By Jarryd McGuane
Mordialloc 4.6 (30) def by Murrumbeena 5.12 (42)
In the most mouth-watering match of the round, Murrumbeena is the only remaining unbeaten side as they came from behind to defeat Mordialloc by 12 points at Ben Kavanagh Reserve.
Starting with the breeze, Murrumbeena was all over the Bloods, but only managed 1.5 to lead by 11 points at quarter time. As the sides swapped ends, so did the momentum as Mordialloc turned the 11 points deficit into a five point half time lead.
The third term became a real arm-wrestle as neither side was willing to concede any ground, however the Beena did just enough to restore their slender four-point lead at the final change. Mordi would have been confident of chasing down this deficit with the aid of the breeze in the last, but the speed of Murrumbeena took over the game and their two last quarter goals held Mordialloc at bay and secured the visitors the outright top spot on the ladder.
Shanae Carter was the best on ground for Beena as she never stopped running all day. She was ably supported by captain Grace Bibby and Danielle Wearne, while Emma Morison also stood out through the midfield. Tanya Rosenquist and Natalie Cardamone again did a lot of the hard work for Mordialloc, this time in defeat.
East Brighton 10.16 (76) def Edithvale Aspendale 1.1 (7)
East Brighton will be only two games outside of second place on the ladder after defeating Edithvale Aspendale by 69 points at Hurlingham Park.
It was all the Vampires from the opening bounce, and would have the first eight goals unanswered up until three quarter and led by 60 points. Edi-Asp got their only goal in the final quarter but allowed to more to see the margin increased and result secured.
Jennifer Aarons was Edithvale-Aspendale’s only multiple goal kicker, with Gemma Proy, Jaqueline Kuperua-Arrowsmith and Olivia Davies their best.
Oakleigh District 6.5 (41) def Hallam 2.7 (19)
Oakleigh District have kept in touch with the top four with a 22-point victory over Hallam at Princes Highway Reserve on Friday night.
Oakleigh District got off to a flier and slammed on three goal to none in the first quarter and led by 20 points at the first change. Hallam gained some control in the second quarter with 1.2 to 0.1 and reduced the margin back to 13 points by half time. The Hawks again kicked 1.2 in the third quarter but gave up 2.2 as the margin pushed out to 19 points at the three quarter time break. The game was safe for Oakleigh District as they added the only goal for the quarter.
Emily McIntyre was the best on ground for Oakleigh District alongside Rebecca Adams, as Kate Quinlivan and Natalie Higson kicked two goals each.
Lyndhurst 4.9 (33) Highett 4.10 (34)
It was heartbreak for Lyndhurst as they fell agonisingly short of Highett in a thriller at Marriott Waters Reserve.
The Bulldogs’ controlled much of the play with the wind in the first term, but booted 0.6 to the Lightning’s 1.0 to end the quarter on level pegging.
Two goals to the home side saw them claim the lead at the long break, but Highett fought back with three goals in the third to enter the final term seven points to the good.
Lyndhurst came home with a wet sail in the last quarter, but registered 1.6 for the quarter as Highett held on to win by the barest of margins.
Bentleigh 3.2 (20) vs Endeavour Hills 9.9 (63)
A blistering five-goal opening term has propelled Endeavour Hills to a comfortable victory over Bentleigh at Bentleigh Reserve.
The Falcons were red-hot from the outset, and added another two goals in the second quarter to have the result all but wrapped up by half time.
Alana Cherry and Laura Jonston were in terrific for the winners, combining for five goals, while Brook Hammond and Aleisha Lannigan also impressed.