ROUND 5 REVIEW
St Kilda City 15.11-101 def East Brighton 3.8-26
St Kilda City put on a show at home, running over their visitors in convincing style.
Despite a standout effort from East Brighton’s Liam Menhennitt, they were simply no match for the 2017 minor premiers who couldn’t be stopped at the Peanut Farm.
East Brighton were on the back foot from the beginning here, with City jumping to a 20-point lead at the first break and failing to look back.
A classic City defence prohibited East Brighton from attempting to mend the damage throughout this match, as they continued to pile on the points – including a stunning seven goals from power forward Matthew McNaughton.
James Van-Minnen was best for the winners, who now chase dingo tails at second place on the ladder.
Oakleigh District 21.21-147 def Hampton 2.4-16
Last year’s premiers were up to old tricks in a huge win over Hampton, showing no mercy with a 131-point margin at home.
10 individual goal kickers from Oakleigh District, including four from their best Dylan Duffield, stunned the visitors who were unable to gather a response as their opponents proceeded to pack on the points from the first bounce.
A highlight 11 goal final term for the home side was icing on the cake, as they continue their chase towards a second premiership in 2018.
Parkmore / Springvale Districts 15.11-101 def Endeavour Hills 6.3-39
Endeavour Hills were another victim to a large loss in Round 5, going down by 62 points at Springvale Reserve.
Parkmore / Springvale were all class in this match, jump-starting their win with a 25-point lead heading into the first break.
From here, 2017 TAC Cup midfielder Jacob Bakes led the charge of a determined Parkmore / Springvale, who consistently bridged the gap with their opponents at every break going forward.
55 points behind approaching the final term, a previously quiet Endeavour Hills returned to the field booting their highest quarter score (3.1 to Parkmore / Springvale’s 4.2). However, this last-minute response was too little too late in matching the confident victors who remained unscathed at the final siren.
Dingley 11.15-81 def Bentleigh 6.5-41
The top-placed Dingoes remain undefeated after their 40-point win over Bentleigh.
Bentleigh were kept quiet in the beginning, with their first goal scored at half time as Dingley boasted a 34-point lead.
Down 61 points heading into the final term, most teams would drop their heads – however this wasn’t case for Bentleigh, who pulled off an honourable last-minute effort.
Here, it looked like Dingley took their feet off the accelerator early with the Demons closing the gap and kicking 4.1 to a quiet Dingo pack’s 0.4.
A proud attempt – but luckily for the home side, their early workload clearly secured them bragging rights.
Taj Lewis and Stefan Lamble were Dingley’s best, and Mackenzie Lawrence led the hopeful visitors.
Keysborough v Cheltenham / St Pauls
Match forfeited by Cheltenham / St Pauls