DIVISION 1 – ROUND 11 WRAP-UP
With Good Will Hunter
East Brighton and Chelsea Heights played out a nail-biter at Hurlingham Park, with the home side prevailing by just seven points. It was a tight contest all afternoon and the Heighters had their chances to pinch an upset win but squandered several opportunities in front of goal. The Vampires, however, proved their class and stepped up when it mattered most, with skipper Ben Douthie again at his inspirational best. Heighters star Darren Walsh was among the best in their narrow defeat.
East Malvern improved its chances of seeing September action with a commanding win over Clayton at Meade Reserve. The visitors kept the Clays goalless in the first half before cruising to a 48-point victory with a five-goal-to-one final term. Although Juy Capp impressed for Clayton, his efforts were overshadowed by the match-winning performances of Panthers Andrew Johnson and Brad Rooney.
St Pauls inflicted more pain on the Saints with a 73-point drubbing at Peanut Farm. St Kilda City could manage just one goal in the first three quarters as the red-hot Doggies ran riot. It was simply one-way traffic with Adam McIntyre and Ryan Smith finding plenty of the Sherrin and Travis Ridgway kicking a bag. Daniel McGee was one of the few shining lights on a forgettable day for the Saints.
Dingley continued its brilliant season with an 88-point thrashing of Bentleigh at Souter Oval. The Dingoes were always in control, flying out to a 50-point lead by the main break on the back of a seven-goal second term. Dingley big man Andrew Frost was the most influential player on the ground, though Dean Francis’ seven-goal haul gave him a run for his money. Daniel Jones was the standout for Bentleigh.
In the final game of the round Heatherton were again outclassed, this time by Cheltenham at Ross Street Reserve. Josh Bennett toiled hard and was clearly the Tunners’ best, but nobody could prevent hard-running ball-winners Jackson Barclay and Jarrad Martin from guiding the Rosellas to a resounding 51-point triumph.
DIVISION 2 – ROUND 11 WRAP-UP
With Jason Barbin
As we move into the second half of the season, round 11 provided some surprising results while one team won their first game of the season.
Skye continued their dominance with yet another convincing defensive effort against Springvale Districts. While the defensive pressure was ever present, it was Skye’s scoring power that impressed the most. The Bombers kicked 5 goals in the opening quarter to set up the victory and maintain second spot on the ladder. Marc Frizell was among the best for the Bombers while Like McGuinness kicked another 5 goals.
Mordialloc remained on top of the Division 2 ladder but their latest victory wasn’t handed to them easily. Caulfield showed just how much they have improved over the course of the season, as they restricted the Bloods to just 9 goals. Their pressure resulted in uncharacteristic turnovers and inaccurate kicking from the Bloods who overcame a poor first half to record an 18 point victory. Carey Neville was best for the Bloods.
Oakleigh District moved back into the top 5 with a resounding win against Murrumbeena at Princess Highway Reserve. Oakleigh led from start to finish, restricting Murrumbeena to just three goals the entire game, all of which came in the first half. Oakleigh piled on 10 goals in the second half to run away 80 point winners. Scott Chalwell was best on ground with 3 goals.
Hampton also moved back into the top 5 with an impressive away win against Highett. The former allies from the colts competition, fought a close battle all day before Hampton emerged victorious by 12 points. Both sides had chances to win the game but the young, hard running Hampton midfield was a key factor in the victory. Joel Hanlon kicked 5 goals for Hampton.
In what turned out to be one of the games of the round, Moorabbin won their first game of the season, defeating a disappointing Doveton by 11 points. Moorabbin have shown improved form in patches for the last month but they were finally able to put together a four quarter effort which got them over the line. Their midfield worked hard all day and it showed as they ran over the top of Doveton in the last quarter. Mark Russell had 4 goals for the victors.
DIVISION 3 – ROUND 12 WRAP-UP
With Andrew Paloczi
Carrum Patterson Lakes ventured to Barry Powell Reserve to take on Lyndale. The Lions led at every change and held a 17-point advantage going into the last term. The Pumas then made a charge, keeping CPL scoreless for the remainder of the match and winning by eight points. Taylor Irish was the Pumas best along with Trevor Kumetaitis who was the difference up forward kicking four majors.
South Yarra played at home against Sandown and the Lions were expected to have a tough day against the Cobras. Cory Brady helped to ensure South Yarra caused an upset as he booted five goals, being named in the Lions’ best, behind Matthew Jewell. The final margin was a comfortable 35 points.
Starting the last quarter 45 points behind Ashwood, Dandenong showed character adding four goals to none in the final term. The Magpies’ winning margin was only 17 points. Ben Giblett was their most productive goal kicker with four, and Matthew Maginnes was the best player for them.
Endeavour Hills hosted Black Rock. The Falcons fought hard but were outclassed on the day as the Jets won by 34 points. Steve Baranski was impressive again, being the Jets’ best player, and Tom Dewar was the major goal kicker for the winners with three. Allan McPherson deserves credit for a strong performance, booting four of the beaten Falcons’ seven goals.
After tasting its first defeat last week Mount Waverley was expected to bounce back on its home turf against Hallam. The Mountain Lions were ruthless, destroying the Hawks by 116 points. James Gough had another productive day for the ladder-leaders with seven goals and Joey Rickard managed five of his own. Chris Draper was named the best for the victors.
UNDER 19s – ROUND 11 WRAP-UP
With Josh Schonafinger
Round 11 kicked off with Skye hosting Cheltenham and easily getting the better of their guests. Joel and Ryan McConville kicked eight goals between them as the Bombers triumphed by 64 points.
Whoever won out of Carrum Patterson Lakes and St Pauls would find themselves in the top five by the end of the round, so there was plenty to play for. As it turned out, the Doggies were buoyed by Zachary Spencer’s six goals and CPL were never in it, going down by 76 points.
Meanwhile, the Highett Dogs trounced Chelsea Heights to record their first win of the season. Mitchell Hoar kicked a handful and Callum Tate was influential as the Dogs won by a whopping 78 points.
Hampton had a dirty day against Clayton, failing to score until the final term. Needless to say they went down, with the Clays piling on the pain with nine last quarter goals. Mason Lambert kicked ten goals in a dominant display - the final margin was 121 points to Clayton.
First played second as Bentleigh visited Dingley, and the Dees showed why they haven’t been beaten all season, overpowering the Dingoes in a real arm-wrestle. While both sides were solid, Bentleigh got the bikkies thanks largely to superior finishing in front of goal.
THIRDS – ROUND 11 WRAP-UP
With Josh Schonafinger
Cerberus showed that they are just hitting their straps with a 34 point win over Clayton away from home. After a slow start, Cerberus kicked five goals to one in the second term, from which the Clays never recovered.
Previously undefeated Skye bombed out against Dingley, falling convincingly by 56 points. The Dingoes kept the Bombers scoreless in the first term and were in control thereafter. The impressive performance puts the Dingoes on top for the first time since Round 1.
Spectators at the South Yarra and Sandown clash got to see a classic shootout; Peter Maynard (seven goals) and Matthew McCormick (eight goals) went toe-to-toe for their respective sides. That was the closest match-up of the day however, as the Cobras easily outclassed the Lions, winning it by 92 points.
Dandenong and Cheltenham looked set for a thriller with scores tied at three quarter time in their match at Greaves Reserve. Against all odds however, the Redlegs kicked five goals to none in the last and won by 32 points, their second ‘W’ of the season.
Mount Waverley again won, and the 97 point drubbing of Hallam was a much needed percentage boost ahead of finals. Nicholas Smith kicked seven goals for the Mountain Lions, and the Hawks were easily outscored in every quarter.
Moorabbin made it two on the trot with a 39 point win over Doveton at home. Only four points separated the teams at the major break, but the Eagles ran out of the steam, conceding five goals to one in the last quarter.
Finally Endeavour Hills had a big win over Black Rock, to the tune of 101 points. The Jets only goal came in the last quarter, while the Eagles kicked 17 for the match.