The first match of the round saw division leaders North Brunswick take on the always-game Albert Park. The first quarter saw the Bulls get the upper hand with a four-goal quarter that saw them take a 17-point lead into the first break. The second quarter had the Falcons battle with the Bulls, with a 3-goal quarter that was also matched by the Bulls leading to the lead only extending to 18 points.
Whoever got off to the best start to the third quarter would take the game with them and in this clash that was the Bulls. North Brunswick was able to put together a 5-goal to 1 quarter that saw the lead extend out to 42 points. The final quarter saw both teams up their defenses with the Falcons winning the quarter 2 goals to 1. Despite the Falcons winning the quarter, it was the Bulls that ultimately won the day with a convincing 34-point victory.
Amongst the best for the Bulls were Noah Young, Samuel Watt and Andrew Ramzy. The best for the Falcons included Henry Olive, Sam Lee and Felix Metz. Andrew Ramzy ran the show up forward for the Bulls with 4 goals with James Miralles Lombardo kicking 2 goals of his own. Christopher Marson led the way for the Falcons with 3 goals with teammate Grant Klemm kicking 2 goals. The Bulls will now face their toughest task of the season as they come up against Masala in a first vs second matchup. The Falcons will now turn their attention to a clash against Box Hill North in what should be a competitive match.
The second match of the round saw two rivals clash as Box Hill North took on Eley Park in a game where both teams could use the win to boost their season. The Demons got off to one of the best starts we’ve seen this season as they had a huge 10-goal quarter whilst also keeping the Sharks to 2 goals. The Sharks had their best quarter in the second with a 3-goal quarter, however, with 4 goals to the Demons, the lead was extended out to 59 points with a half of football to play.
The third quarter saw the game slow right down for both sides with only a total of 3 goals kicked for the quarter, 2 of which were kicked by the Demons. This saw the Demons further extend their lead out to 65 points. The final quarter saw the Demons dominate when it came to scoring shots with 10 scoring shots, however, they were only able to convert 3 of those into goals. In the end, it was the Demons that convincingly won by 82 points, lifting them to third on the ladder.
Amongst the best of the Demons were Michael Trkujia, David Edwards and Joshua Chivers. In the best for the Sharks were Kane Scanlon, Jacob Rose and Bailey Bowyer. Joshua Chivers and Jonathan Tommasoni had a day out up forward as they combined for 10 goals. Tom Johnston was once again the main target for the Sharks which led to 3 goals, his third game for the season with 3+ goals. Box Hill North will now play Albert Park in what should be a great contest. The Sharks will look to get their first win of the season as they face St Johns.
The final match of the round saw another set of rivals clash as St John’s hosted Masala at Tatterson Park. The first quarter saw a slow start for both sides with Masala only managing 2 goals whilst the JOCS kicked 1 of their own. Heading into the second quarter up 10 points, the Tigers would need a big quarter to bring the game back onto their terms. After a long second term, the Tigers achieved just this with an 8-goal to 4 quarter, extending their lead out to 38 points as the teams went into the major break.
The third quarter saw the Tigers bring the same energy as they were able to kick away, adding 6 goals to their total whilst only keeping the JOCS to a single goal. This major quarter for the Tigers saw them extend their lead to 63 points. In the second quarter with both teams fatiguing, the Tigers once again were able to win the quarter with 3 goals whilst managing to keep the JOCS scoreless in the process. In the end, it was the Tigers who had a dominant 86-point victory, building momentum as they now move to a top-of-the-table clash against North Brunswick.
In the best for the JOCS were Corey Ely, Vaughan Savage and Baiden Harris. In the best for the Tigers were Jake Dunkley, Riley Shaw and Matthew Decarne. Benjamin Ayache and Mitchell Clarke led the way up forward for the JOCS with 2 goals each. Captain Brandon Kelly kicked 4 goals for Masala whilst inside midfielder Tom Williamson kicked 3. St Johns will now look to rebound as they face Eley Park. The Tigers will now face the undefeated North Brunswick in their biggest game of the season so far.