By Jarryd McGuane
Endeavour Hills 6.5 (41) def Hallam 3.6 (24)
In the game of the round on Sunday at Barry Simon Reserve, Endeavour Hills kept Hallam winless with a 17 point victory.
The Hawks would jump out to an early lead and held it at five points at quarter time. Endeavour Hills held Hallam scoreless in the second quarter adding three goals of their own to take a 14-point lead into half time. Hallam after half time held control of field position but couldn’t take advantage as they gave up a goal from one of the only Falcon forward movements and couple only kick two behinds to see the margin extended to 18 points. Two final quarter goals for Hallam created some nerves for Endeavour Hills but steadied through a goal of their own.
Renee Thomas was Endeavour Hills’ best, with her run down the wing extremely vital to her side’s win. Samantha Richardson, Bryley Sloper and Aleisha Lannigan were great support in the victory, with two goals for Jennifer Dean leading the way.
Pip Attard was everywhere for Hallam, but lacked support in up forward for the amount of chances created.
Highett 9.12 (66) def Edithvale Aspendale 7.3 (45)
Highett have kept themselves in the discussion for a top four spot with a 21-point victory over Edithvale Aspendale at Turner Road Reserve on Friday night.
The Bulldogs started the faster of the two sides with a four-goal-to-two first quarter to lead by 16 points at quarter time. Both teams kicked two goals in the second to have the margin sit at 19 points, before Edi-Asp restricted Highett to one goal in the third quarter to their two to have the game in the balance at the final change at 13 points. But the Bulldogs settled to secure the victory.
The story of the game was the best on ground performance from Hannah Bowey, only two weeks after what was a scary looking injury. She was supported well by the Highett quartet of stars; Ally Gilchrist, Tyra Josiah, Zoe Rossiter and Muriel Watkins. Watkins, Gilchrist, Josiah and Emma Hamilton all kicked two goals for the Bulldogs.
Nicola Deacon with three goals and Kirrilly Symons with two led the forward charge for Edithvale Aspendale, as Gemma Proy, Paris Davey and Ebony Robinson put in strong performances in defeat.
East Brighton 4.5 (29) def by Murrumbeena 12.6 (78)
Murrumbeena remains one of the two unbeaten sides in the SFNL Women’s league after defeating East Brighton by 59 points at Hurlingham Park on Friday night.
Shanae Carter, Aisling Muir and Grace Bibby were named as Murrumbeena’s best, while Alice Kovess continues to dominate up forward. Kovess added another four goals, with ample support from Ifrah Ibrahim and Jasmyn Brandon adding three each.
Oakleigh District 5.6 (36) def Bentleigh 2.2 (14)
In the final Friday night game, Oakleigh District held off a determined Bentleigh by 22 points at Princes Highway Reserve.
Three goals in the first quarter for Oakleigh District, while allowing one goal from the Demons had the lead at 15 points at quarter time. Only two points were added in the second quarter in Oakleigh District’s favour to lead by 17 at half time, before kicking the only goal in the third to push the margin to 23 points at the final change. Bentleigh would win the last quarter but it was too late to get back into the game.
Genevieve Mckinley had a best a best on ground performance, with also strong performances from Alexandra Amzazas, Danielle Wearne, Jodie Bray, Jess Szalek and Rachel McNamara. Wearne with three goals and Bray with two accounted for all five of Oakleigh’s goals.
Steph Matfin and Catherine Martin kicked the two goals for Bentleigh, with Jessica Mcgaw and Chandra Berry their best.
Lyndhurst 1.1 (7) def by Mordialloc 13.16 (94)
Also remaining in the unbeaten ranks, Mordialloc travelled to Marriott Waters Reserve to defeat Lyndhurst by 87 points.
The win was set up in the first half as the Bloods 9.5 to 0.1 had the half time lead out at 58 points. They would not continue to hit the scoreboard with as much success in the second half with 1.2 in the third quarter and an inaccurate 3.9 in the last. The Lightning would add a goal in the last to round out a tough day against one of the class sides of the competition.
Stephanie Sandoval continues to roll out best on ground performance for Mordialloc, with Aleisha Thorne, Shirley Innes, Kelly Omond, Penelope Taylor and Megan Tymko also stacking on the pressure throughout. No one has an answer to the goal kicking power of Nat Cardamone with yet another six goal performance, with Thorne with three and two for Tanya Rosenquist as they other multiple goal kickers for the Bloods.
Sharnee Hart managed the only goal for Lyndhurst on the day.