Mount Evelyn and Monbulk clashed in a top of the table encounter on Saturday 15 May as the two undefeated teams in Division 1 of AFL Outer East.
The Mount Evelyn and Monbulk branches of the Bendigo Bank sponsored the game for the Community Challenge Cup between the two fierce rivals. In the 50th meeting of these clubs, a tight and high standard match took place at the Mount Evelyn ground.
Mount Evelyn had the better of the first half and took a 14 point lead into the main break on the back of good play from Daimon Kift and the ever reliable Callum Urquhart. Monbulk’s defence tightened up in the second half to keep the Rovers goalless while the three-pronged attack of Taylor Joyce, Ash Beck and Michael Langworthy continued to present avenues to goal for the Hawks. In the last term Monbulk managed to secure three goals to break clear and win by 23 points.
Mt Evelyn: 3.3-21, 8.4-52, 8.7-55, 8.8-56
Monbulk 2.2-14, 6.2-38, 9.4-58, 12.7-79
Goal Kickers: T. Joyce 4, A. Beck 3, M. Langworthy 2, J. Spencer, T. Taylor, J. Hevern
Best Players: T. Taylor, C. Spooner, A. Beck, D. Banks, T. Joyce, M. Langworthy
Goal Kickers: R. Hartfield 3, J. Barden, J. Beamish, D. Kift, C. Urquhart, K. Van Beek
Best Players: D. Kift, C. Urquhart, N. Hoskin, R. Fooks, J. Barden, B. Forbes
Mount Evelyn squared the ledger by winning the A Grade Netball encounter 41-32.