Round 14 Men's Football Review
Round 14 in the topflight produced several thrilling contests which had everything from upsets to
thumping’s in a wild weekend of footy.
St Kilda City continued their impressive form over the last month this time overcoming
Mordialloc by 14 points away from home.
The Saints got away to a strong start in the opening term and held a two-goal lead into quarter
time. The Bloods then came alive in the second term booting 5 goals to nothing to hand them a
16-point halftime lead.
With the game on the line in the third term, the Saints stood up in fabulous fashion booting 6
goals to none to blow the game open and give them a strong 27-point margin at the final change
which ultimately proved just too much for the Bloods to claw back.
Aaron Edwards booted 4 goals to continue his red-hot season with Brayden Irving kicking 3 on
the day whilst Dane Swan again showed his class with another dominant display.
Springvale Districts continued their push for finals, doing their finals chances no harm recording
a 35-point win over Bentleigh.
The Demons made use of the conditions in the first term dominating play but were unable to
hurt Springvale on the scoreboard as they kicked just the three goals from 9 scoring shots, and
they should have held a greater margin at the first break.
The Districts then used conditions to their favour in the second term to greater effect kicking 6
goals to two in the second term to open up a 11 point halftime lead. The third term then saw the
Demons regain the lead as they kicked 3 goals to nothing but then in the final quarter the
Districts put on a clinic kicking 6 goals to none to storm to victory.
For the Dees, Joseph Colaciello shone in defeat, kicking a bag of 5 out of his team’s 8. For the
Districts they had a fantastic 12 individual goalkickers with just Tyrone Vickery (2) kicking
Top of the table Cheltenham continued their winning ways on the weekend this time defeating
bottom placed East Malvern by a whopping 128 points.
The Rosellas came into this clash as red-hot favorites coming against the side on the bottom of
the ladder and it didn't take long for them to show they would still be playing with the same
intensity and energy recording a 6.6 opening term to set the tone early.
With the margin being 48 points at the main break, the Rosellas then completed a demolition job
in the second half which saw them kick 12 goals whilst keeping the Panthers goalless to storm
home to a big win.
The Rosellas dictated play all day with 72 more disposals and recording 35 more inside 50’s in
which they were able to turn into scores booting 21.18 for the afternoon. Austin Johnson was
arguably best on ground booting 2 goals and racking up 35 possessions.
In the upset of the round, Dingley stunned Cranbourne Eagles on their home deck to complete a
remarkable 13 point win.
The Eagles headed into this clash as warm favorites sitting on top of the ladder and being at
home whilst the Dingoes started the round 5th and were given no hope of a win here with the
tale being how much they would lose by rather than if they would.
The Dingoes jumped away to a great start and show they were here to play from the first
bounce as they kicked 3 goals to 1 in the first term. The Eagles then fought back in the second
term kicking 2 goals to none to level the scores at the main break.
Even at this stage, it was expected the Eagles would come out after halftime and cruise home to
another victory, but the Dingoes produced a sensational third term which saw them kick 5 goals
to nothing to put them on the verge of a famous upset win. In the final quarter, the Eagles were
always going to come hard and push right to the end, which they did by kicking 3 goals to zero,
but the Dingoes were able to hang on and clinch a famous victory.
Former AFL player and VFL star Nathan Freeman was a catalyst to his sides victory recording
33 disposals whilst also kicking 2 goals in a clear best on ground display with Rory Goldsmith
being the pick of the forwards with 3 on the day.
In another thrilling contest over the weekend, St Paul’s McKinnon’s overcame a stubborn Port
Melbourne Colts outfit by 11 points in a cracking contest.
The Doggies came into this clash as warm favorites but were immediately challenged by a Colts
outfit that was full of spirit and energy on the road. The Doggies were made to look slow and
sloppy in the first half which is uncharacteristic of the top four team they have been this year.
The Colts kicked seven goals to three in the first half to hold a 18 point lead at the half time
break as a real upset was looming. The Doggies then found their rhythm and came out firing in
the second half getting the game played on their terms as they won the second half 8 goals to 4
to come away 11-point winners in a thrilling contest, which was really a game of two halves.
Top of the table Chelsea Heights continued on their way over the weekend recording another
thumping victory this time against Caulfield Bears.
Chelsea started the game brilliantly in a quarter that resulted in a massive 15 scoring shots, but
they couldn't convert their dominance into goals as they kicked just the four goals and 11
behinds from all there scoring shots.
A strong start from Chelsea, saw the Bears on the back foot early and they were never able to
get themselves back in the game although they did match Chelsea in the second and fourth
terms, they were outplayed for the most part of the day, resulting in a 78-point loss.
Bradley Gilder continued his fine streak of games kicking 4 this time out with Jackson Fry
kicking 3 majors in his first game whilst Luke Tapscott was names best on ground.
In a battle between two teams in the bottom three, it was Highett who displayed their best
football comfortably defeating Skye by 26 points in an intriguing contest.
Skye, who came into this clash as the underdogs produced an extraordinary first team which
saw them kick 7 goals to 1 and an upset was looming in front of a home crowd. Skye played
exhilarating fast moving footy in the first term to tear Highett apart in all aspects of the game and
Then, in the second term the coin flipped with Highett kicking 4 goals to zero in a dominant term
getting the game played on their terms, however Skye still held a 10-point lead at half time. The
third quarter was a real arm wrestle with just the one goal being kicked by Highett, so Skye still
held a 5-point lead into the final change.
The final quarter was the complete opposite to the opening term with Highett this time
dominating and tearing Skye up especially through the middle resulting in a wonderful 5 goal to
nothing term which saw them cruise home to win by 26 points.
In the blowout of the round, Hampton Park dismantled Heatherton by 119 points in a cruisy
afternoon for the visitors.
The game started off slowly with the pressure level being high from both teams and neither
being able to really gain control of the match until very late where the Redbacks gained some
momentum and kicked a few late goals.
The Redbacks then produced a special couple of quarters of football which saw them kick a
stunning 16 goals to 1 to completely blow away Heatherton. Trent Thomas starred up forward
booting 8 goals whilst Jesse Naylor kicked 5 of his own.
East Brighton hosted Keysborough at Hurlingham Reserve in what shaped to be an intriguing
battle, in which it played out that way with The Burras coming away 42-point victors.
The Burras jumped away to a fast start in the opening term booting 5 goals, whilst the Vampires
managed 2 of their own in a thrilling display of football. Then in the second term, the Vampires
got on top kicking 3 goals to 1 to claw their way back into the contest.
It was then in the third term, the premiership quarter where the Burras showed their class
kicking 4 goals to nothing to open the game up and build a 41-point lead heading into the final
break and putting the game away.
Thomas Shaw produced a stellar performance slotting 6 goals in a best on ground display which
he managed to kick over half of his teams’ goals.
Ashwood produced a fantastic performance over the weekend over a spirited Endeavour Hills
outfit coming away 14-point victors.
Ashwood started this game on fire as they kicked 5.2 to just the one behind in the first term to
break the game open and ultimately winning the game in the first quarter.
The Falcons then matched the Magpies for the remainder of the contest and bettered them by 3
goals for the last three quarters. The Falcons will be ruing their lackluster start that ultimately cost
them the game but will take some positives and confidence out of the last few quarters getting a
hold of a quality opposition.
Jack Purcell slotted 5 majors with Michaell Altenkirch also chipping in with 4 goals of his own
whilst Maximus Sykes was named best afield.
In what shaped up to be the game of the round and possibly of the year between first placed
Black Rock and second placed Murrumbeena and an absolute thriller was played out at
Black Rock headed into this clash as favorites on their home deck and sitting two games ahead
of Beena heading into this game, but it was Murrumbeena who produced a stunning upset win
coming away 18 point winners.
The Beena started well in a very even first quarter and they held a slim 8-point margin at the first
break and then produced a brilliant second term seeing them kick 4 goals to 2 to further extend
their lead to 19 at the main break.
Black Rock lifted in the second half and at times threatened to produce a comeback and spoil
the Beena’s hopes but their lift in intensity and effort was matched by the Beena who were able
to restrict and stay with Black Rock for the second half and held on to win by 3 goals in a
In the biggest blowout of the round, Clayton took care of a disappointing South Yarra outfit by 93
points in the battle of the bottom two.
The contest started out as a good old fashioned arm wrestle in the first team with both teams
bringing the heat early making for a scrappy but entertaining game of football seeing the
Clays hold a slim one goal margin at quarter time.
But the remaining three quarters of this contest turned out to be a blowout with the Clays getting
on top in all facets of the game leading to a resounding display of team football handing them a
Jayden Gilmour and Paul Tsoucalas combined brilliantly with 5 goals each whilst Nicholas Parisi
was named best afield in another strong display.
To round off this week’s fixtures, top four contenders Carrum Patterson Lakes did there top
4 chances no harm over the weekend recording a strong 70 point victory over the Narre
The Narre South Saints started the game hot but were unable to convert their chances kicking a
woeful 0.10 in the very first quarter which could have seen them shoot out to a strong margin at
the first break however instead they kicked themselves out of the contest in the first term and
were unable to continue their dominance in the next three quarters.
Carrum Patterson Lakes produced a really strong team performance against a Saints outfit that
really took it up to CPL especially in the early stages of the contest. CPL finished with a solid
15.8 performance with Anthony Giuliano being the main catalyst up forward booting 5 goals.
Dandenong hosted Lyndhurst at a chilly Greaves Reserve on Saturday afternoon in what turned
out to be a lackluster performance from the home team.
The Visitors jumped away to a strong start booting the first three goals of the match to take a
4-goal lead into the first change. The Lightning then produced a scintillating third term which
saw them kick 5.6 to just 1 behind.
The Lightning eventually came away 54-point winners with Jarryd McGrath being the standout
up forward with 4 majors whilst Matthew Stuart was named best afield.
Top two contenders Hallam did their top premiership chances no harm over the weekend
recording a thumping 128 points over bottom placed Doveton Eagles.
The Hawks went into this clash as resounding favorites after hitting some impressive form over
the last month or so and showed no signs of losing that form coming out all guns blazing in the
first term of this contest which saw them kick 9.12.
They then continued on their merry way for the remainder of the contest going on to boot 22
majors for the game whilst also keeping the Eagles to just the three goals all day.
Riley Van Eede kicked 5 goals with Jack Sharlassian impressing once again booting another 4
goals on the day.
In another dominant display, South Mornington dismantled Cerberus in a cruisy affair for the
Tigers on the road.
The Tigers like many others this round jumped out of the blocks well over the weekend with the
Tigers notching up 8 majors in the first term to jump out to a 53-point lead at the first change
which set up a big Tigers win.
The Tigers who came into this clash hungry for the four points to solidify their place in the top
four delivered a fantastic four quarter performance to come away 91-point winners, however the
Tigers will rue their inaccuracy in front of goals kicking 20.29 in a win that could have been a lot
greater if they had of kicked straight.
In yet another thumping over the weekend, top of the table Frankston Dolphins dismantled the
Moorabbin Kangaroos by 115 points.
The Dolphins also produced a very strong opening term which saw them kick seven goals to
one which gave them a platform to produce a big win.
Richard Mathers was the standout again this time kicking 6 major to take his season tally to a
remarkable 62 in 14 games and once again showed he is the premier forward of the
competition. Liam O’Donnell continued his rich vein of form kicking 3 goals on the day and is
really flying under the radar as a very important part of this Dolphins outfit.
The Dolphins still remain the benchmark team in this division and a premiership loom as they
remain undefeated whilst for the Kangaroos they find themselves in a real scrap to make a
In what turned out to be the closest game of the round between Hampton and Lyndale, the
Pumas proved too strong in the end coming away 43-point victors.
Lyndale went into this clash crucially needing the four points to keep their noses in front for the
race to finals and did that with a fantastic team performance to hand them a solid win on the
The Kandakji duo delivered again on the weekend with pair kicking 10 goals between them, with
Ahmed kicking seven and Khaled booting three of his own. Brendan Groenendyk was named
best afield following a dominant display.