SFNL Division 3 Round 3 Review

Division 3 – Round Three Review

Ashwood held on for a thrilling victory over Narre South in a pulsating game of football, the Magpies coming out on top by four points, 11.5-71 to 10.7-67. The Pies looked to have things under control at half time with a 20 point buffer but an entertaining third quarter saw the Saints surge back into the contest with five goals cutting the margin to just five points. The game tightened up in the last, with the scoring drying up in a tense finish. The home side ultimately with their noses in front when the final siren sounded handing them a ripping win. Jack Purcell took his seasons goal tally to 20 with a handful and George Lithotomos was superb all day for Ashwood. It’s a shattering result for the Saints but they look to be a quality side and Danny Brewster was awesome with seven goals. 

South Yarra notched up their first win of the year, the Lions producing a strong four quarter effort to notch up a comfortable 48 point win over South Mornington. The Yarras hit the ground running to open up a five goal buffer before the Tigers threatened to get back in the game in the third term. Had it not been for some inaccurate kicking in front of goal, the Tigers could’ve been much closer but in the end weren’t consistent enough throughout the game. The final siren sounding with the score 13.12-90 to 5.12-42 in the home sides favour. Jack Callaway headlined the goal scorers with four for the winners and Julian Belfrage dominated around the ground. 

Endeavour Hills claimed a stunning four point victory over Clayton, the Falcons holding on for a nail biting win 9.8-62 to 9.4-58. Clayton entered the game having won their opening two matches by massive margins and would’ve expected another strong performance here. But the Falcons showed that they would be no easy beats as they went toe to toe with the visitors all day long. The third quarter was crucial in the victory for the home side as they denied the Clays forwards while kicking two important goals to take a nine point lead at three quarter time. Like all good sides Clayton came again but the Falcons were able to stand up and hold on for death life in a thrilling conclusion. The victory certainly spices things up a bit and sees the Falcons stay in touch with the top four. Nick Gay was at his best for Endeavour Hills as was Alex Cann who was instrumental in the victory. 

Black Rock remain the only unbeaten team in the competition after they thumped Doveton 26.16-172 to 4.8-32. The Jets were short priced favourites heading into this match and things transpired as expected with the home side notching up a big percentage booster. Things were looking really ugly at half time with the score 124 to 17 but to the Eagles credit they continued to fight it out right until the end. Michael Donehue did most of the damage up forward with nine goals but Sean Harris was arguably the best player for the Jets on the day. 

By Lincoln Edmunds

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