Round 11 saw the Geelong Falcons drop another game, losing to the Sandringham Dragons. The Dragons’ defence held up extraordinarily well, keeping the Falcons to 17 points for the whole game. The Oakleigh Chargers are nipping at the heels of the Falcons, who still sit first, but only by a slim 1%.
The Top 5 are fairly close, all within two wins of each other, but the Northern Knights sit in 6th with 5 wins, two wins off the Dandenong Stingrays. They’ll be looking to try and close that gap this weekend when they face the Pioneers at home.
Western Jets (5.6.36) defeated by Dandenong Stingrays (16.16.112) – Sun 25th June, Burbank Oval
Goal Kickers: C. Thar, H. Murphy, J. Klaromenos, S. Radovanovic, B. Souter
Best Players: S. Radovanovic, N. Stuhldreier, J. Mould, X. O”Halloran, R. Ham, T. Xerri
Goal Kickers: T. Freeman 3, T. Bedford 2, C. Ellison 2, F. Bayne 2, D. Morris 2, R. D”Arcy, M. Riordan, A. Young, J. Taylor, B. Morrish
Best Players: T. Bedford, L. Young, R. Bowman, B. Morrish, W. Hamill, F. Bayne
It was one to forget for the Jets, as they copped a beating by the Stingrays at home. The game was close until half time, with both teams on 27 a piece, but it was a big third quarter that saw the Stingrays get away. The Rays kicked seven unanswered goals, eventually winning the 2nd half 13 goals to one.
For the Jets, Nicholas Stuhldreier was influential in the midfield, with 31 disposals, including 20 contested possessions, whilst for the Stingrays, Toby Bedford contributed to the win with 21 disposals, 2 goals and 7 tackles.
Greater Western Victoria Rebels (6.8.44) drew with Northern Knights (6.8.44) – Sun 25th June, Eureka Stadium
GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS
Goal Kickers: K. Gray, J. Taurau, L. Dawson, T. Clark, T. Reed, S. Carlin
Best Players: T. Reed, N. McRoberts, T. Scott, L. Dawson, A. Domic, J. Taurau
Goal Kickers: P. Della Rocca 2, S. Binion, J. Shea, N. Mayne, H. Grace
Best Players: A. Federico, T. McKenzie, K. Yodgee, M. Lentini, J. Petruccelle, M. Baker
The Knights will be rueing not getting the 4 points here, as a fast start in the first quarter saw them get to a 14 point lead, before the Rebels reigned them in to share the spoils in a low scoring affair.
For the Rebels, Trent Reed had 31 disposals and a goal, and was deservedly best on. However, not to be outdone, Marcus Lentini had 26 kicks and nine handballs to rack up 35 disposals, and both sides will take some confidence into next week.
Murray Bushrangers (16.4-100) defeated Eastern Ranges (11.18.84) – Sun 25th June, Norm Minns Oval
Goal Kickers: D. Johnston 4, N. Amery 2, A. Hicks 2, J. Wilson 2, H. Garoni, B. Frauenfelder, N. Oakes, D. Smith, M. Walker, Z. Barzen
Best Players: J. Koschitzke, L. Vandermeer, S. Beasley, M. Marriott, A. Paech, J. Wilson
Goal Kickers: M. Doreian 2, J. Matthews 2, T. Mynott, A. Kalcovski, T. Brown, B. Stevens, J. Ross, H. Chinn, F. Smith
Best Players: T. Mynott, J. Ross, T. Brown, C. Black, M. Doreian, L. Woodward
The game was a tale of accuracy, with the Bushrangers registering nine less scores, but kicked a lot straighter to run out 16 point winners. The Ranges will be disappointed that they couldn’t convert in front of goal.
For the Bushrangers, Angus Hicks was unlucky to not be included amongst the best, kicking two goals and racking up 31 touches to go alongside his 12 tackles. His opponent, Mackenzie Doreian, was as influential with two goals and 30 touches in a big midfield battle. One to certainly keep an eye on over the next couple is years in Chayce Black. The son of former Freo and St Kilda star, Heath, doesn’t turn 16 until December but is already impressing at TAC Cup level, finishing with 17 disposals and seven tackles.
Sandringham Dragons (9.12.66) defeated Geelong Falcons (2.5.17) – Sun 25th June, Trevor Barker Beach Oval
Goal Kickers: L. Harris 2, I. Morrisby 2, W. Kennedy, W. Walker, M. Lohan, A. Seaton, K. Owens
Best Players: A. Styles, J. Amartey, W. Walker, L. Harris, K. Owens, B. Smith
Goal Kickers: H. Elliot 2
Best Players: E. Floyd, H. Benson, C. Idun, C. Stephens, F. O”Gorman, B. Ham
Whilst some may have expected the result, no-one was expecting the Falcons to be held to 17 points for the whole game. The rest of the competition has been put on notice, with the Dragons keeping the Falcons to 1.2 to three quarter time, before they doubled their score in the last quarter, with the end margin being 49 points.
For the Dragons, Angus Styles was named best on, with 33 disposals, six marks and five tackles off a wing. For the Falcons, Hayden Elliot had 14 touches and kicked both of their goals.
Calder Cannons (13.16.94) defeated Bendigo Pioneers (11.12.78) – Sun 25th June, RAMS Arena
Goal Kickers: C. Taylor 3, B. Bernacki 2, T. Browning 2, J. Firebrace, M. Fletcher, B. Caluzzi, J. McNicol, L. Middleton, M. Podhajski
Best Players: C. Taylor, L. Cavallaro, B. Caluzzi, B. Bernacki, J. McNicol, N. Croft
Goal Kickers: M. Goodwin, C. Sheahan, B. Henderson, A. Byrne, A. Mertz, P. Moi Moi, D. Clohesy, N. Wheeler, T. Campbell, L. Davis, W. Donnan
Best Players: M. Harvey, D. Henderson, B. Henderson, M. Kemp, D. Clohesy, J. Warde
The Cannons led all game against the Pioneers in a good performance at home. The Pioneers mounted a bit of a comeback in the second half, but the Cannons led at every change to run out 16 point winners.
For the Cannons, Curtis Taylor had 16 touches and kicked three goals, and was a pivotal part of the win. For the Pioneers, Matthew Harvey had 31 touches and eight marks, as well as seven clearances.
Oakleigh Chargers (19.13.127) defeated Gippsland Power (3.8.26) – Sun 25th June, Warrawee Park
Goal Kickers: T. Wooller 5, M. Day 3, D. Stanford 3, S. Harte 2, R. Collier-Dawkins 2, C. Thompson 2, J. Gasper, E. Richards
Best Players: M. Day, M. King, L. Bugeja, T. Wooller, D. Stanford, R. Collier-Dawkins
Goal Kickers: J. Hudson 2, K. Reid
Best Players: B. Patterson, B. Motton, W. Leslie, K. Drew, A. Hodge, G. Cocksedge
In the final game of the round, the Chargers put in a dominant performance at home, running out 101 point winners. The Chargers didn’t take their foot off the pedal for the whole game, with a 40-1 last quarter putting the final touches on a percentage-boosting win.
For the Chargers, Matthew Day had 17 touches and three goals, and provided a lot of grunt in the midfield. For the Power, Jack Hudson kicked two goals, and was a standout in an otherwise lacklustre performance.