Listen to the podcast of Sunday's The 5th Quarter, featuring 2017 SFNL Hall of Fame inductee Emrys Lloyd-Griffiths as the special in-studio guest, in the player above.
ROUND 7 REVIEW
By Will Hunter
Several stunning boilovers in Round 7 further highlighted the remarkable evenness of the Division 1 competition in 2017.
East Malvern 7.7 (49) def by Dingley 11.16 (82)
The Match of the Round between Division 1 heavyweights East Malvern and Dingley was far from an attractive spectacle, but was no less an absorbing contest as the Dingoes took the spoils in a hard-fought arm-wrestle at the Zoo.
The Panthers endeavoured to lock the ball in at every opportunity and create congestion at every stoppage, which became an increasingly regular feature of the game. As a result, Dingley were unable to showcase their trademark outside run, and for three quarters, the match was a war of attrition.
Little separated the two teams during this period, however, the visitors have only themselves to blame as missed opportunities in the opening stanza (1.6) prohibited them from creating a handy advantage.
But despite three players sitting on the pine nursing injuries, including key playmaker Lucas Walmsley, the brave Dingoes broke the shackles in the final term, piling on five goals to run away with the game.
Ultimately, the final 33-point margin wasn’t an accurate reflection of the tightness of the contest for the overwhelming majority of the afternoon.
Matt Morwood was simply sensational down back for the winners, racking up plenty of touches on the rebound, while Troy Mackenzie battled manfully in the ruck. Walmsley was also sensation for three quarters in nullifying the influence if star Panther Ryan Mullett.
For the Panthers, Nathan Henley starred up forward with four goals and Jimmy Dowling was prolific through the midfield.
[caption id="attachment_15096" align="aligncenter" width="284"]
Dingo Robbie Rusan climbs high over Panther Ryan Mullett to reel in a screamer.[/caption]
Mordialloc 8.9 (57) def by Cheltenham 10.10 (70)
The Rosellas have come from behind to upset ladder leaders Mordialloc at Ben Kavanagh Reserve and record one of their finest victories in recent seasons.
Although they trailed at every change, and by as much as 22 points at the long break, Cheltenham were never really out of the contest. In fact, it was their largely inefficiency that contributed to the scoreboard discrepancy.
The visitors capitalised on Mordialloc’s complacency and pegged back the deficit slightly in the third quarter, but they saved their best for the last. They ruthlessly exposed Mordi’s lack of pace in the final term, booting 5.0 to run over the top of the hosts.
Will McTaggart and Daniel Vaughan both won plenty of ball for the winners, while up forward Will Edmonds shone with four majors.
Danny Nicholls and Todd Bastion flew the flag for the vanquished Bloods.
Oakleigh District 6.9 (45) def by Bentleigh 13.11 (89)
Bentleigh have put a turbulent fortnight behind them to record an inspiring victory over the fancied Oakleigh District at Princes Highway Reserve.
The Demons hammered through five unanswered goals in the opening term to silence the shell-shocked home crowd and break away to a 37-point lead at the major interval.
It proved to be a decisive advantage, and with Bentleigh stars Kayne O’Brien, Jackson Meredith and Scott Lawry in good touch the Oaks were denied the opportunity to bridge the gap.
Luke Casey and Andy Howison led the resistance for Oakleigh District.
St Pauls 11.14 (80) def St Kilda City 8.6 (54)
The Dogs have overtaken Mordialloc into pole position on the ladder after outclassing St Kilda City at the Kennel.
It was a tough battle for much of the first half before a three-goal-to-nil third term had St Pauls’ advantage increased to a match-defining 30 points at the final change.
The game opened up in the last quarter and the Saints, to their credit, had a red-hot crack, booting six goals for the term. However, it wasn’t enough to sway the result.
In a game that was largely defined by the strength of the defensive structures, young St Pauls backman Will Clarke proved the clear standout. Carl Herbstreit also impressed, while spearhead Steve Muller continued his stellar season in front of the sticks, booting four majors
Harry Czarnecki, Jack Williams and Jackson Vargas (two goals) were St Kilda City’s best.
Clayton 4.6 (30) def by Port Melbourne Colts 14.11 (95)
A match that began in such positive fashion fizzled into bitter disappointment for Clayton as they slumped to another disappointing defeated, this time at the hands of Port Colts at Meade Reserve.
The Clays booted four goals in the opening term to surprise the Division 1 newcomers and take an unexpected five-point lead into quarter time. However, they failed to register another major for the remainder of the afternoon as the Colts blew them out of the water.
Regular contributors Jake Wood and Jayme Lawson again impressed for Port Melbourne, and were among the side’s 10 individual goalkickers.
Clayton, meanwhile, were well served by Joel Rigoni and Jack McEwin.
ROUND 8 REVIEW
By Jason Barbin
Skye and Caulfield were the big winners in division two last week, with the Bears putting together perhaps their best performance of the season.
Skye 17.4 (106) def Keysborough 10.9 (69)
The Burra were no match for the Bombers in what turned into a match of two halves, with Skye coming out on top by 37 points.
Ben Walker and Stephen Hawkins combined for nine goals while Jess Elms was best on ground in the win, which saw Skye turn around a nine-point half time lead with a 12-goal second half.
The start of the match was tightly contested with both sides booting four goals in the opening quarter, before two goals to Keysborough in the second quarter gave it the lead at half time.
Skye turned it on during the third term, booting six goals to three from Keysborough to take a nine-point lead into the final change, before adding another six goals to one in the final term to run away with the match.
Chris Bryan was a dangerous target inside 50 for the Burra, booting five goals in a best on ground effort.
East Brighton 13.6 (84) def Murrumbeena 7.9 (51)
The Vampires maintained their grip on fifth spot on the ladder with a solid 33-point win against the Beena, spurred on by a six-goal final quarter.
Dylan Lowe and Peter Larsen combined for seven majors in the win, which saw East Brighton grind for three quarters, before pulling away during the final stanza.
Murrumbeena enjoyed a positive start to the match, kicking three goals to two in the opening term before East Brighton hit back with three goals to two in the second term, levelling the score.
The Vampires pulled away slightly during the third term, booting two goals to two behinds, before their six-goal haul in the final term was enough to secure an important victory.
Liam Wilson and Williem Voorham were the best for Murrumbeena.
Caulfield 18.12 (120) def Highett 10.6 (66)
Caulfield put together its best performance of the year so far, stringing four quality quarters to seal a 54-point win against Highett.
Chris Dove was in dangerous form up forward, booting six goals while Andrew Mase was sensational in a best on ground effort.
The Bears got off on a strong foot with six straight goals in the opening term, before adding a further four to their tally to take a 33-point lead into the half time break.
Inaccuracy inside 50 crept in during the third quarter, as the Dogs reduced the margin to 28 points, before the Bears surged home with six goals to two in the final term to win by 54 points.
Sam Jackson and Tom Brown were named the best for Highett.
Hampton 8.11 (59) def Springvale Districts 8.7 (55)
The Hammers held off a furious final quarter comeback from a gallant Districts outfit to come away with an important four-point win.
James Gascard and Liam Thornell each kicked two goals while Guy Timms and Luke Hayes were listed as their best players.
Four goals in the first term to Springvale gave it the early advantage, but Hampton was able to hit back in the second term, kicking two goals to two behinds to take a three-point lead at half time.
A further two goals in the third term gave Hampton some breathing room going into the final term, which saw the Hammers hold on for the narrow win, despite being outscored four goals to two.
Stefan Feehan was superb for the Districts, booting three goals in a best on ground effort.
Chelsea Heights 18.19 (127) def Heatherton 7.11 (53)
The Chelsea Heights juggernaut continues to roll on as the boys from Beazley Reserve notched up their eighth win on the trot.
Phil Smith was sensational with nine goals in a best on ground performance while Joel Williams was also impressive.
The Heighters were in control right from the get go, booting four goals to one in the opening term, before adding another six goals to four in the second, building a 35-point buffer by half time.
Chelsea Heights added another four goals in the third term to put the game out of reach for the Tonners, with another four goals sealing a 74-point triumph.
Shaun Keenan and Aidan Nelson were named the best for Heatherton.
ROUND 7 REVIEW
By Andrew Paloczi
Endeavour Hills 8.8 (56) def by Ashwood 10.12 (72)
As expected, it was a tight game between Ashwood and Endeavour Hills.
Chris Scully was best for the Magpies, with his three goals helping them to a 16-point win.
Reliable defender, Matt Maginnes was another standout for the winner.
Ashwood led at every break, but by just three points at half time and five at the final change.
Lyndale 16.7 (103) def Moorabbin 7.5 (47)
Lyndale’s Trevor Kumetaitis and Taylor Rainey combined for 10 of the Pumas’ 16 goals.
Seven of those belonged to Kumetaitis.
Rainey was acknowledged as Lyndale’s best player in a 56-point win over Moorabbin.
The Pumas led at every break and held the Kangaroos scoreless in the final term.
Hallam 34.21 (225) def Dandenong 4.3 (27)
Hallam skipped to a 26-point lead at quarter time against Dandenong.
After that it was carnage, with the Hawks slamming through 27 goals to one for the remainder of the afternoon.
The margin of victory for Hallam was 198 points.
Phil Ward was best on ground for the second week running and Steve Sigeti kicked nine goals.
Lyndhurst 6.5 (41) def by South Yarra 13.6 (84)
Early goals to Charlie Gardiner and Ryan Lowe gave Lyndhurst a positive start against South Yarra.
Lightning held an 11-point advantage at quarter time.
The Yarras still trailed at the halfway stage, but overpowered Lyndhurst with ten second-half majors.
It was a 43-point victory to South Yarra, with the coach’s son Scott Stegehuis its best player.
Cory Brady was again productive with five of the Yarras’ majors.
Doveton Eagles 38.43 (271) def Sandown 0.1 (1)
Six goals each to Russell Robertson, Corrie Wilson, and Travis Graeske headlined a 270-point Doveton win over Sandown.
Eagle Stuart Johnson was best afield.
Interestingly, despite its onfield predicament, Sandown is comfortably leading Doveton on the SFNL’s Best Conducted Club table.
This offers encouragement that the Cobras’ administration is working hard off the field to lay the foundations for a brighter future.
Sandown coach Ange Sammartino spoke to Leader’s Daryl Pitman about the onfield challenges ahead.
“We know it’s going to be a long 11 weeks but we are determined to give it our best and do some serious recruiting for next season,” Sammartino said.
He praised his players’ commitment to the club through this challenging period, but acknowledged depth is an issue and injuries have taken a toll.
For all that, Sammartino wasn’t satisfied with his team’s effort against the Eagles.
“We were not polished or committed enough today though, that’s for sure,” he told Pitman.
Carrum Patterson Lakes 10.7 (67) def by Black Rock 18.10 (118)
Black Rock was cruising until just before half time, racing to a 59-point lead over CPL.
Aaron Guy sparked the previously listless Lions into action.
He booted a couple of goals, and Shaun Tantram snapped another for the Lions.
Still trailing by 39 points at the major break, this appeared to be a cosmetic repair, rather than the foundation of a Lions’ comeback.
When the players returned to the field CPL was inspired, laying tackles and winning contests around the ground.
As the clock ticked into time on in the third stanza, a Matt Jackson goal cut CPL’s deficit to just 15 points.
A fortunate free kick to Black Rock’s James Hooper stopped the rot for the Jets.
After he nailed the goal, Black Rock took charge for the rest of the contest.
The Jets won by 51 points, with Kristian Bliesner contributing four goals, and Andrew Luke named best player.
ROUND 7 REVIEW
By Britt Goldsmith
Round 7 saw huge defeats across the board, but a spectacular effort from Hallam was the highlight of the round, knocking off the previously undefeated Dingoes from the top of the ladder.
Hallam 13.7 (85) def Dingley 8.2 (50)
Hallam sent a message that they are a force to be reckoned with this season, defeating a shell-shocked Dingley by 35 points at Hallam Reserve.
The Hawks got off to a convincing start, leading 33-7 at quarter time. It was time for Dingley to retaliate if they wanted to stay in the game after the first break, but Hallam showed no signs of stopping against a seemingly slumbering Dingo pack, who trailed by 51 points at three quarter time.
Despite four late consecutive goals in the final term from Dingley, including three from Luke Simmonds, it was too little too late for the previously undefeated side as Hallam deservingly took the prize.
St Pauls 34.24 (228) def Doveton 2.1 (13)
Doveton were simply no match for an unwavering St Pauls outfit, going down by 215 points at McKinnon Reserve. The Eagles were kept to just to one point until the third term where they were able to slot in two goals.
Ryan Kreymborg kicked ten goals for St Pauls, alongside Saxon Van Oursouw and Diellon Lihari who both booted six.
Hampton 9.5 (59) def by Parkmore / Springvale Districts 15.11 (101)
Parkmore / Springvale Districts continued their impressive form against Hampton, winning by 42 points at Peterson Street Reserve.
Hampton were too slow off the mark early in the game, trailing by 26 points at the first term and 50 points at the main break. The last term was a positive note to end on for Hampton, outscoring Parkmore / Springvale by 12 points, but their inability to perform across the game’s entirety was what let them down in this match.
Troy Smith was Hampton’s best, alongside Adam Blair and Riley Hughes. Robert Lega-Frost once again provided a best on ground effort for Parkmore / Springvale with an influential five goals, and Steven Abouri and Jamie Nguyen were also among the standouts for the winning side.
Oakleigh District 19.15 (129) def Bentleigh 7.8 (50)
Bentleigh struggled against a hosting Oakleigh District who were dominant from the get-go. Kept to just one point to Oakleigh’s 39 in the first term, Bentleigh were able to answer back with a 4.2 to 3.2 effort in the second term.
Unfortunately for Bentleigh, they were unable to back up their work for the remainder of the game, as Oakleigh’s Daniel Follet and Christopher Casset led the home side to victory by 79 points.
Corey Hesline was the best for Bentleigh, and a seven-goal haul from Oakleigh’s Liam McCabe was pivotal in leading his side to the win.
Endeavour Hills 2.6 (18) def by St Kilda City 11.11 (77)
St Kilda City have jumped to top spot on the Under 19s ladder following their win over Endeavour Hills at the Barry Simon Reserve.
Sam Walters and Devlyn Hasler battled hard for Endeavour Hills, but they just couldn’t keep up as City continued to improve and consistently build on their score throughout the game, led by best players Ayang Nyanjok and Aaron Tenenbaum.
Skye 3.7 (25) def by Cheltenham 13.9 (87)
Cheltenham were able to bounce back from a narrow loss in Round 6, as they defeated Skye by 62 points at the Carrum Downs Reserve.
Thomas Kilner put on a show for the winning side, alongside Anthony Malamas and Tom Davis who kicked four and six goals respectively.