FRANKSTON YCW will almost certainly finish the 2022 season on top of the ladder.
With a win over Bonbeach on Saturday, YCW went three games clear on top with three games to play. Their percentage is more than 40 per cent larger than second-place Mt Eliza’s, essentially securing the Stonecats top spot.
Frankston YCW were excellent from the first bounce on their home deck last weekend. They scored nine goals to one in the first half.
Bonbeach were able to hit the scoreboard more in the second half, but weren’t good enough to get close to the Stonecats. Frankston YCW ran out 62 point winners 19.5 (119) to 8.9 (57).
Joshua Patullo and Matt Troutbeck scored five goals each for the victors. Bonbeach star Trent Dennis-Lane put in a great effort, scoring seven of his side’s eight goals.
Frankston Bombers’ finals hopes took a blow when they lost to Red Hill on Saturday.
The Hillmen raced out of the blocks early with a four goals to one first quarter. The Bombers were able to wrestle back momentum, but couldn’t do enough to grab the win. Poor goalkicking cost them the game.
Red Hill ended up winning by just two points, 5.15 (45) to 6.11 (47). Jake Di Pasquale’s three goals proved to be the difference.
The Bombers finished the round in fifth, with sixth-placed Sorrento behind them by percentage only.
The Sharks weren’t able to capitalise on the Bombers’ defeat. They were easily defeated by Dromana 10.12 (72) to 3.8 (26) on Saturday.
Mt Eliza looks likely to finish the year in second. They took another step towards locking up the ladder position by defeating Edithvale-Aspendale by 51 points on Saturday.
Pines narrowly defeated Rosebud at Eric Bell Reserve to wrap up the round.
SOMERVILLE’S finals hopes were boosted by a big win over Pearcedale on Saturday.
Both sides are right in the hunt to make the top five. Pearcedale went into the half time break last weekend with a six point lead after a back and forth opening half.
Somerville overran Pearcedale in the second half. A four goals to zero third term doomed Pearcedale to defeat.
Somerville went on to claim a hugely important 39 point win. The final score was Somerville 14.13 (97) to Pearcedale 7.16 (58).
The result left Somerville fourth and Pearcedale sixth. Chelsea finished the round in fifth spot after beating Crib Point by three goals.
Langwarrin’s undefeated run for the year continued on Saturday. They defeated Mornington at Alexandra Park.
Mornington started strong, going into quarter time with a ten point lead. The Kangaroos overpowered the Bulldogs after the first break.
Langwarrin went on to claim a 46 point win 9.12 (66) to 17.10 (112). Josh Dormer, Matthew Naughton, Zach Andrewartha, and Mark Baguley were Langy’s best.
A six goal haul from Joel Hillis helped Devon Meadows pick up a big win over Tyabb on Saturday. Rye and Karingal rounded out the winner’s list with wins over Hastings and Seaford respectively.
There are two rounds left to play in Division Two before finals.