Hallam have jumped up into the top four following their third win in a row, this one coming against the Pumas in convincing fashion for the Paul Thomas Cup, 17.10-112 to 5.4-34. The Hawks were inspired in memory of their club legend as the foundations for the 78 point victory were laid in the middle two quarters. They rattled on 10 goals to two to stamp their authority in those two quarters. It’s been a remarkable turnaround for Hallam whose season was on life support after barely getting over the line against Dandenong just three weeks ago. Suddenly, they’re right back in the mix and with the belief that they can beat anyone on their day.
Hallam with the Paul Thomas Cup (Riley Lockett: Frankie Photography)
Lyndhurst claimed an important victory over Cerberus on the weekend, the Lightning putting in an impressive display to make it back to back wins in the 14 point triumph. The visitors headed into the contest off the back of a shock loss last week and would’ve eager to prove it was just a bad day at the office. But the home side did all the attacking early to take control of the game. The three-headed Dogs threatened on numerous occasions but could never quite close the gap, as the Lightning held on for a professional win 8.2-50 to 5.6-36. Jarryd McGrath proved the difference up forward with three goals and Rhys Clayton put in a season best performance for the victors. The loss now leaves Cerberus with plenty to think about after an initial dream start to the year.
Frankston chalked up their third win of the season after knocking off Moorabbin on Saturday afternoon, the Dolphins gutsing out a scrappy 34 point win, 11.16-82 to 7.6-48. Heading into the first bounce the Dolphins were desperate for a win to square their win-loss record after a difficult fortnight. They started in fine fashion, booting five goals to take the early advantage. The Kanagas battled hard to stay in touch until three quarter time but eventually ran out of legs as the Dolphins chalked up a comfortable win. Josh Kerrigan and Robert Evans were busy up forward with three goals each, while Scott Stegehuis put together a polished performance for the home side.
Carrum Patterson Lakes christened their new facilities at Roy Dore Reserve with a thumping 128 point victory over Dandenong, 24.22-166 to 5.8-38. The undefeated Lions finally got to set foot on their home turf for the first time this season and quickly acquainted themselves with the goals. As feared, it was all one way traffic as CPL stacked on the goals to take a 45 point lead at the main break. Far from satisfied, the home side continued to pile on the pain after half time with 13 more goals ensuring their first song in the new changerooms would be one to remember. Rohan Bleeker dominated to finish with eight goals and Alex Wilson also slotted five to continue his strong season in front of the big sticks. Mackenzie Vraca and Andrew McCormack continued their good form to be in the thick of things once again.