Great weather and plenty of kids greeted Saturday afternoon, so it was "roll-on" Lightning Round Robin.  Such was the anticipation that as Umpire Snow put the ball up high for the first centre bounce, keen Mum Hosking asked "Will this be part of the Lightning Round?"  The long weekend might have kept the holidaymakers away, but not the enthusiasm from the kids and parents that turned up and we had enough to make even teams for the continuation of the 3 team format.

Game 1 saw the early contenders, the Hammerheads taking on the rejuvenated Tigers.  Coming off the double win last week, the Tigers had their tails up with Coach Woodward back in control and he had the kids up and about from the start with a 6 goal opening half. The Hammerheads just couldn't get past half way with Caleb Woodward stopping every counter attack with superb marking and kicking for goal.  Liam Phelan's run and carry proved the difference as the Tigers maintained control of the ball for most of the game.  Kyle Davies was once again effective in the ruck and around the ground for the Hammerheads while Cody Head and Jared Brown proved handy kicking the Hammerheads 3 goals between them.  Isaiah Davies and Theo Lyall both provided good assistance for the Hammerheads, showing great courage when their opportunities came.  The half-time oranges brought back memories of tackers footy in the suburbs from years gone by, and it's great to see parents getting swept up in the spirit of this sensational tournament - a big THANKS to the Mum who brought these! Cody Edmonstone made his return known to all with handy possessions in the midfield, and providing strong drive through the middle, kicking 2 goals along with Caleb Woodward.  Other worthy mentions for the Tigers were Hayden Gray and Oli Woolley while James Hosking provided good height and marking.  The Tigers ran out easy 5 goal winners 52-21.

Game 2 (Makos vs Tigers) saw Coach Berro step in for Coach MJ, who was being rested after the Makos' double loss last week.  A close tussle in the first half saw the persistent chase and tackle of Ashleigh Snow reap rewards with forced turnovers and holding the ball decisions - she also made a high leaping spoil for the highlight reel. The Hosking brothers, James and Tom, were in the mix and the standouts for the Tigers with Tom kicking 2 goals and James again showing his great ability to mark above his head; Liam Phelan again proved valuable with his pace, good hand skills and vision.  The return of Hayden Gray was welcomed by the Tigers and the 5 point lead at half time to the Makos was well earned.  Inspired by the oranges and remembering his grandparents were watching, the Makos' Jacob Naismith came out of half time like a man possessed kicking three goals in a row.  Will Davies was superb in the ruck, Dylan Mills proved size is no barrier with good foot skills and pace picking up a goal, and Harvey Brown and Luke Berridge providing solid leadership on the ground.  Brown's strong presence and accurate kicking, combined with Berridge's high marking and agility meant the Makos ran out comfortable 3 goal winners 47-29.

Game 3 saw the rested Hammerheads up against the Makos with many expecting a close game.  The Makos had other plans, with a goal-fest in store for the crowd that seems to be growing each week.  Whilst the usual suspects for both teams had good solid games, it was the fringe players who came to the fore in this contest. The Hammerheads Harry Boye-Moller and Felix Brown played their best game of the tournament so far and persisted against the might of the Makos.  The Makos Jacob Davies played a blinder, with fearsome defence and chasing combined with good hands and ball movement.  Will Davies proved handy for the Makos in the air and at the bottom of packs scrapping for the ball.  Alex McKenzie got in on the action with a magical Cyril Rioli tap on then a goal, as did Ashleigh Snow.  The overall team play and forward run of the Makos was too strong, delivering the ball to Jacob Naismith lace out, and he slotted 4 for the game!  A runaway 10 goal win to the Makos, 71-8 with the highlight of the day going to Luke Berridge.  After a behind, the Hammerheads kicked in only to find Berro running away with the flight of the ball towards the boundary line, marking one-handed, and then kicking truly for the goal!  Sensational stuff!

So after 3 weeks, the ladder resembles a Melbourne traffic jam - with each team on 3 wins a piece, and only percentage separating top to bottom.

Two rounds remain in the round robin format, as we close in on Finals Day on August 29.  With all teams on equal points, the Premiership race remains wide open so be sure to get to AIS on Saturday @ 3:30 pm for the next exciting round of footy!!

A quick mention of the Sharks Facebook page - with some terrific photos uploaded from last weeks games - Thanks Berro! Be sure to check it out.

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