IT was a happy homecoming for former Mt Eliza junior Nathan Jones on Saturday.
The former Melbourne Demons captain ran out for his first senior game for his junior club last weekend. Mt Eliza played Sorrento at Emil Madsen Reserve.
Mt Eliza were in control all day long. At half-time they led by 32, and had restricted Sorrento to just three goals.
The Redlegs went on to claim a comfortable 15.20 (110) to 6.7 (43) win. Jones booted two goals for the afternoon. He was joined in the best by Finlay Bayne and Declan Cole.
Undefeated ladder leaders Dromana picked up another good win on Saturday. They got the better of Langwarrin at home.
A five goals to two first term set the tone for the day. The Kangaroos weren’t able to get close to the Tigers.
Dromana took out the win 14.11 (95) to 8.8 (56). The Tigers are now 7-0 to start the 2023 season.
Jordan Andrews was excellent for the victors. He scored four goals. Jake Aarts continued his brilliant form, and was named in the best once again.
Frankston YCW picked up a convincing 70 point win over Bonbeach last weekend. Frankston Bombers were 15-point winners over Rosebud, and Pines beat Red Hill by 14.
SEAFORD fell just short of an upset win over Karingal on Saturday.
Karingal came into the match unbeaten on top of the ladder. Seaford are hanging near the bottom with just two wins to their name.
Seaford made the most of their opportunities in the first half, booting 9.3. They went into the main break with a 19 point lead over the Bulls.
Karingal whittled back the lead in the third term. At the final break of play, scores were level.
Although Seaford worked hard, they couldn’t quite get the job done. Karingal managed to drag themselves over the line for a thrilling come-from-behind win 14.11 (95) to 14.15 (99).
Damien Rayson and Brodie Scully each scored five goals for Dromana. Riley D’Arcy scored four for Karingal.
Hastings also won a thriller on Saturday. They bested Rye by three points.
Heading into the final term, Hastings led by a point. Both sides traded blows in a free-scoring last quarter, but it was Hastings who came out on top.
The final scoreboard read Hastings 10.17 (77) to Rye 10.13 (73). Rhys Wilkinson, Luke Clark, and Patrick Wilson were named in Hastings’ best.
The win left Hastings sitting third on the ladder at the end of the round.
Devon Meadows picked up their third win for the season last weekend in a tight clash with Chelsea at Glover Reserve. The Panthers overcame a 19 point three-quarter-time deficit to defeat the Seagulls 12.13 (85) to 13.5 (83).
Joel Hillis scored four vital goals for Devon Meadows.
Second-placed Mornington kept hold of their spot despite going down to Pearcedale on Saturday. The Bulldogs were defeated by four goals.
Somerville and Crib Point scored wins over Edithvale-Aspendale and Tyabb respectively to wrap up Reconciliation Round.
NEXT WEEK’S GAMES
Sorrento v Bonbeach, 2PM, Sat 27 May, David Macfarlane Reserve
Pines v Dromana, 2PM, Sat 27 May, Eric Bell Reserve
Frankston Bombers v Red Hill, 2PM, Sat 27 May, Baxter Park
Frankston YCW v Mt. Eliza, 2PM, Sat 27 May, John Coburn Oval
Langwarrin v Rosebud, 2PM, Sat 27 May, Lloyd Park
Chelsea v Tyabb, 2PM, Sat 27 May, Chelsea Recreation Reserve
Edithvale-Aspendale v Crib Point, 2PM, Sat 27 May, Edi-Asp Regents Park
Rye v Devon Meadows, 2PM, Sat 27 May, RJ Rowley Reserve
Hastings v Somerville, 2PM, Sat 27 May, Hastings Club
Pearcedale v Karingal, 2PM, Sat 27 May, Pearcedale Recreation Reserve
Seaford v Mornington, 2PM, Sat 27 May, RF Miles Recreation Reserve