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Division 1 – Round 4 Review

With Good Will Hunter



East Malvern played their ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card on Saturday with a heart-stopping six-point triumph over Oakleigh District at Dunlop Reserve.

The Panthers led by 34 points at half time, and with a 28-point advantage midway through the final term, they looked as good as home. However, the Districts came storming home in the last 10 minutes, but were ultimately left to rue missed opportunities in their 12.6 (78) to 9.78 (72) defeat.

Nathan Robinson and Jimmy Dowling helped orchestrate the home side’s win with sublime performances through the midfield, while down back Nick Barry and Isaac McCrimmon kept danger men David Velardo and Khaled Kandakji unusually quiet.

Panthers pair Scott Fiora and Justin Crameri did the damage on the scoreboard, combining for six majors while up the other end, Justin Hill finished with three. Oakleigh’s star playmaker Paul Fermanis was well held by Will Sadler for three quarters, but was let off the chain in the final term and booted two late goals to get his side back in the contest.

Pat Carroll has been in tremendous form so far in 2016 and was again sparkling in defence for the black and whites, while Andy Howison and Luke Casey did most of the heavy lifting in the Oak’s engine room.



Meanwhile, a devastating seven-goal final term saw Cheltenham dispose of a brave East Brighton outfit and claim their first win of the year at Jack Barker Oval.

The Vampires took the fight right up to the Rosellas for three quarters, but ultimately couldn’t stay with them until the end, going down 13.12 (90) to 7.5 (47).

The 43-point margin greatly flattered Cheltenham, who led by just seven points before James Pennycuick’s goal at the 22-minute mark of the third term. But the more experienced Rosellas flexed their muscle in the last quarter, with Daniel Vaughan especially prolific.

The Dewar boys, Michael and Andy, slotted three goals each for the winners.

And it was the usual suspects in Mark ‘Jewie’ Jamieson and Barry Hope keeping the visitors in it, while boom recruit Aaron Viney played perhaps his best game for the club.



In the battle of the canines, it was the Bulldogs causing an upset of sorts, comprehensively outplaying the Bloodhounds at McKinnon Reserve.

St Pauls kept their Mordialloc opponents goalless in the first half on their way to a comfortable 12.9 (81) to 4.8 (32) victory.

It was a lacklustre display from last year’s runner-up, with their three-goal third term the only positive for the afternoon.

Justin Berry single-handedly outscored Mordialloc with a six-goal masterclass, however, it wasn’t enough to earn him best on ground recognition. That honour went to Harrison Hunt, while David Hutchison and Trent McIntyre were also prominent.

Skipper Todd Bastion and Luke Barnhoorn led the Mordi resistance.



Bentleigh remains undefeated after the club recorded its first ever victory over Clayton at Meade Reserve, 12.11 (83) to 8.15 (63).

Injuries to the Scanlon brothers Nick (hamstring) and Stewart (broken arm) compounded what was a tough day at the office for the Clays, as the club slumped to its third consecutive defeat.

The Demons booted five unanswered goals in the final term to overcome a six-point three quarter time deficit, with Sam McGarry and veteran skipper Scott Lawry (two goals) both in scintillating form.

Paddy Nicholls finished with another bag of five to extend his lead atop the league goalkicking table, while young key forward Matt Troutback jagged a couple in his first game for the year in red and blue.

Jack Bourke played a lone hand for the vanquished Clays.



The final game of the round saw the ruthless Dingoes hand out an 80-point shellacking to St Kilda City at the Peanut Farm, 19.10 (124) to 6.8 (44).

The Saints held a slender advantage at quarter time, but from there it was one-way traffic as an eight-goal second term set the visitors up for a resounding win.

Calhan ‘the Dream’ McQueen and Steve Gaertner topped the goalkickers list with four each, while Kane Davidson and Danny Ades were also influential as Dingley extended its lead at every change.

Skipper Ricky Thomson was City’s best.


Division 2 – Round 5 Review

With Jason Barbin


Round 5 in Division 2 provided plenty of highlights in the Southern Football Netball League, but it was the game of the round which caused the most excitement.


Chelsea Heights 12.6 (78) def Highett 9.11 (65)

The Heighters held off a fast finishing Doggies outfit to claim their third victory of the season and firmly cement themselves as a top three contender. Phil Smith was again decisive inside 50 with another haul of five goals while young gun Jordan Peryman proved he is a player to watch. The Demons trailed by six points at half time but kicked five goals to two behinds to lead by 26 points at three quarter time. Chelsea Heights led by as much as 31 points in the last quarter but Highett fought back to get within three goals but was unable to pull off an unlikely comeback win.


Listen to the radio team’s commentary of the Chelsea Heights V Highett game HERE.


Caulfield 21.14 (140) def Keysborough 5.10 (40)

Similar to Chelsea Heights, Caulfield confirmed once and for all its premiership contender status with an emphatic 100-point win against Keysborough. Jake Buggy was best on ground for the Bears while more than half the Bears side got on the scoreboard in the impressive performance. Caulfield led by 35-points at half time but piled on 15 second half goals to seal the victory and claim second spot on the ladder. Will Gayfer bagged four goals for the Burra.


Skye 10.12 (72) def Black Rock 7.9 (51)

The Bombers escaped a potentially disappointing result, defeating the Jets despite a lacklustre second half effort. Aaron Harper was best on ground for a Skye side which led by six goals at half time, only to give up five goals in the third quarter and register just one of its own. Skye’s defensive pressure picked up again in the final term but credit goes to Black Rock for pushing one of Division 2’s most consistent teams.


Hampton 14.17 (101) def Springvale Districts 6.6 (42)

It took three quarters but Hampton finally showed its attacking potential in a 59-point win over Springvale Districts. Todd Crane and Corey Smith each bagged three goals in a game which saw the Hammers kick five goals in three quarters to lead by 19 points at the final break. Hampton went on a scoring tear in the final term, bagging nine majors in a powerful display that showed just how good it can be.

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Photos from the Hampton V Springvale Districts game can be purchased HERE.


Port Melbourne Colts 13.18 (96) def Heatherton 5.1 (31)

A stunning second half has helped Port Melbourne survive a scare from upstart Heatherton with the Tonners giving the Colts something to worry about in the first half. Robb Jewell was in strong form with two majors as Port Melbourne wasted several opportunities in the opening half and subsequently only led by seven points at the main break. A 10-goal second half held the Colts in good stead however, as the ladder leaders ran over the top of one of the league’s most improved teams.


Division 3 – Round 5 Review

With Andrew Paloczi


Doveton Eagles 11.12 (78) def by Ashwood  11.13 (79)

Doveton was expected to be slightly too strong for Ashwood. However, the Magpies proved capable of claiming a big scalp, scraping in by a point at Power Reserve.

The Eagles had ten goal kickers, but Darren Ramsdale was the only one to manage more than one major. He finished with two. The side continues to miss the forward line presence of Peter Dye.

Tim Smith was Ashwood’s best, whilst James Morrey booted four of its goals.


South Yarra 31.17 (203) def Sandown 2.3 (15)

South Yarra was a heavy favourite against Sandown, but it is unlikely anyone forecast the extent of the gulf between the teams.

The hungry Lions feasted on the Cobras. Such was the level of dominance, that Sandown was unable to score in the first half.

Eleven goal kickers joined the procession for South Yarra, with Shaheen Merchant splitting the big sticks on seven occasions. Three players managed four goals each.

Dean Mendes was named best on ground for the winner. The Lions scored 203 points and recorded a winning margin of 188.


Lyndale 19.13 (127) def Carrum Patterson Lakes   9.7 (61)

Trevor Kumetaitis continued his excellent start to the season with five majors, helping Lyndale to a 66-point win over Carrum Patterson Lakes.

Kumetaitis has 21 goals in 2016. The fact the Pumas have only named him in their best players once this season and couldn’t find room for him this time suggests a strong team with plenty of contributors.

Brett Tosh was the player nominated as the winner’s best.


Lyndhurst 5.6 (36) def by Mount Waverley 11.18 (84)

For such an inexperienced team as Lyndhurst, an eight-goal loss to ladder leader Mount Waverley looks quite respectable.

The real story was more to do with wayward Mountain Lions’ kicking. They could manage just 11 majors for the day, along with a whopping 18 behinds.

Jarrod Wilkin was again Mount Waverley’s best and James Gough kicked four goals.


Hallam 18.14 (122) def Dandenong 3.11 (29)

Scott Slater continued his perfect start as coach of Hallam, taking the Hawks to a fifth straight victory. The Hawks beat Dandenong by 93 points.

Slater spoke in the pre-season about his club’s intention to focus on long-term sustainable improvement, not on buying short-term success.

Perhaps the club can achieve both. It currently sits second on the ladder and has given some youngsters a taste of senior footy.

These include Under 19s players Dylan Grayson and Damien Romer.

Co-captain Stephen Chin was the Hawks’ best.


Moorabbin 7.10 (52) def by Endeavour Hills 11.16 (82)

Endeavour Hills proved too strong for Moorabbin, prevailing by five goals.

The Kangaroos started the game in positive fashion, holding a 21-point quarter time lead.

However, coach David Velt sounded concerned his side had not done enough with the wind in the first term.

He may have been right as the Kangaroos managed just a couple of behinds in the second stanza. By half time, Endeavour Hills had grabbed a 14-point advantage.

Velt let Moorabbin’s players know in no uncertain fashion their efforts were not what he expected.

The Kangaroos brought the ball into their forward line often in the third term, despite the wind having died down.

However, their delivery was astray and a disciplined Endeavour Hills’ backline continued to mark the ball.

The Falcons led by 13 points at the final change and they produced a dominant last term.

Byron Hoe was named Endeavour Hills’ best and contributed a couple of goals.

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Photos from the Moorabbin V Endeavour Hills game can be purchased HERE.


Under 19 – Round 4 Review

With Alex Charles


Round 4 Results:
St Pauls 12.13 (85) defeated Endeavour Hills 10.8 (68)
Hallam 8.1 (49) defeated by Oakleigh District 10.14 (74)
St Kilda City 4.16 (40) defeated Dingley 3.9 (27)
Hampton 21.16 (142) defeated East Brighton-Bentleigh 2.5 (17)
Cheltenham 13.24 (102) defeated Highett 5.4 (34)
BYE: Carrum Patterson Lakes

It was a gloomy Mother’s Day Weekend and the blustery conditions had a major impact on the scoring across all games. There were some interesting match-ups and ultimately this produced some close results with most of the high-placed teams being challenged – albeit remaining undefeated.

Firstly, St Pauls headed into their contest with Endeavour Hills as clear favourites having kicked over 20 goals in their opening three fixtures. The Bulldogs looked to be heading in a similar direction following a seven-goal opening quarter and ultimately led by 38 points at the main break. The Falcons continued to chip away at the lead but were never realistically close enough to win the game. Nevertheless, their ability to bring the margin back to only 17 points shows their potential for the rest of the season. Notably, the Bulldogs have three players currently leading the season’s goal kicking tally with Kreymborg (18), Cooke (15) and O’Halloran (9) goals and they’ll be looking to build on this dominance throughout the year.

In addition, Hallam played host to Oakleigh with both sides keen to atone for their round three losses. The Hawks jumped out of the blocks with a five-goal-to-zero opening term to take a surprising early lead. Oakleigh managed to respond in similar fashion to overturn the deficit and lead heading into the main change. The Hawks’ home crowd willed their side to continue fighting, however wayward kicking proved too costly with Oakleigh winning by 25 points.

Significantly, St Kilda City and Dingley were expected to be two of the competition’s powerhouses but currently sit at opposing ends of the ladder. The Saints were favourites to win but Dingley managed to play to the conditions with quarter-by-quarter margins of 12, 10 and 13 points ultimately favouring the Saints as they maintained their advantage to win by 13 points. Interestingly, the game had a total of seven goals and 25 points to illustrate how tough conditions were for the players.

Elsewhere, Hampton and Cheltenham managed comfortable wins over East Brighton-Bentleigh and Highett by 125 and 68 points respectively. The Vampires weren’t expected to muster too many goals but were able to kick 2, while for the Hammers it was a routine win to remain four from four. For Cheltenham, it was a comfortable victory, but inaccuracy meant the players felt there was a missed opportunity for a crucial early-season percentage boost. The side kicked 13.24 (102) and will be looking to work on that aspect of their game. Highett had different targets prior to the game and their five-goal effort, following their recent form, will give the coaching staff, players and supporters a lot more hope heading into the coming fixtures.

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