There’s a new ladder-leader in Premier B after St Bedes/Mentone Tigers made it seven wins on the trot with a thrilling one-point victory against Beaumaris. It’s the second time in five rounds the Tigers have treated their fans to victories by the smallest of margins, and this week came from 10 points down at half time with eight goals to six in the final two quarters. Alex Smout and Michael Barnes combined for seven majors for the Tigers, and Big V reps Chris Mangoni and Jaryd Robertson were at their dominant best. Daniel Gribbin nailed three for the Sharks, who fall to second spot on the ladder.
A four-goal to one final term has helped Monash Blues eliminate a 10-point three quarter time deficit and edge out Hampton Rovers by three points at Boss James Reserve. Nick Petering starred with four goals in a best-on-ground performance for the Blues, while Nick McConville registered three. Ned Fallon kicked three for the Rovers and Grill’d Rising Star nominee Christian Carnovale was their most consistent performer throughout. The Blues currently sit fourth with six wins for the year.
Old Scotch fell to their second loss in two weeks as Parkdale Vultures defeated them by two points in another Premier B thriller at Camberwell Sports Ground. Trailing by three points at half time, the Vultures kicked 4.7 to 4.2 in the second half in their most impressive performance to date. The Vultures move to 6-5 and just four percent outside the four, while the Cardinals remain third.
Fitzroy returned to the winner’s column with a comfortable 24-point victory against Old Haileybury at Princes Park, Caulfield. Luke Baker registered four goals for the Roys, while Rory Angiolella was back to his Premier B medal-winning best. Jackson Arthur and Pete Shakallis stood tall for the Bloods who are two spots below the Roys in eighth on the ladder.
Old Brighton put an end to their seven-game losing streak with a comprehensive 52-point victory against Ajax at Trevor Barker Oval. Harry Cannon starred in his second consecutive match for the Tonners, while Alex Mastromanno, Michael Karayannis and Daniel Anthony combined for nine goals. Jake Lew defied the flow of the game as he kicked four goals for the Jackas.