By Jason Barbin
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ROUND 8 REVIEW
Highett created the biggest upset of Division 2 on the weekend, defeating Keysborough in stunning fashion to record its fifth win of the season.
Highett 9.10 (64) def Keysborough 6.7 (43)
A superb second half performance from Highett has helped it stun Keysborough on its home deck to the tune of 21 points.
The Dogs trailed the hosts by 17 points at the half time break but contained the Burra to just one major in the second half, while booting seven of their own to register the win.
Yianni Pasialis was the difference maker for Highett, named its best in the win, while Kyle Hendy and Nathan Scott put together impressive performances.
Keysborough seemed to have control of the match during the first half, booting five goals to just two from Highett, to take a 17-point buffer into the main break.
The Dogs turned the tide after half time however, slamming home four goals to zero in the premiership quarter to take the lead, before finishing with three goals in the final term.
Cory Hargreaves and James Anwyl were named the Burra’s best.
Murrumbeena 14.12 (96) def Skye 6.10 (46)
A dominant second half from Murrumbeena has propelled it to a comfortable 50-point victory against Skye on the road.
The visitors led by just 18 points at the half time interval, but slammed home nine goals to four to come away with the win.
Mark Marasco and Alaster Bradley combined for seven goals in the win, while Eduardo Espinosa was named best afield alongside Nathan MacDonald and Harley Turkington.
Murrumbeena started in solid fashion, booting five goals in the first half, but Skye was able to hang around with two goals and an 18-point deficit.
The Beena were able to pull away in the second half however, piling on five goals in the third term to extend the lead to 31 points, before finishing with a four-goal final term and a 50-point triumph.
Michael Kelly and Tyler Cabansag (two goals) were the Bombers’ best.
Doveton Eagles 23.23 (161) def Mount Waverley 12.6 (78)
The Eagles were back to their destructive best on Saturday, easily accounting for the Lions with an 83-point victory on the road.
Best on ground Ricky Johnson led six multiple goal kickers with five majors in the win, while Peter Dye finished with four and Michael Callinan and Darryl Thomas impressed.
A seven-goal to one behind just about shut the door on a Mount Waverley upset in the first term, and while the Lions trimmed the margin to 45 points at half time, a comeback was dashed quickly in the third.
The two teams entered a shootout after half time, with Doveton piling on seven goals to six in the third, before finishing with another six to cruise to victory.
Alex Mullucks produced his best scoring output of the season to be Mount Waverley’s best with six goals.
Caulfield 16.16 (112) def Clayton 5.2 (32)
Caulfield has cruised to its fifth win of the season, comfortably defeating Clayton by 80 points at Meade Reserve.
James Backway and Jake Buggy combined for eight goals in the win, while Joel Grimmond and Tom Kenny were named the Bears’ best.
The Bears took control of the game right from the outset and set about with a strong first half, scoring seven goals – albeit from 16 scoring shots – to lead by 38 points at half time.
Caulfield’s accuracy improved marginally throughout the remainder of the game, finishing their chances to boot nine goals from 16 shots and come away with the percentage-boosting win.
Matthew Wilson was named Clayton’s best with Jack Coutts booting two goals.
Hampton 12.2 (74) def East Brighton 9.10 (64)
An accurate display of goal kicking was a catalyst behind Hampton’s second straight victory, defeating East Brighton by 10 points.
The Hammers climbed back into finals contention following a display that saw them kick 9.1 after quarter time, while the Vampires inaccuracy proved costly.
Tom Burley booted four goals to lead Hampton in the win, while Jake Timms and Mark Devereaux were impressive with their efforts.
In a thrilling affair, both sides booted three goals in the opening term for a three-point East Brighton lead, but Hampton booted 4.1 to 2.2 in the second to go ahead by eight at half time.
Accurate kicking continued to pave the way for the Hammers in the second half, as they booted five goals to 4.4 to come away with a 10-point triumph.
Kai Love-Linay and Mark Jamieson were named East Brighton’s best.