TIGERS, ROOS CAN’T BE SPLIT
By CONNOR PAIN
Deer Park seventh straight win avenged its Round 1 loss to Altona, downing the Vikings by 23-points on Saturday.
The Lions were the better side all day and controlled play brilliantly off their half-back line, not allowing Altona to get their hands on the ball for sustained periods.
Altona had the majority of the ball in the second, but couldn’t hurt the Lions on the scoreboard, as Deer Park scored two late goals to take an eight-point lead into half-time.
The ladder leaders had 13 scorings shot to two in the third quarter, coming out of half time aggressive as they put the game just beyond the reach of the home side in the wet conditions.
Dyson Stevens was among the best on ground for the Lions.
The Round 10 loss was Altona’s second straight defeat. It doesn’t get any easier for the Vikings next week, they face a red-hot Spotswood outfit at Dreamstreet Lending Oval.
Werribee Districts and Sunshine played out the season’s first draw.
After four quarters the two teams couldn’t be split, sharing two premiership points.
Fabian Brancatisano booted four goals for Sunshine in the 8.10. (58) to 8.10. (58) stalemate.
They now sit a game and a half from the top four, a big win against Wyndhamvale in Round 11 could provide much needed percentage boost for the Roos as they chase a finals spot.
The Werribee Districts have now not won a game since Round 7. They will look to get their season back on track, when they take on Albion on Saturday.
Josh Mellington kicked seven goals in Caroline Springs’ 17.14. (116) to 5.8. (38) win over Albion at Town Centre Oval.
The Lakers jumped out of the blocks, kicking six goals to zero in the opening term. Caroline Springs had 12 scoring shots to three in the first term.
The win was the Lakers’ second of the season, they currently sit in ninth place on the ladder.
A strong defensive effort helped Hoppers Crossing run out 26-point winners against St Albans in a low-scoring affair.
Harley Armstrong-Weston kicked three goals for the Warriors, while Chris Endres was names best on ground.
Hoppers Crossing sit in fifth place on the ladder, a game and a half ahead of Sunshine. They next face reigning premiers Deer Park.
Finally, Spotswood held Wyndhamvale goalless, defeating the Falcons by 114-points.
It’s the first time this season a team has been held goalless and adds further misery to Wyndhamvale’s winless season.
The Woodsman had 10 different goal kickers, Jordan Boyd bagged four goals as did Gareth Newton.
Josh Norton was best on ground.