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ROUND 8 REVIEW
Highett 2.3 (15) def by Oakleigh District 14.17 (101)
The undermanned Highett had a tough night at the office on Friday, going down to Oakleigh District by 86 points at Turner Road Reserve.
Gun forward Emily McIntyre continued her brilliant form in front of the sticks, slotting six of the sides’ 14 goals to maintain her spot atop the goalkicking table. Bayley Mifsud was a constant presence for the winners with three goals, while Jodie Bray and Lexi Amvasas were also influential.
The win was a healthy boost to the District’s percentage, widening the gap themselves between the third-placed East Brighton, while Highett remains in search of its first win.
Mordialloc 7.9 (51) def Lyndale 0.7 (7)
The Bloods proved too strong for the Pumas, recording a 44-point win in the Pride Cup curtain-raiser at Ben Kavanagh Reserve.
Lyndale fought hard all day, but were unable to register a major against a water-tight Mordi defence, despite the best efforts of Carlee McLaren and the in-form Danielle Kamana.
Amanda Feethan and Alice Allett were terrific for the winners, with Rebekah Sibenaler booting four goals.
Endeavour Hills 6.8 (44) def 3.6 East Brighton (24)
Endeavour Hills pulled off the upset of Round 8 with a season-defining 20-point win over the top-three hopeful East Brighton at Barry Simon Reserve.
A strong opening term saw the Falcons keep the visitors scoreless and take an 18-point lead into the first change. It proved a decisive lead as the Vampires, although never out of the contest, were unable to bridge the gap.
Stacey Howe and Hayley Heffernan were the catalysts for Endeavour Hills, while Stacey Johnson was productive up forward with three goals.
Rebekah Halprin booted two for East Brighton with Emma Matthews named its best player.
Bentleigh 0.1 (1) def by Murrumbeena 15.21 (111)
It was a clinical performance from the ladder leaders as they romped to a crushing win over Bentleigh.
Six goals from Dani Wearne helped the Beena post an intimidating score, with stars Shanae Carter and Rebecca Niclasen in sublime form around the ground.
Full credit to Bentleigh, who never stopped trying all day, despite the difference in class between the two sides. Christalee Davies and Sarah Radlow were among the Demons that could hold their heads high.
Clayton 5.1 (31) def Doveton Eagles 1.7 (13)
The Clays have had their third win in a row this week, knocking off another top four side in the Doveton Eagles. Despite the Eagles having eight scoring shots to Clayton’s six, they struggled with conversion and were only able to get the one goal for the match.
Clayton’s Danielle Fredrickson was the only multiple goal-scorer for the day, kicking two and applying good forward pressure. Kelsey Tomkins, Stephanie Sandoval and Sarah Collins all kicked one each to get the winning side over the line.
Clayton are now one game off the top four, and have the percentage to back it up.
South Yarra 18.18 (126) def Port Melbourne Colts 1.4 (10)
South Yarra have ended Port Melbourne’s winning run in spectacular fashion, winning by 116 points and building enough percentage to move up the ladder with the extra four points.
Benita Grimaldi and Camille King kicked eight goals and four goals respectively, with the winning side having a total of eight individual goal-kickers. South Yarra finished kicking six goals, despite having conceded the only goal for the match.
Hallam 1.1 (7) def by Lyndhurst 12.10 (82)
Lyndhurst staked their claim on the top of the ladder, thrashing Hallam by 75 points this week. A real team effort, saw eight individual goal kickers for the Lightening, headlined by Alyssa Weston who kicked three.
A stellar effort from the winning side in the second and third quarters especially, saw them sustain a lead that was impossible for the Hawks to come back from. Hallam’s only goal came from Nadine Bommert in the third quarter.
Murrumbeena V Frankston Dolphins
Frankston Dolphins defeated Murrumbeena via forfeit.