It was a windy round of footy, with mixed results, but some great, hard fought footy games.
Power House have finally recorded their second win of their 2019 season in impressive fashion, while Yarra got back to their dominant ways and the Friars stay clear on top.
Glen Eira also keep themselves well safe in finals contention.
Let’s see how it all went down.
Ivanhoe vs Glen Eira
The Glen Eira Gryphons enjoyed a mighty after their double bye, coming out 40 points winners over Ivanhoe away from home.
A tight first quarter saw both sides boot only one goal in a defensive start. But the classy Gryphons came out firing in the second, applying defensive pressure to hold the Hoers goalless, while adding 4 majors to push their half time lead out.
The Gryphons didn’t stop the dominance there, as they came out after half time and booted six goals to four to take the four points to keep them secure in the top four. The Gryphons outclassed Ivanhoe, who have a testing few weeks to keep alive.
Vaughn Colyer booted three goals and was awarded BOG votes for the winners, with able support from goalkicking genuine Julius Waras-Carstensen who kicked two.
For the Hoers, James Course was best, with Max Post kicking one.
Power House vs MHSOB
Power House have come out shock, but well deserved victors over an injury-plagued MHSOB side, by 27 points at the Ross Gregory Oval.
Celebrating 60 years since their first Premiership in 1959, the House started slow, being held goalless in the first term, while the Unicorns went on to boot three majors. It was a tight second quarter tussle, as the House managed to work their way back into the contest, trailing by only 1 goal at the main break.
Although the wind wasn’t in their favour in the third quarter, the House came out and dominated around the ground, holding Melbourne High goalless, while piling on five majors to take the lead.
Both sides have it their all in the final term, but against the wind the Unicorns were again held goalless, with the House adding a few points to collect the much-needed four points.
On one leg, Unicorn Kane Smith still managed two goals, while BOG votes went to Rob Rae. First gamer Xabier Twyman was also prominent.
For the winners who take the bye next week, Joey Halloran was prominent across half back and ruckman Steve Devine was best on ground.
Whitefriars vs Brunswick
This top of the table clash was one for the ages, with Whitefriars overcoming Brunswick by 48 points at Whitefriars College. It is well known that the Friars are undefeated at home and it’s hard to change that, even though the Nobbers put it all on the line. The Friars started strong like usual, booting six goals to the Nobbers two.
After half time, the Nobbers kept fairly even with teh Friars, as the Nobbers booted six goals to the Friars seven.
Both sides played high intensity games of footy, which can be a look-in to the finals for 2019.
The quick start kept the Nobbers at bay and awarded the four points to the ladder leading Friars.
Michael Nitas starred with three goals for the Friars, with Marlon Simbolon awarded BOG votes.
For the second-placed Nobbers, Dom Sullivan booted five majors and Jed Carey was best for his side.
Yarra Old Grammarians vs Hawthorn
Yarra Old Grammarians flexed their muscles against an injury-stricken Hawthorn side, coming home victors by 89 points.
It was a strong start for the Bushrangers, piling on six goals to the Hawks two, to set them up for a big contest. Yarra’s defense held up strong in the second term, as they held the Hawks to only one major, while they did the damage down the other end with five goals of their own.
Hawthorn managed one goal after half time as their injuries held them back. Yarra booted eight more goals after the first half, helped by one major from pocket-rocket Jacko Ford’s one goal.
Yarra’s Rory Harbeck booted an impressive seven goals in his sides crucial win, while BOG votes went to Jack Hall with his three goals.
For the Hawks, who have some must-win games coming up, Aaron Downie booted three majors and young Eamon Avery on debut was given well-deserves votes.
Brunswick vs Bulleen Templestowe
Bulleen take on Brunswick in a clash that will be season defining for both sides. Bulleen off the bye, will be refreshed and ready to take on the Nobbers, who they lost to last time they met.
The Nobbers will be disappointed that they lost to their big rivales Whitefriars last week, but this game is a perfect chance to redevelop their game plans and try some new skills to keep their finals chances on track. The new coach has brought new life to the Nobbers and they look to
This game is going to be a high scoring test, with Bulleen now sitting in the top four and pushing to boost their percentage with a big win. The Nobbers are known for their big scores however and at home, it’s hard to stop them.
Glen Eira vs Yarra Grammarians
This will be one of the closest matches this round. Both Glen Eira and Yarra Old Grammarians are sitting very evenly in the scheme of things. This game will be a big one as Yarra in particular, are working towards keeping in touch with the top four. Glen Eira seem to have their ladder position secured, but will need this win to boost their percentage. Yarra’s win last week was a great morale and percentage booster, but this game will be a bigger challenge. The Gryphons have really improved their stoppage work since these sides last met, which may throw the Yarra boys off. Yarra however have picked up a few gems from their twos side.
Yarra love to play a run and spread and carry game, which works with their quick midfield pace, but the Gryphons have been on the rise and their forwards are hard to beat when the ball gets in their court. Yarra will need to play a tall defence, but the Gryphons must be weary of the pocket rocket recruits that Yarra have accumulated across the ground.
Hawthorn vs Ivanhoe
This game between Ivanhoe and Hawthorn will be a massive one. This game could be closer than we think, as both sides play a very similar contested game. The Hawks should have a few fresh players upon return, which will help them to play out a strong four quarters and keep their chances alive in Division 2. The Hawks only issue is their slow starts which puts them behind as they struggle to come from behind and then take the win. Both sides play a really tight game, meaning there will be minimal flexibility across the ground. The Hawks have a genuine chance on their home ground, as it’s a smaller, more condensed chance to pile on scoreboard pressure. However, the Hoers seem to have a little bit more experience in D2, so they should run out the full game prominently.
MHSOB vs Whitefriars
MHSOB came off a hard loss last week, but they’ve got an even bigger challenge against the undeafeated Whitefriars.
The Unicorns dominate their smaller ground, which means they can clog up the free-running Friars style that allows them a multitude of forward entry points.
But, as proved every week it’s hard to be the best wherever they go.
The multitude of goal-kickers that fill the Friars forward-line are ever changing their tactics, keeping their opposition defenders at bay weekly.
MHSOB should get a few key players back from injury, but this will be a tough game they need to win, to keep their finals alive.
BYE- Power House