By Lincoln Edmunds
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ROUND 10 REVIEW
Lyndale 14.8 (92) def Dandenong 6.4 (40)
Lyndale have made it three wins in a row, shaking off a resilient Dandenong outfit to win by 52 points on home turf. The victory was set up in the first half, with the Pumas slotting 12 goals to take a comfortable lead with two quarters left to add to their tally.
But neither side could muster a single point, let alone goal, in the third quarter in what would best be described as a real battle of attrition. The last term continued to be a scrappy affair, with the home side adding the only two goals from either side in the second half.
The usual suspects were dominant again for the Pumas with Trent Day, Moses Faaola and Trevor Kumetaitis combing for 11 goals. Jayden Macdonald was also prominent and found plenty of the football.
The Redlegs were gallant in defeat and showed plenty of heart following their breakthrough victory last weekend. Robert Witt was the only multiple goal scorer with two snags, while James Davis made an impact with ball in hand.
Sandown 5.7 (37) def by Carrum Patterson Lakes 17.16 (118)
The Lions have bounced back onto the winners list, out classing the Cobras by 81 points at Edinburgh Reserve. Coming off their first loss last weekend, the Lions came out fired up and piled on 47 points by the time the quarter time siren blew.
They continued on their merry way in the second term to lead at the main change by nine goals with a percentage booster looming. However the game tightened up in the third quarter with only two goals scored in an uninspiring spectacle.
The last phase of the game followed a fairly routine script with the Lions class and composure proving too much for the plucky Cobras. However inaccuracy in front of goal would be one area of their game the Lions would be keen to clean up.
Brenton Rafferty, Alex Wilson and Toby Darma all booted three goals apiece for the visitors, while Mitchell Davis was damaging with the pill.
For the Cobras, it was always going to be a difficult assignment against the rebounding Lions, but they stuck to the task all day and made them work for the victory at various stages. The Robinson’s were the best for the home side, with Michael kicking two goals and Brendan putting in a solid day at the office.
Frankston Dolphins 4.7 (31) def by Lyndhurst 6.6 (42)
Lyndhurst has ground out a hard fought 11 point victory over Frankston in a low scoring tussle at Overport Park. Coming off a shock loss to Cerberus last weekend, the Dolphins were keen to bounce back on their home patch against a resurgent Lightning outfit.
But the first term did not go to plan with the Dolphins held goalless, as the Lightning’s first class defence once again put in an impressive performance. Whilst the defenders were in fine form, the same could not be said of the forwards who wasted several opportunities to end the quarter with a return of 2.4.
The resumption of play saw the Dolphins lift considerably as they started to get first use of the ball. The increase in effort was rewarded with two goals, however they too blew some chances in front of the big sticks.
The Lightning only had one score for the quarter but crucially made sure that it was a six pointer, enough to see them take a slim five point lead at the half.
With the whips starting to crack, the Lightning powered to another level in the third quarter and remarkably held the home side scoreless while adding two goals themselves.
Requiring four goals in a 20 minute period against the best defence in the competition would be a tough task for the Dolphins and so it proved. The home side winning the quarter with two goals to one, but going down in the overall result.
Hamish Browning was the standout player on the ground for the Lightning, booting four of the team’s six majors.
Moorabbin Kangaroos 7.10 (52) def by Cerberus 13.10 (88)
Moorabbin’s finals hopes have taken a big blow, going down by 36 points to Cerberus in a disappointing display at Widdop Crescent Reserve. Needing a win to stay in contention with the top four, the Kangaroos dished up a lacklustre performance in front of their home crowd.
Cerberus controlled the game right from the first bounce, taking the lead at quarter time and never looking back since. The Roos barely gave a yelp as the Dogs extended their lead at every break in a consistent four quarter performance.
The Kangaroos have been incredibly poor in recent times, losing three very winnable games on the trot with finals now looking a mile off.
But as second-rate as the Kangas were, the three headed Dogs were very impressive and have now put together two notable wins in a row. Michael Schwarz was dominant with three majors, while Jeremy Cross has made an impact since coming in.
The Dogs will head into next week’s showdown against the Pumas full of confidence knowing that a win would see them jump into the top four.