EAGLES STILL ALIVE AFTER A DOMINANT DISPLAY
By CONNOR PAIN
Yarraville Seddon blitzed Point Cook Centrals early and put the game to bed by half time, the 90-point thumping keeps the Eagles within touching distance of fourth spot.
The home side ran riot and produced their best four-quarter performance of the season, much to the delight of coach Brad Julier.
Expected to be a heavyweight contest entering the game was anything but in the first term, the Eagles dominant early as they could not be stopped anytime they moved the ball forward.
Inaccurate kicking plagued them all afternoon but particularly in the opening quarter but it mattered little.
Holding the visitors scoreless in the first was impressive, but it was their multiple avenues to goal through the likes of Michael Selsby (five goals), Aidan Johnson and Travis Varcoe (three goals) that was most damaging.
The pressure didn’t relent in the second with another five goals as the Sharks finally got on the board with two majors.
The half time break did little to stop the Eagles as they kicked seven majors despite conceding five, before running out 22.17(149) to 9.5(59) victors.
Akol Deng was the home side’s best as he dominated the ruck all day, the win keeping the Eagles well in the chase for finals ahead of a visit to Hoppers Crossing in Round 13.
Point Cook Centrals host Altona and will look to atone for their worst loss of the season.
Caroline Springs cruised to a 10.15(75) to 7.8(59) win against Spotswood, gaining the upper hand in the battle for fourth spot.
Steven Kyriazis kicked three goals in his long-awaited return from injury as the Lakers showed why they won’t be pushovers should they make finals.
The 25-point triumph puts a one-game cushion between the home side and the Woodsmen on the ladder, crucial as we approach the end of the season.
The winners face Werribee Districts while Spotswood host Point Cook, both sides facing tough matchups this week.
Werribee Districts produced a defensive masterclass in their win against Altona, holding the home side to just four goals.
The visitors led at every break and put the game to bed after half time, nine individual goal kickers registering in the 12.10(82) to 4.6(30) win.
Three separate five-goal kickers was the highlight of Point Cook’s big 21.9(135) to 9.7(61) victory against Hoppers Crossing.
Alex Grigg, Salvatore Cilmi and Max Rouvray each booted a bag in the 74-point win.