Otway Districts have produced the upset of the season so far
Another classic in Birregurra-South Colac’s amazing modern rivalry saw the Saints kept their undefeated streak in tact and all have wrapped up top spot for the second consecutive year with a nail-biting seven point win.
The Saints booted the opening three goals of the match to open up an 19-point lead at the first change, before the Roos made a second quarter surge to level the score at half time, but the reigning premiers made what was a match-winning move to open up a fifteen point margin.
They did have to survive a few anxious moment towards the end as South Colac set up a grandstand finish, but the Saints defence held their nerve once it mattered as they held on for another narrow victory, 7.12 (54) to 7.5 (47).
Stephen Salajan and Aaron Mates were superb once Birregurra needed them when the game got tight, while midfielder Micky Davis continued his brilliant form this season and captain Andrew Kelly led from the front to bounce back from a rare quiet match against Lorne last week.
However, a potential hamstring injury to spearhead Christian Kelly in the opening minutes to add to their growing injury list.
With Tim Speirs unavailable to VFL duties, the Roos were super gallant with Clay Brewer booted three goals, while assistant coach Luke Burnett was consistent throughout and Josh Woods impressed as well.
Otway Districts have produced one of their best wins in the CDFL, after the Demons recorded their third win of the season with an exciting one point win over finals aspirants Irrewarra/Beeac at Gellibrand Recreation Reserve.
Otway Districts trailed by thirteen points at the final change, before booting three majors to one in a tense, but exciting final quarter to go past Colac Imperials to eighth place on the ladder, 8.11 (59) to 8.10 (58).
President Ross Panther made a huge impact as he returned to the forward line with three majors to set the game alight – while Zach Hickleton starred across half-back for the winners and Lachlan Buyel and Shane Boyington were the shining lights amongst an even team performance.
For the Bombers, it’s their third one-point loss this season to make their finals chances even more difficult.
Troy Keating racked up possessions and Jaden Angus was solid in the ruck throughout.
Lorne have bounced back from two shattering losses to return to the winners list as they shook off a determined Simpson at Stribling Reserve to put more pressure on the Roos in second position on the ladder.
The Dolphins started off sluggishly as they had trouble converting in the first half, before exploding with an impressive seven goal third quarter to put an end to any chance of a Tiger comeback to secure a twenty-six point win, 12.16 (88) 9.8 (62).
The winners had six multiple goalkickers that included coach Sam Stavenuiter, Tom King, Brock Shiels, Kane Smartt, Tom King and Jack Brown all booting two majors apiece. Mahoney Medal favourite Mark McCormack continued his sensational form with another best on ground performance as he dominated the ruck.
Simpson mid-season recruit Dom Dare was rock-solid once again with four goals in a losing cause, with Daniel Goss and star defender Darcy Leishman playing good games, as the Tigers switch their attention to a big game against South Colac next week.
Alvie have continued their winning run of form to go one game clear in fourth spot on the ladder, after shrugging off a much-improved Western Eagles outfit at Red Rock 11.17 (83) to 4.5 (29).
Despite the ugly win, the six day break did no wonders for the Swans as they blooded another three debutants that made the step-up from the Under 17’s as they continue to build ahead of a likely finals campaign.
Swans livewire Mitch Williamson booted four goals for the first time this season, while experienced campaign Mark Riley, Andre DeLorenzo and Tom Driver led the way and were among their best players to secure their eighth win of the year.
Craig Hardingham booted two goals for the Eagles, who were much better today, while captain Matthew Kenny led from the front and James Beasley showed a glimpse of his 2015 form with a solid performance.
With Simpson and Irrewarra/Beeac suffering losses, it has helped Apollo Bay’s cause enormously.
The Hawks have kept their finals hopes alive to move within one game from the top five, after they defeated the Colac Imperials in one of the more entertaining matches of the season at Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve by nine points.
The 12.9 (81) to 11.6 (72) win was helped with an explosive ten minute burst in the final quarter that saw them slam on three goals to put an end to the contest, but the Cats did managed to improve on their 52-point belting they received when the two sides met in Round 4.
Tristian Smith stepped up in his best performance for season 2017 with four goals for the winners, Jayden Fanning was outstanding with his three goal haul and captain Jarrod Wight was instrumental along with Michael Condon.
Young gun Bailey Scott continued his impressive start to his senior career with three goals and gaining numerous possessions, while Darcy Theodore was at his usual best and Jye Tillack battled hard.