LIONS END TIGERS UNBEATEN RUN
By CONNOR PAIN
Four goals from Jase Perkins helped seal victory for Deer Park as they spoiled Werribee Districts’ unbeaten run in RAMS Division 1 on Saturday.
It looked like we were headed for a thrilling final quarter, with just 10-points separating the two sides at the final break, but the Lions showed their class in the final 20 minutes, scoring seven goals to two to win by 42-points.
Deer Park had more avenues to goal, they had eight different goal kickers. Perkins led the way with four majors, while Kevin Klix continues to impress, he kicked three goals.
Captain Jack Purton-Smith was among the best, he led his side brilliantly.
For Werribee Districts, Ryan Harrington kicked four goals. Caleb Sullivan also played well.
The win knocked off the Tigers off top spot, Altona have moved to first place, the Tigers are second and Lions are in third spot.
A win in Round 9 against Wyndhamvale could see Deer Park draw level with Altona and Werribee on seven wins, while the Districts will host Spotswood looking to atone for their first loss of the season.
Patrick Rose’s season high 11 goals paced Altona in their 104-point thumping of Wyndhamvale, as the Vikings didn’t relent for four quarters.
They held Wyndhamvale goalless in the first and fourth quarters and now hold the competition’s second-best percentage.
The 20.15. (135) to 4.5. (29) loss adds to Wyndhamvale’s misery, as they remain winless in 2018.
Altona will travel to Hoppers Crossing in Round 9 to face the Warriors.
Hoppers Crossing survived a late charge from Albion, but did enough to hold on and record its fifth win of the year. The final score was 14.10. (94) to 11.7. (73).
The Warriors were up by 46-points at three quarter time, but five Cats goals in the fourth gave the visitors a scare. It wasn’t enough however as Hoppers Crossing steadied the ship to ran out 21-point victors.
Jordan Mead kicked three, as did Mohamed Dibb. Braden Ferrari was among the best for Hoppers Crossing.
Albion playing coach Chris O’Keefe kicked four goals for the home side.
Lachlan Smart’s game-high five goals helped Sunshine earn its fourth win of the year, downing St. Albans 14.12. (96) to 11.9. (75).
The Kangaroos have now won their past three matches and are just a game outside the top five.
Finally, Spotswood cruised to a 75-point win against Caroline Springs as Jordan Boyd had arguably his best game of the year.
Boyd booted four goals in the 17.15. (117) to 6.6. (42) victory.
The Woodsman kicked 12 goals to two in the second half, to win their sixth match of the season.
They will be challenged on Saturday, when they take on the Werribee Districts at Soldiers Reserve.