The ANZAC Round of fixtures across Outer East Football Netball competitions saw another suite of great matches across the league, with the highlights being the Anzac Day clashes of Wandin v Woori Yallock and Upwey Tecoma v Olinda Ferny Creek.
Monbulk and Narre Warren went up against each other for the first time, with the Magpies taking the chocolates on both the football field and netball court. Seville and Healesville recorded good wins over Yarra Glen and Belgrave, while Division Two also saw some good wins and upsets across football and netball.
In the women’s football competition, Yarra Junction recorded its first win of the season while heavyweights Upwey Tecoma and Olinda Ferny Creek went head-to-head in what proved to be a good indication of where both sides are positioned at the moment.
Take a look at the ANZAC Round in review, with the week three recap here:
Premier Data Premier Division Football
The first ever matchup between Monbulk and Narre Warren started off slow for both sides, staying within a goal of each other up to half time before the Magpies skipped away in the second half to take a seven-goal win by games end. Ash Beck and Jake Richardson each kicked four goals for their sides, while Kurt Mutimer, Joel Zietsman, Josh Tonna, Mitch Tonna and Hayden Stagg all starred for the Magpies. For the Hawks, Jayden Joyce, Dylan Werts, Josh Spencer, William Henderson and Glenn Strachan all stood out.
The matchup between local rivals Officer and Pakenham was dominated by the Lions for most of the match, holding a five-goal buffer right up until three quarter time. In the final quarter, however, the Kangaroos stepped up to work themselves back into the contest at Starling Road. In the end, the Lions managed to hang on for an eight-point win at games end with Jordan Stewart, Jaiden Camenzuli, Jackson Bramich, Jake Thompson and Matthew Debruin starring as their best players.
The first of two ANZAC Day matchups was a great tussle throughout as Wandin and Woori Yallock fought for the honours on one of the biggest days of the year in sport. The Bulldogs and the Tigers were locked in a tight battle up to three quarter time, with Wandin taking a seven-point lead going into the last quarter. From there, the Tigers reclaimed the lead they held in the first half to finish with a three-goal win at match’s end. Zach Monkhorst, Kane Thompson, Luke Boontjes, Liam O’Dea, Nick Mende and Jason Lindgren all starred for the Tigers while Clint Johnson was a sharpshooter at the other end of the ground for the Bulldogs, finishing with seven majors.
The second ANZAC Day clash between Upwey Tecoma and Olinda Ferny Creek started off in favour of the Bloods, kicking six goals to two in the first quarter to hold a four-goal lead at quarter time. From there, the Tigers gradually worked themselves back into the contest to bring the margin back down to seven points leading into the final change. In the final quarter, however, the Bloods managed to hang on for their first win of season 2022, with a 13-point buffer. Patrick Rosier, Kelsey Currie, Matt Scharenberg and Oakley Jessop were the standouts for the Bloods, with Mathieu Rosier and Lachlan Taylor each sharing three goals.
Karcher Premier Division Netball
Just as it was on the football field, the netball teams of Monbulk and Narre Warren met for the first time, with the match going the way of the Magpies by 29 points. Brittany Mashado, Chelsea Tonna and Gabrielle Dwyer were the standouts for the winners while playing coach Erin Bell and Tonna each scored 27 and 22 goals for Narre Warren. For the Hawks, it was Paige Whitworth, Sophie Stubbs, Stephanie Puopolo who starred as their best players, with Puopolo and Stubbs each scoring 27 and 9 goals for Monbulk.
The matchup between local rivals ROC and Pakenham Lions was a great matchup as both teams exchanged the lead throughout the contest, making a winner hard to pick going into the last break. However, it was the Kangaroos who managed to take the lead in the final quarter and win by one goal over the Lions to make it two from two. Captain Sam Neil, Mikaela Dakic and Ciara Nelson were the best players for ROC, while Teneille Morrell, Briar Brown and Chloe Morgan were the standouts for the Lions.
Wandin and Woori Yallock went hard at it throughout the A Grade match on the netball court, with the Tigers holding the lead for much of the game until the final quarter, where the Bulldogs snatched the lead and took a three-point win to make it two wins to start the season. Playing coach Ruby Tidd, Kali Dolphin and Abby Gedge all starred for the Bulldogs with Gedge herself leading the goal shooters tally with 38. For the Tigers, the efforts of all players did not go unnoticed, with playing coach Mia Sudomirski, Jacquelyn Carroll and Kyah Kimpton all recognised as their best players. Elizabeth Murphy was the leading goalshooter with 27 majors.
On the netball courts of Thompson Reserve, Upwey Tecoma and Olinda Ferny Creek fought a tough match as the visitors took a five-goal win come matches end. Brodie Smith, Jackie Cutting and Bronwyn Simpson were the standout for the Bloods as Hayley Howard led the goal shooting tally with 30 majors. Charlotte Davies, Jessica Black and Holly Nieuwenhuizen all fought hard for the Tigers, with Black in particular finishing with 23 goals.
Going up against Mount Evelyn for the first time, Beaconsfield had the edge over the home side for much of the match, eventually taking a five-goal win to put its first lot of four points on the board for season 2022. Jaime Quinn, Jordan Lang and Regan Brokenshire were named as the best players for the Eagles, with Brokenshire and Zara Treweek sharing 17 goals each. For the Rovers, Kaila Swindell, Kate Montgomery and Gabby Bingley all put in their best efforts to be named as the best players.
Community Bank Division One Football
Seville had the upper hand on Yarra Glen for the entirety of their matchup on Saturday, building their lead throughout the game to take a 10-goal win and take top spot on the ladder. Josh Weightman, Jack Nolan, Jye Sciortino, Jack Coshutt and Jake Strachan were all named as the best players for the winners while captain Nathan O’Keefe finished with six goals. Jason Godfrey and Ryan Smith each kicked three goals to give the River Pigs something to cheer about on the day.
Healesville took a big win over Belgrave on its home turf at Don Road, as young gun Max Donegan finished with a big haul of 11 goals. Ruckman Will Kristelly-Kelety, Daniel Plozza, Campbell Frazzetto, Lochie Oliver and Daniel Ebbels were all recognised as the best players for the Bloods while Brenden Speed, Michael Chimenton, Robbie Bertalli, Nathan Dawson, Jayden Wood and Robbie Matthews all tried their hardest for the Magpies.
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The match of the round contest between Emerald and Gembrook Cockatoo was a great matchup as both sides went hard at it for ANZAC Round supremacy. As the Bombers held a two-goal lead for much of the match and built a slightly bigger margin in the final quarter, the momentum suddenly moved the way of the Brookers as they came storming home to put themselves in with a chance of snatching victory. An opportunity at goal by Bryce Wareham late in the game resulted in a point with the siren sounding only moments later, Emerald managing to win by two points. Brendan Wilson, Steven Paull, Ryan Hall, Jordan Donadel and Harry Lang were all named as the best players for the Bombers, with Patrick Chin finishing with six majors. Myles Wareham was a major factor in the fightback of the Brookers, as he also finished with six goals.
Karcher Division One Netball
Just as it was on the football field, Seville were dominant from start to finish in the A grade netball game, as the Blues finished with a 28-goal win. Erin Baker, Samantha Karakinos and Olivia Ray were all named as the best players for Seville, with Ray herself finishing with 40 goals. For Yarra Glen, it was Meaghan Carter, Lara Wandin-Collins and Jacqueline Hibberd who put in their best efforts for the River Pigs.
The A Grade matchup between Healesville and Belgrave was a good game to watch, as the Magpies gradually grew their lead to finish with a 15-goal lead to put its first win on the board for 2022. Ashlee Murphy, Anna Carroll and Georgia Donnelly were all named as the best players for Belgrave as Krystyna Gabell and Donnelly shared the goals between them.
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The netballers of Emerald were too strong for Gembrook Cockatoo, dominating the match to double their score, the game ending on 56-28. Kaylah and Suria Loulanting were outstanding for the Bombers, shooting 31 and 21 goals each while Jazmyn Wray and Matilda Preston also featured prominently for the home side. Chelsea Ingram, Ashlee Bowden and Paige Ladner all tried hard for Brookers, in what was a tough match for them.
The matchup between same town rivals Berwick and Berwick Springs did not turn out as many may have hoped, with the Wickers taking a 59-point win over the Titans. Hayley Stewart, Kyla Quinn and Emily Pupuke were named as the best players for Berwick while Chloe Phillips and Pupuke finished with 43 and 24 goals each.
ATC Traffic Division Two Football
Alexandra took its first win of season 2022 over the weekend with a 156-point win over Broadford on its home turf at Alexandra Showgrounds. Lachlan Nankervis, Thomas Massey, Damon Cardona, Ben Jack, Harley Tanti and Stephen Steiner all put in their best efforts to be recognised as the best players for the Rebels, Nankervis himself finishing with four goals for the afternoon. On a tough day for the Kangaroos, it was Tom Knight, Brandon Austin and Liam Lucas who hit the scoreboard with three, two and one goal each.
The matchup between local rivals Yarra Junction and Warburton Millgrove was another fixture that turned out to be a great game, as the Eagles managed to overcome being behind at every break to hit the front in the final quarter and take a one-point win come matches end. Josh Wall, Jesse Bombinski, David Johnson, Sam Cannon, Brayden Mead and Josh Hammen all featured prominently throughout the day to be named as the best players for Yarra Junction while Matt Wright, Paddy Huynh, Shaun Marusic, Mitch Bonuda, Nelson Aldridge and Jack Lee were all recognised as the best players for the Burras.
The game between Division Two heavyweights Kinglake and Powelltown did not turn out as many would have hoped, as the Lakers took a 71-point win over the Demons on their home turf. Despite starting off evenly in the first quarter, Kinglake stepped on the gas in the second quarter to build a big lead which they continued to develop as the game wore on. Luke Hannah, Matthew Coen, Bailey Robinson, Tom Clarke, Jack Crowe and Mason McAllister were all named as the best players for the Lakers while Damian Pywell finished with four goals.
Karcher Division Two Netball
With superstar Ally Black missing from the Broadford lineup, Alexandra took a surprise win in its A grade netball match against the Kangaroos, finishing with a 14-goal win to get the ball rolling for season 2022. Ellie Hedger and Lauren Steyger scored 27 and 18 goals each, with Grace Taberner doing well to be named as a standout for the Rebels. Brooke Currell, Amanda Rothwell and Ebony Heers were all named as the best players for the Kangaroos on a tough day.
Warburton Millgrove have taken its third win in a row to start the season, defeating Yarra Junction by 18 goals. Morgan Wyatt, Ally Langdon and Selina Fotia were all recognised as the best players while Shae Gee, Bianca Daniels and Kirralee Luiyf featured prominently as the goal shooters for the Burras. For the Eagles, it was Claire Spicer, Katelin Harrison and Rebecca Gysberts who starred as their best.
Powelltown have taken its first win of the season in the A grade netball competition, getting the upper hand over Kinglake to record a victory by 25 goals to get the ball rolling in its 2022 campaign. Playing coach Hayley Debuf, Olivia Caneva and Maddalyn Beet were all recognised as the best players while Amy Stanley and Jade Rogers were the goal shooters for the Demons. Billie Cvijetic, Jacinta Benson and Natalie Gibson all tried hard for the Lakers in what was a tough loss.
Karcher Senior Women’s Football
Yarra Junction have taken its first win of season 2022 since its suite of changes over the off-season, recording a 32-point win over Thornton Eildon. A great performance by the Eagles saw Jess Laidlaw, Simone Azzopardi, Siobhan Williams, Amy Spicer and Adele Ormsby named as the best players while Emily Spicer led the goalkicking list with four majors. Tahnee Heard, Hannah Rusic and Lucy Wells all kicked one goal each in a tough afternoon for the Shinboners.
The game between Seville and Yarra Glen was a forfeit and no match took place.
Pakenham have recorded its second win of the season, taking a 17-point victory in a well fought match against Monbulk in the twilight of Saturday afternoon. Abbey Tognazzini, Chloe Nagel, Tayla Sbisa, Courtney Karayannis, Courtney Stephens and Bianca Moody were all recognised as the best players for the Lions, while Yanessa Hancock-Wolfe, Simone Beattie, Stephanie Pauw, Shania Turner and Maddison Dodd were named as the best for the Hawks.
Healesville have maintained its position on top of the ladder in the women’s football competition with a 45-point win over Belgrave at Don Road in what was a comprehensive performance. Ishka-Belle Stock, Kelly Laidlaw, Kate Methven, Lauren Rogers, Dannielle Jones and Erica Cianci were all recognised as the best players for the Bloods, with Stock herself finishing with three majors in the twilight fixture of Saturday afternoon.
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The ANZAC Day match between heavyweights Upwey Tecoma and Olinda Ferny Creek was a great contest in what was a true indication of where both sides are at in terms of overall performance, with the Bloods taking a 10-point victory over the Tigers. The low-scoring match was reflective of how competitive the game was between two well-structured outfits, with the final scores showing 5.5-35 to 3.7-25. Lily Carlin, Madeleline Collins, Grace Belloni, Claire Hyett, Chelsea Wilson and Emmalee Keegan starred as the best players for the Bloods while Rebecca Robinson, Kiana Oates, Penelope Dousset, Madison Walsh and Millie Samios were all recognised as the best players for the Tigers.