Sebastopol’s wait for a win in the Ballarat Football League this season is over.
The Burra broke through against Melton South at Melton Recreation Reserve on Saturday – setting up an 18-point win with a six-goal third quarter.
Harli Givvens shone with five goals for Sebastopol.
Geoff Lovett and Ben Hutt were other youngsters to help catch the Panthers off guard.
Led by Brendan Fevola (five goals), Melton South made a charge at Sebastopol with three consecutive goals early in the last term to get within nine point.
However, as it did in the opening quarter when trailing Sebastopol responded with three of its own goals to secure the match.
Sebastopol coach Shane Snibson said it was a satisfying outcome given the sustained effort his players had made over a number of weeks without reward.
He said it was pleasing to see them celebrate.
Melton South joint coach Sean Triplett described the performance as the “old” Melton South.
“We didn’t deserve any more. Full credit to Sebastopol. They wanted it more.”
He said it continued a frustrating mid-season for the Panthers.
The match was marred by a serious injury to youngster Daniel Vasjuta, who broke a leg in two places in the opening minutes of the third quarter.
The loss keeps Melton South well and truly under the pump in its quest to play finals.
The Panthers slip from sixth to seventh – losing its spot in the top six to East Point on percentage and facing the dilemma of not having an opportunity to get any premiership points next week.
Melton South played its round 13 fixture against Sunbury on Good Friday, when it did win.
The top four has broken away on the BFL ladder after Redan had a 34-point win over Sunbury at Clarke Oval.
Top team Lake Wendouree had to dig deep to fend off a brave North Ballarat City by 23 points at Mars Stadium; second-placed Bacchus Marsh was always in control in beating Melton by 36 points at Maddingley Park; and third-placed Darley picked up points for a bye.
East Point returned to winning form against Ballarat at Alfredton – being in control all day before scoring by 37 points.
LAKE WENDOUREE 44
BACCHUS MARSH 42
EAST POINT 24
Melton South 24
North Ballarat City 16
ROUND 12 DETAILS
Lake Wendouree 3.4 5.9 10.13 15.15 (105)
North Ballarat City 1.3 6.4 8.9 12.10 (82)
GOALS – Lake Wendouree: L. Anderson 6, S. Clifton 3, A. Simpson 2, T. Nijam, N. Peters, J. Alexander, B. Taylor. North Ballarat City: W. Young 4, A. Turley 2, T. Bromley-Lynch 2, J. Burke, S. McCartin, D. Jones, T. Hotchin
BEST – Lake Wendouree: L. Anderson, S. Clifton, A. Simpson, J. Alexander, B. Hayes, B. Taylor. North Ballarat City: J. Burke, T. Hotchin, W. Young, D. Jones, M. Johns, R. Luke
Melton South 5.4 9.7 12.8 17.8 (110)
Sebastopol 3.5 8.10 14.13 19.14 (128)
GOALS – Sebastopol: H. Givvens 5, G. Lovett 3, B. McLeod 3, R. Noether 2, T. Mookhoek 2, T. Stewart, T. Hutt, B. Goodes, L. Huppatz. Melton South: B. Fevola 5, M. Banner 4, D. Callus 3, J. Watkins 2, R. Holzer, J. Kent, W. Dao
BEST – Sebastopol: C. Dummett, L. Huppatz, H. Givvens, T. Hutt, B. Goodes, B. McLeod. Melton South: M. Notman, B. Fevola, M. Lynch, M. Banner, D. Callus, J. Watkins
East Point 5.4 7.9 9.11 12.13 (85)
Ballarat 2.3 2.4 4.8 6.12 (48)
GOALS – East Point: B. McDougall 3, J. McQueen 3, C. Bilney 2, H. Dawborn, R. Monument, M. Tuddenham, M. Rotumah-Onus. Ballarat: J. Marshall , T. Constable, J. Sutherland, C. Prendergast, B. Fraser, N. Garner
BEST – East Point: C. Lee, D. Semmens, H. Dawborn, D. Tung, C. Bilney, C. Carson. Ballarat: D. Kennedy, W. Garner, J. Blackburn, N. Garner, T. Constable, S. Hutchinson
Redan 2.4 4.7 10.10 11.12 (78)
Sunbury 0.2 2.5 3.7 5.14 (44)
GOALS – Redan: M. Phelps 4, L. Hoy 3, N. Horbury, N. Willox, B. Schiltz, D. Watson. Sunbury: A. Goodson 3, P. MacDonough, J. Flannery
BEST – Redan: not supplied. Sunbury: L. Bramble, A. Goodson, D. Kovacevic, J. Rizk, M. Edwards, T. Donoghue
Bacchus Marsh 4.2 9.6 11.11 12.14 (86)
Melton 0.3 1.3 (9) 4.4 7.8 (50)
GOALS – Bacchus Marsh: H. Coulton 4, R. Stuhldreier 3, J. Hehir 2, A. Del Papa, D. Bishop, D. Phyland. Melton: B. Kight 2, L. Ericson 2, A. Grigg, B. McGregor, J. Hickey
BEST – Bacchus Marsh: S. Sherlock, R. Stuhldreier, B. Griffiths, H. Coulton, D. Bishop, L. Blundell. Melton: J. Walker, J. Hickey, K. Wilson, C. Griffiths, R. Davis, L. Hickey