Nodders dent Panthers’ hopes, Tonners return to form

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Mazenod put a huge dent in Old Carey’s finals aspirations and kept their own chances alive after they ran out 14-point winner sat Carey Sports Complex. Led by a best-0on-ground performance from Dean Izon, the Nodders increased their four-point half-time lead with another seven goals to five across the final two terms. Patrick Flanagan and Nick Thomas impressed for the Nodders, while Jarrod Reid and Andrew Sloan kicked three each for the Panthers. The win keeps the Nodders just four points outside the four (albeit a lot of percentage), while the Panthers are now two games outside the finals and will focus their attention on avoiding relegation as they sit in seventh spot on the ladder.

Old Scotch proved far too strong for Fitzroy over the weekend, running out 59-point victors at Camberwell Sports Ground. Jonathan Daggian led the charge with three goals for the Scotchies and Conor O’Beirne was best afield with two, while Nino Lazzaro top-scored for the Roys with three of his own. The Cardinals are a game and a half clear in second spot on the ladder, while the Roys sit ninth with two games remaining in the regular season.

St Bernard’s officially secured third spot on the Premier B ladder after they defeated Monash Blues by 55 points at Frearson Oval. Darren Colaco returned for his first senior game of 2017 and bagged four goals for the Snow Dogs, while Connor Riley was best afield. Nicholas Petering and Daniel Easson did their utmost for the Blues but was to no avail as they fell to their eighth loss of the year.

Parkdale Vultures came from 11 points down at half time and delivered a one-point knockout blow of Peninsula in a thriller at Peninsula School. While scoring four less occasions than the Pirates, the Vultures’ performed when needed, with Jarrod Peake and Matt Boland the stars. Thomas Feldgen was BOG for the Pirates who will officially be relegated to Premier C at season’s end.

Old Brighton returned from their first loss of the season in emphatic style, defeating Ajax by 66 points at Princes Park in Caulfield. Harry Hill and Michael Karayannis dominated in front of goal with four each for the Tonners, while Jake Lew led the way with three for the Jackas. The Tonners sit two games clear and will need to lose both games on the run home to be dislodged from top spot while the Jackas will fight with the Blues for fourth.