Firsts: Dingley took on Bentleigh with the Bentleigh girls keen to make an impression on the premiers, and this they did early on with Dingley taking a one –point lead into the first break. Dingley were able to take control early in the second term and while Bentleigh were able to score a couple in reply mid-term, Dingley were able to steady. Alecia Wise ran the show, and with Sara Merkus covering miles in the middle of the court the experience of the Dingoes made all the difference. Bentleigh kept coming, but couldn’t make the necessary scoreboard impact, Dingley finishing victorious by 46-31.
Seconds: Bentleigh took on CPL in a game that was close all day. The CPL girls came into the game unbeaten, while Bentleigh won their first game in the second round by running over the top of Mordialloc. The two sides looked evenly matched and so it proved, with neither side able to make a convincing break. In the end it was Bentleigh that were too strong to the tune of 33-28.
Thirds: Bentleigh and St Kilda City met in a great battle to head Division Five. Neither side had tasted defeat before this week and neither side showed any desire to do so. At the end of a titanic struggle Bentleigh saluted by the smallest possible margin, 46-45. Heatherton joined them on maximum points by walloping Oakleigh District 74-7. Elsewhere Dingley beat Cheltenham 33-14, Mordialloc outlasted Clayton 27-20, while Black Rock trumped Chelsea Heights by 46-27.
Bentleigh also remain undefeated after holding out a fast-finishing St Kilda City in a thriller at Bentleigh Reserve, 8.12 (60) to 8.6 (54). The Demons butchered their chances to put the result beyond doubt in the third term, registering a wasteful 3.9. The 23-point margin at the final change left the door ajar for an improbable Saints comeback, a result that very nearly eventuated. However, Bentleigh held on for dear life and narrowly escaped with the four points after a pulsating final few minutes. Full back Justin Hall was outstanding on young Ayang Nyanjok all day, and his leadership and coolness under pressure was invaluable in the tense final term. Captain Scotty Lawry was also at his scintillating best, while Jackson Meredith and Pat Nicholls had an impact on the scoreboard.
CLAYTON vs BENTLEIGH (Meade Reserve) Like East Malvern, Clayton too suffered the effects of a short turnaround after ANZAC Day and will be in much better shape for their date with Bentleigh this weekend. The Demons, one of three teams yet to taste defeat in 2016, have done just enough in each of their three games to get the points, but they can’t afford any complacency this week. This is another game that could go either way. The Clays play the narrow confines of Meade Reserve very well, but Bentleigh have too strong a line up and should get the job done.
We’d like to begin by congratulating James Coles and Kyle Swinden on playing their 150th and 100th games for the club respectively.
Staring down the barrel of 3-0, our seniors took on St Kilda City. With the elements dictating the momentum of the game, neither team could truly gain the ascendancy. We entered the final term facing the wind, but with a four-goal lead. We made all the running, but late goals from City made for a nervous last minute. Thankfully, (exhale) we held on for the win and kept our winning streak alive. A ferocious effort from captain Scotty Lawry and sturdy showing from Justin Hall were major factors in the win.
Our reserves toughed out a solid second win for the season and Kyle Swinden starred. Back from suspension he booted three goals, won plenty of contested ball and will not go unmentioned in selection for seniors this week. In our merged reserves match, against St Pauls, another player stood out in veteran James Robertson. He turned back the clock in a magical performance that included several highlights and eight goals, led us to a 58-point win.
In a high intensity game with both defences dominating, our division one side went down by 14 to an experienced Dingley side. Jemima Price was best on court after a dynamic display at Centre. Our Division two side lost a rescheduled game on Thursday night by five to Carrum Patterson Lakes. After our strong start, CPL found their rhythm and made it very hard for us to win the ball. Best on court: Katie Lamb. In a really tight game against St Kilda City, a game saving turnover saw our division five side take the win by 1 goal. Amelia Snodgrass was best on court. Our division seven side also managed to secure the points with a great win against Doveton. Best on was awarded to Tara Supple.
Bentleigh will be hosting its famous Ladies Day luncheon on May 28. Details on the club’s Facebook page. Hurry as bookings are filling up for what is always one of the club’s most popular events.
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