Old Scotch went ballistic during the third term of their Round 9 clash against Fitzroy, piling on an amazing 15 goals to help them run out 83-point winners at Brunswick St Oval. With scores drawn at 29-apiece at halftime, the Cardinals were unrelenting in their pursuit of victory as their 15 majors came from just 17 scoring shots. They added another five in the fourth for a 20-goal second half. Max van den Broek was the main recipient in front of goal with nine in his first game for the season and Jono Daggian nailed six of his own. Unsurprisingly, both were named best afield. Young gun Nino Lazzaro kicked five goals for the Roys, who suffered their biggest loss of the year.
Four unanswered goals in the third term allowed Old Brighton to maintain their unbeaten run, defeating Ajax by 14 points at Brighton Beach Oval. Trailing by eight points at the main break, the Tonners nailed eight second half goals to five, with Ben Jakobi kicking two in a best-on-ground performance. Michael Dewar and Michael Karayannis each kicked three for the top-of-the-table Tonners, while Ajax forward Jake Lew kicked five of his side’s 10 goals. The Jackas remain fourth at 5-4 at the midway point of the season.
Mazenod held off Old Carey by just six points as they secured their third win of the season in a thriller at Central Reserve. Leading by 14 points at three quarter time, the Nodders gave up four goals to three but managed to stave off their opponents in the dying minutes. Rob Mann led from the front for the Nodders, while Goy Lok kicked four goals in his first game this year. Sam Cust could well have polled three votes in a losing side with three goals for the Panthers, while his skipper Cam Jones kicked four. The Panthers sit ninth with just two wins for the year, one spot below the Nodders.
A combined eight goals from Ethan East (4) and Andrew Pitson (4) helped Monash Blues to a 39-point victory over Parkdale Vultures at Frearson Oval. Leading by just five points at half time, the Blues nailed seven of the last nine goals to run away with their third win of the year. Cameron Pither kicked a goal and was named best afield alongside East and Pitson, while Sam Chitty and Matt Boland (4) were the best for the Vultures. The win allows the Blues to leapfrog the Vultures in sixth spot on the ladder.
St Bernard’s proved far too strong for Peninsula in their Round 9 clash at Snakepit as they ran out 74-point winners. Coming off their first-ever win in Premier B, the Pirates were unable to contain the Snow Dogs’ scoring power after quarter time, with the home side kicking 15 of the last 20 goals. Christopher Spinella and Edyn Sibbald (4) did the bulk of the damage for the Snow Dogs, while Connor Riley was best afield. Samuel Harrison fought hard for the Pirates as they sit 10th and seven spots below the Snow Dogs.