MT ELIZA has solidified its place in the top four, defeating Langwarrin to the tune of 64 points in their MPNFL Peninsula League match at Lloyd Park on Saturday.
The Redlegs got off to a strong start applying plenty of scoreboard pressure early on the young Langwarrin side, booting eight first-quarter goals.
The second term was a different story, the Redlegs slowing down while Langwarrin tried to work themselves back into the contest holding Mt Eliza to just one goal for the quarter.
Gun Mt Eliza forward Sam Lloyd was quieter than usual, only managing two majors for the day, but took on a different role with Redlegs coach Jason Watts using him through the midfield.
The Kangaroos worked hard in the third term adding a further four goals, but Mt Eliza remained composed, responding with five of their own.
The Redlegs were boosted by captain James Clayton, who played his second game in a row after spending a number of weeks on the sidelines through injury. The half-back imposed himself heavily on the contest and was among his team's best.
The final quarter saw the Kangaroos slip away as Mt Eliza stretched its lead, booting a further five goals to Langwarrin's one, Redlegs defender Sam Gill putting in another impressive performance for his side.
"He is enjoying getting some continuity in his game after having a couple of injury-riddled years," Watts said about the former Frankston Dolphins defender.
Despite the 10-goal margin, former Melbourne Demons defender and now Kangaroos playing coach Paul Wheatley was pleased with his young side's effort.
"We are showing a lot of improvement each week," he said. "Things that we have been doing at training are starting to show in our game."
Utility Jarryd Amalfi was pivotal for the Kangaroos, playing a variety of roles as he has done for most of the year.
Young Mt Eliza forward Jordan Moncrieff, son of former Hawthorn player Michael Moncrieff, made his senior debut for the Redlegs staking his claim in the side, booting three majors and making his presence felt from centre half-forward.
In other Peninsula League clashes on Saturday, Karingal blew Mornington away with 116-point drubbing, Midfielder Michael Burke and forwards David Noble and Chris Hay all coming away with five goals apiece for the Bulls.
Chelsea defeated Seaford by 24 points coming from behind after being down by 13 points at three-quarter time.
Frankston YCW consolidated itself at the top of the ladder easily accounting for Edithvale-Aspendale, cruising to a 71-point victory after a slow start.
Bonbeach kept the Pines winless, the Sharks putting the Pythons to the sword with a 66-point win.