PINES has dropped to fifth place on the ladder after losing a high quality game against Mornington at Eric Bell Reserve on Saturday.
In a thrilling contest, the match was played in two halves. Pines booted 16 of its 18 goals in the first and third quarters while Mornington booted 18 of its 20 goals in the second and final terms.
Suffice to say that it was the wind that won on the day.
In the end though, despite playing away from home, the Doggies proved too strong, winning 20.11 (131) to 18.8 (116).
Mornington were 43 points down at quarter time and 35 points down at three quarter time.
Despite the strong wind advantage, to come back from these deficits is not an easy task.
However the Dogs; through the likes of Jackson Calder with seven goals, Michael Gay’s dominance in the ruck and Joel Miller playing a best on ground game, were able to be an exception to the rule.
Pines were far from disgraced against a team that played in a grand final last season. The Pythons had 11 goal kickers, Shaun White being the best of them with four majors. Adam Maling and Corey Ash were also outstanding performers for Pines.
Edithvale-Aspendale jumped Pines on the ladder and moved to fourth with a 18.17 (125) to 7.6 (48) victory over Karingal.
Mark Meehan booted six goals and Matt Kremmer and Brett O’Hanlon three each while Timmy Mannix was back and at his best.
Michael Burke was outstanding for the Bulls with three goals while Aaron Paxton was also outstanding.
Frankston YCW were hell bent on reversing the shock loss against Langwarrin earlier in the season and they did it with ease, winning 17.8 (120) to 6.10 (46).
David Bodley, Anthony Bruhn and Kyle Hutchison each booted three goals while Ben Credlin and Ash Eames dominated.
The Stonecats opened up the Kangas with a six goal to three behind second quarter.
Gerard Brown booted three goals for the Kangas while Blake Harkness shone yet again. Liam Hogan and Rikki Johnston were also at their best of the home team.
Mt Eliza had 34 scoring shots to Seaford’s 12 on the weekend and won 14.20 (104) to 6.6 (42).
Sam Wettenhall booted four and Justin Van Unen three goals while Jimmy Clayton and Sam Gill continued their splendid seasons.
Levi Hughes kicked three goals in his first game for the Tigers while Matt Finn and Luke Smith carried the can for much of the afternoon.
Bonbeach had to wait for a last quarter onslaught to break Chelsea in the battle of the neighbours.
In a see-sawing battle that saw Bonbeach in front by just one point at quarter time and two points at the main break and three quarter time, the home side booted 2.4 to two behinds in the last quarter to win 11.12 (78) to 9.7 (61).
Owen Hulett was on fire again for the Sharks with four goals while Dylan Jones was influential in the ruck.
Chelsea coach Brent Guerra booted four for his side while Brad Clark was silky around the ground and Daine Taylor played arguably his best game.