Oliver’s side in Dee danger zone after third straight loss

By Lauren Bordin

There was heartbreak for plenty of Goulburn Valley exports in the AFL at the weekend as a host of games went down to the wire.

Melbourne’s Clayton Oliver did not have his most dominant game of the season, but still found 24 possessions under a hard tag from St Kilda’s Jack Steele.

The Demons went down by just two points, with the Mooroopna product part of a crucial passage of play in the lead in to the main break.

Oliver gave away a 50m penalty seconds before the siren that allowed Saints veteran David Armitage to kick a goal and create a 15-point lead.

Oliver’s Demons are again in danger of dropping out of the top eight after the loss, with percentage keeping them in finals contention.

It might not have been as close, but North Melbourne’s and Essendon’s sensational encounter ended with the Bombers pulling away by 17 points.

Rochester’s Shaun Atley finished with a goal, Katamatite’s Sam Wright was important with 21 disposals and Mooroopna’s Jy Simpkin had 14 possessions.

The Kangaroos are alongside Melbourne, Geelong and Hawthorn pushing to play in September.

Goulburn Valley products Charlie Morrison and Jarman Impey also could not help their side over the line with Hawthorn falling 11 points short of Greater Western Sydney.

Impey took seven marks with 13 kicks part of his 15 touches, while Morrison finished with eight touches.

Tallygaroopna’s Steele Sidebottom experienced success as Collingwood eased past Gold Coast 99-60.

Sidebottom was again influential at Metricon Stadium with 24 possessions as he looks towards his 200th game against Essendon this weekend.

Benalla’s Tom Rockliff had 29 possessions to help Port Adelaide prevail against Carlton, dominating the midfield alongside Echuca’s Ollie Wines.

Katamatite’s Tom Clurey was also integral with 16 disposals in the 21-point win.