A look ahead to this weekend’s Heidelberg Golf Club Division 3 matches.
St Mary’s recorded an impressive 40-point win over South Morang at Mill Park Lakes Reserve. After an even first half, the Burra – led by Dillan Ronalds – booted nine goals to four after the main break.
Myles Guldon’s three goals took him to the top of the goal kicking ladder – one ahead of Panton Hill’s Rhys Boyden. Teenager Sam Indian kicked five for the Lions.
Laurimar continued its surge towards the top-four with an impressive win over Mernda at Laurimar Reserve. It completes a hat-trick of wins against top four-teams for the Power.
Laurimar will complete the quartet after the bye with the toughest test of all – St Mary’s at Whatmough Park in Round 13.
Heidelberg West kept its slim finals hopes alive with a 44-point win over Lalor at Lalor Reserve – pulling away late after a tight contest.
Jack Marris and Jarryd Coulson each kicked three for the winners, while Masaki Miki played his first game for the season.
“Really good effort from the group for three quarters against a side striving for finals,” Lalor coach Dean Grainger said. “But we just fell away a little in the last quarter.”
Kilmore snapped a five-game losing streak in a big 121-point win over Reservoir at Crispe Park. After a 7.3 to 0.2 first term, the Blues went right on with the job.
“Very pleased to get the win,” Kilmore coach Nathan Phillips said. “It’s the highest score we’ve managed in a very long time as a club. The win was good to restore some confidence and belief in the playing group.”
Brad Kite and Calder Cannons-listed player Shane Skidmore returned to the side for the win – with Skidmore listed among the best.
St Mary’s is two games and percentage clear on top and the Burra now looks to have wrapped up the double chance and top spot.
Mernda is second on seven wins but has three clubs snapping at its heels on six wins – all with superior percentages. It sets up a great race in the final seven rounds to see which team can grab the double chance and the last two finals positions.
Panton Hill improved to third spot on the ladder without playing a game after South Morang’s percentage took a hit. The Redbacks’ percentage is a statistician’s delight at 150 precisely, with the Lions on 139 and Laurimar in fifth spot with a percentage of 117.
But Panton Hill has a game in hand compared to all the other teams vying for finals.
Heidelberg West sits a game back with five wins and a poor percentage of 86 but remains a small hope to make it should teams above them stumble.
Many teams get a chance to make a big impact in Round 12 action of Heidelberg Golf Club Division 3.
Lalor and Reservoir have managed just one win between them – in Round 1 at Crispe Park when the Bloods won the pair’s first outing by 27 points.
They now meet at Lalor Reserve and a win will come as a huge relief for whichever team can come out on top. Based on recent form, Lalor are likely to be the tipster’s choice, but the Mustangs will give it their all and can climb off the bottom with a victory of about five goals.
Heidelberg West hosts Panton Hill at Heidelberg Park and will have renewed confidence after getting back on the winners’ list last weekend.
They will require a huge turn-around from their 109-point Round 3 defeat to the Redbacks at A.E. Cracknell Reserve. But the current Hawks’ line-up will be far superior to that of the previous clash.
St Mary’s travels to J.J. Clancy Reserve to tackle Kilmore. While the Burra seem to be on an unstoppable run, the Blues will be buoyed by their return to form last week and will give themselves some chance to pull off a huge upset.
The most critical match for the finals make-up sees South Morang play Mernda at Waterview Recreation Reserve.
The Demons will be desperate to win and remain a game clear of the pack. But the Lions will move ahead of Mernda if they win.
Fans should be in for a thriller judging by their last encounter at Mill Park Lakes Reserve – in which South Morang led all day in trying conditions and clung on by two points.