Comebacks, upsets and margins on both ends of the spectrum; another week across the local leagues saw Box Hill personnel out to impress once more.
Brayden Kilpatrick and his South Croydon team mates inflicted the first blow to Vermont’s season campaign, toppling the Eastern Football League leaders by 18 points in an exciting grand final rematch. The same result played out in the reserves, with South Croydon’s Chris Jones putting in a best on ground performance, a pleasing progression and important step on his road to recovery from a preseason knee injury.
East Ringwood took the four points over Noble Park with Leigh Osborne a standout in the victory; kicking two goals on his way to a best afield performance. Tristan Davies also hit the scoreboard and featured amongst the best; and was ably supported by Liam Jeffs, Reece Groves and Tristan Tweedie.
Norwood fell short of Doncaster in spite of solid performances from Nelson Lane and Stuart Horner; while James Locke continued his impressive form for Doncaster East, again featuring among the best in their huge 74-point win.
The Waverley Blues had a tight contest with Donvale, but couldn’t get over the line despite scoreboard contribution and best efforts around the ground from Billy Evans.
In the Victorian Amateur Football Association, Ned Reeves and his St. Kevin’s side overcame Old Trinity by the slightest of margins; while conversely, De La Salle couldn’t get the job done against the University Blues, in spite of the efforts of Harrison Burt and Lachlan Walker, who were named amongst the best, alongside a solid contribution from Geordie Nagle.
Nathan Boucher was outstanding in the Collegians near 100-point defeat of Old Melburnians, bagging four goals and taking home best on ground honours; while Sam Parsons also featured amongst the top players of the day.
Liam Mackie helped Old Carey to a 23-point triumph over Parkdale; Ryan McGannon’s Mt. Eliza outfit uncharacteristically went down to Sorrento; and Jesse Cucinotta found himself on the wrong end of a 93-point margin, when Heidelberg fell to Northcote Park.