STORM WIN, FALCONS LEAD THE WAY
By CONNOR PAIN
Joel Russell’s five majors helped Wyndhamvale maintain its perfect start to the season, as the Falcons defeated Point Cook Centrals by 24-points.
In a battle of first versus second, Wyndhamvale blitzed early kicking eight goals to one in the first quarter, maintaining a forty-point lead at each break heading into the final term which set up the win.
The Centrals hit back in the last term, winning the quarter, booting five goals to two, but it wasn’t enough as the visitors ran out 16.4 (100) to 11.10 (76) winners.
Jack Tessari continued his great form and was named best on, his three goals made it 11 in three games as the Falcons show no signs of stopping in their dominant start to the season.
The loss pushes the Sharks from second to fourth ahead of a clash with Parkside in Round Six, pitting third versus fourth.
Wyndhamvale host Newport making it their second consecutive game of facing the second team on the ladder.
Newport stamped its intentions as finals contenders with its fourth straight win, knocking off North Footscray by 14-points.
The Devils looked dangerous early and jumped out to a 17-point lead after the first quarter, but the hosts hit back in the second yet still trailed by two points at half time.
Newport’s class shone through in the third, taking control of the contest with five goals to two before holding on for the 13.9 (87) to 11.7 (73) win.
North Footscray will rue the loss, a game they had in their grasp, as they looked forward to a clash with rivals West Footscray.
Jackson Lesko (five) and Brandon Turner (four) combined for nine majors as Manor Lakes won its first game of the season, beating West Footscray 15.9. (99) to 10.7. (67).
The game was anyone’s heading into the fourth quarter as the visitors led by just five, but four goals to zero from the Storm helped them escape with a 32-point win.
Despite Darcy McCallum’s game-high six goals, West Footscray sit bottom and winless after five rounds.
Manor Lakes will look for two wins on the trot when they host Yarraville in Round Six.
Owen King’s round-high seven majors were too much for Parkside to overcome, Yarravile Seddon cruising to a 57-point thumping.
The contest was close early but a dominant second half saw the Eagles boot 12 goals to four in the 18.8 (116) to 8.11 (59) win.