghan was best on ground for Springvale Districts alongside Ben Stacey.
ROUND 15 REVIEW
By Andrew Paloczi
Lyndale 9.7 (61) def by Doveton Eagles 11.7 (73)
Little separated Lyndale and Doveton throughout their contest.
The visiting Eagles held slender leads at every break, before prevailing by two goals.
Adam Read was Doveton's best, with his four majors making him the game's leading goal kicker.
Lyndale’s Matthew Stuart is having a productive season, often featuring in his side’s top few players.
He was the Pumas’ top player on this occasion.
South Yarra 15.15 (105) def Moorabbin 8.7 (55)
Justin Isaac continued his form streak as Moorabbin’s best for the third week in a row.
The Kangaroos led by a point at three quarter time, but South Yarra then broke away for a
Eamon Hanney was the Yarras’ best in a crucial win that kept them in the top five.
Dan Russell booted three of their goals, whilst four of his teammates produced two majors each.
Endeavour Hills 17.15 (117) def Dandenong 4.2 (26)
Endeavour Hills' Adam Walters booted the first major of the match and went on to finish with five goals.
The Falcons thrashed Dandenong by 91 points, with Daniel Bartley edging out Walters as best afield.
Ashwood 22.16 (148) def Sandown 3.5 (23)
Ashwood needed to defeat Sandown to retain second place on the ladder and accomplished the task in style.
Ever-reliable Magpie, Jake Chapman was his side's best in its 125-point win, whilst Shane Peake was prolific with six goals.
Lyndhurst 5.6 (36) def by Black Rock 8.10 (58)
Kicking with the assistance of a strong wind, Lyndhurst gained a 28-point quarter time lead.
Needing to win to keep its finals hopes alive, Black Rock closed the gap to three points at the long break.
The third term proved decisive. Black Rock's Tim Hunter booted a crucial goal into the wind moments into the quarter and it took Lightning 16 minutes to manage a reply.
Lyndhurst's three quarter time lead was never going to suffice, with the Jets coming home with the gale.
Adrian Lane and Michael Ballard were Black Rock's only multiple goal scorers in a 22-point win.
The Jets’ Michael ‘Buddy’ Spohn was named his side's best.
He suggested on The 5th Quarter that honour was bestowed due to his impending radio appearance, although perhaps he was being modest.
Will Sanchez also featured in the best for the Jets and received praise from Spohn.
“There’s no contest that he won’t put his head over the footy.”
Carrum Patterson Lakes 6.3 (39) def by Hallam 17.15 (117)
Hallam recorded a 78-point win over CPL.
The Hawks welcomed back Steve Sigeti from a lengthy suspension and he finished with three goals.
Hallam veteran Manny Peresso was best on ground.
ROUND 14 REVIEW
By Britt Goldsmith
Endeavour Hills 4.7-31 def by Hallam 9.10-64
A dominant last quarter saw Hallam defeat Endeavour Hills by 33 points at a wind-affected Barry Simon Reserve.
The Falcons clung to a slender one-point lead at three quarter time but the Hawks, aided by a strong breeze, kept them scoreless in the final term while booting five goals themselves to run out comfortable winners in an impressive team performance.
Jordan Stewart finished with three goals to be named Endeavour Hills’ best ahead of Zarak Aseel.
Skye 15.17-107 def Bentleigh 4.4-28
A team effort from a relentless Skye saw Bentleigh fall to a 79-point defeat at Carrum Downs Reserve.
A combination of 10 goal kickers, including four goals from Jason White-Ward proved too much for Bentleigh who after, being scoreless in the first term, were kept to only eight points to Skye’s 43 at the main break.
The third term was where Skye inflicted the most damage, kicking 6.8 to Bentleigh’s one goal. Despite a higher scoring effort from Bentleigh in the final term, Skye’s dominance throughout the day paid off, taking the win by a considerable margin.
St Pauls 2.9-21 def by Parkmore / Springvale Districts 9.13-67
Parkmore / Springvale Districts have bounced back after their loss to St Kilda City last round as they finished on top of St Pauls by 45 points.
A slow start from both sides saw a combined score of only four points on the board, with both sides kicking 0.2. Parkmore / Springvale were first to kick start the match in the second term, as they broke away with 3.4 to St Pauls’ 0.1.
With only three points going into the main break, St Pauls were able to gather a response in the third term where, led by Nicholas Coutts, they were able to outstretch to 21 points and close the margin to eight points.
However, four goals from Jordan Waite and a best on ground effort from Joseph and Ben Ekeroma sealed the deal for Parkmore / Springvale, as they outscored their opponents 5.8 to zero in the final term.
Hampton 9.19-73 def Doveton 1.7-13
Hampton secured their third win of the season in their match against Doveton, with inaccuracies in front of goal restricting what could have been a 70-point plus margin.
Both sides struggled to find their feet in the first term with Hampton (1.3) leading Doveton (2.0), but Hampton managed to break away in the second term, kicking 2.6 to 0.1 and leading by 24 points approaching the main break.
Doveton were able to get their first goal on the board in the third term, but the final term was where Hampton began to run away with the result, kicking 5.6 to Doveton’s one point.
Troy Smith was Hampton’s highlight, alongside teammate Patrick Eckersall.
Dingley 5.5-35 def by St Kilda City 12.15-87
Dingley suffered a damaging defeat at the hands of current premiership favourites St Kilda City, going down by 52 points at home.
City got off to a blazing start in the game, with a score of 6.5 that failed to be answered by a stunned Dingo pack. With a challenge cut out for them at quarter time, Dingley were able to scramble a response in the second term with two goals, effectively closing the margin to 37 points heading into the main break.
A formidable City defence kept Dingley scoreless in the third term, but City struggled in front of goal with two goals and seven behinds to their name. However, this was inaccuracy they could afford after their scoring effort in the first term.
Despite best efforts from Dingley’s Luke Melnjak and Matt Crouch, City were just too classy on the day, taking out their 13th win of the season.
Jackson Vargas was outstanding for the winning side with three goals, followed by Ralton Williams and Ayang Nyanjok.
Cheltenham 20.6-126 def Oakleigh District 5.11-41
Cheltenham have continued their high scoring streak from previous rounds, with their third consecutive score of 100+ points in a demolition over Oakleigh District.
The Rosellas put on a show at home, with ten goal kickers, including five from Anthony Malamas, contributing to their 85-point win.
Cheltenham led by 24 points in the first term, and extended this to 60 points in what was a nightmarish half time score for a goalless Oakleigh.
There was no stopping the Rosellas as they continued to put their foot down throughout the match, piling on ten goals in the second half.
Led by Christopher and Anthony Casset, Oakleigh were able to provide a positive response in the final term with a score of 3.4. However, it was just not to be as Cheltenham’s dominance proved too strong, including a standout performance from Reef Waata and Oliver Riley.