Senior Football Round Review
By Jason Barbin
Reigning premiers St Pauls has moved into top spot on the division one ladder following a narrow seven-point win against Bentleigh on Saturday.
The Dogs trailed for most of the game, down by 20 points at the final break, before surging home with a four-goal to zero quarter to come out on top.
Key forward Harrison Hunt was named best on for the victors alongside two-time league medallist Matt Kreymborg.
East Malvern has retained its spot inside the top five with a hard fought 15-point victory against Mordialloc at Dunlop Reserve.
The two sides were neck and neck for the majority of the afternoon before the Panthers pulled away with a three-goal to one final term, with co-captain Jack Hammond named best afield.
Sam Haslem continued his good form for the Bloods.
Port Melbourne Colts has climbed back into the top five with a strong win against finals aspirant St Kilda City at the Peanut Farm.
The Colts were the better side for most of the afternoon and finished with a flurry, led by club stalwart Lewis Mildenhall and big man Matt Dalla-Libera.
Highett has climbed off the bottom of the ladder with a 16-point triumph against fellow cellar dweller Oakleigh Districts at Princess Highway Reserve.
The Dogs led at every change and held off a final quarter comeback attempt from the Districts to seal its second win of the year, with Josh Swift bagging four goals and Ed Turner named best on ground.
Jake Mullen was Oakleigh’s best with four goals.
Cheltenham has overcome inaccurate kicking in front of goal to stamp their premiership credentials, defeating Dingley by three points at Souter Oval.
The Rosellas kicked 1.10 in the first half to trail by 21 points, before booting seven majors in the second half, including five in the last quarter, to complete the 24-point turnaround and move into second spot on the ladder.
Jack Worrall and Daniel Harrison starred for the visitors alongside Sean McLaren with three goals.
Danny Ades was again instrumental for the Dingoes.
Skye is on the board for its first win of the season, overcoming Chelsea Heights by nine points at Beazley Reserve in round 11.
The Bombers led for the majority of the wind-affected contest, but held on for the win despite conceding three goals in the final term.
James Bateman was named the Bombers’ best alongside Ash Burks.
Keysborough has defeated a gallant Heatherton by just 18 points at Keysborough Reserve, to remain in the top two.
The Burra enjoyed a strong start to the game to build a lead and despite the Tunners getting to within four points at half time, were able to control the outcome of the game with Chris Byran booting five goals in a best afield effort.
Springvale Districts has moved into pole position on the division two ladder with a final quarter surge giving it a 26-point victory.
The Districts led by just two points at three quarter time at Springvale Reserve, before piling on four goals in the final term, while keeping Murrumbeena goalless for the entirety of the second half.
David Monaghan was best on for the Districts in his 150th game, alongside Matt Thompson.
Beena star Harley Ambrose work hard all day, as did the consistent Matt Lello.
Hampton continues to apply pressure to the top four, defeating East Brighton by 26 points to remain just two games behind a top three berth.
The Hammers took control early and though the Vampires kept the margin close, were able to secure the four points with Alex Gleeson and Luke Hayes starring with two goals apiece.
Doveton Eagles has climbed back into the top three, overcoming Caulfield at Power Reserve to the tune of 28 points.
The Eagles trailed at quarter time and held slender leads at half and three quarter time, by piled on three goals to one behind in the last to secure the win, with Brayden Follett booting four majors.
Black Rock has kept its finals hopes alive with a well-earned 11-point triumph against Ashwood at Essex Heights Reserve on Saturday.
The Rockers led early and often in this encounter, taking advantage of the Magpies inaccuracy in front of goal to take away the four points.
Ben Zylbersztajn put on a masterclass with three goals for the victors while Michael Rourke and Buddy Spohn were also impressive.
Endeavour Hills put together a strong performance in a demolition of Cerberus, winning by 110 points at McAuliffe Oval in round 11.
After a tightly contest first quarter the Falcons spread their wings and piled on 15 goals to three behinds the remainder of the game.
Daniel Strom was named Endeavour Hills’ best in the win while Jarrod Marolla booted five.
Clayton has caused potentially the upset of the season in division three, taking away the four points against Hampton Park, dishing out its first loss of the season.
The Clays engineered a six-goal to four second half in a tight, low scoring and bruising contest to come away with the 11-point win at Robert Booth Reserve.
Jesse Henderson continued his strong form with a best afield effort alongside Byron Hoe, who is starting to string together some consistent performances for the Clays.
Co-captain Shannon Henwood stood out for the Redbacks.
Dandenong is on the board for its first win of the season, comfortably defeating Lyndale by 33 points at Greaves Reserve on Saturday.
After trailing by two points at quarter time, the Redlegs kept the Pumas goalless for two straight quarters, while booting six themselves to take a commanding lead, before sealing the win in the last.
Stan Stuski and Scott Moody were named Dandenong’s best in the win with Phil Muscat kicking three goals.
Ladder leaders Lyndhurst put away second ranked Frankston Dolphins in decisive fashion on Saturday, coming away with a 50-point triumph at Marriott Waters Reserve.
The Dolphins were restricted to just one goal across the first three quarters as the Lightning put them to the sword, leading from start to finish.
Cory Wilshire bagged a five-goal haul for the home side while Charlie Gardiner was best on.
Moorabbin has climbed back into the top five after a 24-point victory against fellow finals aspirant Carrum Patterson Lakes at Widdop Crescent Reserve.
The Roos trailed by three points at the main break, before piling on nine goals to four in the second half to snatch the four points away.
Zdenek Hostlek was named Moorabbin’s best while Justin Isaac and Lachlan Simpson each kicked four goals.
South Yarra secured its eighth win of the season on Saturday, defeating Hallam by 24 points in what was a hard fought encounter at Leigh Park.
While the Lions led at every change, the Hawks didn’t make it easy for them and pushed the top three side for the majority of the game.
Alex Evans and Scott Stegehuis were named the winners’ best, while Jack Sharlassian and Rory McIvor led the resistance for the Hawks.