Umpires at the Edi-Asp v Pines game supported ‘Love the Game, Not the Odds’ round by sporting blue wristbands and caps at Regents Park on Saturday.
ROSEBUD has rubber-stamped its credentials as a top-five contender and Mornington has put its relegation plans on hold after a wet and wintry round 11 of Chisholm MPNFL Division One football.
Ironically the MPNFL was supporting the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s – ‘Love the Game, Not the Odds’ round – on a day when players, supporters, umpires and coaches would have found very little to love about the game at all…it was cold and very wet!
But the Buds and Doggies will still be celebrating hard.
Only four teams will take to the field this Saturday – with Bonbeach hosting Edithvale-Aspendale and Frankston YCW heading to Dromana – but the Buds are assured of holding on to a top-five spot on the ladder after a 37-point victory over Bonbeach at Olympic Park on Saturday.
Rosebud lost its opening three games of the season but has bounced back well having won six of its last nine games. And victory was never in doubt against the Sharks who kicked just one goal for the match and were kept to the lowest score – 1.10.16 – in division one football this season.
Gun-midfielder Sean Downie once again led the way for the Buds, kicking two goals in a best-on-ground display, while three goals to Lachie Armstrong and solid performances from Ward Rakei, Jai Hardwick and Jari Kennedy saw the home side take control from the opening bounce.
Luke Verma and Joe Fisscher battled hard for the Sharks, while a last-quarter goal to Lachie Gill-Renouf saved the Sharks from a goalless outing.
But the Sharks get the chance to take back fourth spot from the Buds when they host Edi-Asp at Cannes Avenue on Saturday.
An injection of youth has propelled bottom-of-the-ladder Mornington to an upset 15-point victory over an out-of-form Frankston YCW at Jubilee Park.
The Bulldogs looked dead and buried after last week’s heartbreaking loss to Edi-Asp, but promoted Matthew Caine and Jack Buchanan from the under 19s – while former Mt Eliza junior Ben Webster came in for his first senior game for the club.
Caine was superb, booting five goals for the Doggies, while Luke Susovich, Adrian Speedy, Michael Williams and big-man Renwick Watts had an impact around the ground. The once-dominant Stonecats have now lost their last four games and head to Dromana this week to take on the third-placed Tigers.
Dromana made it six wins from its last seven starts with a grinding 21-point victory over Frankston at Baxter Park.
The Tigers were held goalless by the Bombers in the opening term but kicked seven goals to two after quarter time to bank a very important four premiership points. Consistency across the ground once again did the job for Rikki Johnston and his side, while Ryan Marks-Logan, Dale Sutton and ruckman Harry Prior were best for the Bombers.
There were no easy kicks as Frankston and Dromana battled it out at Greg Beck Oval on Saturday. The Tigers overcame a goalless first quarter to win by 21 points.
And the top two teams in the competition – Sorrento and Pines – put the premiership quarter to good use in hard-fought victories over Mt Eliza and Edi-Asp respectively.
Sorrento extended a 13-point lead at half time out to a match-winning 37 points at the final break, after kicking 5.2 to 1.2 against the Redlegs. Luke Tapscott was in terrific touch for the Sharks, booting four goals, while ruckman Luke Lowden gave gun-onballer Mitch Hallahan an arm-chair ride through the midfield.
James Hammond, Brenton Lambert and Mason Dewit were best for the Redlegs – who head to this week’s break on the back of a disappointing four-game losing streak.
And reigning-premier Pines has now won its last four games after a 16-point victory over Edi-Asp at Regents Park.
The Pythons led by just one point at the major interval but broke the game open with a five-goal third term. Shaun White booted a valuable three-goals for the Pythons, while Luke Potts, Russ Gabriel and Ben Thomas stood firm against a strong last-quarter Eagles’ rally.
Shayne Allan booted four and Mick Meehan three for the Eagles, while Steve Mannix, Sam Monaghan and Nick Carlon were solid four-quarter contributors.
Karingal has the opportunity to take back top spot on the ladder this week after the Bulls prevailed by 13 points against a brave Somerville at Ballam Park on Saturday.
With top-of-the-table Red Hill and Crib Point both sitting idle this week, the undefeated Bulls can retain their place at the summit after a steady team performance against the Eagles.
With the dangerous Matt Stanley sitting on the sidelines, and gun full-forward Marc Holt limited to just one goal, the Bulls found different avenues to the big sticks with eight-individual goal-scorers.
Ryan Davey and Cal Dixon were the best of those performers, while Matt Jackson and Andy McInnes also had major hands in the victory. The Eagles certainly weren’t disgraced with Justin Allsop, Daniel Marshall and Jed Sutton booting two goals apiece and Nick Mason and Kane McKenzie playing very important roles.
Both teams have huge games this week with the Bulls heading to Seaford and Somerville hosting Langwarrin at Jones Road.
Red Hill has extended its winning run to 12 with a gutsy and grinding 11-point victory over Hastings.
The Hillmen travelled to Marine Parade minus some big guns, with Chris Irving, Jonah Siversen, Sean Holmes, Tom McEncroe and Daniel Frampton all watching on from the sidelines. The visitors trailed by a kick at the major break but showed true character to kick four goals to one after half time to keep their unbeaten run alive.
The Hillmen now get a valuable week off as they prepare for the match-of-the-season against Karingal in round 14.
Rye has celebrated Matt McIndoe’s 200th club game with a dour seven-point victory over Devon Meadows at Rye.
The Demons looked to have fluffed their lines in the third quarter, kicking 2.6 with the breeze but were repaid in kind with the Panthers kicking 2.7 in the final term.
The Demons ability to hit the scoreboard against the breeze made all the difference in the end, with the drive of Ryan Williams, Tyrren Head, Nick Rowson and Sam Smith leading the Demons to their fourth victory of the season.
Skipper Mat Fletcher was best for the Panthers, who will look to end a nine-game losing streak against Hastings next week.
Seaford forward Aaron Walton has celebrated his 250th game with a standout six-goal haul in a 79-point victory over Pearcedale at Tractor Park.
A three-time premiership player and best and fairest winner at the club, Walton is showing no signs of slowing down after taking his tally to 45 goals for the season.
The Tigers were steady in the first half but unleashed the turbos in the third term kicking eight goals nine in a brilliant display of team football. Bryce Lloyd and Matt McLennan were also important for the Tigers, while Jack McGuiness, Max Gearon and Laughlin Cowell, who slotted three, were best for the Panthers.
Chelsea has banked its ninth win from its last 10 games with a comfortable 60-point victory over Crib Point.
Coach James Brain sat on the sidelines to watch Curtis Bywater kick four goals, and Jed Brain and Kieran Albanese two each, and to see Brad Clark, Mason Bailey and Jackson Arthur have a major influence around the ground.
The Seagulls are building a very nice record indeed, and appear favourites to grab third place behind Karingal and Red Hill this season. Anderson Millar, Luke Herrington and Zak Dekleuver were best for the Magpies, who now get a week’s rest before a five-game stretch where they will try to extricate themselves from the bottom of the ladder.
And a strong third quarter has helped Langwarrin to a hard-fought 21-point victory over Tyabb at Lloyd Park.
The Kangaroos wasted opportunities in the first term and were made to pay with the Yabbies kicking five goals to two in the second term to take an eight-point lead into half time.
But the Kangaroos showed their quality, booting six goals to one in the third quarter to take total control of the contest. Josh Biggs kicked three goals for the Kangas and benefited greatly from the work of Blake Peach, Shane Paterson and Zac Andrewartha up the ground.
Matt Ravenhall, Darcy Underwood and rover Curtis Murfett were best for the Yabbies.
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