By Cameron Hutchison
AFL YARRA RANGES
Four rounds to go for Division 1 and the ladder positions are certainly open for sweeping changes.
Sixteen points are up for grabs and there is only 14 points separating first and fifth.
On form, you would think Upwey will stay in fifth place, but Healesville, Wandin, Woori Yallock and Olinda can easily change positions.
With three rounds to go for Division 2, it looks like the top two positions are only up for grabs by Belgrave and Seville.
However, positions third to sixth will be fought out between Yarra Glen, Powelltown, Alexandra and Kinglake.
The one they all want is third, so look out Yarra Glen and Powelltown.
Division 1 Seniors Football
Healesville 14.20(104) d Emerald 8.12(60)
Healesville hold onto a two-point break on top of the ladder after a big win over eighth-placed Emerald. The first quarter was tight with Healesville kicking 3.9 to 3.1. They took complete control in the second term kicking five goals to one and claiming a lead of 30 points at half-time. They continued that form in the third quarter but inaccuracy was causing them problems with 6.9 to Emerald’s solitary three behinds. The last quarter was all Emerald kicking 4.4 while holding the competition leaders to zip but the game was won by Healesville in the third quarter.
Healesville Best: N. Aldridge, G. Schiavello, N. Mende, R. Hay, D. Anderson, M. Jeffery. Goals: R. Hay 5, R. Woodford 2, D. Anderson 2, C. Warren 2, S. Gordon 1, D. Plozza 1, M. Jeffery 1.
Emerald Best: L. Sheppard, M. Dompietro, S. Paull, C. Thomsen, J. Pedder, B. Moloney. Goals: B. Moloney 4, C. Porter 1, J. Bishop 1, J. Donders 1, J. Rich 1.
Mount Evelyn 17.14(116) d Gembrook-Cockatoo 4.7(31)
Mount Evelyn hold onto sixth place and still a chance to make the five after a solid performance against last-placed Gembrook-Cockatoo. Mount Evelyn had the game in the bag after the first quarter, booting 7.7 to two behinds and a healthy 47-point lead at quarter-time. Gembrook could only manage one behind in the second term while Mount Evelyn added to their score, kicking 3.2. Another consistent quarter in the third with a five-goal-to-one quarter and the three-quarter time break was 92 points. Gembrook played better in the last quarter, kicking 3.4 to 3.2.
Mount Evelyn Best: J. Fellows, K. Jones, M. Condello, J. Barden, J. Yeomans, D. Watson. Goals: K. Jones 7, J. Yeomans 3, M. Condello 3, J. Fraser 1, M. Brierley 1, S. Martin 1, A. Chalkley 1.
Gembrook-Cockatoo Best: B. Wareham, D. Welsh, G. Hartridge, C. Clarke, S. Martin, R. De Reus. Goals: P. Gramc 3, C. Clarke 1.
Upwey-Tecoma 22.21(153) d Monbulk 13.10(88)
Fifth-placed Upwey-Tecoma have made it tough now for seventh-placed Monbulk to really challenge for the final five after a 65-point win on Saturday. Both sides put on a goal kicking display in the first term with 15 goals being kicked but Upwey held a small lead of eight points at quarter time. Upwey broke loose in the second quarter, kicking 5.3 to 2.4 and claiming a lead of 25 points at half-time. Monbulk could not match it with them in the third term as Upwey continued their second-quarter form, kicking 5.8 to 1.1. The last quarter was much of the same with a four goal to three quarter and the game was in the bag.
Upwey-Tecoma Best: J. Hackett, K. O’Brien, D. Waters, H. Stanley, L. Beacom, I. Krijt. Goals: D. Waters 5, J. Hackett 5, K. Grenda 2, R. Van Hoorn 2, H. Stanley 2, S. Mitchell 2, B. Oates 1, C. Hayes 1, D. Devers 1, K. O’Brien 1.
Monbulk Best: C. Sharpe, N. Sargent, B. Emmett, P. Barge, S. McBride, A. Smith. Goals: M. Langworthy 4, N. Sargent 3, B. Emmett 3, S. McBride 1, P. Barge 1, A. Smith 1.
Wandin 10.23(83) d Warburton Millgrove 8.12(60)
Wandin hold on to second spot on the ladder after tight game against ningth-placed Warburton. Warburton came out and stunned the more fancied Wandin by kicking 3.4 to 2.5 in the first term and held a surprising lead of five points at quarter-time. The tables turned in the second quarter and the margin could have been much worse if Wandin had their kicking boots on as they kicked 3.10 to one straight to switch the lead in their favour by 17 points at half-time. Accuracy improved in the third term with Wandin managing 3.3 to 2.3. The last quarter was all tied up with both sides kicking 2.5.
Wandin Best: J. Ladner, M. O’’Donohue, D. Stephen, P. Bruzzese, B. Chapman, M. Polkinghorne. Goals: T. Merlino 3, R. Ross 3, D. Hirst 1, M. Shanks 1, D. Stephen 1, N. Molnar 1.
Warburton-Millgrove Best: M. Robinson, D. Brookes, L. Barnard, L. Weir, D. Morris, S. Andueza. Goals: J. Lee 2, A. White 1, A. Maguire 1, L. Barnard 1, P. Hay 1, B. Clinch 1, T. Marr 1.
Woori Yallock 10.22(82) d Olinda Ferny Creek 12.9(81)
Woori Yallock have got home in a nail-biter and have a two-point break on Olinda and sit third on the ladder and only one game shy of top spot after Saturday’s game. Olinda took complete control of the conditions in the first term and kicked 5.6 to two behinds to hold a 34-point lead at quarter time. It was Woori Yallock’s turn in the second quarter and they piled on 6.6 to one behind to arrest the lead at the main break by seven points. Again, a flip in leaders at three-quarter time, with Olinda going into the final break with a 21-point lead after kicking 7.1 to 2.3. The last quarter was a cracker as Olinda battled the conditions and new that Woori Yallock was coming. Woori kicked 2.11 to just one behind and came home with a one-point win at the final siren.
Woori Yallock Best: L. Boontjes, C. Smedley, S. Kennedy, R. Monkhorst, K. Thompson, J. Matthews. Goals: L. Boontjes 2, K. Thompson 2, M. Baxter 2, M. Batten 1, A. Marsh 1, R. Monkhorst 1, J. Matthews 1.
Olinda Ferny Creek Best: J. Charge, M. Hottes, B. Walter, M. Wright, C. Horner, J. Rankin. Goals: C. Horner 4, B. Walter 4, J. Rankin 1, N. Broomhall 1, C. Brown 1, E. Greenall 1.
Division 2 Seniors Football
Alexandra 18.12(121) d Kinglake 7.8(50)
Alexandra hangs on to fifth place while Kinglake are still in the hunt sitting sixth. Alexandra started quickly kicking 5.3 to one goal in the first term and had a lead by 27 points at quarter-time. Kinglake outscored Alexandra in the second quarter, kicking 2.1 to 1.2 but the lead was still Alexandra’s by 21 points at half-time. Alexandra piled on the goals in the third term, with a six-goal-to-one quarter and the lead was now 43 points. Another impressive six goals to two last quarter and the game was all over.
Alexandra Best: B. Norris, R. Norris, B. Cooper, M. Coombs, S. Woollard, C. Tranter. Goals: B. Norris 7, R. Norris 3, J. Rouget 2, S. Hill 2, S. Heveren 1, C. Tranter 1, S. Woollard 1, B. Cooper 1.
Kinglake Best: W. Graf, H. Prest, J. Whelan, E. Robinson, R. Mitchell, J. Butterworth. Goals: E. Robinson 2, C. Arnott 2, J. Butterworth 1, L. White 1, J. Whelan 1.
Seville 15.11(101) d Powelltown 11.13(79)
Seville have all but sewn up second spot on the ladder after a good win over fourth-placed Powelltown. Seville had control from the outset and kicked 5.2 to 2.3 to take a handy lead of 17 points into the second quarter. Powelltown fought back in the second term kicking 3.3 to 2.3 and reduced the margin to 11 points at the main break. Another good quarter by Powelltown in the third quarter and the margin was reduced to 10 points at three-quarter time. Seville regrouped in the last and managed to kick away with 6.3 to 4.3 and a 22-point win in the end.
Seville Best: J. Nolan, C. Suban, M. Cecere, N. O’Keefe, J. Neal, L. O’Keefe. Goals: J. Neal 4, N. O’Keefe 3, D. Toohey 3, M. Cecere 2, J. Young 1, J. Nolan 1, M. Timmermeister 1.
Powelltown Best: D. Rees, B. Jackson, W. Dore, N. Moody, J. Moore, T. Hallmark. Goals: D. Rees 4, D. Roy 4, S. Carter 1, M. McLaughlin 1, M. Lord 1.
Thornton Eildon 10.11(71) d Yea 8.12(60)
It was party time in Thornton on Saturday as they finally broke the drought with a huge morale-boosting win over local town rival Yea on Saturday. Thornton took the early lead in the first term by kicking 4.1 to 3.1. Yea rallied and came back at them in the second quarter kicking 1.7 to 1.2 and Thornton’s lead was only one point at half-time. Thornton took advantage of the conditions in the third term and kicked 4.5 to 2.1, stretching their lead to 17 points at three-quarter time. Yea outscored Thornton in the last but it was not enough to come away with the win and Thornton hung on to win by 11 points.
Thornton-Eildon Best: B. Wratten, J. Ashby, J. Strachan, R. Chapman, D. Creed, B. Musgrove. Goals: Z. King 2, J. Newton 2, K. Purtle 1, J. Ashby 1, J. Creighton 1, L. Davison 1, J. Parker 1, B. Wratten 1.
Yea Best: H. Jarvie, L. Beattie, A. Chisholm, R. Aldous, J. Ryan, E. Neilson.
Goals: L. Beattie 2, D. Webb 1, C. Evans 1, H. Jarvie 1, P. Evans 1, T. Butterworth 1, D. O’Dwyer 1.
Belgrave 12.15(87) d Yarra Glen 11.12(78)
Belgrave are sitting clear on top of the ladder after a come from behind win over third-placed Yarra Glen on Saturday. Yarra Glen got the early lead in the first term kicking 2.5 to one behind. Belgrave bounced back in the second quarter with the aid of the conditions kicking 6.5 to one straight and the favourites were 19 points up at half-time. Yarra Glen dominated in the third term booting 6.5 to 2.1 and the lead had swung back into Yarra Glen’s favour by nine points. The last quarter was going to be tough but Belgrave stood tall and showed why they are the minor premiers after Round 15 by kicking 4.8 to 2.2 to come home with a nine-point win.
Belgrave Best: M. Johnson, T. Stubley, J. Brown, J. Schill, C. Power, M. Noy. Goals: M. Johnson 3, T. Stubley 2, M. Noy 2, Y. Curtis 1, T. Marks 1, N. Somervaille 1, J. Schill 1, B. Raaymakers 1.
Yarra Glen Best: A. Smith, C. Tait, J. Marks, T. Russell, G. Filsell, J. Clare. Goals: J. Ince 3, B. Ashton 2, J. Keen 2, G. Filsell 1, A. Smith 1, B. James 1, R. McDermott 1.
Yarra Junction: Bye.
Under 18 Football
Emerald 10.8(68) d Healesville 6.12(48)
Emerald Best: J. Webb, B. Stuhldreier, C. Roma, B. Wood, A. Stuhldreier, A. Buckleigh.
Healesville Best: K. Brown, C. Wright, J. George, S. Gommers, E. Muke, J. Yasin.
Mount Evelyn 16.23(119) d Gembrook-Cockatoo 3.4(22)
Mount Evelyn Best: B. Batten, N. Hoskin, D. Fraser, A. Stares, M. Bail, Z. Anderson.
Gembrook-Cockatoo Best: D. Smith, D. South, D. Kee, A. Firrito, C. Sweeney, C. Moore.
Upwey-Tecoma 6.10(46) d Monbulk 1.9(15)
Upwey-Tecoma Best: T. Hauler, D. Wilson, S. Gibby, I. Shineberg, S. Capon, A. Grenda.
Monbulk Best: A. Banks, A. Richardson, S. Bennett, N. Wall, J. Graham, T. Rutherford.
Wandin 8.4(52) d Warburton Millgrove 6.4(40)
Wandin Best: J. Spencer, J. Byrne, D. Kennedy, S. Barrand, A. Baker, B. Stokes.
Warburton-Millgrove Best: P. Hay, T. Mon-Aphai, B. Thomson, C. Reiffel, R. Nyko, J. Buller.
Woori Yallock 11.11(77) d Yarra Glen 4.7(31)
Woori Yallock Best: R. Blackney, J. Smith, D. Wood, P. Jenkin, R. Whitworth, J. Irwin.
Yarra Glen Best: D. Whelan, J. Capuano, M. Morton, A. Plummer, A. Adamson..
Division 1 A Grade Netball
Emerald 46 d Healesville 34
Emerald Best: Rebecca Sayers, Jazmyn Wray, Sally Rush.
Healesville Best: Chenile Chandler, Hayley Parrott, Lara Wandin-Collins.
Mount Evelyn 59 d Gembrook Cockatoo 18
Mount Evelyn Best: Rachael Hickey, Jacqui Black, Hannah Urquhart.
Gembrook Cockatoo Best: Caitlyn Dullard, Alisha Fitzgerald, Mikailey Uren.
Monbulk Hawks 38 d Upwey Tecoma 37
Monbulk Best: Paige Whitworth, Sara Zachariah, Jessica MacDowell.
Upwey-Tecoma Best: Bianca Moffatt, Peta Day, Mikaela Kuhlwind.
Wandin 43 d Warburton Millgrove 30
Wandin Best: Tayissa Coppinger, Carly McDonnell, Jackie Cullimore.
Warburton Millgrove Best: Bianca Daniels, Bridget Nix, Kellie Davidson.
Olinda Ferny Creek 51 d Woori Yallock 34
Olinda Ferny Creek Best: Krista Tomlinson, Madison Taylor, Georgia Martin.
Woori Yallock Best: Casey Barnes, Shannon Bailey, Abby Stranger.
Division 2 A Grade Netball
Kinglake 56 d Alexandra 18
Kinglake Best: Alice Waack, Kylie Wyatt, Samantha Goggins.
Alexandra Best: Lauren Steyger, Caitlin Haggis, Emma Kidd.
Yea 48 d Thornton Eildon 24
Yea Best: Brooke Lloyd, Bridget O’Dwyer, Nikki Watts.
Thornton Eildon Best: Alyce Bertola, Kayla Bowcher, Danni Lowerson.
Belgrave 71 d Yarra Glen 28
Belgrave Best: Lauren Bennett, Petra Keogh, Jennifer Dewhurst.
Yarra Glen Best: Kali Fraser, Edana Lacey, Prue Purdey.
Yarra Junction: Bye