Division 1 action saw Whitefriars lead NOB/St Pat’s for much of the day before a late rally had NOBs home by 25 points. NOBs/St Pat’s kicked a stunning eight goals to one in the final quarter to claim a win that leaves them one win from a guaranteed finals berth.
Bulleen Templestowe’s late season bid to avoid relegation gathered momentum when the Bullants held on for a memorable four point win over Prahran Assumption. Despite a five goal performance from Rogers the Two Blues couldn’t reel in the Bullants and Prahran Assumption now sit a game out of the four. For Bulleen Temp, the outlook is a little rosier, they are now just one win from swapping places with Whitefriars.
We can officially bid farewell to MHSOB as they will be relegated from Division 1. The Unicorns were no match for a rampant Williamstown CYMS, the CY’s home by 96 points to stay a game clear in second.
Old Mentonians threw the race for fourth spot wide open after they beat Old Geelong by four points at Como Park. Both these sides now have eight wins, with OG’s holding fourth with five extra percentage points with three games to go.
Therry Penola made light work of their Grand Final foes from the previous year to record their 15th win from 15 games this year. Yarra Valley managed just three goals in the 63 point loss to the Lions.
In Division 2, Old Paradians made it almost certain that that they will play finals this year after they proved 75 points too strong for Elsternwick. Kandilakis kicked five goals in the win, whilst the loss has the Wicks clinging to eighth spot on percentage only.
Monash Gryphons joined Elsternwick on three wins for the year with a 13 point win over Glen Eira in the battle of the bottom two.
Old Eltham locked in a finals place with their 134 point hammering of South Melbourne Districts. Eight goals from Tranter was the highlight but he wasn’t alone in splitting the middle. In total 14 Turtles kicked a goal in the win.
Kew’s rocky recent form was again exposed as they were held to a sensational draw against Ivanhoe. The low scoring match was highlighted by four goals to Ivanhoe’s Lovell and whilst a draw is a decent result for the Hoes against the ladder leaders, it most likely means a finals berth is out of the equation.
The same can be said for St Johns who just couldn’t get it going in their 24 point home loss to St Mary’s Salesian. St Johns are now two games out of the four with only three to play.
Division 3 is arguably the most wide open section of all the senior comps this year. Northern Blues ended Emmaus St Leo’s 11 game winning streak with an import 25 point win in their top of the table clash. Beluszar slotted seven goals for the Animals but King also kicked five majors for the Blues, Phelan and Marcon also grabbing four each in the win.
Aquinas moved up to third with a 33 point win over Swinburne who drop to fourth. The game was an absolute slog early as Swinburne didn’t score for the first half of the match.
Jack McMeel bagged seven goals to help La Trobe Uni to a famous 26 point win over Albert Park. The win moves La Trobe a game clear of the relegation places, whilst the Falcons cling on to sixth spot.
Power House continued their push for a spot in the six with a 59 point win over St Francis Xavier.
Richmond Central won the battle of the yellow sashes defeating South Mornington by 16 points in what was the best performance of the year by South Mornington.
UHS-VU had five goals from Kirk as they handed Eley Park a 51 point loss. The Vultures join four other sides from 5th-8th on 8-7 with three rounds to go.
In Division 4, Hawthorn continued their dominant season with a 91 point win over Westbourne Grammarians. Gold booted five goals in the win, whilst congratulations to Hawthorn’s Dan Lauletta who celebrated his 300th game for Hawthorn in their reserves big win.
West Brunswick were made to earn their 21 point win over Point cook. Muscat kicked five goals for the Magpies to end the finals hopes of Point Cook.
Manningham Cobras won the battle of the Cobras, defeating Canterbury by 8 points. Manningham are now two games clear in fourth and were well served by Muller’s five goals.
Dragons recorded a 62 point win over Chadstone to win their fifth game of the year.
Finally North Brunswick were too good for Box Hill North, the Bulls home by 50 points as they won their third game of the season and ended any prospect of Box Hill making the finals this year. Santacroce booted five goals in the win.