Another great weekend of football and netball took place over the weekend, as fringe clubs stake their claim to feature in finals which isn’t far away. Here’s the week 12 recap:
Totally WorkWear Berwick & Knoxfield Premier Division
Beaconsfield have continued their unbeaten run with a 33-point win in the top of the table clash against Cranbourne. With their back-to-back premiership winning sides of 1980/81 watching on, the Eagles showed why they were the team to beat, kicking seven goals to three in the second half to secure the win. Matthew Johnson kicked three in a best on ground performance for Beaconsfield, while Marc Holt kicked four for Cranbourne.
Narre Warren bounced back hard after a string of narrow losses in recent weeks, taking a commanding 76-point win over Doveton at Robinson Reserve. Holding a 14-point lead at quarter time, the Magpies booted seven goals to two to go into half time with a 51-point lead. Goal kickers were well spread for the Magpies, who had 11 individual goal kickers, while Mark Seedsman kicked three for Doveton in what was a disappointing afternoon for the Doves. The Magpies sit in third on the ladder within striking distance of a top two spot.
Coming back from a bye, Pakenham reminded the competition why they shouldn’t be out of finals calculations with a powerful 68-point victory over Upwey Tecoma. After setting up a comfortable eight goal lead at half time, the Lions continued their rampage of the Tigers to double their score at the end. The Lions had 10 individual goal kickers with Josh Tynan, Darcy Hope & Stephen Morey featuring with two goals each. Daniel Waters kicked three for the Tigers in a match which saw their finals chances take a hit.
The matchup between Wandin and Woori Yallock proved to be a key percentage booster for the Tigers, who won the match by 113 points. Strong scoring in front of goal for the winners was the story of the match and this deterred the Bulldogs of being able to work their way into the game. Zach Monkhorst, Josh Neal & Liam O’Dea all kicked three majors as the Tigers now sit comfortably in sixth on the ladder.
Hallam & Bayswater Truck Centres Division One
Seville continued to stake their claim for a finals berth in 2021, beating Belgrave by 161 points. Dom Aloi starred up forward for the Blues kicking eight goals while Nathan O’Keefe, Robert Petracca & Nathan Williams kicked multiple goals. Currently sitting inside the top six, Seville are now breathing down the neck of Officer who are one game ahead on the ladder.
Monbulk got the job done against Healesville over the weekend, beating the Bloods by 111 points. After a first half that compiled of eight goals, the Hawks kicked away from there on, booting thirteen goals. The forward duo of Ash Beck & Taylor Joyce were on song for the Hawks, kicking nine goals between them while Lachie Beecroft, Ethan Greenall & Michael Langworthy made sure they had first use of the footy out of the midfield.
Officer’s rampaging run of wins has come to an end, with the men from Mount Evelyn spoiling the party in a ten-point victory at Starling Road. An inaccurate Officer will be left to rue missed opportunities in the first half that saw them sit at 1.11 at the major break, which gave the Rovers the perfect chance to strike in the second half. Cooper Colee & Kaleb Van Beek kicked six of Mount Evelyn’s nine goals while Matthew Clarke kicked three for Officer in a losing effort. Going into the last few weeks of the season, both sides sit second and fourth respectively as they push to be a part of the action come finals time.
Gembrook Cockatoo grabbed the chocolates over a spirited Berwick Springs side, who took the contest right up to the Brookers well into the third quarter, until class proved too strong in the end as the men in green and white won by 36 points. A five-goal straight quarter from the Titans put them in the contest until the Brookers stamped their authority on the match with a strong nine goal second half to secure the win. Myles Wareham, Michael Firrito, Daniel Fry & Josh Tilly all kicked multiple goals for the winners, while Jaxon Knight was a dangerous target with three goals for the Titans. The Brookers sit in third on the ladder as they continue their push to feature in finals this season.
ATC Traffic Division Two
After upsetting Alexandra last week, the men of Kinglake continued their winning ways to beat Warburton Millgrove by 118 points. A 12 goal to two second half secured the win for the Lakers to give themselves breathing space on top of the ladder. Will Graf was magnificent up forward kicking six majors while Chris Horman & Damian Pywell contributed well with four goals each.
Powelltown were too strong for local rivals Yarra Junction at Powelltown Recreation Reserve, kicking 12 goals to four in the second half to set up a 63-point win. Michael Fowkes and Ben Wratten continued their magnificent individual seasons, kicking eight goals between them, while David Johnson was once again at his best for the Eagles with four majors. The impressive restart from the season break for Powelltown continues as they now sit in second on the ladder.
Yarra Glen reminded the competition why they still considered finals contenders with a commanding win over Broadford. In a match which saw the River Pigs gain some much-needed percentage, it was a key forward showdown between Callum Morison & Adam Moate, kicking 18 goals between them in a show of supremacy. Sitting six points outside the top three, the River Pigs will continue to push very hard in the last month of football.
Having won only a single game for the season, Yea put in a gallant effort against the second placed Alexandra in what was a cracking game of football. However, after four quarters of football, both sides couldn’t be split, with the game ending in a draw. Tigers captain Pat Evans was inspirational, getting his hands on the footy across the ground and kicking an important goal in the final term. The Rebels, however, did not let the visitors get away with it and got the game back on their terms before the drawn result occurred. A drawn game was the appropriate result, given both sides were evenly matched.
Kärcher Women’s Division One
The match between Beaconsfield and Healesville was a magnificent contest, with the Bloods taking it up to the second-placed Eagles. A 27-point half time lead had the Eagles scratching their heads, until they turned things around in the second half with a fast 41-point turn around to produce a thrilling one-point win. Emerson Woods was a standout for the Bloods while Katie Angelis kicked three for the Eagles in a best on ground performance.
Upwey Tecoma kept their spot inside the four with a commanding win over Monbulk. Jess Occhipinti kept her forward line domination going for the Tigers, kicking five goals in her best on ground performance while she was solidly backed up by captain Kiana Oates who also kicked two.
Pakenham have been provided with a reality check by top of the table Mount Evelyn, going down by 113 points at Toomuc Reserve. June Kärcher Player of the Month winner Isobel Urquhart led from the front for the Rovers, kicking five goals while Casey Mcconchie booted three.
Kärcher Women’s Division Two
Officer’s hopes of finishing inside the top three copped a blow over the weekend, after the might of top placed Yarra Junction proved too much at Officer Recreation Reserve. Patsy Boxell kicked three goals to take her tally to 32 for the season while Jade Mewburn provided good support with two majors.
Olinda Ferny took care of Thornton Eildon over the weekend, winning by 26 points. Maddie Collins was a multiple goal scorer for the Bloods, while Stella Thornton & Shanae Northey were the other single goal kickers. The Bloods will aim for one more win this weekend as they try to secure a top two spot on the ladder.
Kärcher Premier A Grade
Woori Yallock have kept their finals chances alive with a four-point victory over Wandin on the courts of Woori Yallock Recreation Reserve. Mia Sudomirski and Madeline Hargrave are continuing to play well up forward for the Tigers, scoring all 46 points between them, while Brooke McGurgan, Kyah Kimpton and Ally Langdon were best on ground.
The match between Olinda Ferny Creek and Berwick was a close game to watch, with both sides within five points of each other at three quarter time. The Bloods, however, stepped up in the final quarter to bridge a further gap to keep their undefeated streak in 2021 alive. Elly Stewart was strong as a goal shooter while Brodie Smith also starred for the winners.
Narre Warren secured their seventh victory of the season to move into second on the ladder, defeating Doveton by 27 points at Robinson Reserve. Jemma Osborne, Erin Bell and Gabrielle Dwyer were the goal scorers while Caitlin Stephens and Taylah Jencke were named as the best players.
A great match took place at Holm Park Reserve, with Beaconsfield grabbing the win over Cranbourne by just one point to move into third on the ladder. Cranbourne bridged the gap back from a seven-point margin at three quarter time to give themselves a real chance but were unable to grab the lead from the home side. Ashleigh Gill, Elizabeth Murphy and Danielle Cameron were best afield for the winners while Tara Cecil, Jordan Reynolds and Allie Oakenfull featured strongly for Cranbourne.
Pakenham grabbed their second win of the season over the weekend, beating Upwey Tecoma by six points at Upwey Recreation Reserve. Chloe Morgan, Mia Washington and Hayley Poulton were the goal shooters for the winners, while Caitlin Cooke also played well for the Lions.
Kärcher Division 1 A Grade
Seville got the win over Belgrave at Belgrave Recreation Reserve, with the final score showing 90 to 25. Recent Kärcher April/May Player of the Month Olivia Ray featured prominently on the scoreboard, scoring 57 points while Alexis Tucker and Samantha Karakinos starred as the best players for the Blues.
ROC are continuing to exert their dominance over the rest of the competition, securing their unbeaten streak with a 43-point win over Mount Evelyn on their home court at Starling Road. Dee Dee Deng, Keeley Burgmann and Samantha Neil were the goal shooters for the Kangaroos while Zoe Callanan and Brydie Engellenger also starred as their best players.
Monbulk grabbed their third win of the season, beating Healesville 61 to 27. Tarnee Adams and Sophie Stubbs were the goal shooters for the Hawks while Nicole Macdowell and Paige Whitworth were named as their best players.
An evenly matched contest took place on the courts of Mick Morland Reserve, with Gembrook Cockatoo coming away with the win as the home side over Berwick Springs. Rebecca Christie, Chelsea Ingram and Lauren Castricum scored the goals for the Brookers while Alisha Fitzgerald and Danni-Elle Llinares featured strongly as their best players.
Kärcher Division 2 A Grade
Powelltown won their fifth match of the season over the weekend, defeating Yarra Junction 52 to 22, with Amy Stanley and Jade Rogers featuring strongly up forward as the goal shooters. Olivia Caneva and Maddalyn Beet were named as the best players.
Yarra Glen and Broadford fought through a great contest in their match over the weekend, going toe to toe with each other all throughout. Trailing by four points at half time, Yarra Glen got the game back on their terms to finish as the winners, with the final score showing 46 to 40. Georgia Taylor and Lara Wandin-Collins scored the goals for the River Pigs, while Nicole Moate was also named as a standout player.
Yea have continued their unbeaten run in 2021, this time getting the better of Alexandra by 27 points. Tigers sharpshooter Nikki Watts and Rachael Hickey scored the goals while Tayissa and Samantha Coppinger and Sophie Watts were named as the best players.