Division 1 - Round 12 Review
With Good Will Hunter
The remainder of the split round 12 concluded on Saturday and it proved a tipster’s nightmare with several upsets throwing a spanner in the works in the context of the premiership race.
Dingley and Mordialloc playing out one of the games of the season at Souter Oval with the Bloods prevailing by just one point in a thrilling contest to emerge as fair dinkum flag contenders. It was neck-and-neck all day and a tough, physical slog in the tricky conditions. Mordi were at their ‘unsociable’ best around the contest slicker with their ball use on the outside than their opponents, who wasted opportunities in front of goal in the second half. With the Dingoes two points behind, Calhan McQueen had a chance to win the game for the Dingoes with a set shot after the siren from 50m out, but his attempt was touched right on the goal line, handing Mordialloc victory. Nathan Evans was a clear standout for the winners, while Josh Jewell’s efforts in defence were exemplary. Tony Lavars’s drive out of defence was among their highlights for the Dingoes.
St Pauls and East Brighton fought out another classic battle at the Kennel with the home side posting an 11-point victory. The Vampires certainly had an off day, but the Dogs were red hot in the second term, booting six goals to one to lead comfortably at the half. To their credit, East Brighton fought back in the second half through the agency of Hamish Dahl and Andrew Jansen, but it wasn’t enough as the Dogs held on for an upset win. Liam Wilson was instrumental in setting up his side’s triumph with a blistering first half performance, while Pete McEvoy starred at centre half forward in his first outing in St Pauls colours in 2015.
Bentleigh meanwhile celebrated skipper Scott Lawry’s 200th game in fine style, cruising to a commanding 34-point win over St Kilda City at Bentleigh Reserve. The Demons were duly rewarded for putting in a four-quarter effort, snapping a four-match losing streak. After a tight first half, Bentleigh booted five goals to one in the premiership quarter – including three in the first three minutes – to give themselves some breathing space. Spencer Daly was brilliant through the middle for the home side while Barama Blow played his best game for the year, completely shutting out the danger man Aaron Purvis. Aaron Green was the Saints’ best.
The final game was a welcome return to form for the Panthers, who demolished a lacklustre Clayton by 82 points at Dunlop Reserve. After an opening term stalemate, East Malvern streaked clear on the back of a six-goal-to-two second term. But they didn’t stop there; with Liam Voight leading the charge the Panthers went for the jugular and extended their lead at every change. Clays skipper Jayden Gilmour never gave in and was named their best.
Division 2 - Round 12 Review
With Jason Barbin
What a round we had this week, two of the top teams had a few heart-in-mouth moments as the top two kept rolling on.
Four goals from Matthew Gonzalez helped sneak Skye over the line against a courageous Doveton Eagles side on Saturday. The Bombers trailed at quarter time after going goalless but a five-goal second term helped build a comfortable lead. The Eagles weren’t giving up and a four-goal final term nearly got them over the line. Ash Planner and Ben Evans were the best for Skye while Enayte Samadi was Doveton’s most influential player.
Murrumbeena was the Jekyll and Hyde team of the week but it didn’t stop them having a hard fought win against Caulfield. A five-goal-to-none second quarter propelled the Beena to a comfortable 26-point half time lead and the game looked well in control. The Bears came back in the third to reduce the margin to three points. Caulfield hit the front early in the last but Murrumbeena kicked five of the next six goals to get the win. Dean Spanos was instrumental for the victors with five goals.
Keysborough showed just how dominant it can be with a powerful 101-point win over Hampton at the Toolbox. The Hammers struggled to make any impact on the scoreboard, only managing two behinds in the first half while the Borough booted nine goals in a commanding display. Power forward Tyson King was held in what was the only positive for Hampton on a disappointing day for the finals hopefuls. Mathew Collet bagged five goals for the winners.
A sterling performance from Springvale Districts midfielder Peter Heng has helped it get back on the winners list with a 37-point win over Heatherton. The Tonners struggled in the first half, kicking one goal while Springvale bagged five first half goals to open up a comfortable lead. Heatherton improved in the second half but the damage was done as Springvale kicked six more goals to seal the win.
Oakleigh Districts kept its hold on top spot of the ladder thanks to a strong four quarter performance against Highett. Oakleigh got its revenge after losing to the Dogs earlier in the season, banging home 12 first half goals to one to put the game well and truly in doubt for its opponents. Oakleigh was relentless in the second half kicking another seven goals to earn a nice little percentage boost. Aaron Henneman and Khaled Kandakji kicked nine goals between them in the win.
Division 3 - Round 13 Review
With Andrew Paloczi
Moorabbin tumbled from the top of the ladder, falling to fourth place, after a narrow home defeat at the hands of Mount Waverley. The Mountain Lions were grateful to have Luke Galle back in the side after a week off. He booted five goals for them in a nine-point win. The Kangaroos had a strong third term to lead by 11 points at the final change, but could manage only one goal in the last quarter to Mount Waverley’s four. Sean Rickard was selected as the winner’s best player.
Black Rock had a handy percentage-boosting win against Dandenong at MacDonald Reserve. A look at the scores at each change and a final margin of 93 points in the Jets’ favour suggests a stroll in the park for the home side. However, this was one match where the score did not reflect the effort of the defeated team.
The Redlegs played determined football, running hard and tackling strongly, and were unlucky to trail by 29 points at half time. Black Rock was the better side, but was having to work hard. When Cameron Riley goaled nine minutes into the third term he cut Dandenong’s deficit to four goals.
The Jets then started to dominate, taking a 52-point advantage by three quarter time, and blasting eight last quarter goals to one to rub salt in the Redlegs’ wounds. Cooper Ferries kicked three majors for the winners, including a spectacular shot from the boundary line. Brendan Stephenson was named the Jets’ best player, as he was a couple of weeks ago.
At Edinburgh Reserve, Sandown trailed Carrum Patterson Lakes by just 14 points at the long break. This gave its supporters hope of an upset win. Sadly for the Cobras, they failed to register a goal in the second half as the Lions charged to a 60-point victory. Trevor March kicked seven goals for the winners, giving him 14 in his last two games, and was named CPL’s second-best player, behind Chris Barr.
With best on ground Paul Wineberg leading the charge with seven goals, Ashwood was not challenged after quarter time as it charged to an 80-point win over Hallam. Ricky O’Brien added to the Hawks’ pain, booting five goals for the Magpies. The only joy for Hallam was the fact it held a narrow quarter time lead, but thoughts of a surprise win quickly vanished.
After a promising start, South Yarra was overpowered by home side Endeavour Hills. The Falcons had their beaks in front by two points at half time, and were able to contain the Lions to a couple of goals for the rest of the contest. Endeavour Hills’ winning margin was 35 points, but 26 scoring shots to 11 suggests that this could have been considerably more. Ben Graham put through three majors for the Falcons and their best player was Jarryd Burke.