Seniors Match Report presented by Western Union Business
By Paul Satterley
Leading into our clash with Old Xavs, we had 4 forced changes to the line-up that convincingly beat SKOBs a fortnight ago. The Walker twins, Lachy (late call up to VFL side Box Hill) & Andrew (knee) joined Adrian Indovino (knee) & Hughy Nicholson (out for the season with a broken wrist).
Taking their place, our reigning B&F winner Jason Tutt, defender David Convery, wingman Ben Nethersole & debutant Alex Lvovsky.
We started the game well, keeping Xavs goalless right up to the 10-minute mark of the 2nd quarter. Adding to our line-up changes, Howie Persson injured his hamstring in the first quarter and did not return to the field. Offensively, scoring was proving difficult for both sides and by half time the scores we had posted 2.7.19 to Xavs’ 3.4.22. We missed some golden opportunities late in the second quarter.
The game opened up in the 3rd and the lads played terrific footy piling on 4 goals to none.
Jake Williams was in everything, Tom Humphrey was negating their key forward Matt Handley, whilst giving us plenty of drive. Ant Forato’s work rate was enormous in the ruck and everyone was contributing. A game ending injury in the 3rd term to the luckless Lachy O’Connell meant we were down two players going into the last quarter, but we had stormed to a 21-point lead.
At the start of the final quarter, a couple of costly errors enabled Xavs to kick two quick goals in succession and gain some momentum. The rain & hail then came and credit to Xavs, who found a way to score a third goal to level the scores. With just 90 seconds to go, a free kick was paid for a questionable ruck infringement 25m directly in front, Xavs ruckman Jason Holmes went back and slotted the goal. It was a very disappointing way to lose the lead and ultimately the game.
In a tough contest, 12 of the 13 goals were scored at just one end of the ground. I’m extremely proud of the all of our efforts, we fought it out to the very end.
DLS 6.11.37 def by OLD XAVS 7.11.43.
Reserves match report presented by East Malvern Community Bank
By Archie Whiting
Round 16 vs Old Xavier was a top of the table clash with the winner going a long way to cementing a top two finish.
The match had a finals-type feel to it and both sides looked dangerous when they had momentum. Old Xavs showed a little more class and finishing power to open up a 9-point quarter time lead.
The second quarter was an arm wrestle, with Old Xavs controlling the first half of the quarter and De La fighting back to close the margin to 6 points at the main break. Dimi Fasoulis (17 disposals, 3 goals) was electric in the first half and David Lowe (16 disposals, 10 clearances) was dominant around the ball.
At the main break, we were in the contest against a good football side but felt like we had plenty of room for improvement. However, Old Xavs’ pressure and spread was far too good in the second half and we fell away, to see Xavs run out 54-point winners.
Reflecting on the game, it was a really poor performance. We had an uncharacteristically low possession count and didn’t play our way for long enough. It also proved to be a really costly loss, slipping from second to fourth on percentage.
Better players for the day included Nick Curwood who was dynamic down back and Matt Colak who competed strongly in the ruck. We now set ourselves for Old Collegians, who are sitting third on the ladder and the perfect opportunity to bounce back in a big way.
BEST: D. Fasoulis, D. Lowe, N. Curwood, M. Colak, T. Parker, D. Marchese
DLS 7. 6. 42 def by. OX 14.18.102
Thirds match report presented by Triple Play Sportswear
By Cameron Watts
Mother nature certainly didn’t realise it was Thirds finals time, and we turned up to a soaking wet Dairy Bell to play for a spot in our 3rd grand final in a row.
A couple of late changes due to injury gave some younger players a chance to prove themselves against the Sharks. After opening the scoring, a clash between two Beaumaris players caused the game to be stopped for 45 minute, while an ambulance was called to help one of the players from the field with a head injury. After play resumed, we took a while to get going. We kept Beaumaris scoreless in the second quarter and took a two-goal lead into half time.
Our worst quarter for the year was to follow, all credit to Beaumaris – we were second to the footy, out-run and out-skilled, it felt as if they had a couple of extra players on the field. After a 7-goal-to-1 third term, we trailed by 26-points at the final change. We put it to the boys to take the game on and give it everything they’ve got, we weren’t going to win the game by sitting back and waiting for it to happen.
Jack Hanley slotted the first goal of the quarter at the 10-minute mark, and then two more where to follow.
We were surging forward at almost every opportunity, Mark Collins had turned up the heat and was intercepting all attacks, two more goals and a couple of behinds followed and we were within a goal. Sam Pickett nearly pulled off a pack mark with 5 seconds to go but it wasn’t to be.
Beaumaris go straight through to the big dance and we play Fitzroy next week at home in the preliminary final.
BEAUMARIS 9.8.62 def DLS 8.9.57
U19 BLUE match report presented by Woodards Oakleigh & Woodards Bentleigh
DLS 10.24.84 def BEAUMARIS 7.5.47
U19 GOLD match report presented by Harvey Norman Chadstone
By Steven Ingram
Our home game against Beaumaris was transferred to DW Lucas and we needed a win to keep our finals hopes alive.
After establishing an early ascendency we got very complacent, refused to work or defend, and watched on as Beaumaris kicked 5 unanswered goals.
We addressed this at quarter time but Beaumaris were up and about and the second quarter was a real grind, before we applied some scoreboard pressure late in the quarter. At the main break, we were trailing by 8 points.
After the main break we began to run, playing attacking, positive footy whilst defending strongly. Our third quarter was our best, kicking 5 goals to 1. We held a handy 19-point break at the last change and committed to continue to press in the final quarter.
We kicked four goals in the last to run out 40 point winners. We now must defeat St Kevin’s this week and Beaumaris must beat St Bernard’s for us to finish fourth and earn a finals place.
Better Players: Pat Hounihan, R Beeby, D Tesoriero, P Nikitas, J Almedia, C Leyden.
DLS 13.17.95 def BEAUMARIS 8.7.55
COLTS match report presented by McLardy McShane Insurance
DLS 11.6.72 Def ST BEDES / MENTONE 3.3.21
DINO’S (DLS Over 35s) match report, presented by Malvern Auto Tech
by Peter Harrison
TOP TOP TOP OF THE WORLD
The Dino’s have delivered a 37-point victory to finish the Home & Away season on top of the ladder with a 9-1 record.
Needing a win to give ourselves a chance to finish in the premier position the first ten minutes were somewhat underwhelming, however, thereafter it was the Mark Liddell Show as he kicked 4 first quarter goals.
The second quarter saw a far more consistent effort from the Dino’s across the board. Troy, Gags, Phila, Moloney and Iggy flexed some muscle in the midfield, whilst the back six of BC, Macca, Marks, Seletto, O’Hara & Pauley getting the job done as usual! The Delly Show had 6 majors by the midway point!
The second half we dominated the play and we were never seriously headed. Palmer and Ryan got involved up forward but nothing could take the shine away from Delly who helped himself to a 10 goal effort! A Dino’s record.
The regular season is now over and we thank the Club and the committee for all their support. I cannot speak highly enough about the effort and commitment of the players across the season. It’s a pleasure and honor to be part of this wonderful group.
Our attention now turns to the first Semi Final on Sunday 26 August 2018 at 3.00pm against Melbourne Masters at Ben Kavanagh Reserve, Mordialloc. We encourage all supporters to come along show your support as the we attempt back-to-back flags.
DLS 13.7.85 def Bayside Saints 7.6.48