In what was a must win clash for East Brighton at the half-way mark of the season, following an impressive victory last week against Endeavour Hills/ Keysborough, the Vampires showed a fierce desire for the contest throughout however eventually fell short against a classy Bentleigh side by 15 points.
Away from home, Bentleigh controlled the match throughout, leading at every break the Demons got back on the winners list following their disappointing performance last week against St Kilda City. Dylan Stephens and Keiran Foley played their best games for the year for Bentleigh, given the size of Hurlingham Park; Bentleigh showcased their fitness on such a hard ground to play on.
Blake Cochran was given best on ground for East Brighton with the young player continuing his run of form in the 2019 season. Cochran did all he could to try and will his side over the line kicking two goals himself.
East Brighton face Endeavour Hills/Keysborough for the second time in three weeks as the side looks to edge closer to the top four. Meanwhile, Bentleigh have a much deserved bye for the weekend as the side look to make a mark in the second half of the season.
Oakleigh District vs Dingley
Oakleigh District: 1.0 3.3 3.3 4.4 (28)
Dingley: 3.3 4.4 8.10 10.15 (75)
Facing an undefeated Dingley has been a tough task for any side this year, and with the Dingoes sitting on top of the ladder, Oakleigh District looked to make a mark on the competition at home. Unfortunately the script was too good to be true with Dingley dominating the whole match and silencing the home ground from the first bounce, eventually running out victors by 47 points.
Dingley’s ability to keep their opposition to very few goals was the case again this week with Oakleigh failing to trouble the scorers on more than four occasions. The first half was somewhat of a scrap for both sides however Oakleigh were able to stay with Dingley for the first half of the match, going into half time just seven points down and with plenty more to give it seemed.
However Dingley put Oakleigh to the sword in the second half keeping them scoreless and kicking four goals themselves in the third quarter and if it weren’t for inaccurate kicking the margin could’ve got dirty for the home side. Troy Bimble was the beneficiary of Dingley’s dominance with the forward kicking four goals alongside Jack Farrington and Maxwell Azaris, who had two each.
In what is going to be the biggest game for the season, both undefeated sides face off against each other with Dingley taking on St Kilda City at Souter Oval. This is going to be a mouth-watering clash between two very impressive Under 19 sides. Oakleigh District looks to respond again Cheltenham at Jack Barker Oval as they look to keep in touch with the top four.
St Kilda CIty vs Cheltenham
St Kilda City: 18.15 (123)
Cheltenham 4.6 (30)
Unfortunately for Cheltenham this was always going to be a daunting task; away from home against an undefeated St Kilda City line-up is tough for any opposition and that was the case on the weekend, with St Kilda City completely dictating proceedings and winning by 93 points.
Jayden Murat was a clear best on ground with the young player kicking six majors and setting up many more. He has been outstanding this season with the forward kicking 21 goals this year and has encapsulated everything about St Kilda City’s Under 19’s this year. Ubil Chol and Amani Karauria- Lunt were also impressive throughout with the latter showing why he is one of St Kilda City’s best players.
Unfortunately for Cheltenham there weren’t many positives with the side being out played convincingly, the side is confident it can respond and will try and do so against Oakleigh at home on Saturday. As for St Kilda City the task gets a lot harder this week as the side face an undefeated Dingley side away from home.