South Mornington kick-started their 2018 campaign with a thrilling seven-point victory over Box Hill North at Elgar Park. The Tigers had seven more scoring shots than the Demons but never led by more than 11 points (3QT) with Matt Wells and Rob Wilson top-scoring with three goals apiece. Kyle Gascoigne starred in a BOG display for the Tigers, while Lachie Silby booted four goals and took his season tally to nine from just two games for the Demons. Eugene Charles and Caillin Austin impressed for the Demons. The Tigers now move to eighth spot on the Division 4 ladder and one position above the Demons.
Elsternwick ended a three-game losing streak as they defeated the in-form Parkside by 11 points at Elsternwick Park. Despite being outscored six goals to three in the second half, the Wickers won the game with nine goals to four in the opening term. Julian Yeatman kicked four goals in a BOG performance for the Wickers alongside four from teammate Justin Hunter. Luciano Logozzo was the best of the Red Devils as they remain in the top four (4th) while the Wickers are sixth.
North Brunswick skyrocketed to the top of the Division 4 ladder following their 128-point victory over Masala at Fotheringham Reserve. The Bulls had 32 scoring shots to 14 in a dominant display, with Jake George returning after a month out and booting seven goals. Michael Salloum and Brendan George showcased the prowess of the Bulls’ forward 50 with five goals each, while Damien Hewitt nailed three and was named best afield. No results had been submitted for Masala at time of publication.
South Melbourne Districts’ unbeaten run to start the season continued as they edged past St Francis Xavier by one point in a thriller at Lindsay Hassett Oval. The Swans had four less scoring shots than the X-Men but held on thanks in large to improved accuracy in front of goal. Steve Clarke is in vintage form and was best afield for the second time in three weeks for the Swans, while Alex Mackenzie led all comers with three goals for the X-Men. The Swans are second on the ladder behind the Bulls, one spot above the X-Men who fell two positions following the loss.
Mt Lilydale secured their second win of the season with a comprehensive 74-point victory over Eley Park Sharks at Mt Lilydale Mercy College. Seven goals to two in the opening half set the scene for the Rams’ impressive outing, with Daniel Perry unstoppable up forward and booting seven goals. Stephen Donald starred with four of his own, while Jesiah McGarvie fought valiantly for the Sharks.