Division 2 – Round Three Review

Chelsea Heights returned to the winners list in style, a dominant second half seeing the home side run away with the contest over Hampton Park. The Redbacks entered the clash in good form and looked the better side in the opening stages before the Demons got the game back on their terms in the second stanza. With just two points separating the sides at the long break it was anyone's game but a five goal third quarter by the Demons saw them break the Redbacks resistance. The final siren sounding with the home side notching up a well earnt victory, 14.10-94 to 8.13-61. The Heighters potent forward line was on display once again with five players hitting the scoreboard twice, while Gary Carpenter and Tim Robbins were solid contributors all game.  

The Bears are finally on the board after they broke through for their first win of the season over Murrumbeena. Coming off two narrow losses, Caulfield were hungry for a win and it showed in a powerful display. After a solid opening quarter, the Bears really upped the ante kicking 15 goals in a 45 minute blitz that had their fan base rocking. The final score a crucial percentage booster for the home side, 22.21-153 to 4.4-28. Chris Smith had a day out up forward with eight goals and Matthew Brown dominated all day with his three goals the cherry on top. It was a rough old afternoon for Beena but Wade King has been a warrior all season and Will Kelly booted all four of his team’s goals. 

Heatherton broke through for their first win of the season, the home side edging out Hampton in an exciting game of footy at Ross Street Reserve. Both sides entered the clash winless but it was the home side who got things rolling early with four goals to one in the first quarter. The Hammers hit back in the second and third terms, cutting the margin back to a kick with an exciting twenty minutes to follow. But the Tunners were able to hold on, doing just enough to sing the song for the first time in 2021. The final score 10.9-69 to 7.15-57. Mark Stevens was key to the win with a best on ground performance with five goals and David Velardo was good once again. The Hammers will rue the missed opportunity and will be kicking themselves after spraying plenty of chances in front of goal. Big man Guy Timms put in his best performance of the season. 

Keysborough were too good for East Brighton in their clash at Rowelly Allen Reserve, the home side’s third quarter powering them to a comfortable win 8.9-57 to 4.14-38. With two quality sides facing off it was a tightly contested first half, the margin rarely ever straying into double digits. That was until the Burras flicked the switch, cracking the game open after half time with a burst of four goals. It proved to be the difference with both sides finding the big sticks just once each in the final term. Brandon Mather and Matt Beer were vital in the win and Matt Carnelley was in the thick of things again with four goals. It’s the Vampires first loss for the year but there’s still plenty of upside here. They were particularly wasteful in front of goal and if they can clean this up it’ll go a long way to bridging the gap between them and the top sides. 

Home or away Springvale Districts continue to take all before them, the Demons this time proving far too good for Skye at Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve. The Bombers entered the clash sky high with two wins on the board but found themselves in free fall early as the visitors dominated. A strong performance by the Demons had the game well and truly stitched up by the final huddle. The Bombers battled hard all day but were simply no match for the class of Springy who notched up a professional win 12.11-83 to 2.6-18. Mark Griffiths was superb for Springvale and capped off his game with a goal, while Ben Stacey produced his best performance to date.

By Lincoln Edmunds

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