Despite Highett/Cheltenham Black’s second loss of the season, the Division 1 ladder remains the same at the conclusion of Round 11. With the top 3 teams now on equal points and separated solely by percentage, next round will be the one to determine the top dogs when the Panthers take on third position rivals AJAX, and Beaumaris chase a large-margin victory against Ormond.
In Division 2, Bentleigh jumps to the top of the ladder after a close-game victory, and Murrumbeena moves into third position after knocking off former ladder leaders East Sandringham. Though the Rovers and Lions have the same amount of wins as the Demons, they hold the top spot with a 2-points lead due to their draw against Caulfield earlier this year.
Here is our weekend wrap:
Northvale were undeterred by their slow start against Ormond on the weekend, claiming a 26-point victory despite trailing at both quarter and half-time. In a strong second half, Northvale came out firing and kicked six goals to Ormond’s one, going into the final quarter a 22-point lead and remaining in control up until the final siren. It was Northvale’s teamwork and selflessness in front of goal that cemented their victory in the end, boasting eight individual goal kickers over the match. Despite Ormond’s best efforts in the last term, Northvale kicked three straight to stay comfortably in front and take home the four points. Final Score: Northvale 9.54 59 def Ormond 5.3 33
In a showdown of the top 2 teams, Beaumaris handed top-of-the-ladder Highett/Cheltenham Black their second loss of the season, with the Sharks, Panthers and AJAX now on equal wins and placed on the ladder based on percentage. It was an absolute thriller that saw CHOGs with a 1-point lead at quarter time, followed by an 8-point lead to Beaumaris going into the main break. Things were tense as CHOGs charged ahead in the third term, going into the final break with the biggest lead of the game so far – 17-points. In an incredible effort, the Sharks prevented the CHOGs from scoring in the final term, kicking 5 goals of their own to get back in front and take the victory. Beaumaris’ Kyle Yorke was a standout booting 5 of the 9 goals. Final Score: Beaumaris 9.8 62 def. Highett/Cheltenham Black 7.5 47
AJAX tied themselves up with the top two teams after their victory against Mordialloc-Braeside on Sunday. With the Comets maintaining a comfortable lead throughout the first half, the Mustangs attempted a comeback in the third term when they kicked 4 goals to 1, but AJAX’s lead was just too big and they were unable to get in front despite closing up the gap. Though the last quarter appeared evenly split in momentum and goals, the Mustangs were stuck playing catch up and were defeated by 29-points in the end. Final Score: AJAX 13.7 85 def. Mordialloc-Braeside 8.8 56
In the first match of Division 2, St Kilda City forfeited their home game against Oakleigh, giving the Dragons the four points.
Despite leading in the first quarter, Bentleigh were down by 25-points at the main break, with the game tight and still up for grabs. Preventing South Melbourne from scoring, a determined Demons took back the lead booting 5 goals to none and holding the momentum throughout the third. Not a team to give up, the Swans kicked the opening goal of the final term, closing the gap to just 5-points. Flustered and unable to create any scoring opportunities, the Demons were focused on their defensive game. While South Melbourne had two further opportunities to cement a win, both scores were ultimately behinds. The Demons held on in the dying minutes by a mere 3-points and moved the top of the leader board following the final siren. Final Scores: Bentleigh 6.11 47 def. South Melbourne Districts 6.8 44
Highett/Cheltenham Blue experienced their second win of the season after an away-from-home triumph against Caulfield. Despite a close scoreline, CHOGs were able to remain in front throughout the game, though at times, the leading margin got as small as 3-points. The Bears did have more chances in front of goal, but it was Highett/Cheltenham’s kicking accuracy that ultimately ensured their victory, with CHOGs scoring just 1 behind from their 8 shots, where as Caulfield only managed 4 goals from their 14 opportunities. Final Score: Caulfield 4.10 34 def. by Highett/Cheltenham Blue 7.1 43
It was a tight first-half in the match between Murrumbeena and former ladder leaders East Sandringham Rovers. The Lions came out looking strong in the first quarter, but not to be shaken, the Rovers stole the momentum in the second, leaving Murrumbeena with just a 2-point lead at the main break. Determined to knock off the top team, the Lions continually put the ball into their forward 50, creating 11 scoring opportunities to the Rovers’ 3. Despite scoring just a single behind in the last quarter, Murrumbeena’s efforts were enough to hold off the Rovers and stop them from getting back in front, finishing with a 13-point victory. Final Score: Murumbeena 5.15 45 def. East Sandringham 4.8 32