Around the Grounds | Round 12
By Jason Barbin
As wet conditions wreaked havoc across the Southern Football League, Cheltenham escaped with a four-point victory against Bentleigh in the 2019 Pride Cup at Bentleigh Reserve.
The Rosellas trailed by six points at the three quarter time break, but were able to boot two goals to one in the final term to come away with the win, with Robert Iudica and Jack Worrell best on ground.
Mordialloc scored a comfortable win against Oakleigh District at Ben Kavanagh Reserve, with the match ending in a 31-point result.
The Bloods booted three goals in the first team before being held scoreless in the second, but came away with a four-goal second half to come away with the win as Chris Brooking was best afield.
East Malvern held its spot in the top three with a scintillating 65-point win against Port Melbourne Colts at Murphy Reserve.
The Panthers booted eight goals in the first half to set up the result, with Riley Flanigan and Alex Hywood each booting three goals, while Adam Collinson was also impressive.
St Kilda City has roared back into finals contention with a five-point upset win against reigning premiers St Pauls in a Peanut Farm thriller.
The Saints led for the majority of the contest as the Dogs rued inaccuracy in front of goal, but the hosts did enough with four players finishing with two goals apiece.
Among those was best afield Jordan Tabakman while Aaron Purvis and Billy Hartung were also strong.
A strong first half has allowed Dingley to come away with a 25-point win against Highett at Souter Oval in round 12.
The Dingoes booted five goals to one in the opening half, and while the Dogs were able to claw back to within 13 points in the third, the hosts were too strong with Daniel Farmer booting four and Vergim Faik in good form.
Bentleigh 14.20-104 def Lyndhurst 1.1-7
Bentleigh has solidified their position in the top two, easily accounting for Lyndhurst by 97 points during their standalone Pride Round clash.
It was a big occasion for the team, playing in a twilight fixture at home with the special pride Guernsey’s part of the celebrations.
And fans were treated to an entertaining spectacle in the opening quarter, as the Demons piled on five goals to take control of the contest.
Some sloppy kicking in the second term hurt Bentleigh’s chance to extend their lead further but they entered the change rooms at half time with a comfortable 46 point buffer.
The second half followed an almost identical pattern as the home side piled on more pain with seven goals to zip rounding out a crushing win.
Anuschka Reinhardt kicked four goals for the second week in a row, while Emma Medland and Taryn McGaw set up the victory with their efforts at the contest.
Jenna Edwards was a shining light for Lyndhurst, kicking a goal and racking up plenty of footy for the Lightning.