Sit back and enjoy the first review of the AFL South East Top-Age competition by SEDA Student Jack Harper. Jack has been studying the best teams and the high-flyers of the competition and will provide a weekly summary of all the great action. Here’s Jack’s take of what took place in round six.
The opening game of round six was a massive test for Seaford as the struggling Tigers were up against it as they faced second-on-the-ladder Beaconsfield Blue.
Seaford looked up for the challenge in the first quarter, and with Khiel Walker kicking three goals anything seemed possible.
Sam Cachia was the driving force for Beaconsfield as he put the Eagles a gear above Seaford in the second half and, with the assistance of Luke Matson and Nathan Dowsett who managed to kick three goals each, helped Beaconsfield to a comfortable 76-point triumph.
Just a short distance from the opening game, the second match of the round was held as Bonbeach YCW were hosts to Mt Eliza Blue.
The game early on was taken by the scruff of the neck by Mt Eliza as it heavily dominated the game. With the help of forwards Marcus Harter and William Bravo, who combined for seven goals, the Redlegs strolled away to a 43-point win.
The clash of the round saw Frankston Dolphins take on an in-form and strong Berwick Navy side.
The game went right down to the wire and it was a sense of Deja vu for both teams. The last time they met the Dolphins just edged Berwick by two-points in the season-opening round.
Both teams were desperately looking for win number three, however there can only be one winner in football. With the result of the game coming down to the final seconds it was a real nail-biter, but in the end, it was Berwick who prevailed, turning the tide on the Dolphins and winning by a thrilling six-points.
The Dolphins will be looking for revenge next round as they take on Beaconsfield who have lost just one game. It will be a massive test for the Dolphins as they look to bounce back.
Final Scores – Premier A
Seaford Yellow 4.6.30 v Beaconsfield Blue 16.10.106
Bonbeacj YCW 2.10.22 v Mt Eliza Blue 9.11.65
Frankston Dolphins 5.3.33 v Berwick Navy 6.3.39
Throughout the 2019 season we have experienced just about everything football can offer, but the first game of the round proved us wrong with yet another nail-bitting clash between Mt Eliza Red and Berwick White.
The game was there for the taking for both teams, but the only player to stand up and take the game on was Mt Eliza forward Harry Langford who kicked three-goals and was instrumental in the win for the Redlegs on the day.
Berwick failed to record any multiple goalkickers and struggled to hit the scoreboard throughout the game.
The Wickers had plenty of chances but were very inaccurate, kicking five goals and 12-behinds, and this was the telling blow as Mt Eliza crawled over the finish line in a thrilling three-point triumph.
The second game of the round saw a masterclass performance as Frankston Dolphins Black thrashed Seaford Black.
It was a clash of the two bottom teams on the ladder and the Dolphins were determined to get their season back on track in hopes of finals football. No players wanted it more than Oliver Garrett and Jamie White, who kicked a combined 10-goals and dominated on the Dolphins forward line.
In the final game of the round, Carrum Patterson Lakes was up against Langwarrin. The game was vital for both teams who were looking to play some of their best football for the season.
The game headed into the last quarter with an eight point-lead in favour of Langwarrin. Joel Allitt was the star, kicking three goals to take his tally to 24 over the first six rounds. He helped his side to a hard-fought 28-point victory.
Carrum Patterson Lakes will be desperate to redeem itself next round when it takes on Seaford Black in a must-win game for both sides.
Final Scores – Premier B
Mt Eliza Red 7.3.45 v Berwick White 5.12.42
Frankston Dolphins Black 18.12.120 v Seaford Black 6.7.43
Carrum Patterson Lakes 7.9.51 v Langwarrin 11.13.79
The opening game of round six saw a clash at the bottom of the ladder with Beaconsfield White and Narre North Foxes Black going head-to-head.
The Foxes had recorded just one win in season 2019 while Beaconsfield wasn’t as lucky and still hadn’t managed to win and was looking for a change of fortunes.
The game was a thriller and went right down to the final seconds, with a late goal the way of the Foxes cutting the lead down to just five points with four minutes remaining in the game.
A late chance to win the game came in the final minutes, however to the pleasure of Beaconsfield the chance led to a behind and the Eagles held on for their first win of the season in nail-biting fashion – getting the job done by just four points.
With both teams starting the season with three wins and two losses, round six would prove to be a vital turning point for Devon Meadows and Berwick Springs Blue as they try to get their season off to a flyer.
No player was more determined to get his team their fourth win of the season than Thomas Nelson who kicked four goals for Berwick Springs. But it wasn’t enough as Devon Meadows out muscled Berwick Springs and picked up their fourth win of the season by a hard-fought 22-point margin.
Close finishes were common throughout round six, and the Officer White and Pines matchup was no different with the game being decided in the final minutes.
Despite a late three-goal push in the final quarter from the Kangaroos, Pines proved to be too strong and held on for a four-point victory in the most dramatic of fashion.
The fourth and final game of the round was a clash between bottom-of-the-ladder Cranbourne Blue and the competition benchmark Edithvale-Aspendale.
The game started in Edi-Asp’s favour as it continued its winning form and with the help of key forwards Jack Flavelle and Jack Dunn, who booted three-goals each, picked up their fifth win of the season.
Edi-Asp has a massive test next round as it faces the in-form Devon Meadows who currently sit third on the ladder with both teams looking to continue their outstanding start to the season.
Final Scores – Premier C
Beaconsfield White 11.4.70 v Narre North Foxes Black 9.12.66
Devon Meadows 10.12.72 v Berwick Springs Blue 7.8.50
Officer White 6.12.48 v Pines 8.4.52
Cranbourne Blue 5.9.39 v Edithvale-Aspendale 14.14.98
UNDER 17 DIVISION ONE
The opening game to kick off round six was a clash between four and five on the ladder as the Mt Eliza Mounties faced off against the Frankston Rovers Hawks.
The Rovers were down four goals to one at the first break, however they never gave up and fought right back into the game. With the assistance of Blake Milham, who kicked three goals, the Rovers strode to a tight 12-point victory.
One of the hardest things in football is fixing a poor start to a season and when you start the season without a win after six rounds, every game becomes extremely difficult.
This was the challenge Frankston Dolphins Red faced as it confronted Langwarrin Blue who sat pretty in second on the ladder and were looking to pick up win number five.
Jye Moli was one of Langwarrin’s key players as he kicked three goals and dominated the forward and helped Langwarrin to a convincing 64-point landslide.
The final game of the round was a tough challenge for bottom-of-the-ladder Fountain Gate White who had its back against the wall against top-of-the-ladder Endeavour Hills.
Endeavour Hills never gave the Gators a chance, and with an outstanding performance from forward David Lega Frost – who kicked an incredible seven-goals – continued the Gators winless start to the season.
The Gators have another massive challenge next round as they will come up against a rested Bonbeach side and will look to hope to record their first win of the season.
Final Scores – Under 17 Division One
Mt Eliza Mounties 7.11.53 v Frankston Rovers Hawks 10.6.66
Frankston Dolphins Red 3.12.30 v Langwarrin Blue 14.10.94
Endeavour Hills 19.11.125 v Fountain Gate White 1.4.10
UNDER 17 DIVISION TWO
The two main teams that look to be the benchmark of the competition – Lyndhurst and Narre Foxes Grey – who had both lost only one game went head-to-head in one of the clashes of the season.
The game started with extremely high intensity as players were put to the test by the opposition. As some players cracked under pressure, Jake Goodes stepped up a gear and kicked five of the Foxes seven goals to challenged Lyndhurst right to the last quarter.
But despite the Foxes efforts Lyndhurst ran away 27-point winners, with Tristan Walton kicking four goals and rising to the occasion and helping his side to their fifth win of the season.
Pakenham had been through an extremely tough five rounds, managing just one win and last week lost to the Foxes by a heartbreaking six-points.
The Lions looked to put all of their frustrations behind them and look for a restart as they were matched up against Narre South Lions Gold.
No Lions looked hungrier to get things moving in the right direction than forwards Lachlan Shaw and Matthew Zocalo, who combined for eight of the Pakenham’s nine goals and leading the Lions to a 13-point victory.
The final game of the round saw a tough matchup for Pines Green as it was set the task of taking on Beaconsfield Gold.
Pines was sitting on the bottom of the table, with no wins for the season and it looked like they were going to have to wait longer.
To the Pythons displeasure, Daniel Hodge and Thomas Brennen dominated the forward line as they picked up three goals each and sent Beaconsfield to an impressive 86-point victory.
The victorious Eagles will now be looking to take second place next round as they come up against a strong Foxes team in what is sure to be the match of the round.
Final Scores – Under 17 Division Two
Lyndhurst 11.7.73 v Narre North Foxes Grey 7.4.46
Pakenham Blue 9.4.58 v Narre South Lions Gold 6.9.45
Beaconsfield Gold 13.18.96 v Pines Green 1.4.10
UNDER 18 GIRLS
The first five rounds of the competition have proved to be a goal fest with the quality of football seeing multiple teams scoring more than 100-points a round.
The opening game of this round was held at Overport Park Reserve as Frankston Dolphins prepared to host Fountain Gate. The Dolphins jumped the Gators in the first quarter and then powered away with a strong third term, eventually winning by 48 points.
The Dolphins shared the load perfectly up forward with Britnee Land and Jasmyn Bell kicking three goals each, with Maddi Porter and Mel Dawson snagging a goal apiece.
Bonbeach YCW was wildly inaccurate but still had enough in the tank to down Mordialloc by 45 points at Bonbeach on Sunday.
One of the key performers of the game was Addison Loffler who has proven to be one of the best forwards in the competition. Last week Loffler kicked a massive five goals and was hungry for more this week and added another two to her total.
Mt Eliza Red went into the round as the only undefeated side and showed its class with an 87-point victory over Narre North Foxes.
Keely Byrne kicked three goals for the winners while Rose Clancy-Dillon and Zali Mayall chimed in with two apiece.
The penultimate game of the round was a clash of old foes, as Beaconsfield went head-to-head against familiar rivals Berwick.
The game was virtually over at half time and it was a day out for Beaconsfield’s forwards as Hayley Dyer and Jessica Martin dominated the forward line and kicked a combined 11-goals to help Beaconsfield to a 73-point victory.
The last game of the round was held between new faces, as Edithvale-Aspendale were up against a Pakenham side who were sitting second last on the ladder.
The Lions were shut down by the impressive Eagles who had Alexandra Smith kick three goals and aid the Eagles to a healthy 61-point win.
Pakenham will be looking for redemption next round as they take on the Dolphins at home – a must win game for the Lions to get their season back on track.
Final Scores – Under 18 Girls
Frankston Dolphins 8.11.59 v Fountain Gate 1.5.11
Bonbeach YCW 6.21.57 v Mordialloc 2.0.12
Mt Eliza Red 13.16.94 v Narre North Foxes 1.1.7
Beaconsfield 15.4.94 v Berwick 3.3.21
Edithvale-Aspendale 9.13.67 v Pakenham 1.0.6