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Round 8 includes undefeated Panthers, the first win since regrading for the Dragons, Ajax bouncing back from last weeks loss, and a battle of the top teams in Division 2.

Here is our weekend wrap:

Division 1:

Hightett/Cheltenham maintain their position on top of the ladder, and are also the only Division 1 team who are currently undefeated, after their 84-point victory over Mordialloc-Braeside. Panther James Eadie had a day out booting 4 across the match, with Kai Colella and Tyson Murray kicking 3 a piece. Highett/Cheltenham remained composed throughout the game, keeping Mordi-Brae goalless in the first term and holding the momentum in all 4 quarters, seeming composed and confident. Final Score: Mordialloc Braeside 2.10 22 def. by Highett/Cheltenham Black 16.10 106 

In a tight match, Northvale entered the quarter-time break with a 6-point lead in their game against Beaumaris, and by half-time, found themselves in front by just 4-points. In the third term, the Sharks gained momentum, and in a comeback effort led by 16-points going into the final quarter. Both teams boasted multiple goal kickers, with Northvale’s 4 goals kicked by 4 different players; while Beaumaris had 5 scorers, with George Churchill-Grey booting 2. Despite Northvale’s best efforts, Beaumaris extended their lead and finished the game with a 18-point win. Final Score: Northvale 4.5 29 def. by Beaumaris 6.11 47

In the final match of Division 1, Ajax bounced back from their loss last week, when they finished the game with a 47-point triumph over Ormond. Corey Zielinski recorded 5 majors for Ajax, who had 7 other goal-kickers over the game. Despite their loss, Ormond also boasted forward-line diversity with 6 individual scorers and an accurate scoreline of 8.3 by the final siren. With Ormond fighting hard and keeping themselves on the board, it was Ajax’s incredible effort of creating 23 different scoring opportunities that got them over the line in the end. Final Score: Ajax 15.8 98 def. Ormond 8.3 51

Division 2:

South Melbourne were too strong for St Kilda City, with the Swans keeping the Saints scoreless in the first quarter and to just 1.4 by the half-time break. With 7 different goal-kickers, inclusive of Samuel McConchie who booted 3 of the 11 majors, South Melbourne maintained a comfortable lead for the entirety of the match, with 25 individual scoring opportunities to St Kilda City’s 10. The Swans retained the momentum throughout the match and continued to extended their lead in each quarter, finishing the game with a 55-point victory. Final Score: South Melbourne 11.14 80 def. St Kilda City 3.7 25

In the second match of Division 2, nerves were high when Murumbeena and Caulfield had kicked 3.1 each within the first term, and were stuck at a draw going into the second quarter. From there, the Lions worked tirelessly to secure a win at home, taking the lead and only allowing the Bears to kick two goals during the second half of the game. Joshua Webb led the Lions’ charge, scoring 5 goals and helping to extend their lead in the third and fourth quarters, with Murumbeena claiming a 51-point victory. Final Score: Murumbeena 14.9 93 def. Caulfield 6.6 42

Oakleigh recorded their first win since the Round 4 regrading, in a 21-point victory over Highett/Cheltenham Blue. Though Oakleigh didn’t score in the final quarter, their 29-point lead at three quarter time, in addition to the Panthers kicking inaccurately, scoring just 1.2 from their 3 final scoring opportunities in the last term, enabled the Dragons to stay on top and take the four points at the final siren. The leading scorers of the day were Highett/Cheltenham’s Zac Morgan and Oakleigh’s Nicholas Stathopoulos who kicked 3 each. Final Score: Oakleigh 10.14 74 def. Highett/Cheltenham Blue 8.5 53

In an extremely tight game, Bentleigh narrowly managed a victory over East Sandringham Rovers, in a 1-point win that went down to the wire with supporters, coaches and players on edge until the final siren. Evenly matched, the biggest lead of the day was a mere 14-points, with the top two teams in Division 2 going back and fourth in this rounds biggest battle for the four points. The Demons victory moves them to the top of the ladder, with the Rovers slipping into second position at the end of Round 8. Final Score: East Sandringham 8.6 54 Bentleigh 8.7 55