PINES have suffered a shock defeat for the second consecutive week after being bested by Rosebud at Olympic Oval.
Looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss last week, Pines still didn’t look at their best in the first term. At the quarter time break Rosebud held a surprise eight point lead.
Pines pushed back in the second quarter and took back the lead, and were up by 11 at the main break.
Despite losing some momentum Rosebud refused to lie down, and with the difference standing at just one point going into the final term, the game looked poised to go down to the wire.
The promise of a close finish was taken away when Rosebud ran away with it in the final term, kicking five goals to the Pythons’ two.
Rosebud had to work hard, but eventually secured the win 11.10 (76) to 8.14 (62).
Thomas Stoffels booted three goals for the Buds, while Josh Fisher also played at his best.
Pines will have a chance to get back on track next week when they take on bottom of the ladder Mornington.
Traditionally dominant Franskton YCW also struggled this weekend, as they fell short against Mt Eliza. The Stonecats looked a shell of the side which has dominated the league for the last decade, and only kicked one goal in the first half of the game.
The Redlegs also struggled to put goals on the board, but were able to do enough to establish a buffer. They eventually got the win in a low scoring matchup 4.10 (34) to 7.10 (52).
Mitch McCarthy and Shane Tennant were among the best for the victorious Redlegs.
Dromana kept up their good start to life in the top division, claiming the four points against Bonbeach.
The Sharks went into quarter time with a narrow lead, but the Tigers got back on top in the second term.
A see-sawing first half was contrasted by a one sided second, as Dromana blew the Sharks out of the water. An eight goals to three second half helped Dromana get the win over Bonbeach 13.15 (93) to 6.11 (47).
At Regents Park, the Frankston Bombers recovered from a rough start to claim a win over Edithvale-Aspendale.
Edi-Asp got things started on the right foot, leading at both the quarter and half time breaks. The Bombers were struggling to convert their chances, and would have been in a better position had they not kicked 3.10 in the first half.
The Bombers steadied the ship and got back in the contest by kicking five straight in the third term. Up by two heading into the final quarter, the Bombers were able to kick away and secure a hard fought win. The final score read 8.10 (58) to 10.15 (75).
The loss is particularly devastating for Edi-Asp, who have only notched one win for the year.
At David Macfarlane Reserve, Sorrento fought off a brave Mornington outfit.
The Bulldogs have struggled badly all season and look to be in danger of relegation. Up against the ladder leaders away from home, few would have expected them to be competitive.
The Bulldogs had an answer for everything the Sharks threw at them, and led by less than 10 points at each break of play.
Sorrento were able to run away with it on the final quarter by kicking seven goals, securing them the win 14.16 (100) to 10.6 (66).
Leigh Poholke and Jackson Calder each kicked four goals for their respective sides.