Photo courtesy of Michael Walsh.
ROUND 5 REVIEW
By Will Hunter
Mordialloc 9.13 (67) def by St Pauls 11.9 (75)
Mordialloc’s unbeaten has come to an abrupt and unexpected end, beaten by an effervescent St Pauls in a boil over at Ben Kavanagh.
The Bloods started the match strongly as expected, racing out to an early break. However, some errant kicking for goal and poor turnovers kept the Dogs in the contest, with the host’s half time advantage sitting at 16 points.
But the young pups refused to roll over, and instead showcased their hard running and quick ball movement through the centre that is fast becoming a regular feature of their game. The result was an impressive seven-goal second half that saw them run over the top of the Bloods.
Veteran Brad Gilder was simply superb all afternoon for the visitors, while youngsters Brad Dolan and Frederick Jenkins were also terrific. Up forward, Steve Muller was the beneficiary of their wonderful ball movement and delivery, finishing with four majors.
For Mordi, Tom Curry and Tom McMahon did a power of work around the ground, while James Morris booted four goals.
Bentleigh 6.6 (42) def by Dingley 14.10 (94)
Bentleigh has slumped to its fourth consecutive loss with Dingley victors by a convincing 52 points in the Grand Final Replay at Bentleigh Reserve.
The Dingoes were largely untroubled as they led from go to woah, with their devastating eight-goal second term ensuring their lead at the long break stood at a whopping 51 points. From there the result was merely a fait accompli.
Josh Ellis and Josh Ferguson were both prolific ball-winners, while Cal McQueen was a commanding presence up forward for the Dingoes with five goals.
Matt Troutbeck returned from injury and finished with three of the Demons’ five majors, but it was Sam McGarry and debutant Tom Massey that led the resistance.
East Malvern 14.7 (91) def St Kilda City 10.9 (69)
The Panthers strung together a solid four-quarter performance to defeat a persistent St Kilda City at Dunlop Reserve.
Four goals with the breeze in the opening stanza had East Malvern off to the perfect start, and proceed to hold the Saints at bay en route to a hard-earned 22-point triumph.
Impressive performances from Josh Docherty, Thomas Motlop and Troy Parker, who booted three goals, ensured the visitors were always in the contest, however, they ultimately couldn’t contain East Malvern’s plethora of stars.
Simon Taylor was brilliant both in the ruck and in attack, finishing with four goals, while several other big-name recruits in Ryan Mullett, Luke Duffy and Nathan Henley (three majors) also exerted an influence.
Oakleigh District 17.5 (107) def Port Melbourne Colts 6.12 (48)
Paul Fermanis’ move forward has paid handsome dividends for Oakleigh District, with the veteran playmaker claiming another six-goal haul in his side’s 59-point belting of Port Colts at Princes Highway.
The Oaks were too strong from the outset, booting six goals in the first and third quarters to hammer home their ascendancy. But it was their efficiency in front of the sticks that proved most telling, with the scoreboard at the final change reading 14.2 to 3.11.
While Fermanis stole the show with his bag, Brad Virgona and Ryan Pearson deserve plaudits for their efforts through the midfield.
Lewis Mildenhall and Torren Bonnett were the standouts for the Colts.
Clayton 3.6 (24) def by Cheltenham 18.12 (120)
There has been more pain inflicted on the Clays, this time thrash by Cheltenham to the tune of 96 points at Meade Reserve.
The Rosellas did as they pleased in the first half, booting 11 unanswered goals to put the result largely beyond doubt at the major interval.
Daniel Vaughan and Jack Barclay backed up from last weekend’s interleague match with standout performances, but it was dynamic ruckman Sean McLaren that again claimed best afield honours.
ROUND 6 REVIEW
By Jason Barbin
The Southern Football Netball League was back in action following a glorious week on the Interleague circuit and Division 2 saw the potential from several teams finally realised.
Chelsea Heights 15.19 (109) def East Brighton 9.13 (61)
The Heighters couldn’t be faulted for their excellent performance against the Vampires in this one, with a six-goal third quarter sealing a commanding victory.
Phil Smith put forth his best effort of the season with five snags while stalwart Phil Matheson and Jessie Odell were also impressive.
Chelsea Heights put the pedal to the metal during the first half, piling on seven goals to three to take a 28-point buffer into the half time interval.
Another six goals to one to the Heighters in the third term all but put the nail in the coffin, and although the Vampires were able to outscore their opponent 4.3 to 2.2 in the final term, a 48-point loss was their fate.
Mark Jamieson and Barry Hope were named East Brighton’s best.
Caulfield 14.17 (101) def Heatherton 6.7 (43)
It took six rounds and an interleague bye, but the Bears finally showed that killer instinct in a second half demolition of Heatherton on Saturday.
It may have been against a team struggling at the moment, but it was a positive result for Caulfield, which got strong performances from Tom Heagney and Alex Cables.
The first half was a thoroughly even and entertaining affair with the margin sitting at just one point, Caulfield’s way, at half time.
From there the game changed however, as the Bears slammed home nine goals to just one in the second half to romp away to a 58-point win.
Reagan Maddaford and Callum Cusack were listed as the Tonners’ best.
Mount Waverley 13.9 (87) def Highett 10.12 (72)
The Lions bandwagon is gathering a fair bit of momentum with an impressive 15-point win against the Dogs, who are now in serious trouble.
Andrew Mathers and club legend Jarrod Wilkin were named in the best with Mathers joining four other players with two goals for the winners.
The Lions enjoyed a hot start to the match, leading by 13 points at quarter time, but fell behind during the second term, facing an 18-point deficit at the main break.
An eight-goal third term reversed the result however, as Mount Waverley was able to get back in front by 18 points, before holding in the last term to win by 15.
Yianni Pasialis (four goals) and Tom Brown were the best for Highett.
Murrumbeena 17.16 (118) def Hampton 8.4 (52)
The Beena strung together perhaps their best performance since the 2015 season, which saw them make the grand final, in their resounding 66-point win against the upstart Hammers.
Mitch Walder was dangerous as a target up forward, booting five goals, while midfield gem Jake Semmel was best on ground.
Murrumbeena was in a comfortable position going into the half time break, leading by 22 points after outscoring Hampton seven goals to four.
The margin was blown out during the second half however, as the Beena dashed any hope of a comeback with 10 goals to four to run out big winners.
Luke Hayes and Guy Timms were named Hampton’s best.
Keysborough 13.17 (95) def Springvale Districts 8.8 (56)
Keysborough has moved into second spot on the ladder following a comfortable victory against Springvale Districts.
Geoff Humphreys was in excellent from across the forward half, booting four goals as the Burras’ best on ground performer.
A blistering first half saw Keysborough hold a 29-point lead into the main break, after it outscored Springvale seven goals to three.
The second half was nearly as strong from the victors, outscoring the Districts six goals to five to run out 39-point winners.
Four players finished with two goals for Springvale, with Matt Thompson named the best.
ROUND 5 REVIEW
By Andrew Paloczi
Lyndale 17.12 (114) def Dandenong 2.9 (21)
Matthew Stuart was best on ground in Lyndale’s 93-point win over Dandenong.
Stuart’s two goals matched Dandenong’s output.
Trevor Kumetaitis was prominent for the Pumas with four goals.
Endeavour Hills 16.16 (112) def Black Rock 5.12 (42)
Daniel Morrison failed to earn a mention on Endeavour Hills’ best players list despite a six-goal contribution.
The Falcons swooped on a 70-point win against Black Rock, spoiling the 200th game of veteran Kelly Spratt.
It was a disappointing start for new Jets’ coach Jay Williams. Brent Ward surprisingly departed after just four games at the helm.
Falcon, Chris Webber led the charge for the winner as the game’s best player. His performance included a couple of goals.
South Yarra 9.6 (60) def by Ashwood 16.5 (101)
A blistering start to the third team propelled South Yarra into the lead against Ashwood.
The Yarras booted three quick goals, with a couple of them excellent snaps from Cory Brady and Adam Villella.
Ashwood had led by 10 points at half time, but South Yarra’s attacking approach was now threatening to overwhelm the Magpies.
This provided a chance to assess how Ashwood would deal with pressure and it responded emphatically.
A couple of majors from Ricky O’Brien put the Maggies back in front.
Another to Shane Peake helped Ashwood break even for the quarter.
A shot on the run by Cameron Riley extended the Magpies’ lead early in the final term.
Brodie Howe responded for South Yarra and a close finish seemed likely.
That failed to transpire.
When Peake goaled again from close range it opened the floodgates and Ashwood ran away to a 41-point win.
Jake Chapman was Ashwood’s best. He featured in a brilliant passage of play late in the match.
Chapman handballed to Mitch Saunders, before receiving a return pass and drilling the goal on the run.
Peake topped the winner’s goal kicking list with four.
Hallam 30.17 (197) def Sandown 5.2 (32)
Rob Mackay booted eight Hallam goals in a best on ground performance.
The Hawks destroyed Sandown by 165 points after the Cobras managed a dismal one goal by three quarter time.
Lyndhurst 13.7 (85) def Moorabbin 4.5 (29)
Lyndhurst’s Hamish Browning outscored his team’s opponent Moorabbin.
He put through five of Lightning’s goals, whilst the Kangaroos managed four in total.
Lyndhurst was in charge all day, prevailing by 56 points.
Jesse Walia is enjoying a consistent season for Lightning and has featured in the best players each week.
On this occasion he topped the list.
Sadly for Moorabbin, Justin Berry went down with a knee injury.
The 5th Quarter program reported he appears to have damaged his ACL.
Carrum Patterson Lakes 15.7 (97) def by Doveton Eagles 19.13 (127)
Whilst CPL was not able to give Doveton a scare, the Lions continued to demonstrate improvement since last season.
The Eagles won by 30 points with Sean Paynter and Cory Wilson providing four goals each.
David Lever was the winner’s best.
There was plenty for the defeated CPL to be positive about.
Jarrad Kennedy managed a bag of six goals as he did in Round 3.
Nick Gage also impressed to be named CPL’s best.
ROUND 5 REVIEW
By Britt Goldsmith
After a week off due to the Interleague weekend, the Under 19s eagerly returned to the field. Dingley and Oakleigh remain undefeated, divided by percentage at the top of the ladder, and Bentleigh and Doveton still seek their first four points of the season.
Hampton 5.6 (36) def by Cheltenham 13.24 (102)
Cheltenham have continued to prove themselves as a genuine competitor in the division, with a confidence boosting 66-point defeat over Hampton at the Peterson Street Reserve.
Tom Worrel was Cheltenham’s best, followed closely by Oliver Riley and Alex Molyneux. James Wilkinson was best for a deflated Hampton, who endured their third consecutive loss for the season. For Cheltenham, the winning margin could have been larger, scoring 24 behinds.
Oakleigh District 6.4-40 def Skye 3.4 (22)
Second-placed Oakleigh District remain undefeated after an 18-point win against Skye at Princes Highway Reserve.
The match was unfortunately stopped in the third quarter following an injury to an Oakleigh player that resulted in an ambulance being called to the ground. The Oaks, who were in front at the time, were subsequently awarded the points.
Craig Dawson was the best on ground for Skye, alongside Brett Dawson who kicked two goals.
Parkmore / Springvale Districts 15.16 (106) def Doveton Eagles 1.1 (7)
Doveton suffered a huge loss at the hands of a determined Parkmore / Springvale Districts, going down by 99 points at Springvale Reserve.
Robert Lega Frost, who came off a successful game at the Interleague weekend, delivered a best on ground performance for the winners, and Jordan Waite and Jack Lewis-Smith both scored four goals each.
Doveton were kept scoreless until after the half time break, where Adam Lane kicked a goal to breathe some life into the trailing side. Nonetheless, Parkmore / Springvale Districts showed no signs of slowing down, piling on ten goals in the last half, and claiming their third win of the season.
Endeavour Hills 9.7 (61) def by St Pauls 12.6 (78)
Endeavour Hills fell short to St Pauls, going down by 17 points in a competitive match at Singleton Reserve. St Pauls got off to a rocky start, trailing by 13 points in the first term, but Endeavour Hills were unable to back their lead up in the second when St Pauls came out firing with four unanswered goals.
Thomas Gamble starred for St Pauls, and Saxon Van Oursouw was pivotal booting four goals. Alex Doran was the one to watch for Endeavour Hills.
Despite Endeavour Hills doing well to turn their game around at half time, it was too little too late as St Pauls’ consistency across all quarters earned them the four points.
Bentleigh 4.4 (28) def by Dingley 11.14 (80)
The Dingoes carried on their winning streak against Bentleigh, defeating the home side by 52 points at Bentleigh Reserve.
The game got off to an even start with only one point separating the teams at quarter time, and a win so great for the Dingoes was hard to imagine. However, Bentleigh’s lack of consistency let them down as they only scored in the first and third terms, with a dominant Dingley outfit firing throughout the game.
Samuel Ozaydin was the best for Bentleigh, alongside Matthew Vorbach who kicked three goals. Defender Luke Simmonds led a superb team effort from Dingley, including an 11-goal spread across seven players. Nick Lloyd, who was awarded BOG in the Interleague game, was also named among the standouts for Dingley.
Hallam 4.12 (36) def by St Kilda City 6.9 (45)
In the closest game of the round, St Kilda City beat Hallam by a narrow nine points at Hallam Reserve. Aaron Tenenbaum lead the charge for a ready St Kilda City, who shook the home side and led 26-2 at quarter time.
Hallam were awoken after the first break and retaliated with two goals to City’s one point, however failed to ever reach the lead as City were able to hang on throughout the game, with Emmanuel Awu and Tenenbaum both kicking two goals each.