Old Camberwell narrowly missed out on a sensational come-from-behind victory against Oakleigh, losing by five points at W.A. Scammell Reserve. Trailing by 35 points at the final break, the Wells kicked eight goals to four in the final term. They will rue inaccurate kicking, scoring 34 times to Oakleigh’s 29, 22 of which were behinds. Trevor Bromley continued his good form in front of goal with his seven majors the difference between the two sides. The win keeps Oakleigh’s finals chances alive as they sit sixth on the ladder and just two wins outside the top four.
Old Haileyburians won their fourth game in a row with a clinical 25-point win against Peninsula at Princes Park Caulfield. John Nicolopoulos led the way for the Bloods with five goals, while Witherow was best-on-ground. The margin could have been a lot worse for the Pirates if not for inaccurate kicking by the Bloods in front of goal. The much-needed win puts breathing space between the Bloods and the Pirates, with two games now separating the teams in fourth and fifth position on the ladder.
Old Ivanhoe remain on top of the ladder with only one loss for the season after disposing of Williamstown CYMS by 25 points at Chelsworth Park. Bradley Thompson was the match-winner for the Hoes, ensuring his sides’ fifth win on the trot with five majors and taking his tally to 31 for the season. The loss leaves the CYs in a precarious position in eighth spot on the ladder and in need of a major reversal in form if they are to threaten to make the finals this season.
Marcellin made light work of the last-placed PEGS FC in their match at PEGS Sporting Fields, kicking 25 goals on their way to a monster 113-point win. The Eagles led from start to finish, capping off 15 goals from the first three quarters and storming home with a further 10 in the last. Anthony Beaini was dubbed best-on-ground for the role he played in his sides’ drubbing, while James Robertson impressed with six majors. Brett Hannah was named best for the Bombers, who have now lost nine games in a row.
Monash Blues did their ladder percentage no harm as they annihilated Therry Penola by 101 points at John Pascoe Fawkner Reserve. Leading by 32 points at the main break, the Blues kept the Lions goalless in the second half while adding another 10 of their own. Charlie Rossetti kicked two goals on his way to a best-on-ground performance, while the two Bannister boys were the only goal kickers for the Lions with two each.