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DIVISION 1

Beaumaris FC 11.12.78 def Cheltenham JFC 3.8.26

Beaumaris retained top spot on the ladder with a comfortable win over Cheltenham. The Sharks applied the pressure early, restricting the visitors to just one point in the first quarter while having seven scoring shots of their own, but inaccuracy in front of goal mean they only took an 11-point lead into the first break. However, the competition leaders flexed their muscles in the second quarter, piling on 6.2 to race away to a 40-point half time margin. Another goalless term for the Panthers in the third all but sealed the result, and Beaumaris cruised home to a 52 point win at home. Joshua Gibbins kicked two goals for the victors in a best on ground display, with Devlin Brereton and William Avery the other multiple goal-kickers.

Ormond JFC 17.16.118 def South Melbourne Districts FC 3.3.21

Ormond sent a message to the competition with a dominant win at E.E. Gunn Reserve. The result was never in doubt with 11 individual goal-kickers for the home side, who kept South Melbourne scoreless until half time. Seven goals in the second term saw Ormond take a resounding 81-point lead into the main break, but to South Melbourne’s credit, the visitors lifted in the second half to slow Ormond’s scoring and add a few goals of their own. Tonn Steele and Ryan Cohen led the way for the home side with two goals apiece, and were best on ground candidates as Ormond stayed in striking distance of top spot.

Murrumbeena JFC 21 def by Mordialloc-Braeside JFC 118

Detailed results unavailable at time of publication.

 

DIVISION 2

St Bedes/Mentone Tigers AFC 12.11.83 def Hampton Rovers/East Sandringham 3.7.25

The Tigers held the visitors goalless through three quarters of football on the way to a comfortable victory at home to hold on to top position on the ladder. A five-goal first quarter set the tone for the day and the hosts never looked back, stretching their lead at each break before conceding eight scoring shots in the final term. Four goals from Max Thompson and three from Thomas La Cava paved the way for the competition leaders, while the Hampton/East Sandringham squad find themselves battling in mid table.

East Malvern JFC 16.4.100 def St Paul’s McKinnon JFC 5.7.37

St Paul’s McKinnon were looking for an upset against an in-form East Malvern side, who were looking to keep pace with the Tigers in the race for top spot. The underdogs showed immense heart in the first half, down by just a point at quarter time and only 10 at the main break. But in the third quarter the Knights showed their finals credentials, booting five goals and keeping St Paul’s goalless in the third quarter. The hosts continued their efficient shooting accuracy with another five goals in the final term to claim a 63-point victory, while the Demons will take plenty of positives from their first half display.

AJAX JFC 6.10.46 def by St Peters Bentleigh Demons 10.8.68

The Demons threw the finals race wide open with a crucial victory away from home against Ajax. 3.2 to 0.4 in the first quarter set the tone for the visitors, with a fairly even second term ending in an 18-point deficit for Ajax. But momentum shifted in the third term, as the home side defended staunchly and kept the Demons to just one behind. Despite some inaccurate goalkicking, a comeback looked on the cards as Ajax stormed back to within 4 points at three quarter time. St Peters/Bentleigh rallied, however, showing poise and class as they steadied and kicked away in the final term, with four last quarter goals to take an impressive win. The result sees the middle of the table condense, with just one game separating third and fifth.

 

DIVISION 3

Cheltenham JFC 3.5.23 def by Beaumaris JFC 22.8.140

The Panthers ran into a rampaging Beaumaris side at Le Page Park, with the visitors in charge from the first bounce. Strong play and accurate goalkicking helped the Sharks to a 37-point lead by quarter time, and they maintained their dominance until the end. Eight goals to none in the third quarter was the highlight of an impressive display and Beaumaris hold the best percentage in the competition. The Sharks boasted seven multiple goal-kickers on the way to the big win, with five goals from Joel Amartey leading the way.

Dingley JFC 12.12.84 def St Bedes/Mentone Tigers AFC 7.4.46

Dingley kept their one-game lead at the top of the table with a solid victory over the Tigers at home. Five goals to nil in the opening term was the difference for the Dingoes, as the rest of the game was closely contested. The Tigers had a strong second quarter, kicking four goals to close the gap to 17 points, but the home side narrowly won the third and fourth quarters to push the final margin out to 38 points. Goldsmith was impressive for the Dingoes while Goldin led the scoring with three goals, while Goodchild and Duffy each kicked two for the Tigers.

Waverley Park Hawks JFC 7.10.52 def by Ormond JFC 8.6.54

Perhaps an unexpected match of the round ended in heartbreak for last-placed Waverley Park, as Ormond snatched a dramatic comeback victory on the road. The Hawks showed spirit from the first bounce, taking the fight to their higher-ranked opponents, taking a narrow lead into quarter time despite some wayward shots at goal. Another tightly-contested quarter had the Hawks ahead by one goal at half time, and three goals to two in the third term pushed the margin to 10 points at the last change. It looked like the Hawks were poised for a thrilling upset, but Ormond found a new gear in the final quarter and kicked three goals in the final term to steal the four points away from Waverley Park. Accuracy in front of goal proved the difference, and the Hawks will feel this is one that got away.