LANGWARRIN has survived its biggest scare of the season.
The Kangaroos hosted Somerville at Lloyd Park on Saturday. Langwarrin came into the game with a 12-0 record for the season.
After a scrappy and low scoring first half, the margin stood at just two points at half time. The Kangaroos had their noses narrowly ahead.
Langy were wasteful in the third term, booting 1.7. Somerville capitalised on their scoreboard woes and kicked four goals. A major upset looked on the cards, with Somerville up by nine at three-quarter-time.
Despite some more wayward goalkicking, Langwarrin managed to wrestle back the lead. Somerville kept up with them, but couldn’t quite do enough to topple the ladder leaders.
It wasn’t pretty, but Langwarrin ended up getting the better of Somerville 9.21 (75) to 10.9 (69).
Former Essendon Bomber Mark Baguley impressed. He scored three goals.
Langwarrin are now 13-0 for the year. Despite falling short on Saturday, Somerville remain in third place.
Finals contenders Seaford and Pearcedale faced in what ended up being a high-scoring affair on Saturday.
Pearcedale looked the better side all day long, leading at each break in play. Seaford may have had a chance had they kicked straighter – they had scored 4.13 by half time.
Seaford fixed their issues in front of goal in the second half. They kicked 10.5, but it wasn’t quite enough to get the job done.
Pearcedale managed to hold off the fast-finishing Tigers to secure a 14.18 (102) to 17.14 (116) win.
The result left Pearcedale in fourth and Seaford in sixth. Only percentage separates third place Somerville from seventh place Karingal.
The Bulls kept their finals hopes alive with a thumping win over Tyabb.
Karingal travelled to Bunguyan Reserve to take on the Yabbies. Tyabb have struggled all year, and Saturday was no different.
Tyabb had no answers for Riley D’Arcy up forward. He kicked eight goals for Karingal, helping them secure a comfortable 8.11 (59) to 17.14 (116) win.
Darcy Hope was also great for the Bulls. He booted three majors.
The other top-six occupants, Chelsea and Devon Meadows, faced on Chelsea’s home turf last weekend. Devon Meadows went a game clear in second place after beating the Seagulls 8.7 (55) to 18.9 (117).
Crib Point remains winless for 2022. They went down to Hastings by eight goals in front of their home crowd on Saturday.
The final game for the round saw Rye emerge 16 point winners over Mornington. Andrew Dean was the star – he scored nine goals to take his tally for the year to 57.