NOTHING could separate finals contenders Pines and Dromana last weekend.
Pines hosted the Tigers at Eric Bell Reserve. The away side were the better team in the first half, going into the main break with a ten point lead.
Pines managed to chip the lead back to four points heading into the final quarter. The game was poised to go down to the wire.
Both sides ended up locked at 70 each with five minutes to play. Pines thought they went ahead when Dromana defender Josh Holloway appeared to fumble the ball over the goalline before completing a mark, but the umpire ruled that the mark should stand.
The controversial decision ended up deciding the game. Neither side hit the scoreboard after that, with both ending up on 10.10 (70) and sharing the points.
Dromana finished the round in fifth place, and Pines finished in sixth.
Another close game unfolded at Red Hill Recreation Reserve between Red Hill and Mt Eliza.
The Redlegs looked in control at half time, with a 22 point lead. The Hillmen managed to whittle back the lead and took the game right to Mt Eliza.
The Redlegs only managed to kick two goals in the second half. Despite their scoreboard struggles they just managed to do enough to hold on to the win.
Mt Eliza beat Red Hill 7.12 (54) to 8.9 (57). The Redlegs sit second on the ladder.
Ladder leaders Frankston YCW continued their winning ways on Saturday. They defeated Frankston Bombers by 26 points 16.10 (106) to 12.8 (80).
Sorrento and Bonbeach also scored good wins this weekend, defeating Edithvale-Aspendale and Rosebud respectively.
KARINGAL grinded out a gritty seven point win over Pearcedale on Saturday.
The Bulls have hovered around the top six this season, but haven’t managed to put together a consistent run of results lately. They were comfortably defeated last weekend and looking to bounce back.
Pearcedale started strongly and went into half time ahead by 13. Karingal had more scoring opportunities, but failed to capitalise.
Karingal wrestled back the lead in the third term, going into the final break ahead by four. They managed to hold on to their lead in the last quarter.
The Bulls ended up defeating Pearcedale 13.19 (97) to 14.6 (90). The win leaves Karingal outside the top six by percentage only.
Darcy Hope kicked four majors for Karingal. Seth Kelly kicked three.
Seaford ended the round in fifth, equal on points with second place, after defeating Mornington in a good game on Saturday.
The two sides faced off at Alexandra Park. Seaford took a lead into the first break, and managed to maintain that momentum throughout the game.
The Bulldogs got close, but couldn’t quite do enough to topple Seaford. The final score was Mornington 10.16 (76) to Seaford 12.13 (85).
Hunter Quint, Ishak Bashir, and Joel Filippone were named in Seaford’s best.
Undefeated Langwarrin notched up another win on Saturday, getting the better of Chelsea. Somerville, Devon Meadows, and Hastings rounded out the winners list by beating Crib Point, Rye, and Tyabb respectively. Devon Meadows’ win was especially impressive, as they held Rye to just one goal for the whole game.