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ROUND 12 REVIEW
Murrumbeena 15.23 (113) def Oakleigh District 1.1 (7)
Murrumbeena have flexed their muscles once again and shown that beating them is going to be very difficult this year.
Their latest win, of 106 points, came against second-placed Oakleigh District at Murrumbeena Park.
Danielle Wearne enhanced her claim as one of the competition’s best players with a nine-goal haul and best on ground performance. Emma Morison was the other multiple goalkicker with two.
For Oakleigh, Bayley Mifsud kicked their only goal, while Jasmine Shirrefs and Rachel McNamara were among the best.
Murrumbeena remain on top and look virtually unbeatable. Oakleigh are still in second, but are now 12 points behind the ladder leaders.
Endeavour Hills 5.3 (33) def East Brighton 2.5 (17)
Endeavour Hills have secured a crucial win in their hunt for the finals, defeating East Brighton by 16 points at Barry Simon Reserve.
Leading at halftime by only three points, a two goals to none third term saw Endeavour Hills get out to a match winning lead.
Laura Jonston kicked two for the victors in a best on ground performance and was aided well by the likes of Alana Cherry and Hayley Heffernan.
For East Brighton, Rebekah Halprin and Jessica Pham were the goal kickers, while Krystal Santuccione, Isabelle Catrice and Sarah Burren all played well.
The win draws Endeavour Hills level on points with fourth-placed Mordialloc with two games to go.
East Brighton are still in third place and should be secure in the finals as the two teams below them still have to face the dominant Murrumbeena one last time.
Bentleigh 8.7 (55) vs Lyndale 0.4 (4)
Bentleigh have come away with an important victory over Lyndale by 49 points at Bentleigh Reserve.
After a close first quarter, Bentleigh kicked five goals to none in the second to blow the game wide open and Lyndale would not be able to recover.
Anuschka Reinhardt kicked four and Christalee Davies three to get Bentleigh the four points. Jessica Stokely and Jordon Cooper were among the best as well for the winners.
For Lyndale, Samantha Panozzo and Jessica McDonald were the standouts on a day where they struggled to really impact the game or scoreboard.
Bentleigh are sixth following the win and trail fifth place by one win, but are ahead on percentage. Lyndale sit seventh and are now a game behind their opponents from the weekend due to the result.
Highett vs Mordialloc
Mordialloc won via forfeit.
Lyndhurst 12.15 (87) defeated Murrumbeena 3.4 (22)
Lyndhurst have given an impressive performance to get the win over Murrumbeena and boost their percentage as they push for top spot. The Lightening were impressive from the first bounce, as they kicked four goals to one in the first quarter and showed no signs of slowing down, conceding just two more goals for the match.
Abbey Mckill led the way, kicking six goals for Lyndhurst while Belinda Clark kicked two. Six individual goal-kickers for the winning side gave the girls a winning edge as they ran over the top of a fourth-placed Murrumbeena side who were struggling for numbers this week.
Hallam 1.0 (6) defeated by Clayton 10.8 (68)
Clayton have again proven that they are a cut above the team they were at the beginning of the season, as they had a convincing win against Hallam, keeping them to just one goal for the game.
Hallam’s one and only goal came in the third quarter from Nadine Bommert, while Clayton had five individual goal scorers. Kelsey Tomkins was the leading goal kicker for the day with four goals, while Natasha Marr had two.
Frankston Dolphins defeated Port Melbourne Colts
Frankston Dolphins won via forfeit.
Chelsea Heights V Doveton Eagles