By Hayley Wildes and Nick Creely
AROUND THE GROUNDS
MORNINGTON PENINSULA NEPEAN
DIVISION TWO – ROUND 14
Brilliant displays by star pair Mat Fletcher and Michael Theodoridis have guided Devon Meadows to a narrow win over Somerville, 11.13 (79) to 9.14 (68).
Theodoridis slotted five in a dynamic display up forward, bringing his tally up 45 for the season, while Fletcher continued his superb season with a classy display around the ground.
The game was even early, but the Panthers broke clear to kick four goals to one in the second term to take a 17-point half time lead.
Despite the Eagles showing some fight, the Panthers kept the visitors at bay with a four goal to five second half to run out winners.
Down at Thomas Barclay Oval, meanwhile, Pearcedale was no match for Hastings after quarter time, 17.11 (113) to 7.8 (50).
The Panthers were down by 19-points at quarter time, but conceded 13 goals after quarter time to fall to a heavy defeat.
Young midfielder Luke Dalmau was the best for the Panthers on a tough day.
AFL YARRA RANGES
DIVISION 2 – ROUND 12
Gembrook dominated Kinglake after quarter time, putting on an attacking masterclass at home to win 24.18 (162) to 14.5 (89).
The visitors actually led at quarter time by 16-points after slamming on six opening quarter goals, but the Brookers were deadly in attack, piling on 21 goals to eight after quarter time to run away with the win.
Luke Failla (five goals), Tarkyn Lockyer (five), Michael Firrito (four) and Andrew Shipp (three) combined to put the visitors to the sword in attack, while Damien Volta was named as best afield for the Brookers.
Warragul is just percentage from fifth spot after shaking off Drouin in the last quarter at Western Park, 12.15 (87) to 7.13 (55).
Off the back of a three goal display by Nathaniel Parades, the Gulls managed to boot five final quarter goals after leading by just nine-points at three quarter time against a plucky opponent who have been competitive for the majority of the season.
In a competitive effort from the Hawks, Bob McCallum was superb in the ruck and in attack, while James McKellar was named in the best once again.
The Gulls now sit 18 per cent behind Traralgon in fifth, and play their rivals this weekend, in the biggest game potentially for the season.
EASTERN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
DIVISION 1 – ROUND 13
Rowville sits fourth on the ladder after taking care of business on the road against Balwyn on the weekend.
The Hawks were trailing by five points at half-time, but an eight-goal to one second half saw Rowville claim a 14.9 (93) to 8.7 (55) win. Jackson McDonald and James Gwilt were superb for the Hawks.
Noble Park led at the first break against Vermont, but were overrun after quarter time, falling 17.13 (115) to 11.9 (75). Kyle Martin continues to stand tall for the Bulls and was best afield for his side.
SOUTHERN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
DIVISION 2 – ROUND 13
Keysborough was far too strong for East Brighton, winning 23.7 (145) to 12.9 (81). Chris Bryan was the star with 10 goals, while Corey Hargreaves booted six majors.
Ryan Hendy and Ricky Johnson combined for 10 goals as the Doveton Eagles dismantled Hampton in a high-scoring affair, 24.14 (158) to 14.6 (90). Reece Hancock (three goals) was sublime for the Eagles.
DIVISION 3 – ROUND 12
Springvale Districts handed Black Rock a 101-point loss. The Demons, led by Jacob Bakes and Lachlan Morrey (five goals), won 17.15 (117) to 2.4 (16) after holding Black Rock goalless for the first three quarters.
Endeavour Hills made an inaccurate Ashwood pay, claiming a big 8.11 (59) to 1.10 (16) win at home. Daniel Batson and Ben Holland were involved in everything for the Falcons.
Hallam was unable to overcome a slow start against South Yarra at home, falling 7.7 (49) to 4.5 (29). Mitchell Lambert and Matthew Studd were valiant all day for the Hawks.
Hampton Park claimed another big win, proving too strong for Heatherton at Ross Street Reserve, running out 15.11 (101) to 6.7 (43) winners. Travis Davis and Shannon Henwood were best for the Redbacks, while Mark Stevens and Ben Clark-Henry were impressive for Heatherton.
DIVISION 4 – ROUND 13
Carrum Patterson Lakes came out firing and never looked back against Lyndale at home. Carrum Patterson Lakes ran out 19.12 (126) to 7.7 (49) winners.
Brenton Rafferty and Alex Wilson combined for 10 goals as Toby Darma also starred for Carrum Patterson Lakes. Danny Hartley and Matthew Leombruni battled hard for the Pumas.
Sandown’s slow start proved costly against Cerberus, falling 11.14 (80) to 10.4 (64) at home. The Cobras were led by Josh Hurford and Shane Cosstick.
Lyndhurst made light work of Dandenong at Marriott Waters Reserve. The Lightning led by 30 points at quarter time and the onslaught continued as Hamish Browning booted seven majors in a dynamic display up forward and Jarryd McGrath provided plenty of attacking forays.
Despite the 17.19 (121) to 1.6 (12) loss, Josh Cole and Michael Scott were valiant for the Redlegs.
DIVISION 2 – ROUND 13
Meanwhile, St Johns battled valiantly, but was unable to come away with the win against Power House AFC at Thomas Carroll Reserve.
Trailing by just four points after three quarters, St Johns couldn’t kick a winning score, falling 13.9 (87) to 10.14 (74). Aaron Thornton (five goals) was sublime up forward, while Corey Ladson was impressive for St Johns.