AJAX held on to defeat Old Brighton by three points in a thriller at Gary Smorgon Oval earlier today. Leading by 20 points at the half, the Jackers were able to grit their teeth and hold on despite giving up five goals to two in the second half. Evgeni Routman was best-on-ground for the Jackers, who sit outright fifth on the ladder. However, they are still one game and a massive percentage deficit below the Tonners in fourth.
St Kevins had their undefeated crown put to the test today in their 20-point win against Hampton Rovers at Boss James Reserve. The Rovers refused to give in and pushed the ladder-leaders to the final siren. SKOB had opportunities to put the Rovers away but failed to convert their numerous chances on the scoreboard, finishing the match with 7.21. James Stewart was the best player for SKOB, while Daniel Corp continued his stellar 2015 season with another vintage performance for the Rovers.
In the last-ever game at the Junction Oval, Old Melburnians toppled Caulfield Grammarians to the tune of 59 points. In what was a sad day for all those who had the opportunity to experience the iconic venue in all its beauty, the Redlegs led at every break as they aimed to end their time there with a victory. Josh Freezer was best-on-ground, while Cam Beck snagged three majors. The win leaves gives the Redlegs in outright third following the Tonners’ loss to AJAX.
Parkdale Vultures snapped a two-game winless streak with an eight-point victory against Mazenod at Gerry Green Reserve. It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the Vultures as Mazenod piled on five last-quarter goals to give the home team a minor scare. Josh Manning proved the difference between the two sides as he sent through five goals in a best-on-ground performance for the Vultures.
St Bedes/Mentone Tigers earnt a crucial percentage boost after they dismantled Fitzroy by 84 points at Brindisi St Oval. It was a four quarter massacre by the Tigers, as they led by more than 10 goals at half time. A nine-goal to six second half extended the margin, with Tigers forwards Luke Velluto and Tim Doherty the main beneficiaries of the blowout win, kicking four goals each. As mentioned earlier, the win improves the Tigers’ percentage measurably and keeps them above the Redlegs in second position.