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Division 2 – Round 9 Review
With Jason Barbin
Dominant performances from Chelsea Heights, Caulfield and Skye highlighted a week in which the finals contenders stood high above the rest.
CHELSEA HEIGHTS 16.21 (117) def KEYSBOROUGH 7.4 (46)
The Heighters put in one of their best performances of the year in this match which saw a 10-goal first half set up the victory. Lachlan Dobson and Phil Smith combined for eight goals while Phil Matheson was best on ground in a match that keeps Chelsea Heights in the top three. The match was won in the first quarter where the Heighters kicked seven goals to two before adding another three in the second quarter. The second half was a little more even but Chelsea Heights had already done enough to secure win number six.
CAULFIELD 16.20 (116) def BLACK ROCK 8.4 (52)
The Bears tightened their grip on second spot on the ladder with a 64-point victory against the Jets at home. Jake Buggy was in sensational form with three goals during a best on ground effort while Nick Gilbert also bagged three to take his tally to 28 for the year. Michael ‘Buddy’ Spohn kicked four majors for Black Rock. After only leading by 18 points at quarter time, Caulfield romped away in the second term, booting six goals to one to take a commanding 50-point half time lead. Black Rock held its own in the second half but the damage had already been done as Caulfield cruised to victory.
HAMPTON 4.6 (30) def by PORT MELBOURNE COLTS 10.8 (68)
A stunning second half from the Colts has helped them get over the line against Hampton by 38 points. Port Melbourne only led by 17 points at half time, but four goals to one in the second half spurred it on to the win. Mitchell Clarke was the key instigator with five majors while Trent Chumbley was named best on ground. Hampton took it right up to Port Melbourne in the opening term and only trailed by nine points at quarter time but the Hammers were kept goalless the next two quarters as the Colts grinded their way to the win.
SPRINGVALE DISTRICTS 2.6 (18) def by SKYE 15.14 (104)
The Bombers have completed an 86-point demolition of the Districts at Springvale and remain within striking distance of a top three spot on the ladder. Michael Kelly was best on ground for Skye while Ben Walker and James Bateman combined for six goals in the win. The Bombers dominated from start to finish, taking a 55-point lead into half time after kicking seven goals in the second term while keeping Springvale goalless. Skye converted its half time lead into an 86-point win after kicking five goals to one in the second half.
HIGHETT 14.14 (98) def MURRUMBEENA 7.9 (51)
Chad Ryan has helped steer Highett to a comfortable 48-point win against Murrumbeena with a superb best on ground performance. Ryan bagged six majors as the Dogs kicked seven goals in each half to record their fourth win of the season and move into the top five. A five goal to one opening term set the tone for Highett who led by 28 points at half time. Murrumbeena remained competitive until three quarter time where Highett ran over the top with four goals to one to drag the margin out to 48 points.
Division 3 – Round 8 Review
With Andrew Paloczi
DOVETON EAGLES vs LYNDALE
Doveton and Lyndale are rivals on the field, but were united in remembering Tracey Reiger, who is held in high regard by both clubs.
Reiger passed away in March and Lyndale and Doveton wanted to pay tribute to her.
A big crowd came to watch the teams compete for the Tracey Reiger Trophy and others tuned in to radio coverage of the match.
The early stages of the game set the tone for the first term.
A handball from 16-year-old Ricky Johnson found Doveton coach Corrie Wilson and he kicked truly.
Those two Eagles played significant parts in taking Doveton to a five-goal advantage by quarter time.
Johnson was quickly off the leash again in the second term, passing well to Steven Ognjenovic who booted a major.
The Pumas were under immense pressure, trailing by six goals, and the Eagles kept attacking,
However, Lyndale clicked into gear, goaling from a free kick after Steve Comino created an opportunity by running off his opponent Peter Dye. Dye struggled with a troublesome knee, even during the warm up.
When Alex Kerr goaled it was the first time the Pumas had managed consecutive majors. Another from Matthew Stuart reduced the Eagles’ lead to 21 points.
But by half time, the Pumas were 29-points down.
Early in the third term Tommy Clappers appeared to mark at the top of the goalsquare for Lyndale, but a controversial free kick was paid against him, with nobody in the SFNL radio commentary team convinced it was there.
The Eagles then scored a goal through Adam Read, taking the margin back to six goals.
Lyndale kept fighting and, when the three quarter time siren sounded had the deficit back to four straight kicks.
An early last term goal from Dye for the Eagles was met with a quick reply from Lyndale’s Trevor Kumetaitis.
When an accurate pass found Kumetaitis again, he made no mistake from 30 metres out and the Doveton lead was trimmed to three goals with plenty of time left.
Despite Lyndale’s persistence Doveton won by 15 points in what was Brayden Keown’s 150th game.
A medal was presented to one player from each side, with Doveton's Clint Wilson and Lyndale’s Steve Comino the recipients.
The SFNL radio team chose Ricky Johnson as their player of the day, having earlier praised his ability to read the play.
For the winner, Corrie Wilson and Emilio Williams finished with three goals each.
Kumetaitis managed five majors for the Pumas.