WOODSMAN CHASE FINALS SPOT
By CONNOR PAIN
Spotswood sit percentage outside of a finals spot after a strong fourth quarter helped the Woodsmen get over the line against Sunshine by 18-points in TIV Division 1.
The visitors got off to the perfect start with a four goal to one opening term, the disparity in scoring shots (eight to two) highlighting the dominance Spotswood had early.
Sunshine hit back in the second with its best quarter of the afternoon, cutting into margin and entering the sheds at half time trailing by just eight-points.
Despite kicking one less goal in the third, Spotswood were able to win the quarter as inaccurate kicking saw them record one major and 10 behinds to Sunshine’s two goals.
Their lead had extended to 12-points, but their poor kicking kept the game tight.
The three-quarter time rev up worked wonders for Spotswood as they were just too strong in the end, their lead extending out to three goals, winning 10.16. (76) to 8.10. (58) triumph.
The Woodsmen are on the same points as the fifth placed Werribee Districts, but Werribee have a healthier percentage – 21 percent ahead of Spotswood with three games to go.
Ryan Allan and Steve Kyriazis ran riot after quarter time in Caroline Springs’ explosive come from behind win against Werribee Districts.
The duo booted four majors each for the Lakers who turned a 12-point deficit at quarter time to a 53-point win.
The 13.18. (96) to 6.7. (43) victory maintains Caroline Springs’ position in first and heaps pressure on Werribee as finals are in sight.
A slip up against Yarraville-Seddon this week could see them fall below Spotswood.
Deer Park had nine individual goal kickers in their 29-point win over the in-form Eagles.
The Lions trailed early as inaccurate kicking hindered any first half hopes of getting a good footing in the match.
Trailing by 10-points after the first quarter and cutting it back to seven at the main break, Deer Park exploded out of the blocks after half-time with a seven goal to one third quarter that could have been even bigger had it not been for another six behinds from the home side.
Led by Levi Greenwood and Luke Scicchitano, the Lions scored its 10th win of the season.
Hoppers Crossing avenged an upset Good Friday loss earlier in the year with a comfortable 14.13. (97) to 6.5. (41) win against St Albans.
Ezzat Haddara booted a game-high three majors in the 56-point victory that the Warriors were in control of from the opening bounce.
Harley Armstrong-Weston and David Barbieri played well for the Warriors, while Jayden Trowsdale was the Saints’ best.
Joel Menadue’s five goals guided Altona to a dominant 92-point thumping of Point Cook.
Nine Vikings hit the scoreboard as they were just far too good for the Bulldogs in the 18.9. (117) to 4.1. (25) win.
David Barnaby, Will Taylor and James Taylor all played well for Altona.
They now set-up a big clash in Round 16 with third placed Hoppers Crossing at Simonds Oval.