Endeavour Hills registered their first of the year over South Mornington on the weekend, the visitors turning it on in the second half to run out big winners 17.15-117 to 9.13-67. It was a genuine arm wrestle to start, with just nine points the difference after two quarters before the Falcons slammed through 11 second half goals to earn the four points.
Jarrod Marolla and Matthew Rogerson found the scoreboard for the visitors and Ben Swift and Nick Gay produced the goods with ball in hand. While the Tigers went down again, they showed some solid signs in patches and will continue to seek improvement. Jordan Waite was excellent with four goals and Daniel Woods keep chasing leather all afternoon.
Clayton notched up their second thumping win in a row, disposing of Doveton by triple figures to consolidate top spot on the ladder. The Clays amassed 42 scoring shots in a dominant display that was only ever going to end one way. The final score 23.19-157 to 3.0-18. Jayden Gilmour was far too good for the Eagles defenders finishing with a bag of ten goals, while Paul Tsoucalas and Dylan Bone also had no issues hitting the scoreboard with nine goals between the duo.
Narre South continued their brilliant start in the SFNL proving far too good for South Yarra to claim a big victory 17.13-115 to 2.15-27. It was a fairly even contest in the opening stages before the Saints hit their straps to open up a significant advantage at three quarter time. The last quarter was party time for the hosts, as goals came freely to further bolster the margin.
Jayden O’Brien was excellent up forward for the Saints with three goals and Danny Brewster produced a best on ground performance with four majors. The Yarras were much more competitive than last week's horror show and had it not been for their inaccuracy could found themselves much closer at the final break.
The hotly anticipated clash between Black Rock and Ashwood wrapped up the round with the Jets claiming a brilliant win, 12.7-79 to 9.12-66, keeping their spotless record to start the year. Both sides were coming off mammoth wins in the opening round and would’ve been confident heading into the match.
But it was the home side who got the jump, with four first quarter goals opening up a handy lead for Black Rock. The Magpies struck back in the second, playing some solid footy to cut the margin to two kicks with an exciting second half to follow.
The remainder of the game was a grind with both sides answering each other goal for goal until the final bell. Michael Donehue was superb in his first appearance for Black Rock in 2021 finishing with three goals and Jayden Bradbury and Taylor Meyer had a big say in getting the Jets over the line. No surprises to see Pat Carroll amongst the best for the visitors.