Senior Football Round Recap
By Jason Barbin
As wet conditions wreaked havoc across the Southern Football League, Cheltenham escaped with a four-point victory against Bentleigh in the 2019 Pride Cup at Bentleigh Reserve.
The Rosellas trailed by six points at the three quarter time break, but were able to boot two goals to one in the final term to come away with the win, with Robert Iudica and Jack Worrell best on ground.
Mordialloc scored a comfortable win against Oakleigh District at Ben Kavanagh Reserve, with the match ending in a 31-point result.
The Bloods booted three goals in the first team before being held scoreless in the second, but came away with a four-goal second half to come away with the win as Chris Brooking was best afield.
East Malvern held its spot in the top three with a scintillating 65-point win against Port Melbourne Colts at Murphy Reserve.
The Panthers booted eight goals in the first half to set up the result, with Riley Flanigan and Alex Hywood each booting three goals, while Adam Collinson was also impressive.
St Kilda City has roared back into finals contention with a five-point upset win against reigning premiers St Pauls in a Peanut Farm thriller.
The Saints led for the majority of the contest as the Dogs rued inaccuracy in front of goal, but the hosts did enough with four players finishing with two goals apiece.
Among those was best afield Jordan Tabakman while Aaron Purvis and Billy Hartung were also strong.
A strong first half has allowed Dingley to come away with a 25-point win against Highett at Souter Oval in round 12.
The Dingoes booted five goals to one in the opening half, and while the Dogs were able to claw back to within 13 points in the third, the hosts were too strong with Daniel Farmer booting four and Vergim Faik in good form.
Eight combined goals from Adam Read and Ryan Hendy steered Doveton Eagles across the line against Chelsea Heights by 65 points at Beazley Reserve.
The duo struck gold during the second half, as the Eagles slammed home eight goals to one to make sure of the result, with Nick Battle and Cameron Carmody best afield.
Caulfield and East Brighton played out an entertaining contest at Hurlingham Park, with the Bears coming out with a 26-point triumph.
The victors had a number of strong contributors throughout the afternoon, with Matt Brown and Mitch Potts combining for seven goals, while Jake Buggy was at his best.
Springvale Districts put together a stunning second half to complete an 81-point demolition of Skye at Springvale Reserve.
The Districts led by just nine points at the half time break, before piling on 12 goals to one in the second half to blow the game apart, with Matt Wetering and Justin Lim combining for 10 majors, while David Monaghan was best on ground.
Keysborough and Hampton braved the wet conditions to play out a thrilling six-point result, going the way of the Keysborough.
The two sides went head-to-head at Keysborough Reserve, with the hosts enjoying an excellent performance from Tim Werner with two goals, with Will Mace and Anthony Brannan also playing well.
A strong performance in the second half from Murrumbeena was able to lift it across the line against Heatherton to the tune of 41 points at Murrumbeena Park.
The Beena led by just eight points at the main break, but broke away in the third quarter, booting four goals, with another goal in the last sealing the win, with defender Matt Lello best afield alongside Jamie Hackett.
Ashwood is back in the top four following a 66-point win against Cerberus at McAuliffe Oval in round 13.
The Magpies held the three-headed dog goalless in the first half, putting on four themselves before piling on six goals to one in the second half.
Shane Peake booted four goals for the Woods in the win, while Jake Chapman and Pat Carroll were best afield.
Clayton has moved into the top two with a crushing defeat of Endeavour Hills to the tune of 50 points at Meade Reserve.
The Clays led by 14 points at quarter time, before booting five goals to two behinds the remainder of the game, leading to win number nine for the season.
Byron Hoe was outstanding for the Clays in the win, continuing his recent strong form, while Chris Morrison and Darcy Kingsbury were also good.
Hampton Park scored its 12th victory of the season, coming away with a 27-point win against Black Rock at Robert Booth Reserve.
It wasn’t the best performance from the Redbacks, with inaccuracy in front of goal plaguing them throughout the game, leading to a score of 5.20.
In the end though, the work of Cameron Williamson, Taylor Rainey and Shannon Henwood was enough to steer them across the line.
South Yarra finished as comfortable victors when taking on Lyndale at Barry Powell Reserve, winning by 49 points.
The Lions were in strong form throughout the game, holding the Pumas goalless until the final term, with Mark Symons and Scott Stegehuis best on ground for the winners.
Top of the table Lyndhurst came away with a narrow 16-point win against a gallant Hallam in a low scoring affair at Marriott Waters Reserve.
The Lightning were led by Hamish Browning with two goals, while Kevin Twite and Charlie Gardiner were also impressive.
Frankston Dolphins scored a decisive win against Carrum Patterson Lakes at Overport Park, taking away a 41-point result.
The Dolphins were able to slowly pull away from CPL each quarter, increasing its lead from 15 to 20 and 35 across each break, with Brendan Murphy best afield.
In the final game of division four, Moorabbin played against Dandenong at Widdop Crescent Reserve, with the Roos coming away 32-point winners.
The Redlegs started strongly and led by 12 points at the half time break, but the Roos were able to claw their way back into the contest, booting nine goals in the second half to come away with the four points.
Scott Levy was a strong contributor with three goals for Moorabbin while Zdenek Hostalek was also impressive.