By Tyler Lewis
Keysborough’s stirring come from behind 13.10 (88) to 12.8 (80) victory wasn’t enough to claim top spot over Springvale Districts in Southern Football League Division 2.
The Burras trailed at every break but stormed home with a strong victory in the final round of the year. Tim Edwards was super for Keysborough with five majors while Matt Wetering slotted four for the Districts.
However, the win didn’t come at the margin the Burras needed to claim top spot and was soured by an all in scuffle following the final siren including all players and even the crowd.
Skye has caused a boilover in the final round of its season in an upset over Doveton, 9.12 (66) to 7.12 (54).
Cameron Carmody booted four for the Eagles in the narrow loss while Keenan Hatch was important for the Bombers.
The loss fortunately doesn’t have any damage to the Eagles finals position as they sit fourth on the ladder.
In Division 3, Hampton Park shook off their slow start to the match to overrun Black Rock 16.12 (108) to 9.7 (61).
Peter Dye (five goals) kicked another handful while Luke Behin was named the best for the Redbacks. The Redbacks sit four wins clear atop of the ladder heading into their semi-final next week.
Clayton got the jump on Endeavour Hills in the opening half and coasted to an 11.11 (77) to 3.11 (29) victory. Benjamin Holland was named the best for the Hills in the big loss.
Despite the defeat, the Hills still sit in third on the ladder and will take on Ashwood in next week’s elimination final.
And in Division 4, Lyndale won the battle of the bottom against Dandenong, 23.17 (155) to 11.6 (72).
Lyndale was wasteful early but moved on from the sloppy start to pile on 21 majors after the first break.
Trent Day was stupendous with seven majors while Brett Tosh was also important in the solid victory.
Hallam, meanwhile, recorded an important win over second placed South Yarra, 10.5 (65) to 2.11 (23).
The Hawks were yet to trouble the scorers at the first interval, but from then on kept the Lions goalless to ultimately run away with an impressive win on the eve of the finals.
And Lyndhurst secured top spot with a strong victory over Frankston Dolphins, 9.11 (65) to 7.4 (46).
In the Eastern Football League’s Premier Division, Finals-bound Rowville knocked off Noble Park, 12.7 (79) to 7.9 (51) away on the weekend.
The Hawks kept themselves in the match through accurate kicking early and then accelerated to victory, leading at every change on their way to their 11th win for 2019.
Ex-St Kilda and Essendon defender James Gwilt was the best for the Hawks while Jake Gains was named as the best for the Bulls.
Rowville has a crucial finals-like clash in the final round of the year on Saturday when it plays host to third placed Blackburn – while the difficult draw continues for Noble Park as it takes on second placed Balwyn.