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ROUND 11 REVIEW
Oakleigh District 4.7 (31) def Bentleigh 3.6 (24)
The second-placed Oakleigh District were pushed all the way, but did enough to hold out a plucky Bentleigh at Princes Highway Reserve on Friday night.
The hosts got out to an early lead, but two goals in the second term saw the Demons level the scores at half time.
But the Districts lifted in the second half, scoring a late goal to secure their ninth win of the year.
Emily McIntyre led from the front in a BOG performance for the victors, while Jordan Mifsud (two goals) and Jodie Bray also stood out.
Lily Fitzpatrick was named Bentleigh’s best alongside Emma Medland and Julia Ferdinands.
Murrumbeena 14.10 (94) def East Brighton 1.1 (7)
The Beena have continued its impressive winning record, overpowering the Vampires by 87 points at Murrumbeena Park on Saturday.
East Brighton made a bright start, with an early goal to Paige Hinrichs getting them within seven points of the hosts at the first change.
Murrumbeena then flexed their muscle, booting 12 unanswered goals after quarter time to blow the game open.
Dani Wearne played a starring role with eight goals, with Paulina Tragarz, Emily Ryde and Ella Maitland providing plenty of support.
Hinrichs, Samantha Beard and Sophie Stuart fought hard for the Vampires.
Lyndale 7.6 (48) def Highett 1.2 (8)
In Sunday’s VFL curtain-raiser at Trevor Barker Oval, Lyndale kept its finals hopes alive with a 40-point win over Highett.
It was another spirited performance from the Bulldogs, but unfortunately they couldn’t match it with the Pumas for the full four quarters.
Samantha Panozzo finished with three goals for the winners, with Stephanie Anderson and Michelle Thomas also named in the best.
Jen Blackman booted Highett’s only goal.
Endeavour Hills 5.6 (36) def Mordialloc 4.3 (27)
The Falcons have moved into the top five after a nine-point victory over Mordialloc at Barry Simon Reserve on Sunday.
Endeavour Hills made use of the breeze in the first term to lead by 17 points at the first change, before holding out the Bloods in a second-quarter stalemate.
Mordialloc lifted in the second half but couldn’t quite bridge the gap as the Falcons held on to record a well-deserved victory, despite a goalless final term.
Hayley Heffernan, Stacey Johnson and Amanda Hancock were the best for Endeavour Hills, with Ruzena May the game’s only multiple goalkicker.
The Bloods were well served by Jess Vivian, Megan Tymko and Alice Allet.
Clayton 6.2 (38) defeated Lyndhurst 4.7 (31)
Clayton have continued their winning form this week, taking down the second placed Lyndhurst by seven points in a thrilling performance. It was a tight and well contested match as Lyndhurst had 11 scoring opportunities compared to Clayton’s eight, however they were unable to convert effectively, leaving the result wide open. Stephanie Sandoval and Catrina Mastroianni both scored two goals for Clayton to get them over the line. Clayton now sit just one match behind the top two and eye off a top-two position with just three matches left of the home and away season.
Murrumbeena 18.11 (119) defeated Chelsea Heights 0.2 (2)
Murrumbeena have had an impressive win at home over the struggling and winless Chelsea Heights. They were consistent all day, winning the clearances and moving the ball well and scoring effectively to give themselves every opportunity. Ashleigh Gardner kicked 11 goals and was one of the ‘Beena’s seven individual goal kickers. The match was a solid percentage booster as Murrumbeena now sit in fourth position, on equal points with the surging talent of Clayton, with the lowest percentage in the top four.
South Yarra 7.15 (57) defeated Hallam 1.0 (6)
South Yarra demolished a struggling Hallam outfit with 22 scoring shots to just one on Sunday. Benita Grimaldi shone, kicking four goals for South Yarra, while Anne-Marie Boys, Victoria Paine and Lucy Smith all kicked one. Accuracy was somewhat of an issue, as only seven of their 22 attempts were goals, but winning it out of the middle strongly resulted in the South Yarra girls giving themselves plenty of opportunity.
Doveton Eagles V Port Melbourne Colts
Doveton Eagles won via forfeit.