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Division 1 – Round 9 Review

With Good Will Hunter



Confusion and controversy took the gloss off Cheltenham’s surprise 6.10 (46) to 6.5 (41) victory over Clayton at Jack Barker Oval on Saturday.

A yellow card was issued to a Clayton player in the third term, however, confusion ensued when the player was replaced on the field.

Rosellas captain Jack Worrall took the uncommon step of calling for a head count, and it was found that the Clays had one more player on the field than was permitted.

Their entire third term score of 2.1 was annulled pursuant to SFNL by-laws, and this proved the knockout blow in the Clays’ five-point defeat.

The Clays had trailed for most of the first half, but were mounting their charge for the lead when the indiscretion occurred.

Lee Boyle had a chance to tie the scores with the final kick of the match, but his long-range post-siren shot for goal was wide of the mark, compounding the Clay’s heartache.

Despite squandering his chance to salvage two points for his team, Boyle was nevertheless one of the Clays’ handiest contributors alongside Andy Ray and Xavier Deayton.

Chris Neophitou and Mitch Daniels were prominent for the winners, while Shaun Cusack booted three of his side’s six majors.

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Meanwhile a dominant final term has seen Mordialloc claim a hard-earned 10.7 (67) to 7.10 (52) win over Bentleigh at Ben Kavanagh Reserve.

The two sides traded goals all day, and were impossible to split for the first three quarters. Margins of one point and three points separated them at quarter time and three quarter time respectively, with scores level at the half.

However, the Bloods found another level in the last quarter and piled on the only three goals of the term to ultimately run out comfortable winners in a low-scoring game.

Luke Barnhoorn again excelled in red and white, but Al Pike, Carey Neville and Simon Fragiacomo also found plenty of the pill.

Sam McGarry and big man Andrew Walsh kept the Demons in the hunt.



Elsewhere, East Malvern did just enough to record its third straight win, accounting for St Kilda City at the Zoo.

The Panthers’ defensive efforts restricted the Saints to just two goals for the day in tough conditions, finishing with a wasteful 2.11 (23) to the home side’s 6.10 (46).

The usual suspects in Nathan Robinson and Jimmy Dowling were dominant through the midfield for the winners, but it was Andrew Johnson that claimed best afield honours with his superb efforts in the back half.

Juy Capp and Michael Shaw were City’s best.

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Photos from the East Malvern V St Kilda City game can be purchased here.



St Pauls proved too strong for the resurgent Oakleigh District at the Kennel in the SFNL Radio Team’s Match of the Day.

The Oaks’ got the early break with three majors in the first term to lead by 11 points at quarter time.

But the Bulldogs were not done with, and booting the only three goals of the second to reclaim the lead by halftime.

From there the home side were never headed, steaming home to win 8.12 (60) to 6.4 (40).

Livewire Callum Cathcart was the clear standout, racking up a ton of possessions through the midfield in his best afield performance, while Josh Verlin and Carl Herbstreit provided great support.

Paul Fermanis and Khaled Kandakji were among the Oaks’ best with four goals between them.



The final game was an all too familiar story for East Brighton, embarrassed by the ladder-leading Dingoes at Souter Oval, 31.21 (207) to 1.2 (8).

The Vampires had registered just one solitary behind to three quarter time, before veteran Barry Hope slotted the side’s only goal early in the last.

There were no such issues up the other end, with Daniel Farmer booting an incredible 11 goals before being treated for leather poisoning, while Ryan Stewart finished with five.



Division 2 – Round 11 Review

With Jason Barbin


Third quarter domination was the theme in an interesting round of Division 2 football on Saturday as the battle for spots in the top five grows tighter with five teams separated by two games.


CHELSEA HEIGHTS 13.10 (88) def HEATHERTON 5.6 (36)

A 10-goal second half has secured Chelsea Heights a comfortable 52-point win against Heatherton after the Heighters trailed by five points at half time. Midfielder Jordan Peryman was the star, gathering plenty of the ball while also drifting forward to snag four goals in a best afield display while Phil Matheson also kicked three goals and Andrew Cupit was also impressive. The Demons started slow and the Tonners were able to take the advantage in the opening half to lead by five points at the main break but Chelsea Heights kicked into gear in the second half with a seven-goal third quarter turning the match on its head and setting up the victory.


MURRUMBEENA 17.9 (111) def KEYSBOROUGH 7.4 (46)

Murrumbeena’s excellent recent form continued as it marched to its fifth win with a spirited 65-point win against Keysborough at home. The Beena was well served by captain Mitch Walder who returned to his best with a four-goal best on ground performance while David Murphy and Declan Turkington also impressed on the scoreboard, bagging three goals each. Murrumbeena took control of the match right from the outset to lead by 13 points at quarter time before Keysborough cut the lead to seven points at half time. Seven goals to the Beena in the third quarter shut the door on a Burra comeback as they could only manage one behind in reply before another four majors in the final quarter sealed the percentage boosting win.


HAMPTON 7.4 (46) def by CAULFIELD 6.11 (47)

Caulfield has escaped with a one-point victory against a gallant Hampton side in the match of the round at Turner Road Reserve. Tom Stait and Josh Wood were best on ground for the Bears while Jaiden Peters bagged four goals in a sensational performance for the Hammers in a match that went right down to the wire. Hampton started the game with a band and led by 15 points at quarter time before Caulfield found first gear to cut the lead to five points at half, but wasted several opportunities in front of goal kicking 3.9 in the first half. The Bears snuck in front during the third quarter before hanging on in a thrilling finish to remain second on the ladder.



The Colts were back to their scintillating best with a 133-point demolition of the Districts at Springvale Reserve. Port Melbourne shared the scoring load around with five of 11 different goal kickers finishing the match with three majors while Jake Wood – who kicked two goals – was judged best afield after an impressive display in the midfield. An eight goal-first quarter set up the victory for Port Melbourne who marched away to an 82-point lead at half time. The pain only got worse for Springvale as Port Melbourne banged home another five goals in the third quarter before finishing with another six in the last to seal the triple figure triumph.


HIGHETT 8.13 (61) def SKYE 4.9 (33)

Highett has handed Skye its second consecutive loss after running away to a 28-point victory after a five goal to two second half. In a gritty affair, Joel Jones-Hampton was the leading goal kicker on the ground with three majors for the Dogs while Mark Kidner and Robert Swayn were the two stand outs for Highett and were subsequently judged to be best on ground. The first half was a relatively even contest with Highett taking a five-point lead into half time before flicking the switch in the third term. The Dogs made the most of their opportunities with four goals to one in the third to set up the win.



Division 3 – Round 10 Review

With Andrew Paloczi


MOUNT WAVERLEY 54.18 (342) def SANDOWN 2.2 (14)

This match threatened to be one sided, but ended up surpassing the level of grimness anyone could imagine.

Mount Waverley amassed a score of 54 goals 18 behinds, totalling a whopping 342 points. The hapless Sandown managed a total of just 14 points.

James Gough booted 20 goals for the merciless Mountain Lions, whilst Luke Galle kicked 10.


LYNDALE 23.17 (155) def DANDENONG 1.1 (7)

On a normal day, keeping your opponent to a total of seven points whilst scoring 155 yourself, would probably guarantee you the biggest win of the round.

Lyndale's 148-point victory over Dandenong wasn't even close to achieving that on this occasion.

The winner’s best player was Trevor Kumetaitis who features regularly in this column. He booted nine goals in the game.

Cameron Riley deserves mention as the scorer of Dandenong’s only goal of the match.


LYNDHURST 7.6 (48) def MOORABBIN 6.3 (39)

In the only close game in this round, Lyndhurst recorded its first home win in senior football, holding Moorabbin goalless in the final term after trailing at every break.

Jarryd McGrath and Charlie Gardiner booted a couple of majors each for Lightning, with David Ford named the winner's best. He has achieved that four times this season.

Lightning’s winning margin was nine points.


DOVETON EAGLES 12.10 (82) def SOUTH YARRA 6.5 (41)

Doveton doubled South Yarra’s score, winning by 41 points. At quarter time the Eagles led by just nine points, but this margin increased in each term.

Jarrod O’Neill was named Doveton's best for the third time this season. He kicked four goals.


ASHWOOD 12.14 (86) def HALLAM 8.10 (58)

Ashwood inflicted Hallam's second consecutive loss.

Magpie Dale Carroll took his season tally to 37 goals with four majors, while Mitch Saunders was the winner’s best and kicked a couple of goals.

Hallam showed fight in the last term, finishing with the final four goals of the contest. The Hawks cut a three quarter time deficit of 44 points to 28 by the end of the match.

Ashwood has bumped Hallam to fifth on the ladder, and now occupies the Hawks’ previous position of fourth.

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Photos from the Ashwood V Hallam game can be purchased here.



Byron Hoe led the way for Endeavour Hills as the Falcons’ best player in a 56-point win over Carrum Patterson Lakes. Daniel Morrison contributed seven goals to the win.

CPL managed just a behind in the first term and trailed by 20 points at the first break. It was able to cut the Falcons’ lead to 15 points at the major interval. After that, Endeavour Hills added nine goals to four.



Under 19 – Round 9 Review

With Alex Charles


Week nine of action produced multiple low-scoring results. It is exemplified by Dingley who top-scored with 106 points while no other side amassed 100 points or more for the round.

St Pauls entered their game with Oakleigh as favourites but the early stages of the contest revealed it was going to be a close battle. At quarter time both sides were one goal apiece but a solid further three quarters ensured a 32-point victory for Oakleigh. The Bulldogs started the season very well and will need to find some of that scoring power to return to form. For Oakleigh, the results ensure three teams now sit in the top three on seven wins.

Significantly, St Kilda City were defeated for the first time this season. While they maintain top spot thanks to a solid percentage, the loss to Hampton emphasises just how close teams are towards the top end of the table. The Saints had seven more scoring shots but failed to capatilise ultimately kicking two goals and 18 behinds to fall short by eight points. The Hammers’ style of football will clearly hold up in finals if they can continue to limit attacking sides to such low scores. Bunarith King’s three goals were vital to the result and as a result Hampton are now only percentage from top place.

Endeavour Hills continued the trend of inaccuracy with 24 behinds against Carrum. The Falcons defeated the Lions by 77 points and relied on an even spread of goals across their forward line. The result is significant for the club as they attempt to creep closer to a finals position. On the other hand, Carrum remain winless and will be fighting to change this statistic in the coming weeks.

To conclude the round, Hallam continued their solid form with a 27-point win over Cheltenham. The Hawks picked up where they left off in previous weeks. The pressure on the ball carrier was evident from the first bounce. Both sides brought a vigorous intensity to the contest and at half time only four points separated them. In the end, Mitchell Dyer’s five-goal haul proved the clear difference between the teams.

Meanwhile, Dingley comfortably disposed of East Brighton-Bentleigh by 80 points. The Vampires had been in competitive form but were no match as the Dingoes won their third consecutive game of the season to move away from the bottom places on the ladder.

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