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ROUND 16 REVIEW
By Will Hunter
St Kilda City 11.7 (73) def by St Pauls 13.13 (91)
The Dogs overcame a slow start to steamroll the Saints and claim the 2017 Pride Cup before a massive crowd at the Peanut Farm on Saturday.
An entertaining spectacle from start to finish, the two sides certainly put on a terrific show with free-flowing, end-to-end footy the order of the day.
Five goals to the home side in the opening term had them off to a flyer, racing out to a 17-point lead at the opening change. The Saints held them at bay for the next quarter and a half, before the visitors took control of the contest midway through the third term, booting several goals in quick succession.
All up, the Dogs booted seven goals to two in the premiership quarter, turning an 11-point half time deficit into a 21-point advantage by three quarter time. From there, the result was merely a fait accompli for the third-place St Pauls, who again closed out the game full of run.
With a fixtured bye for Sandringham in the VFL, Callum Cathcart return to the Doggies’ line up and displayed his full bag of tricks with a five-goal, best on ground performance. Matt Kreymborg continued his good form through the midfield, while Brad Gilder and Christian McCarthy also starred for St Pauls.
Harry Czarnecki was simply superb in defence for the Saints, keeping the Dogs’ dangerous spearhead Steven Muller to just two goals. Teammates Will Debruin and Aaron Green were also terrific.
Cheltenham 12.11 (83) def Mordialloc 11.10 (76)
Mordialloc has again succumbed to its bogey side, Cheltenham, going down by seven points in one of the upsets of the season at Jack Barker Oval.
The Rosellas side was bolstered by the additions of key Zebras Myke Cook and Josh Fox, while Bloods missed the influence of the hard-bodied Danny Nicholls and Jordan Derbyshire in the trenches.
It was a cracking game of footy all afternoon, with little separating the sides for the majority of the contest. But when the heat was on, it was the home side that rose to the occasion, booting five goals to Mordi’s two in the last quarter to turn a 10-point deficit at the final change into their best win of the season.
Spearhead Fox proved the difference in attack, clunking some strong marks and booting four goals, including three in the final term, to help his side over the line. Cook also showed his class, wining plenty of the footy, while Brendan Dillon and Daniel Vaughan also stood out.
Chris Langdon stepped up for Mordialloc in the absence of his more experienced midfield compatriots and was clearly his side’s best. The big fellas in Tom McMahon and Justin Summons also excelled, as did veteran Dave Marguglio.
Bentleigh 13.18 (96) def Oakleigh District 11.9 (75)
The Demons continued their charge toward September action, defeating fellow finals aspirant Oakleigh District by 21 points at Arthur Street.
Little separated the two sides on the scoreboard for most of the day, with scores level at half time. However, Bentleigh blew the game open with six goals in the premiership quarter, which proved to be a crucial factor in the result.
Matt Troutbeck made a welcome return to the side, finishing with five goals, while Michael Rogers and ruckman Mitchell Smart were similarly influential.
Under 19 star Sam Ozaydin also booted a goal in his senior debut for the Demons.
For Oakleigh District, it was the usual suspects in Paul Fermanis (four goals), Jake Mullen and Luke Casey keeping them in it.
Dingley 10.12 (72) def East Malvern 4.12 (36)
Injury concerns for stars Nathan Henley and Nathan Robinson compounded a dirty day for East Malvern as they were comfortably beaten by Dingley to the tune of 36 points at the Den.
The Dingoes grabbed an early lead in what proved to be a high-pressure contest, before holding the Panthers goalless in the second and third quarters as they set about amassing a match-winning lead by the final break.
A final-term stalemate ensured Dingley victory, and top spot on the ladder following Mordialloc’s shock loss.
There were contributors aplenty for the Dingoes, with the big bodies of Danny Ades and Troy MacKenzie particularly damaging around the contest. Chris Horton-Milne also found plenty of the footy through the middle, while Trav La Rocca and Matt Morwood were superb in defence.
Ryan Mullett, Jay Thorn and Robinson were among the standouts for East Malvern.
Port Melbourne Colts 21.17 (143) def Clayton 6.2 (38)
The Colts returned to the winner’s list for the first time since Round 8 with a 105-point demolition of Clayton at JL Murphy Reserve.
A seven-goal opening stanza had Port on top from the word go, and they extended their lead at every change with Max Mitchell-Russell booting seven goals up forward in a scintillating best afield display.
Midfield ace Lewis Mildenhall and Josh O’Donnell also featured in the Colt’s best.
For the Clays, Matt Wilson can again hold his head high with another outstanding performance, while Jak Martin and Rory Naylor also worked hard.
ROUND 18 REVIEW
By Jason Barbin
Boy oh boy are we in for a hot race to the finish after an electrifying round of Division 2 football in the Southern Football Netball League, especially after Murrumbeena and Mount Waverley were on the right end of upset results.
Murrumbeena 13.10 (88) def Skye 7.9 (51)
It may not have been their biggest win of the season, but Saturday’s victory against Skye was Murrumbeena’s most important win.
The Beena were too good across four quarters and are now in the box seat for the final spot in the top five with two rounds remaining.
Lachlan Batt was influential up forward with three majors, while Shaun Thompson and Darcy Hargrave were excellent in their roles.
A tight opening quarter saw Murrumbeena lead by five points at the first change, and 13 points at half time after booting seven goals to five.
The premiership quarter was where the game was won and lost as the Beena booted three goals to three behinds to set up a 31-point final change lead, before securing the win with three goals to two in the last.
Tim Barr was best on ground for the Bombers, booting three goals.
Mount Waverley 11.12 (78) def Chelsea Heights 7.17 (59)
The second upset of the round, and arguably the biggest, came when the Mountain Lions ensured they would remain in the hunt for finals by defeating ladder leaders Chelsea Heights.
The win moves Mount Waverley into sixth spot and only a game behind Murrumbeena in fifth, but it does have one less game to play.
James Gough put together an inspiring performance inside 50, booting seven goals in a best afield display, while Jackson Smith was also impressive.
Mount Waverley led at every change and booted nine goals in the first half to set up the win, with a superb six-goal to five behind second term giving it a 41-point half time buffer.
The Heighters were able to fight back in the second half, but inaccurate kicking proved costly, kicking five goals from 15 scoring shots to ultimately go down by 19.
Phil Matheson and Nathan Herrington were best on for Chelsea Heights.
Caulfield 10.16 (76) def Springvale Districts 11.9 (75)
A stunning second-half comeback has ensured Caulfield holds on to second spot on the ladder, defeating a heartbroken Springvale Districts.
The Bears trailed by 29 points at half time after kicking two goals from 12 scoring shots, but hit the ground running after half time, with eight goals to three.
Big man Adam Ballard was near unstoppable in the ruck, named best afield for the winners alongside Jason Twirdy and Jake Buggy.
Springvale got the jump on the host side, booting four goals to one in the opening term, and another four goals to one in the second to lead by 29 at the main break.
The Bears clicked into gear during the third however, scoring four goals to one behind to cut the lead to two points, before overcoming the Districts in the last to win by one.
Peter Heng and Mitch Betson combined for seven goals for Springvale.
Keysborough 16.13 (109) def Hampton 13.13 (91)
Keysborough locked its spot in the Division 2 top three with a stirring victory against Hampton on the road on Saturday.
The Burra led by just two points at quarter time, but came to life in the second, booting six goals to one to set up a 36-point half time lead.
Both sides were equally as good during the third quarter as Keysborough lead only extended to 37 points.
Hampton put a mini scare into Keysborough with the first three goals of the last, but the Burra booted two of the next three to stave off the Hammers and eventually hold on to win by 18.
Chris Bryan was a force inside 50 for the winners, booting seven goals in a best afield effort, while Jay Pitto was also dangerous with two goals.
Luke Hayes was named Hampton’s best with two goals, while Corey Smith was also impressive.
Highett 11.7 (73) def Heatherton 8.5 (53)
Highett was able to take care of Heatherton by 20 points in a wind affected game at Ross Street Reserve on Saturday.
Tom Brown was in excellent form up forward for the Dogs, booting five goals as his side was able to work its way to a win.
Pat Singh was best on ground for the winners, alongside Yianni Pasialis.
Highett took advantage of the conditions early in the contest, booting five goals to Heatherton’s two, before the Tonners hit back in the second with three goals to one to cut a 19-point lead to six.
The Dogs surged ahead during the third, with five goals to two behinds setting up a 36-point lead which the Tonners were unable to recover from, eventually going down by 20.
Pol Lavery and Reagan Maddaford were best on for Heatherton.
ROUND 17 REVIEW
By Andrew Paloczi
Hallam 16.7 (103) def Doveton Eagles 15.4 (94)
Russell Robertson bagged eight goals for Doveton, whilst fellow Eagle Adam Read chipped in with four.
However, their side went down by nine points against Hallam.
Nobody managed more than three goals for Hallam, but the Hawks’ depth was on display with nine goal kickers as opposed to Doveton’s five.
Young Hawk Sam Delosa booted three goals, as did teammate Phil Ward.
Manny Peresso was Hallam’s best player for the third game running.
Doveton started positively with a five goal to one first term, but the game was tight thereafter.
Although the Eagles’ efforts were commendable, the loss enabled Endeavour Hills to push Doveton out of the top three.
Lyndale 3.10 (28) def by Black Rock 16.13 (109)
Lyndale was expected to provide competition for Black Rock.
By quarter time that prospect had vanished, with the Jets soaring to a 64-point lead.
The final margin was 81 points.
After an appearance in Black Rock’s thirds and a string of reserves games, Joseph Brennan grabbed his chance at senior level. He led the Jets’ goal kickers with three and was named in his side’s best players.
However, it was regular backman Daniel Kick who stood out as the Jets’ top performer.
Endeavour Hills 30.12 (192) def Moorabbin 3.7 (25)
Moorabbin must have wished for a mercy rule by the final change, trailing Endeavour Hills by 97 points.
Endeavour Hills proceeded to salt the wound, blasting a further 11.5 to a behind.
Daniel Morrison had already proved a dominant force up forward for the Falcons, but added five last quarter goals to finish with 11.
It was a best on ground display by the spearhead and pushed his season total to 48 majors.
With just a round to play, Endeavour Hills has put itself into double chance territory.
South Yarra 37.31 (253) def Sandown 5.3 (33)
South Yarra had 13 goal kickers in a 220-point obliteration of Sandown.
Tom MacDonald, Shaheen Merchant, Jamie Ardern and Daniel Russell led the way for the hungry Lions with five majors apiece.
Kieron Finlayson was the winner’s best and contributed three goals.
Lyndhurst 5.11 (41) def by Ashwood 10.10 (70)
A dominant third term from Ashwood ensured victory over Lyndhurst.
The Magpies added 5.3 to 1.2 to lead by 49 points with a term to play.
Lightning’s players dug deep to hold the Magpies goalless in the last stanza, cutting the final margin to 29 points.
Ryan Forsyth was best for the winner, whilst Shane Peake topped the day’s goal kicking list with four majors.
Carrum Patterson Lakes 28.12 (180) def Dandenong 8.7 (55)
In CPL’s final home match of the season, the Lions gave their fans plenty to cheer about.
Rhys Graham kicked eight goals in the side’s 125-point win over Dandenong, and was ably assisted by Alex Wilson with six majors.
Although CPL occupies tenth spot as it did at the conclusion of the 2016 season, it has shown improvement this year, and has one more win than last season.
ROUND 16 REVIEW
By Britt Goldsmith
Bentleigh 5.6 (36) def by Oakleigh District 19.19 (133)
Oakleigh District were unpleasant visitors to the home side at Bentleigh Reserve, as they took the win by an unforgiving 97 points.
Bentleigh’s two goals in the first term were no match to Oakleigh’s seven, and a trailing score of 33 points set a difficult task to follow. Despite being able to almost match Oakleigh’s score in the second term (falling short by one point – 3.4 to 3.5), it had little effect on the 34-point margin splitting the teams going into the main break.
All hopes of Bentleigh’s chances to come back in this match were dashed in the third quarter, where a thriving Oakleigh booted 7.7 ahead of the scoreless and stunned home side. Despite best efforts from Bentleigh’s Ryan Nankervis and Samuel Ruddy, Oakleigh ended the match with another 2.4 in the final term to Bentleigh’s two points.
Nathan Peddle was outstanding for Oakleigh in a best on ground performance, alongside Liam McCabe who was relentless in the forward line with seven goals.
St Kilda City 5.13 (43) def St Pauls 2.5 (17)
An ineffective St Kilda City in front of goal kept them to one of their lowest final scores this season, but did not stop them from running over St Pauls at the Peanut Farm.
By half time the Saints had score a wayward 1.10, but it was enough to take a nine-point lead into the sheds in a low-scoring contest. Thankfully for the home side, they got their radar working after half time as they closed out the match comfortable victors.
Oliver Woods was once again a standout for the winning side, alongside teammate Paul Pekaj. Jordan Cannizzaro was best for St Pauls, who haven’t recorded a win since Round 12.
Hampton 12.10 (82) def Skye 5.6 (36)
Hampton were awarded their fourth win of the season as they unexpectedly knocked off Skye in a jubilant home performance.
Troy Smith starred for his side, who led Skye by 15 points at the first break. Hampton were able to gradually build on their score, and suppress Skye from approaching the lead.
Hampton’s ability to restrict Skye to one point in each of the second, third and final terms enabled them to rise above their opponent and eventually take the final result by 46 points.
Bunarith Kheng was also a highlight for the winners, alongside Kyle Reynolds and Adam Blair who kicked three goals each.
Endeavour Hills 6.6 (42) def Parkmore / Springvale 12.10 (82)
Endeavour Hills were outclassed by a solid Parkmore / Springvale, who ran away with the result by 40 points at the Barry Simon Reserve.
Endeavour Hills trailed increasingly at every break, with a six-goal finale in the fourth term from Parkmore / Springvale sealing the win.
Jordan Waite was a highlight for Parkmore / Springvale with five goals, and currently leads the competition’s goal kicking tally by eight (45 goals).
Cheltenham 16.12 (108) def Dingley 2.6 (18)
Cheltenham have continued a nightmare run for the Dingoes, who have slipped to fifth position on the ladder following a 90-point loss at the Jack Barker Oval.
Reef Waata led Cheltenham to yet another 100-point score this season, followed by teammates Nathan Karpathakis and Mitchell Freeman.
Trailing by only six points at the first break and 21 points at the main break, the game seemed far from over for the Dingoes, who had the second half in front of them to regroup and challenge their opponents.
However, an eight-goal scoring effort to Dingley’s mere three points in the final term was where it all unravelled for the visitors, as Cheltenham began to surge through the game.
Anthony Malamas was pivotal up forward with five goals, as the Rosellas preceded to rub salt into the struggling Dingoes’ wounds in the final term kicking 5.2 to 1.2.
Hallam def Doveton via forfeit