By Hayley Wildes
In the Premier Division of the Eastern Football League, Noble Park put aside an inaccurate first three quarters to storm away to a resounding win over Montrose at Pat Wright Senior Oval on Saturday.
Just a total of three goals had been scored in the first three quarters of the game in what could only be described as torrential conditions, but in an incredible turn of events, the Bulls slammed on nine goals to one in the final term to run out 11.11 (77) to 2.7 (19) winners.
The ever-reliable star Kyle Martin was enormous as his class and toughness shone through, while Jackson Sketcher and Luke Bull were also important throughout the day.
The win sees Noble Park move up to sixth position on the ladder with a 5-6 record.
Rowville simply couldn’t get its game up and running on the road against South Croydon on Saturday. Taking on the Bulldogs who had three less wins than the Hawks, Rowville’s attacking forays amounted to little all day as they fell by 29 points, 7.12 (54) to 3.5 (23).
Despite the lacklustre effort, the likes of Alex Frawley, Robert Hill and Ben Giobbi were impressive for the Hawks. After 11 rounds, Rowville sits fourth on the ladder with an 8-3 record.
Round 12 will see Rowville host Doncaster, while Noble Park take on Norwood at home.
In Division 2 of the Southern Football League, Keysborough, Springvale Districts and Doveton all claimed key wins.
The Burras were made to work for their win over Heatherton at home, but the brilliance of Chris Bryan (six goals) was too much as Keysborough ran out 18-point winners, 8.10 (58) to 6.4 (40).
Whilst Bryan dominated up forward, Geoffrey Humphreys and Simon Marchese were key across the ground.
Springvale Districts maintained top spot on the ladder with a 24-point win over Murrumbeena – who sat third prior to Round 11 – at home.
The Dees were too good in the end as David Monaghan and Matthew Thompson did as they pleased all day to help Springvale Districts to the win, 8.12 (60) to 5.4 (34).
The Doveton Eagles used a spirited second half to take control of the game against Caulfield on their way to victory.
The Eagles kicked poorly in front of goal early, but as Brayden Follett (four goals) found his range, Doveton got back into the contest and led by seven points at half time.
Holding Caulfield to just two goals after half time, Doveton posted a 9.15 (69) to 6.5 (41) win as Michael Callinan and Nicholas Battle ran riot.