BRAYBROOK ECLIPSE SUNS IN THRILLER
By NICK BOYLAN
After 12 weeks, the Wyndham Suns have finally been conquered, with Braybrook giving the Suns their first loss for 2018, prevailing in an enthralling encounter by one straight goal.
Paul Cutajar-Milosev was again dominant up forward for Braybrook, kicking 6 goals, while Nathan Smith’s two last-quarter majors helped seal a memorable win for the Brookers.
Ricky Howell and Tutoatasi Faleiva were influential for Braybrook, while Chris Lear and Jarrod Vella were among the best for the Suns. Wyndham will look to bounce back against Glen Orden, while the energised Braybrook will look to get another scalp when they take on Point Cook Centrals on Saturday.
Both Sunshine teams clashed on the weekend, with Sunshine Heights taking the bragging rights with a huge 101-point win. After losing the first Sunshine Derby earlier in the year, Heights were keen to come out firing in this one and looked impressive for the first bounce.
Initially a scrappy opening, the game started to open up for the Dragons, as Patrick Eliepa helped to drive the Heights movement into multiple scoring opportunities. The North Sunshine defenders were valiantly trying to hold back the onslaught, but struggled to clear it out of defensive 50, leading to further chances for the Dragons. A classy finish from Justin Zahra punctuated the early showing from Sunshine Heights, as they already established a hefty lead at quarter time.
That run and carry continued to prove the difference between the two sides, as Eliepa and Renzo Cantillana continued to drive the ball forward to set up players like Frank Staffieri. Able to catch the Roadrunners defenders napping on numerous occasions, plenty of Sunshine Heights goals came out the back, causing more headaches for Brett Kennerley and his team.
The Roadrunners kept fighting and showed better signs in the second half, but the Dragons were ultimately too strong, running away with a dominant win over their cross-town rivals.
In Tarneit, the Titans were too strong for Glen Orden, winning by 74-points, with James Damjanovski starring.
Point Cook Centrals also put together a dominant display, dispatching Laverton by 138 points.
Laverton will hope to rebound next week, when they take on Sunshine Heights, while Tarneit will look to continue their impressive form in North Sunshine.