HASTINGS have kept their finals hopes alive with a thrilling come from behind win over Seaford.
A win for the Tigers away from home at Thomas Barclay Oval would have put them two games ahead of Hastings and in a good position heading into the last games of the year. A loss for Hastings would have effectively ruled them out of finals contention.
Seaford started strong with a three goals to zero first term, but Hastings fought back in the second.
Seaford overturned the two point deficit in the third quarter, and were up by nine heading into the final term.
Hastings had to claw their way back, but eventually secured the narrowest of wins over Seaford. The final siren sounded with Hastings up by just a point. The final score was 8.12 (60) to 8.11 (59). Brendan Fevola kicked two goals for the Blues.
Another side battling hard for a finals position is Somerville, who secured an easy win this weekend over Crib Point. Somerville were impressive from the get go and booted 16 first half goals.
The Magpies looked outclassed all day, and never got close. They eventually succumbed to a whopping 160 point loss to Somerville 3.7 (25) to 29.11 (185).
Paul Fermanis booted six goals for Somerville, while Ryan Gillis scored five. Gillis now has 52 for the year.
After this weekend’s games, just percentage separates Somerville, Seaford and Hastings in what will be a thrilling battle for fifth place. All sides are equal with ten wins for the year.
At the top end of the ladder, Red Hill put together another good defensive display and defeated Devon Meadows.
The Panthers struggled and scored just two goals all afternoon. A five goals to zero final term sealed their fate, as the Hillmen got the win 2.5 (17) to 9.15 (69). Daniel Allsop was named best on ground, keeping up his stunning run of form.
Karingal had a little more trouble as they took on Tyabb, but still secured a win to keep in touch with the top of the ladder position.
Lowly Tyabb worked hard all day on the road against the Bulls, but just couldn’t do enough to get the job done. The final siren sounded with Karingal 28 points ahead 8.10 (58) to 4.6 (30).
Marc Holt had another quiet day for the Bulls, kicking just the one goal.
It was an easy day for premiership smokies Langwarrin, as they thrashed Pearcedale by over 100 points.
Pearcedale could only manage two goals for the day, as the Kangaroos dominated them.
Matthew Peyenborg booted six goals for Langwarrin while Zach Andrewartha scored five. Their side got the win 2.6 (18) to 23.15 (153).
At RJ Rowley Reserve, Rye played host to Chelsea. The home side worked hard and the contest looked as if it might go down to the wire with both sides level at three-quarter-time.
Chelsea got the job done in the final quarter, and claimed the win 6.9 (45) to 9.8 (62).