Round 11 Review
By Tom King
North Geelong has ended the unbeaten start to the season of Inverleigh with a 21-point win.
The Magpies led by just two points at the final change before recording a 13.11 (89) to 10.8 (68) victory
Coach Daniel Kee kicked three goals for the winners, while Rod Hutchinson contributed two, with Jake Balacki their best.
Dalton Grundell managed two majors in his return from suspension for the Hawks. He was among Inverleigh’s best along with key defender Brad Anderson.
Bell Post Hill has overcome Belmont Lions by 32-points at Myers Reserve.
The reigning premiers claimed a 15.15 (105) to 10.13 (73) victory after kicking away with a 6.6 to 2.3 third quarter.
Anakie recruit Nick Costello was best up forward for the Panthers with four goals, while Attila Sulics and Dylan Witney finished with three majors apiece.
Michael Leamer, Scott Wakeman and Ben Grinter all kicked two goals for the Lions, who dropped out of the five.
Thomson moved back into the top five with a 75-point win over Anakie at Godfrey Street.
The Tigers got home 20.16 (136) to 8.13 (61) thanks to five goals from Steve Macleod and four from Jayden Durran.
However, the report of captain Jackson Macleod late in the clash took some of the gloss off the victory ahead of next week’s clash with Bell Post Hill.
Gary Richert made it 14 goals in three weeks for the Roos. He played a lone hand up forward with three goals.
Werribee Centrals kept alive its slim finals hopes after a 12-point win over East Geelong, 11.18 (84) to 9.18 (62).
In a match of fluctuating fortunes at Richmond Crescent, the Centurions jumped to a 17-point lead at quarter time before the Eagles hit back to take a 20-point advantage into the main break.
A 7.6 to 2.2 third quarter from Centrals would prove the difference as they jumped 14 points clear at the final change.
Captain Tyren Montebruno kicked four goals for the winners, who went into the clash without assistant coach and star forward Jason Butty, with Luke Salmond and Phil Jones their best.
Coach Ricky O’Toole and young gun Chris Warwick contributed three majors apiece for the Eagles.
Bannockburn made light work of Corio with a 151-point victory at Shell Oval, 32.22 (214) to 10.3 (63).
The Tigers put the game to bed in the first quarter with an 11-goal to one blitz to start the match.
Youngster Jake Peters booted a career-best seven goals for the Tigers, while Tom Mullane-Grant took his tally to 52 for the season with five majors for the Tigers.
Best-on-ground Ned Grant and Kieran Fulton contributed four goals apiece.
Although outclasses, the Devils never stopped trying. Aaron Taylor kicked the first goals of his career with two majors, while Dave Holzfeind and Ryan Robertson also contributed two majors.
GEELONG West has overcome a slow start to beat Winchelsea by 45 points at West Oval in the final game of Round 11 of the GDFL season.
The Cheetahs trailed the Blues by 15 points at quarter time, but kicked six goals to one in the second quarter to take a 15-point advantage of their own.
West pushed the margin to 19 points at the final change, before hammering home its advantage with a 7.4 to 3.2 final term for an 18.11 (119) to 11.8 (74) victory.
Adam Vaughan continued his good form up forward with five goals, with Tim VanZyl the best for Geelong West.
Adam Bird and Trent McLure finished with three majors apiece for the Blues, who were best served by Kane Bonner.
The win was the Cheetahs first over Winchelsea since Round 5, 2013.