By Lachlan Mitchell
Cranbourne was ready to stretch its wings after a well-rested Queens Birthday weekend bye.
The Eagles were ready for the Springvale Demons who have had their raging issues with Covid and injuries throughout the season.
A quick start by the Eagles saw them pile on 11 goals in the first quarter to lead the Demons by 60 at quarter time.
The game got increasingly more and more difficult for the Demons as Cranbourne continued to pile on goals.
Marc Holt hit the scoreboard and continued to dominate Cranbourne’s forward 50.
Springvale found goals hard to come by, kicking one behind in the third term.
Inefficient kicking from Cranbourne saw them kick two goals seven in the final term…prevailing by exactly 100 points in the 24.15(159) to 9.5(59) scoreline.
Holt and Mitchell White both kicked four goals in the win.
Cranbourne coach Steve O’Brien was happy with his sides start and its ability to win in convincing fashion.
“It was a really strong performance,” he said.
“Our first quarter was nothing short of outstanding and when you win by 100 points you can’t be too critical.
“To Springvale Districts credit they made some changes, and ended up winning the second quarter and we had to make some adjustments to counter that and managed to kick away.”
Springvale had ex-AFL player Tyrone Vickery and Collingwood VFL representative Matt Wetering in its forward line giving the Eagles an extra thing to contend with.
“They had some strong firepower up forward with Vickery and Wetering up forward but we were able to keep them contained, it was a pretty good performance,” O’Brien said.
Cheltenham has continued its assault on top spot with a 73-point rummaging of Dingley.
The Rosellas had the run of the mill from start to finish to conquer the Dingoes in comfortable fashion.
Josh Fox kicked five goals to move his season tally to 38 goals for the season.
St Kilda City continues to remind everyone that it is still in the hunt for this year’s premiership with a 38-point win over the Port Melbourne Colts.
Saints Aaron Edwards kicked six goals in his sides’ comprehensive win.
Mordialloc had things its own way as it held East Malvern at bay.
The Bloodhounds dived out to a 15-point quarter-time margin and continued to hold sway.
Hounds Brett O’Hanlon kicking eight goals in his side’s 32-point win.
St. Paul’s McKinnon also showed its poise and class as it disposed of Bentleigh away from home.
Matthew Kreymborg and Stephen Muller kicked five goals each in the 63-point win.
SOUTHERN DIVISION ONE
RESULTS – ROUND 10
Mordialloc 13.18 88 v East Malvern 8.8 56, Cranbourne Eagles 24.15.159 v Springvale Districts 9.5 59, St Kilda City 16.16.112 v Port Melbourne Colts 11.8.74, Bentleigh 11.9.75 v 21.12 138, Dingley 6.10.46 v Cheltenham 18.11.119.
Cranbourne Eagles 32, Cheltenham 32, St Paul’s McKinnon 32, St Kilda City 28, Dingley 20, Mordialloc 20, Springvale Districts 16, Port Melbourne Colts 12, Bentleigh 4, East Malvern 0.
FIXTURE – ROUND 11
East Malvern v Bentleigh, Port Melbourne Colts v Dingley, Cheltenham v Mordialloc, St Pauls McKinnon v Cranbourne Eagles, Springvale Districts v St. Kilda City.