By Hayley Wildes, Nick Creely and Russell Bennett
AROUND THE GROUNDS
MORNINGTON PENINSULA NEPEAN
DIVISION TWO – ROUND 10
Devon Meadows bounced back from last week with a brilliant final quarter comeback against Rye at Glover on Saturday, 13.5 (83) to 10.10 (70).
The Panthers trailed by 22 points at three quarter time and looked to be fading away to another loss, but slammed on six unanswered goals to run away with the four points.
Michael Theodoridis was the star with six majors next to his name, while the likes of Troy Aust, Allan Murray and Cal O’Hare were solid all day.
Down at Pearcedale, the Panthers were thumped by Hastings, 10.4 (64) to 19.14 (128).
AFL YARRA RANGES
DIVISION 1 – ROUND 8
Emerald rebounded emphatically from its Round 7 defeat to Upwey Tecoma with a thumping 80-point victory away to Warburton Millgrove at Mac Sparke Oval, 8.7 (55) to 19.21 (135). The Bombers started strongly with nine scoring shots to just two in the first term, and capitalised with a big win – despite only converting on 19 of their 40 scoring shots overall. Jake Pedder (seven goals), Nic Jansen (three goals) and Josh Rich were the stars of the show for the visitors.
Meanwhile, in Division 2, the star duo of Tarkyn Lockyer (two goals) and Michael Firrito led Gembrook Cockatoo to a 27-point win at home over Yea, 8.10 (58) to 4.7 (31). The Brookers got the early jump and kept the Tigers goalless in the first half. The visitors ultimately started to make their run in the third, but it was too little too late as the likes of Dan Leversha and Damien Volta also shone for the home side.
Warragul breathed some life into their season with a gritty 22-point win over Morwell, 6.12 (48) to 9.16 (70).
The Gulls held firm to lead at every change, opening up the game in a five goal to two second half.
On a tough day to score, the likes of Nathaniel Parades, Brayden Fowler and Tyssen Morrow proved crucial, with the trio combining for six goals.
At Drouin, the Hawks were blown away early and couldn’t mount a comeback against Moe, 7.6 (48) to 21.13 (139).
The Lions were in control from the outset, but got the big break in a nine goal to one behind third term.
EASTERN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
DIVISION 1 – ROUND 9
Rowville was overrun by South Croydon in the second half on Saturday, falling 8.5 (53) to 12.17 (89).
Leading by one-point at half-time, the Hawks only managed three goals in the second half, while the Bulldogs put through eight majors.
Damian Garner was best for the Hawks, while Aiden Quigley, Ziggie Alwan and Riley D’Arcy booted two goals each.
SOUTHERN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
DIVISION 3 – ROUND 8
Endeavour Hills – despite inaccurate goal kicking – took care of Heatherton, 6.15 (51) to 5.2 (32).
Nick Gay and Ben Moriarty were involved in everything for the Falcons and Jarrod Marolla kicked three majors. For Heatherton, Ben Clark-Henry and Mehdi Daoud were impressive.
Springvale Districts was dominant from start to finish to claim a massive win over South Yarra, 6.7 (43) to 16.29 (115).
Stefan Feehan (six goals) was irresistible up forward for Springvale Districts and David Monaghan and George Angelopoulos were important all day.
Meanwhile, Hampton Park piled on 15 goals to one in the second half to demolish Hallam, 2.4 (16) to 20.11 (131). Jackson Fry was the star of the day as he booted nine majors in a dominant display.
Kane Bloxsidge and Shannon Henwood were also impressive for the Redbacks. Rory McIvor and Dion Cavallo were valiant all day for the Hawks.
DIVISION 4 – ROUND 9
Dandenong finally broke through for their maiden win of the season.
Taking on Moorabbin at Greaves Reserve, the Redlegs claimed a hard-fought and well-deserved 17.4 (106) to 14.11 (95) win.
Kiat Tut and Michael Lawrence were crucial in getting the Redlegs home.
Lyndale was far too strong for Sandown, claiming a 13.6 (84) to 6.9 (45) win. The Cobras were dominated in the second half, but James Tate and Nicholas Morrish were notable for Sandown.
Carrum Patterson Lakes was unable to match Lyndhurst after quarter-time as they went down, 7.11 (53) to 3.3 (21). Carrum Patterson Lakes was unable to score a goal after quarter-time and only mustered one-point in the second half.
Ben Hiam was best afield, while Aaron Cocker and Hamish Browning (three goals) were dominant for the Lightning. Shane Dunn and Steven Cormack were relentless for Carrum Patterson Lakes, despite the loss.
VAFA DIVISION 2 – ROUND 10
St Johns was simply outplayed and outclassed by UHS-VU.
Although the game was well in hand for UHS-VU at half-time, they piled on nine goals to one in the second half to run out 19.16 (130) to 5.10 (40).
Daniel Cattolico battled hard, while Aaron Thornton booted three goals in a dirty day.