By Alyce Collett
In what is the biggest upset of the weekend, Mt Evelyn achieved what no one else in the Premier Division has been able to thus far this season – defeat Chirnside Park.
Mt Evelyn were kept scoreless in the first term, but then came right back in the second term, reducing the margin to 11 points. Unfortunately for Mt Evelyn they were only able to score one point in the third term before restricting the Panthers to one point in the final term and kicking three goals of their own. In the end they were able to get the win by the smallest of margins.
Savannah Bowden kicked two goals for Mt Evelyn, while Jennifer Anderson, Nolene Kingi and Jessica Smith each kicked singles.
Another side that got a win by the smallest of margins on the weekend was Upwey Tecoma’s Division One side.
They were able to restrict South Croydon to only a solitary behind for the first half, but South Croydon came back at them in the third term after the Tigers were kept scoreless. The Tiger’s scoring woes continued in the fourth quarter, as they were restricted to two points for the term as South Croydon doubled their score, but in the end Upwey Tecoma were able to hold on.
Alexandria Bantock and Monica Vantilburg kicked one goal each for the Tigers, while Kiana Oates, Samantha Searle and Madison Walsh were among the best players.
In what by this stage of the season may sound like a broken record, the team to beat in the Outer East Division Healesville once again got the chocolates, this time over Yarra Junction.
The margin was only six points at quarter time, but after that Yarra Junction only scored two points and Healesville ran away with the match.
For Healesville, Jaimee Petersen kicked four and Dannielle Jones kicked two, while Emily Hay and Kelly Marie Laidlaw each kicked one. Yarra Junction’s solitary goal came off the boot of Patsy Boxell.
Another side that struggled to score after quarter time was Upwey Tecoma.
Although the quarter time margin in their clash against Monbulk was only nine points, they didn’t score after that and the Hawks extended the margin to 17 points. In the second half, in a sight you don’t often see, neither side scored, not even a single point.
Each side had only one individual goal kicker, with Taya Miller kicking Upwey Tecoma’s only goal, while Maddison Dodd kicked all of Monbulk’s three goals.
Thornton-Eildon got their second win on the board, comfortably defeating Belgrave. The margin was already 50 points by half time, and Belgrave didn’t even kick a goal until the final term.
For the victors, Yolanda Vinycomb led the way with four goals, while Kristy Pearce kicked two and Tiarna Scotland and Cassidy Brown each kicked one. Leah Cody was Belgrave’s sole goal kicker.
The win sees Thornton – Eildon jump Belgrave on the ladder and into 4th position. All other teams remain in the same position as they were after the previous weekend, and the top two are now officially set. With three rounds to go Healesville and Monbulk can’t be caught.