Simpson have stormed back into the top five
With two rounds left in the season, the CDFL ladder is starting to take shape following the latest results.
Reigning premiers Birregurra have once again sent out a powerful message to the remainder of the competition, after stretching their winning streak to twenty-one to crush rivals Irrewarra/Beeac by 121-points at Warrowie Recreation Reserve.
The damage was done early in the match with the Saints booting on nine unanswered goals, which was aided by a strong breeze as they continued their impressive run ahead of the finals and was superbly led by coach Ben Boseley and captain Andrew Kelly in a flawless team display.
The 22.8 (140) to 2.7 (19) loss ends the Bombers season in the most disappointing fashion.
Boseley was outstanding for the winners with a season-high eight goals, five in the first quarter to blow the game open, while Christian overcame a sluggish start to finish with six majors – taken his season tally to seventy five.
The defence of Josh Weatherhead, Aaron Mates and Ollie Butler were all outstanding.
Youngsters Lachlan Moran battled solidly in a tough day for the Bombers, while the usual suspects Khan Beckett and Troy Keating racked up possessions.
The most shocking result of the round came out at Red Rock as Otway Districts continued their giant-killing run, after overturning a twenty-seven point quarter time deficit to defeat an inaccurate Alvie for the first time in 30 years.
Things looked bleak early for the Demons, but liked they have done in their last three victories – they refused to give in to record one of their best win in the CDFL, 7.3 (45) to 4.18 (42) to put together four straight wins for the first time since 2009.
Demons coach Tom Mullane-Grant lifted when his side wanted him to by booting three important majors with the midfield duo of Stewart Sutherland and Shane Boyington playing significant roles in the win.
In the one that got away from the Swans, Tom Spence booted two majors and Andre DeLorenzo was named their best player.
Simpson have made an empathic return to the top five, after bouncing back from two poor performances to crush the Colac Imperials by ninety-five points at Murray Goulburn Trading Oval, 19.17 (131) to 5.6 (36).
In a must-win game for the Tigers, they returned to their best footy they are capable of with their most pleasing win of the season and a win over Irrewarra/Beeac next week would wrap up another finals berth.
Mid-season recruit Dom Dare continued his consistent form with five goals for the winners, while Matthew Drayton and Zac Tesselaar booted three majors apiece. Grady Rooke put in his best game for the season with a best on ground performance along with veteran Stephen McCallum.
In another tough loss for the Cats, Alex Jolley was consistent throughout the four quarters.
It was another thrilling edition to the Coastal Cup, with Lorne continuing their winning run ahead of another finals campaign, after coming from sixteen points down during the third quarter to down a gallant Apollo Bay by twelve points.
In front of a large crowd, the Hawks came exploding out of the blocks early and it certainly looked like an upset was on the cards, but the Dolphins slammed on five consecutive goals in the final quarter to score a 9.10 (64) to 7.10 (52) victory.
James Friel was terrific for the winners with two majors in a best on ground display, while coach Sam Stavenuiter also chimed in with two goals – Steve Oliver was at his usual best with numerous of possessions.
Ryan Rich and Michael Condon played fantastic games for the Hawks, despite the loss.
It was not the prettiest game to watch at Irrewillipe Recreation Reserve, but South Colac continued their dominant recent run against the Western Eagles with an 88-point win.
The Eagles led early in the match by nine points, but the Roos showed more polished after quarter time to secure the 15.12 (102) to 2.2 (14) win, their thirteenth for the 2017 season.
The Roos had eight multiple goal-kickers with the likes of Tim Speirs and David Marendaz showing their class along with Zach Jamieson, who continues to improve game by game and Sam Hudgell was impressive again.
The Western Eagles on-field leaders of Jye Price and Matthew Kenny were solid in defeat.