The wind, rain and mud did not deter the great fighting spirit for all sides this week. The Friars continue on their merry way, while Glen Eira got back on the winners list.
Brunswick put on a show, with Bulleen keeping in contention for fourth spot.
The goal kicking tally is also heating up, as Julius Waras Carstensen (Glen Eira) booted his way to first spot, to equal Dom Sullivan (Brunswick)- both on 42 goals, with many close behind.
Brunswick vs Ivanhoe
The Brunswick boys have added another great win to their tally, overcoming Ivanhoe for the second time in 2019, by 129 points.
The Hoers were held goalless for the whole game in a total domination from the Nobbers. The Hoers are the first side to not kick a goal for a game this season in D2.
The Hoers managed just three points up to half time, while the Nobbers oiled on nine majors, but missed 13 other shots which would have extended the margin.
After half time the story was the same, as the Nobbers went on to work hard around the footy to set up another nine goal haul to ice the cake and take victory.
Jacob Adkins booted four for the Nobbers, spearheading a mass 10 goal kickers.
Ben Wilson was awarded BOG votes.
Glen Eira vs MHSOB
A battle which was close saw Glen Eira prevail over MHSOB by 21 points.
The Unicorns were held scoreless in the first quarter as the Gryphons, but managed two goals in the second to get into the game, their back line holding Glen Eira goalless in the second.
But a half time pump-up saw the Gryphons lift their intensity, booting five unanswered goals to push out it a handy final break lead. But, the Unicorns weren’t finished yet, as their defence tightened to stop any more Gryphon goals in the final term, charging home but it was too little too late to get back on top.
Waras-Carstensen booted three for the Gryphons which bulks his goal tally, with votes given to Stuart Carey.
For the Unicorns, Kane Smith continued with three majors, while Rob Rae was best. MHSOB would have had a better chance had they kicked straight early on.
Hawthorn vs Bulleen Templestowe
Bulleen Templestowe have made their push for top four well known with a convincing 42 point win over Hawthorn.
Matching up well, both sides had a hard and fast start, but Bulleen capitalized with six goals to one to take a comfortable lead.
Bulleen comfortably booted two goals in the second, while the Hawks booted three in the third term to push to close the margin gap into the last.
But, the poise of the Bullants prevailed as they kicked another two goals in the final term to seal the win.
The Hawks missed 13 shots on goal which surely would have made the scoreline as close as the contest on field.
Bulleen’s win helps in their fight for fourth spot, with a handy spread of helpers around the ground.
For Hawthorn, Justin Raiti booted one while Tim McNamara was best.
Power House vs Whitefriars
In the wet slog on the Ross Gregory Oval, Whitefriars have added another four points to their winnings, taking the chocolates over Power House by 99 points.
The House worked hard in the first quarter, booting three early goals to take the lead. But the midfield experience of the Friars prevailed in the second quarter and clicked into gear, as they went on to boot ten majors to stretch the House.
After halftime, the Friars booted two goals in the third against the wind, but the House managed only one goal.
The Friars finished off strongly in the final term, blowing the game open once more, kicking eight goals to one to take another win on their undeafted path.
This was a much better outcome for the House, who had a horrible loss earlier this year, as they were able to condense the onslaught.
For the House, Brett Scotland was BOG with one goal, while Benny Circosta had two goals.
For the winners, Michael Nitas (club fine leader) had one goal, while BOG votes were awarded to Mark Stafford.
Round 17:
Brunswick vs Hawthorn
Brunswick have been in fine form all year and will look to take on Hawthorn and boost their percentage.
Despite the Hawks efforts and strong footy for a solid half last time these two sides met, the Nobbers experience and poise allowed them to run out and take the victory.
The Hawks were quite competitive against Bulleen and kept the margin low last week, so this game may be another chance to keep close to the Nobbers. The Hawks were wasteful in front of goal last week, so they must improve to keep the margin from blowing out and forcing them to lose percentage.
The Nobbers have been steadily improving as the finals peak around, so it won’t be a surprise if they try some new structures to get prepared for the upcoming challenges.
Glen Eira vs Power House
These sides have some recent years of rivalry but Glen Eira have had the measure over Power House and their recent form shows no signs of slowing down.
Power House had a harsh loss last week but have improved since that last time these sides met.
Power House will enjoy the size of the Gryphons ground, it will be interesting to see their midfield set ups after trying a few new things against Whitefriars.
Glen Eira have some high intensity, blistering speed game tactics that ran Yarra off their feet a few weeks ago, so don’t be surprised if they run the House out very quickly.
There will be a lot for both sides to play for this week, with a fresh rivalry brewing between the clubs, but the Gryphons intensity will tire the House.
Whitefriars vs Ivanhoe
The Friars are easily the best team, have been for the whole year and going back home will almost ensure another win. Their win record at home has been perfect this year and they’ll look to keep it that way.
However, the Ivanhoe boys have nothing to lose with their chances at finals all but done, so they’ll lay it all on the line to take down the first-placed Friars. The Friars may also be resting some bodies ahead of their big finals campaign, which gives the Hoers a chance to capitalize with their speed shown over the past few weeks.
But, the Hoers were held goalless last week against the Nobbers and it will be an even bigger challenge to counteract the best side in the competition.
Although quiet last week, Friar Michael Nitas (club fine) will be looking to add to his goal tally and help his team to another win.
The Friars have been thrown every challenge this season but have been able to break away, so don’t be surprised if they counteract any new strategies from the Hoers.
Yarra Old Grammarians vs Bulleen Templestowe
This game is a big one for both sides, especially Yarra who have a slim chance of making that glorious fourth spot come finals. Both sides are steadily keeping their finals heads above water, but recently results have been in favour of the Bullants, who are steadily building a finals force to be reckoned with.
Yarra love to use the wings, but have been shut down recently by the quicker sides in Glen Eira and Whitefriars. The bye has come at a handy time for the Bushrangers, as they will grab a few key recruits back from injury for this massive battle. Yarra will look to keep their intensity from the first minute, which they have struggled with in recent weeks.
Bulleen, according to some of the better teams, are a massive threat in the run home, so their new structures are yet to be faulted and should withstand the Bushrangers.