Unbeaten ladder leader Ormond showed there is a gulf in class in VAFA Division 1 with a resounding win over brave Prahran Assumption at Toorak Park on Saturday.
Ormond led all day with its superior foot skills the difference between the teams as the visitors powered to a 14-13 (97) to 9-12 (66) win.
The Two Blues’ work ethic could not be doubted but they were simply undermanned.
Going into the match missing several key players the home side was dealt a cruel blow when centre half-forward Ged Hogarth was sidelined in the first quarter with a hamstring injury.
That meant small forward Jamie Robbins was the main target and although he performed manfully and slotted three outstanding goals from the boundary line, the Two Blues’ attack was never going to cobble together a winning score.
Although the Two Blues had the ball in their forward 50m for large periods of the game, the entry was usually haphazard at best.
By contrast the delivery to Ormond key forward Rob Chisholm was silver service which he capped with five goals.
Despite conceding several goals with crude tackling, the Two Blues’ work rate was always commendable and to their credit kept the margin to an acceptable level.
When Ormond cruised to a game high 36 point late in the second quarter a blow out loomed.
But successive goals to Paul Donahoo and Robbins in the dying minutes trimmed the margin to 24 points.
Ormond was held to just four second half goals thanks to a spirited defence and good pressure around the ball where Donahoo and James Musster were as productive as usual and lone ruckman Steve Conlan never flinched in a contest.
With one from five games, Prahran Assumption sits seventh on the ladder with its finals hopes now precarious at best.
The positive is the Two Blues have played both unbeaten teams Ormond and Kew and their losing margins have been 12 points, six points,
one point and on Saturday 29 points.
The Two Blues now travel against to take fourth placed St Mary’s Salesian when they must win to keep finals hopes alive.
PRAHRAN ASSUMPTION 1-2 6-7 7-8 9-12 (66)
ORMOND 4-5 10-7 13-11 14-13 (97)
Goals: Robbins 3, J Hogarth 2, Coff, Pell.
Best: Donahoo, Robbins, Webb, Musster, Anglin, Pell.
A rare loss for the Reserves, in fact the first since round 15 last year v Williamstown CYMS.
The rash of injuries to senior players cut deep and the Two Blues were never in the hunt although saved from face in the last quarter.
PRAHRAN ASSUMPTION 5-7 (37)
ORMOND 11-10 (76)