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ROUND 11 REVIEW
Dandenong 15.10 (100) def Sandown 11.7 (73)
Before last month Dandenong had not won a game of football for close to two years. Now they have triumphed in two of their past three, following an excellent 27-point victory over Sandown on home turf.
Plenty of intrigue surrounded how Dandenong would cope with the pressures of entering the match as warm favourites for the first time in a long time. But the first term was an evenly matched contest, with both sides trading goal for goal in a fast start.
It was the visitors who took the lead into the quarter time break, with accurate kicking ensuring they kept their noses in front by one straight kick.
After the short interval, the Redlegs started to get into a groove and were able to create plenty of scoring opportunities to put six goals on the board for the term.
Falling more than four goals behind on enemy territory left plenty of hard work for the Cobras, but they got their hands dirty and toiled hard after the main change.
In a quarter where 10 goals were shared between the sides, Sandown were able to kick a few vital majors to trim the margin to 13 points with one quarter of footy to go.
But having experienced the sweet taste of victory only two weeks prior, the Redlegs once again found the appetite for success to run out convincing 27-point winners.
Jayke Hopkins was exceptional for the home side once again with a worthy best on ground performance that included four goals. Cameron Riley and Josh Cole were also busy.
Lyndhurst 12.1 (73) def Moorabbin 2.5 (17)
Lyndhurst have clocked up their ninth victory in a row with a commanding 56 point victory over a Moorabbin side that is in a world of hurt.
It was tumultuous week for the Kangaroos off the field with head Coach David Velt dumped by the club after recent underwhelming performances.
New Coach Michael Perry, stepping up from leading the reserves, was immediately thrown to the wolves coming up against the ladder leaders on their home turf.
It was always going to be a tough task to fix a broken club in such a short turnaround and the Roos never looked likely against the powerful Lightning.
In a dominant display Lyndhurst didn’t know how to miss, kicking 12 majors from 13 scoring shots to make sure they ran out healthy winners.
It was a fairly predictable script for the majority of the day with the Lightning’s defence once again restricting their opponents to a low score, while their forwards were efficient up front.
Hamish Browning continues to dominant as the team’s spearhead, booting five goals to take him to joint leading goal kicker in the competition with 32 majors.
The Kangas were competitive at various stages of the game and didn’t get wiped off the park, but their lack of class was evident as the day went on.
Coach Perry has a big task on his hands if he is turn his clubs fortunes around in the remaining seven weeks.
Cerberus 7.11 (53) def Lyndale 4.3 (27)
Cerberus have completed the double over Lyndale, beating them on both occasions this season after a comprehensive last term saw them run away with a 26 point victory at McAuliffe Oval.
With a top four spot on the line for both clubs there was plenty to play for and this was reflected in a bruising first quarter of footy.
Neither side was able to break away in a low-scoring tussle that carried on for the majority of the day.
After two terms of football a combined total of five goals had been kicked between the two teams, as the game cried out for one side to take the contest by the scruff of the neck.
However the third quarter drew the biggest stalemate of all, as both sides failed to find the big sticks in a goalless quarter.
Having gradually added to their margin all day, the Dogs only needed to withstand 20 more minutes to secure a place in the top four.
But they did more than survive, slotting four goals in the term to run away from the Pumas to record their most important win for the club this season.
Christopher Madson was busy for the home side, while James Demby and Michael Schwarz slotted two goals each.
For the Pumas the loss hurts, but their season is far from over with seven weeks to make amends. Jayden MacDonald was the best for the visitors.
Carrum Patterson Lakes 12.8 (80) def Frankston Dolphins 7.6 (48)
Carrum Patterson Lakes continue to impress as one of the premier sides in the competition, easily accounting for Frankston by 32 points on their home patch at Roy Dore Reserve.
It was a fairly even contest in the first term with the Dolphins determined to turn their form around after a poor couple of weeks.
But the Lions put the foot down after the restart in the second term, booting four goals to one to take a handy buffer of 20 points at the main change.
The Dolphins never recovered from there as CPL continued to run away with the game after the break.
Frankston gave it their all but the Lions were just a cut above and eventually their class shone through on route to a five goal victory.
CPL shared the goals around with eight individual goal kickers with Anthony Caruso finishing with three majors to his name.
Aaron Guy played a big role in the win, while Douglas Watterson kicked two goals after coming up from the reserves.
Luke Ambler was the best for the Dolphins in what has been the most challenging period in their short history so far.