By Jarryd McGuane
Lyndhurst 3.10 (28) def by Bentleigh 5.4 (34)
Bentleigh took advantage of their attacking opportunities as they claimed their second win in a row, as they defeated Lyndhurst by six points at Marriott Waters Reserve.
The game opened with lovely weather and both sides took advantage of the dry conditions. Lyndhurst jumped out to an early 21-0 lead half way in the first quarter with goals to Jessica O’Connell, Maleah Brown and Jaime Warren. Bentleigh would reduce the margin to seven points by quarter time with goals to Emma Baker and Chelsea Hopper. The game would then develop a flow that persisted for the remainder. The Lightning would get the ball into their forward line with ease but struggled to score. The Demons when they were to clear the defence would go to their two forwards Ellie Hearne and Hopper, and take advantage of their opportunities. Hearne would kick two quick goals to start the second and Hopper would add her second goal to give Bentleigh a nine-point lead at half time. The margin would be reduced to five points at three quarter time with Lyndhurst only able to manage five behinds to Bentleigh’s one. The Demons kicked their final behind early in the last quarter, and would hold that six point lead for the
rest of the game despite the ball constantly sitting 15 metres out from Lyndhurst’s goal.
Emma Baker was Bentleigh’s best on the ground giving her side impetus going forward, with the forward influence of Ellie Hearne and Chelsea Hopper also important. Melody Bryant, Jessica O’Connell and Kelly Baker created a lot of opportunities for Lyndhurst in defeat with Mel Wilson, Jaime Warren and Maleah Brown also put in strong performances.
Endeavour Hills 1.0 (6) def by Oakleigh District 4.8 (32)
Oakleigh District has bounced back from their last up defeat with a 26-point victory over Endeavour Hills at Barry Simon Reserve.
Grace McKinley was the best on ground and the major goal kicker for Oakleigh District with two. Emily McIntyre and Rachel McNamara also have a major effect for Oakleigh. Chloe Opperman and Brooke Hammond were Endeavour Hills best and Alana Cherry kicked their only goal.
Murrumbeena 13.16 (94) def Highett 1.1 (7)
Murrumbeena have added another impressive scalp with an 87-point thumping of Highett at Murrumbeena Park.
Beena had control of the game from early on, as they only allowed one point through the first three quarters while adding three goals in the first and two in each the next two to lead by 51 points at three quarter time. Highett would kick their only goal of the game in the last quarter but allowed a further six Murrumbeena goals to blow out the margin.
Grace Bibby maintained her rich vein of form with another best on ground performance. She was ably supported by Alice Kovess with the forward contributions led by Danielle Wearne, who has continued her goal kicking form after moving to Beena from Oakleigh District with three.
Edithvale Aspendale 3.5 (23) def by Hallam 9.11 (65)
At Glen St Reserve, Hallam upset Edithvale Aspendale by 44 points for their first win of the season.
The Hawks would take a slim six point lead into quarter time before extending their lead at each of the remaining breaks; 11 points at half time and 29 points at three quarter time before it was put beyond doubt in the last. Hallam would kick two goals apiece in the second and third quarters before slamming on four more in the last. Edi-Asp could only manage one goal in the second and two in the final quarter.
Gemma Proy was Edi-Asp's best in defeat as Jess Cochrane kicked two.
Mordialloc 7.6 (48) def East Brighton 2.5 (17)
Mordialloc remain undefeated as they handed East Brighton a 31 point loss at Ben Kavanagh Reserve.
The Bloods jumped out to a nine point quarter time lead and that is where the margin would be at three quarter time. But the Vampires couldn’t maintain their defensive strength as ran away with it in the last quarter.
Stephanie Sandoval, Tanya Rosenquist and Ashleigh Phipps-Nelson again were Mordialloc's best. Alesha Thorne, Natalie Cardamone and Jodie Miller kicked two goals each for the Bloods. Jade Barnden and Sarah Burren were the Vampires best with Anna McDonald kicking both of their goals.