By Jarryd McGuane
Endeavour Hills 2.1 (13) def by East Brighton 16.21 (117)
The game of the round was all East Brighton from the opening bounce, as the Vampires came away from Barry Simon Reserve with a 104-point win over Endeavour Hills on Sunday.
From the start, the midfield of East Brighton had control and cleared the ball with ease. The speed of Jessie Pham and Jade Barnden led to two goals each in the first 10 minutes and one each from Anna McDonald and Stephanie Cooper pushed the lead out to 41 points at quarter time. Endeavour Hills opened the second quarter with a quick goal from Stacey Johnson, before four Vampire goals from Luisa Marollo, Monique O’Reilly, Paige Hinrichs and Jessie Pham would push the margin out to 61 points. The game was as good as over after the third quarter with another goal for both Hinrich and Barnden with Isabelle Catrice also kicking one to see the lead be at a scary 86 points at three quarter time. The Falcons would kick the second goal at the start of the quarter from the boot of Courtney Axisa. The final three goals of the game also went to East Brighton, with Natalie Rogers, Hinrichs and Barnden sealing the deal.
Anna McDonald was everywhere for the Vampires as a first half attacking threat before moving into the midfield. Paige Hinrichs, Jade Barnden, Jessie Pham and Rachel Martin also put in strong performances. Jade Barnden finished with four goals with Jessie Pham and Paige Hinrichs adding three.
Renee Thomas was a workhorse for Endeavour Hills’ loss and Stacey Johnson and Courtney Axisa their goal kickers.
Oakleigh District 1.0 (6) def by Murrumbeena 15.14 (104)
On Friday night, a short Oakleigh District side were no match for a red-hot Murrumbeena as the Lions claimed a 98-point victory at Princes Highway Reserve.
Beena flew out the gate and had seven unanswered goals to lead by 51 points at half time. Oakleigh District had their only scoreboard success in the third quarter as both sides just one goal for the quarter. Upset with the output in the third quarter, Murrumbeena sent star Grace Bibby forward and no one could put a hand on her as she kicked seven goals unanswered in the final quarter.
Grace Bibby finished the game with eight goals and was Murrumbeena’s best. Lauren Wolf and Danielle Wearne also put in strong performances. Jasmine Shirrefs, Jodie Bray and Rachel McNamara were Oakleigh District’s best with their only goal coming from Bray.
Hallam 5.5 (35) defeated Lyndhurst 4.3 (27)
Hallam is back on the winners list after defeating Lyndhurst by eight points at Hallam Reserve.
This lifts the Hawks from the bottom of the ladder with Lyndhurst sliding down.
Natalie Horua led the way for Hallam with two goals, with Tamisha Gersback, Tayla Lindsay and Stephanie Anderson all kicking a goal each.
Melody Bryant, Brianna Kiss and Mel Wilson were the Lightning’s best with Jessica O’Connell and Ashleigh Helsby kicking two goals each.
Edithvale Aspendale 1.3 (9) defeated by Mordialloc 18.7 (115)
Mordialloc went on the road to inflict some pain on Edithvale Aspendale with the 106-point victory at Regents Park on Saturday.
14 unanswered goals up until three quarter time gave the Bloods an 88-point lead at three quarter time. Edi-Asp got their first goal of the game in the final quarter but it was Mordialloc’s day.
It was all Alesha Thorne who kicked a season high nine goals and was the Bloods best. Stephanie Sandoval, Jodie Miller and Tanya Rosenquist also played starring roles.
Brittany Brock, Brigid Kelly and Lara Smith played well for Edithvale Aspendale, as Jess Cochrane kicked their only goal.
Bentleigh 2.5 (17) defeated by Highett 9.12 (66)
Highett have jumped into the top four with a 49 point victory over Bentleigh at Bentleigh Reserve on Sunday.
The game opened in a tight fashion and by half time Highett would lead 4.6 to Bentleigh’s 2.3. That would be as good as it got for the Demons as they allowed five unanswered goals for the remainder of the game to seal the deal.
Hannah Bowey, Ally Gilchrist and Tyra Josiah led the way for Highett, with Josiah the leading goal kicker with three and Zoe Rossiter also added two.