Senior Football Round Recap
By Jason Barbin
A scintillating final quarter effort from East Malvern has helped it roar past St Kilda City to the tune of 46 points at Dunlop Reserve.
The Panthers led by just 10 points at the three quarter time break, before a six-goal final term sealed the four points.
Aaron French put together one of his best games of the season for the hosts, while Alex Hywood kicked four goals.
Cheltenham put together a solid second half effort during its victory against Highett, which ended as a 36-point result at Jack Barker Oval.
The Rosellas led by 14 points at half, but slammed home eight goals in the second half with Robert Iudica kicking two goals and Sam Hayes best afield.
St Pauls has won a thrilling encounter against a gutted Mordialloc, winning by eight points despite trailing by 21 points at half time at McKinnon Reserve.
The Dogs’ third quarter effort was the difference in the result, with a four-goal to two behind quarter giving them the lead at the final break, and the momentum for the final term.
James Blenkinsop kicked four goals in the absence of Harrison Hunt to lead the way for the reigning premiers.
Port Melbourne Colts engineered a stunning comeback to upset premiership contenders Dingley by eight points at Murphy Reserve on Saturday.
The Colts trailed by 20 points at the final break, but piled on three goals from 14 scoring shots while restricting Dingley to one behind to turn the margin around.
Tyler Jones and Matt Dalla-Libera were best on for the victors.
Bentleigh has won a hard fought encounter with Oakleigh Districts by nine points at Princess Highway Reserve in round 11.
Corbin Sutherland was best on ground for the Demons, who couldn’t quite shake off a determined Districts outfit, who fought them all the way in an entertaining contest.
Keysborough has scored an easy victory against Skye at Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve, winning by 152 points.
The Burra were rarely troubled throughout the games, kicking 31 goals overall to put on nearly 200 points, with Chris Bryan and Tim Edwards kicking eight goals apiece while star ruckman Bryce Sutton was best afield.
Murrumbeena has escaped Koornang Park Reserve with a tough, but strong comeback victory, overturning an 18-point three quarter time deficit and winning by 16 points.
The Beena trailed for the majority of the afternoon to a determined Bears outfit, but booted seven goals to two in the final term to snatch away the four points.
Harley Ambrose and Matt Lello were best on for the winners while Matt Brown bagged five goals for the Bears in his best game for the year.
Springvale Districts has comfortably overcome Heatherton to the tune of 107 points at Ross Street Reserve.
The Districts conceded two goals to the Tonners in the opening term, but held them goalless the remainder of the game while kicking a further 16 themselves, with Matt Wetering and George Katsaras each kicking four.
Doveton Eagles were simply too good for East Brighton at Power Reserve, with Jarrod O’Neill booting nine goals in an excellent outing during the 56-point triumph.
The Eagles surged ahead during the first half, kicking eight goals to one before the Vampires produced a strong second half effort to match it with the hosts.
Hampton produced an easy 63-point win against Chelsea Heights on Sunday at Trevor Barker Oval.
The Hammers were rarely troubled throughout the match, booting 11 goals in the first half to set up the result, with Mark Devereaux named best on ground while Todd Crane booted four goals.
Seven goals from Chris Knight in a strong performance has lifted Black Rock to a percentage boosting 125-point win against Cerberus at McDonald Reserve.
The Rockers looked rarely troubled and at their very best during the win, kicking 11 goals in the second half to put the three headed dog to the sword.
Michael Rourke and Michael Spohn joined Knight among the best players for the victors, who have now climbed into the top four.
Clayton has drawn level on points with second ranked Endeavour Hills following a 27-point victory against Ashwood at Meade Reserve.
The Clays were made to work hard for the four points, leading by just six points at half time before slowing pulling away with a seven goal to four second half.
Four players finished with two goals for the winners, led by Luke Ruff who was best on ground alongside Jesse Henderson.
Hampton Park has held off a late rally from Endeavour Hills to win by 11 points at Barry Simon Reserve in an entertaining contest.
The Falcons trailed by 21 points midway through the final term before kicking three unanswered goals to draw to within five points before a Redback major ended the comeback.
Reece Smart was impressive for the victors alongside Travis Davis with four goals, while Ben Graham was the hosts’ best.
A seven-goal haul from Lachlan Fielding was the key highlight during a 111-point win for Frankston Dolphins against Lyndale at Barry Powell Reserve.
The Dolphins bounced back in style, holding the Pumas goalless in two quarters with Mitch Latimer and Luke Long joining Fielding among the best.
South Yarra has overcome some wayward kicking in front of goal to record a 51-point win against Dandenong at Greaves Reserve.
The Lions were comfortable leaders to the tune of 45 points at the main break, but could only manage 2.14 in the second half, with Zac Maher booting two goals in a best on ground performance.
Moorabbin has recorded a strong win against Hallam at Hallam Reserve to maintain its spot in fourth place on the ladder.
The Roos were consistent in their efforts throughout the game, kicking 6.1 in each half with Justin Isaac booting three goals, while Stele Slaughter was outstanding for the winners.
Lyndhurst has emphatically stamped its authority against Carrum Patterson Lakes at Roy Dore Reserve, defeating the finals hopeful by 111 points on Saturday.
The Lightning sealed the win with a 12-goal to two first half and while CPL improved with six goals in the second half, the visitors piled on 13 to steer the winning margin to triple digits.