Heidelberg Golf Club Division 3 Preview – Round 6, 2018


Published on Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Author : Doug Long

A look ahead to Round 6 in Heidelberg Golf Club Division 3.

Two teams recorded their first victories for the season in Round 5 action of Heidelberg Golf Club Division 3.

With a five-goal to nil second term, Laurimar came away with its maiden win for 2018 – an impressive come-from-behind 32-point win against Kilmore at J.J. Clancy Reserve.

The Power had six multiple goal-kickers and it was the first time they have scored over 100 points away from home during their brief time in the senior competition.

“A great win today by our boys,” coach Justin Sherman said. “They stuck to the plan for longer and got some reward for effort.”

Kilmore slipped out of the top-four with the loss. The Blues now have the bye and then a break for the interleague weekend.

“It was a very disappointing effort from us today,” Kilmore coach Nathan Phillips said. “Laurimar outplayed us and applied pressure all day.”

In a similar vein to Laurimar, Heidelberg West has shown improvement of late and opened its account with a big 69-point win over Reservoir at Heidelberg Park.

The Mustangs were in the contest at half time, but the Hawks roared away with a 7.10 to 1.6 second half.

“We played the brand of footy we want to play,” a happy Heidelberg West coach Gary Cutler said. “We were cleaner and more fluent with our ball movement.”

Brad Moore was best on ground in his 100th game, while Dylan Hayes impressed in his senior debut with three majors.

It was a disappointing loss for the rebuilding Reservoir in a game they would have seen as winnable.

Laurimar and Heidelberg West both now sit at one and three. This is the same win/loss record that Reservoir had on the way to the 2015 premiership.

Panton Hill ended the unbeaten run of St Mary’s with a 23-point win at A.E. Cracknell Reserve. The Redbacks were brilliant early and led by 41 points at half time.

The twin towers of Matthew Byron and Rhys Boyden combined for nine goals with Boyden also spending some time in the ruck.

Mernda went into the clash with Lalor at Waterview Recreation Reserve as hot favourites. For the second week in a row, the Demons flew out of the blocks – leading 5.6 to 0.1 at quarter time.

The game became almost a carbon copy of Mernda’s previous week against Heidelberg West, because the Bloods then wrestled back control to kick nine of the final 14 goals to finish within five points.

This included a 3.6 to 1.3 final quarter to nearly claim their second win of the year. Mernda captain Josh Delaney was again among the best players on the ground, while Lalor was well served by Robert Todd and Jackson Freebairn.

“It was a really good performance after quarter time,” Lalor coach Dean Grainger said. “We have had two consistent performances in a row and a win isn’t far away.”

Round 6 action of Heidelberg Golf Club Division 3 football includes a top of the table clash between St Mary’s and Mernda at Whatmough Park.

Top spot is up for grabs. Both sets of fans would be disappointed with last week’s efforts – although the Demons managed a narrow win.

Their last meeting at this ground in 2017 resulted in a huge 65-point win for the Burra, but this one is expected to be much closer against a Mernda outfit which is performing much better this year.

Heidelberg West will be full of confidence after breaking its duck last week. The Hawks face South Morang – coming off the bye – at Mill Park Lakes Reserve.

The Lions had two big wins over the Heidelberg West last year but will be wary of their opponents who are gradually getting their best team back on the field.

Laurimar will be looking to make it two wins on the trot when it travels to Crispe Park to face Reservoir. Based on last week’s results, the Power are likely to be hot favourites.

It is a must-win game for Laurimar as they attempt to work their way up the ladder and again prove themselves as a contender after beating Kilmore and pushing St Mary’s the week prior.

Panton Hill travels to a familiar ground in Lalor Reserve to play an improving Lalor. The Bloods won all three of their Division 2 battles last year and have exceeded the expectations of many in 2018.

But the Redbacks will be favoured to win on the back of their impressive home win over St Mary’s in the twilight game and strong form since Round 1.

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