The Division 1 ladder remains exactly the same at the end of Round 13, with our top 2 still locked in by pure percentage. Ormond gave AJAX a scare and Beaumaris won a tough fight to stay in second.
There was an absolute thriller in Division 2 between Caulfield and South Melbourne Districts, with some incredible goal-kicking efforts by players across the board.
Here is our weekend wrap:
Though Ormond are yet to win a game this season, they came out looking strong in the first half against third-placed AJAX. With even scores at quarter-time and a mere 15-point lead to the Comets at the main break, Ormond were playing some of their best footy of the season. In the third quarter, though AJAX were unable to completely shut Ormond down, the did kick 4 goals to Ormond’s 2, extending their lead to 27-points going into the final term. Keeping consistent, AJAX remained composed as they kicked another 4 goals, while Ormond were unable to convert in front of goal and added just two behinds to their scoreline. At the final siren, the Comets came away with a 52-point victory. Final Score: Ormond 5.6 36 def. by AJAX 13.10 88
In a 2V4, it was a tight match for Beaumaris as they fought to maintain that second spot on the ladder. Though they remained in-front for the entire game, Northvale were never too far behind, just a goal behind at quarter-time, and trailing by just 4-points at half-time. In an incredible third-quarter effort, Beaumaris were able to keep the Magpies at bay, keeping them scoreless and kicking 1.5 themselves. It was the third quarter that sealed the game for the Sharks, as both teams managed just one behind a piece in the last term. Final Score: Beaumaris def. Northvale 2.6 18
Highett/Cheltenham Black remain on top after their 45-point victory over Mordialloc-Braeside. Too strong for the Mustangs, the Panthers maintained most of the momentum throughout the game and were able to create 10 more scoring opportunities for themselves than their opponents. Despite a fairly imperfect scoreline of 10.7, the Panthers had a strong enough lead that their inaccuracies didn’t cost them the game. The Panthers once again showed the diversity in their side by having 7 different goal-kickers. Final Score: Highett/Cheltenham Black 10.7 67 def. Modialloc Braeside 3.4 22
Bentleigh had their fourth win a row after their 140-point win over St Kilda City. Not only did the Demons have 9 different goal-kickers, but Kieran Foley kicked 6 and Kya Austin booted 5 in an absolute day out for both players. St Kilda City were kept to just a single behind up until half-time, and though they created more opportunities in front of goal for themselves throughout the second half, they were trailing too far behind to catch up and were only able to kick 1 goal out of their 4 chances. Final Score: St Kilda City 1.4 10 def. by Bentleigh 23.12 50
East Sandringham had a win at home this weekend, proving too strong for Oakleigh who were kept to just a goal up to half-time. The Rovers showed the depth in their side with 10 different goal-kickers, Liam O’Driscoll leading the charge with 4 to his name. Despite doubling their own score in the third quarter, Oakleigh were unable to gain enough momentum and opportunity to stay in the game. Ethan Foulds was a standout for their Dragons, kicking all 3 of their goals. Final Score: East Sandringham Rovers 18.6 114 def. Oakleigh 3.4 22
In the tightest match of the round, Caulfield just made it across the line, defeating South Melbourne Districts by just 3-points. In an absolute thriller, the biggest margin of the day was just 13-points and both teams had periods of composure, momentum and dominance. As the teams were evenly matched and the game was quite low-scoring, the deciding factor was opportunities and accuracy in front of goal. Though South Melbourne were in front at three-quarter time, the Bears kicking 2.1 to the Swans’ 1.1 gave them the win. Final Score: South Melbourne Districts 5.7 37 def. by Caulfield 6.4 40
In the final match of Division 2, Murumbeena had a 67-point win over Highett/Cheltenham Blue. Despite the Panthers’ best efforts, they had difficulty converting in front of goal and finished the game with a total of just four behinds. Mumrumbeena’s clearance work, momentum and pace afforded them many more opportunities to score and they took full advantage. Despite their win, the Lions still remain in third position on the ladder, with very little wiggle room between the top 3. Final Score: Murumbeena 10.11 71 def. Highett/Cheltenham Blue 0.4 4