Nodders salute on FD50, Panthers hold off Blues

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Old Brighton came out ahead in their first blockbuster match-up with St Bernard’s, winning by 26 points at Brighton Beach Oval. With just one point separating the two sides at the first break, the Tonners piled on six goals to three in the second term and continued to build on their lead throughout the match. Tom Fisher starred for the Tonners in a best-on-ground display, while Andrew Dewar (three), Alex Mastromanno (three) and Michael Karayannis (two) led the charge in front of goal. Nick Cooke dominated for the Snow Dogs with four goals as they slump to their second consecutive loss.

Old Scotch maintained their unbeaten six-game run with a monster 97-point victory over Parkdale Vultures at Camberwell Sports Ground. A 10-goal to two opening half set the scene for the sizable win and the Cardinals continued their dominance with seven goals to one in the second half. Dylan Gilbert (three), James Sansom (three) and Josh Halsall (three) were the main recipients in front of goal for the Cardinals, while William Carrington was best afield. Michael Graham was impressive for the Vultures despite the loss and they remain ninth with one win.

Old Carey fought their way to a second successive win by holding off Monash Blues by six points at Frearson Oval. Trailing by five points at half time, the Panthers kicked five goals to three in the third to take a 13-point lead into the fourth whereby they held off the valiant Blues. Ben Smithwick recovered from his 150th with a bag of four for the Panthers, while Tagan Carter-Taylor (two) starred in a BOG display in his first game for the year. Taylor Cameron was the best of the Blues and Ethan East (two) gave him plenty of support. The Panthers move to sixth on the Premier B ladder and two spots ahead of the Blues.

Mazenod climbed to fifth spot on the ladder following their 19-point Foundation Day victory over Fitzroy at Mazenod College. Trailing by 10 points at half time, the Nodders kicked eight of the last 11 goals with Brad Kovac standing tall and nailing a season’s best six goals. Captain Rob Mann led from the front in a BOG performance on the Nodder’s 50-year anniversary, while Corbin Stevic kicked four goals for the Roys. The Roys remain in the four, ahead of the Nodders on percentage.