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Division 1 – Round 12 Review

With Good Will Hunter



They say a week is a long time in footy. And three weeks must seem like an eon ago for the Clayton Football Club.

Rewind back to Round 9. The Clays had just lost a thriller to Cheltenham, the match ending in a cloud of controversy and their season was teetering on the brink of ruin.

But it looked like a completely different Clayton outfit on Saturday as a six-goal masterclass from coach Nick Scanlon underpinned a 20.8 (128) to 14.13 (97) win over Oakleigh District – their third in succession – to reignite their finals aspirations.

The boisterous crowd on hand at Meade Reserve were treated to an entertaining shootout between the two local rivals, with the home side also claiming the inaugural Monash Children’s Hospital Community Cup.

The Clays played inspired footy early, dominating possession through the midfield with Chris Morrison and the tenacious Dean Scanlon especially prolific.

By half time Clayton had held the visitors to just three goals, and were sitting pretty with a 48-point advantage.

But this turned out to be a game of two halves. Staring down the barrel of a heavy defeat, Paul Fermanis and Andy Howison imposed themselves on the contest in the second half to help the Oaks off the canvas and hit the scoreboard with increasing regularity.

Oakleigh flew home with seven goals in the final term to get back within 24 points before Clayton steadied to close out 31-point winners.

Coach Scanlon was the clear standout for the winners with his scoreboard impact and aerial prowess, particularly in the first half, while Dave Velardo finished with five goals for the visitors.

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Elsewhere, Mordialloc emerged from the Zoo with the four points and third spot on the ladder after defeating a depleted East Malvern outfit 9.8 (62) to 4.8 (32).

The Panthers lost Michael Naughton early on with a serious facial injury before Nathan Robinson left the ground after a heavy knock to the head minutes into the second half, leaving them down on rotations for the rest of the match.

However, the Bloods were again harder at the contest and more polished with their ball use, which ultimately proved the difference.

The two ruckmen, Mordi’s Rowan Andrews and East Malvern’s Matt Terech fought out an incredible duel in the air all afternoon, and were the two most influential players on the ground.

For the winners, Simon Fragiacomo and Chris Brooking found plenty of the footy, while Panther Mark Ryan continued his return to form.



Meanwhile, a dominant first half has set Dingley up for a commanding 17.7 (109) to 9.7 (61) victory over Cheltenham at Jack Barker Oval.

The Dingoes ran rampant in the first half, sending 10 over the goal umpire’s hat to advance to an insurmountable 45-point buffer at the long break.

But, just as things threatened to get ugly for they Rosellas, they lifted their intensity in the second half and held their own against the raging premiership favourites to prevent an almighty blowout.

Dingley’s Calhan McQueen bested his side’s 11 single goal scorers with six in a dynamic best afield performance. Josh Ferguson and Chris Horton-Milne also provided significant propulsion through the midfield for the winners.

For the home side, Chris Neophitou played an absolute blinder, finishing with six goals playing out of the centre.



A dominant final term saw Bentleigh account for a plucky St Kilda City at the Peanut Farm, winning 13.9 (87) to 9.9 (63).

The Demons couldn’t shake the Saints for most of the afternoon, with no more than a goal separating the sides at each of the breaks, but they put their foot down with seven goals in the last quarter to get the chocolates.

Sam McGarry (three goals) and Ryan Murphy were also conspicuous, but it was James Robertson that dazzled in a best afield display that included two majors.

Daniel Ella kept the Saints in the contest for most of the day, while up forward Dylan Sloan slotted four goals.



The final game saw St Pauls claim the annual Foundation 49 cup with an emphatic 20.14 (134) to 6.5 (41) victory over East Brighton at the Kennel.

The Vampires were never in the contest as eight goals from the mercurial Callum Cathcart helped St Pauls solidify its position in the top five with a much-needed percentage boost.

Jarryd Allan and Nick Shannon also got amongst the goals with four each and Jay Ting was also a vital contributor.

The usual suspects in Mark Jamieson, Tom Jessup and Barry Hope were again East Brighton’s best.



Division 2 –Round 14 Review

With Jason Barbin



How far the mighty have fallen; Round 14 was a weekend full of upsets with plenty of highlights in between.


SKYE 10.12 (72) def by HEATHERTON 10.15 (75)

Finally, the Tonners are back on the winners list and they did it in inspiring fashion, overcoming a 16-point deficit at the final change and storming home with five goals to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Matt Van Schajik and Clint Einsiedel bagged three majors each for Heatherton while Matt Jamieson was named best on ground.

Skye looked to have game in control when it raced away to a 14-point half time lead but the Tonners made the most of their opportunities when it counted in the final quarter to create some breathing room on the lower end of the ladder.

The Bombers also had an after-the-siren shot for goal that would have secured them victory, but the kick fell agonisingly short, compounding the home side’s heartache.

This is a disappointing result for Skye who squandered a chance to remain a game clear in fourth spot on the ladder.


MURRUMBEENA 14.7 (91) def CAULFIELD 11.16 (82)

Caulfield is another team to squander a chance at solidifying its spot on the ladder but take no credit away from Murrumbeena, it truly deserved this win.

Darcy Hargrave was in sensational form while Josh Smith and Eduardo Espinosa each kicked three goals as the Beena stormed away to a 29-point lead at the first change.

The Bears were able to reel them back in during a rampaging third term, cutting the lead down to six points but Murrumbeena held firm in the last quarter to secure its seventh win for the season while moving into sixth spot on the ladder.



The Districts have more or less secured their spot in division two for another season with the defeat of the Rockers, likely condemning them to relegation next season.

Matt Thompson was lively up forward and bagged five goals for the match while Todd Wills put together one of his best performances of the season to finish best on ground.

Both sides put on a display of highly accurate kicking in the first half, but it was Springvale going into the main break with an 11-point lead after kicking six straight goals while Black Rock managed 4.1.

The two sides remained even during the third term before the Districts stormed home in the last quarter, holding the Rockers scoreless while booting 5.1 themselves.


HIGHETT 18.12 (120) def HAMPTON 9.9 (63)

Highett moved back into fourth spot with a resounding 57-point victory against Hampton with forward Chad Ryan providing the spark.

Ryan finished the match with six majors with eight other players finished with goals for the Dogs while Charles Kinsey was awarded best on ground honours for his efforts.

Six goals in the opening quarter saw Highett take control of the game from the outset and it never relented, pulling away to a 32-point half time lead.

The Hammers never had an answer for their much more fancied opponent and the Dogs piled on another eight goals to five in the second half to secure the win.


KEYSBOROUGH 5.6 (36) def by PORT MELBOURNE COLTS 20.8 (128)

The Colts juggernaut continues to roll, this time at the expense of the Burra who likely saw any chance of a second consecutive finals appearance in the Southern Football Netball League vanish.

Jason Butty continued his recent resurgence with another five goals while Steven Mcanulty and Lewis Mildenhall were dominant in their performances.

Port Melbourne was under pressure for the majority of the first half with a gallant Keysborough side only trailing by 15 points with the slight sniff of an upset.

That sniff was extinguished with a supreme premiership quarter from the Colts, who booted eight goals to two, stretching the lead to 50 points before finishing with seven goals in the final term to earn win number 14.



Division 3 – Round 13 Review

With Andrew Paloczi



DOVETON EAGLES 14.7 (91) def ENDEAVOUR HILLS 8.11 (59)

It was a welcome break from chilling winter winds as players and spectators were treated to a pleasant and still day at Power Reserve.

Doveton goaled in the first minute and continued to attack throughout the quarter.

On the rare occasions Endeavour Hills got the ball into its forward line, efficient teamwork in defence enabled the Eagles to clear with ease.

The Eagles led by 20 points at quarter time after keeping the Falcons scoreless.

In the early stages of the second term, Falcon Tui Craik combined effectively with teammates to clear the ball from the backline on a couple of occasions.

Endeavour Hills began applying pressure in attack.

The Falcons were rewarded with a four-point half time advantage.

Adam Read registered the Eagles’ only score for the second quarter when he skilfully stepped around a defender and goaled.

Doveton dominated the third term, taking a 26-point three quarter time lead, and increased this to 32 by the final siren.

Read kicked six goals for the winner, and was named in the Eagles’ best, behind Brett Hidgcock.

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Photos from Saturday's Doveton Eagles V Endeavour Hills match can be purchased here thanks to Memento Sports.


ASHWOOD 15.11 (101) def CARRUM PATTERSON LAKES 7.7 (49)

Mitch Saunders scored three goals and was named Ashwood’s best in a 52-point victory over Carrum Patterson Lakes.

Paul Wineberg was another prominent target for the Magpies, also kicking three majors in the win.

CPL was just nine points down at the main break, but the gulf in ability between the teams was exposed in the second half as Ashwood added 11 goals to four.


LYNDHURST 7.21 (63) def SANDOWN 7.5 (47)

Adam Horton was Lyndhurst’s only multiple goal scorer with two as his side squandered numerous opportunities to dispatch Sandown.

At three quarter time the scores were tied, but the Cobras were 7.5, compared to Lightning’s 5.17.

Fortunately for Lyndhurst, Sandown was scoreless in the last term and Lightning won by 16 points, despite kicking the same number of goals for the match as its opponent.

Jason Twite was the winner’s best.


LYNDALE 15.9 (99) def HALLAM 7.11 (53)

Lyndale snatched fifth place on the ladder with a strong performance against Hallam.

Dale Tormey starred for the Pumas, kicking four goals and being named the winner’s best.

The Hawks dropped to sixth spot.

The Pumas are only in the five on percentage. Trevor Kumetaitis took his season tally to 50 goals, booting five majors for the winner.

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Photos from Saturday's Lyndale V Hallam match can be purchased here thanks to Memento Sports.


MOUNT WAVERLEY 34.18 (222) def DANDENONG 2.6 (18)

Luke Galle took the field for Mount Waverley less than a week after losing his mother Michele to cancer.

The club paid tribute to her online, and his teammates did the same on the field, crushing Dandenong by 204 points.

James Gough booted seven majors, with Ian Taylor and Matt Parrella kicking five each.

Galle was one of a couple of Mount Waverley players with three majors and Michael Keem was best on the ground for the unbeaten premiership favourite.


MOORABBIN 10.13 (73) def by SOUTH YARRA 16.9 (105)

With five goals each from Shaheen Merchant and Cory Brady, South Yarra defeated Moorabbin by 32 points.

Tom Rogers was the Lions’ best.

The Kangaroos were competitive, winning the third term, but it was a game South Yarra couldn’t afford to lose.

The win keeps it in the hunt for a finals spot.


Under 19 – Round 12 Review

With Alex Charles


Round 12 brought some interesting numbers to the table. There were some indifferent results, statistics and St Pauls were the side unfortunate enough to miss all of the week’s action.

Highett and Carrum Patterson Lakes’ closely fought clash was a highlight of last week’s round. However, this week both clubs were dismantled by their opponents. Highett were defeated by 206 points against Hampton while Carrum also struggled and were badly beaten by 226 points against Oakleigh District.

The margins are alarming but it is also important to note that Hampton had 56 scoring shots to Oakleigh’s 60. Had both sides been more accurate, the results could have been a little bit worse. On a positive note for both clubs, they are still managing to score despite the lack of senior players to choose from.

The league has been much closer these season and the signs of progression in competitiveness between teams has been noticeable over the past few seasons. Nevertheless, the gap between the top and bottom sides still remains and will likely never be eradicated, but there will hopefully be more initiatives created by the league to reduce the margin between teams.

The upset of the round occurred between St Kilda and Endeavour Hills. The Falcons grabbed the biggest one of their debut season by only two points thanks to a strong contested effort during the last quarter. Neither side had a player with multiple goals and this was due to an intense battle all across the field. Every disposal was earned and it is clear the Falcons are beginning to settle into the competition, while St Kilda City are in need of a form adjustment heading into finals.

Hallam grabbed another victory to edge closer to the top sides of the league. The Hawks overcame a tight first half to ultimately defeat East Brighton-Bentleigh by 66 points. Hallam’s Mitchell Dyer managed four majors and had strong support from the Wood brothers as Mitchell and Hayden both grabbed three goals apiece. These combinations are becoming more noticeable and despite the efforts of the Vampires to stay in the game, Hallam proved too strong as they push towards a top four position.

Lastly, Cheltenham faced the difficult challenge of playing Dingley. The Dingoes are known for being a top side in this competition and although the majority of their talent from previous seasons has moved into the senior ranks, they are still capable of surprising a few sides. Cheltenham booted eight goals while keeping Dingley scoreless during the third term to ensure a comfortable 79-point victory.

Ultimately, despite concerns over some of the results on the weekend – the league is in an interesting position. The top six sides are separated by three wins as the finals race continues to heat up!

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