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EDFL Headlines - May 14, 2018

Weekend Wrap

Watto Snags Five To Bring Down The Jets

IT seems as though Pascoe Vale is a more formidable opponent as an away side that it is on home soil.

Very few Strathmore Community Bank Premier Division clubs emerge from Section Road with a win, but on Saturday Pascoe Vale was the victor in impressive fashion against the Jets.

Ex-Blue Matthew Watson is now second in goal-kicking in the division after snagging another five in the Panthers’ convincing 33-point win.

He was assisted by Jacob Polizzi (three goals) and the retuning Patrick Veszpremi (two), while Kyle Hardingham, Luke Foster and Ben Ross all starred.

Greenvale was without Addam Maric as it struggled to stay with Pascoe Vale after three-quarter time, going on to suffer its first loss of 2018.

The win wasn’t enough to lift the Panthers into the top four.

Final: Greenvale 8.8-56 def. by Pascoe Vale 14.5-89

Burgers Survive Late Douttas Scare At City Oval

Essendon Doutta Stars remains winless and one and a half games behind the eight-ball in the Premier Division relegation battle after going down to West Coburg on EDFL Match of the Day.

Rocked by the latest outgoing transfer of star small forward Jack Landt earlier in the week, the severely hampered Stars struggled to make the most of their opportunities going forward as West Coburg slowly took control of the game.

Omar Abdallah, Marwan Abdulwahed and Tom Baravi all battled manfully in tricky Coburg City Oval conditions in what was a scrappy affair.

The Burgers held what seemed a match-winning lead of 26 points at the final change but Douttas made the most of the scoring end in the last, storming home to get within seven points by the finish.

Charles Lill was thrown forward and battled hard to get his side back into the game, but he simply didn’t have enough help nor quality entries to be able to get the job done.

Final: West Coburg 6.13-49 def. Essendon Doutta Stars 6.6-42

Green Eagles Superior To Brown Eagles

Craigieburn took on Airport West for the first time since Round 14, 2005 in what was dubbed the ‘Eagle-Off’ at DS Aitken Reserve.

Both sides have been very impressive in 2018 but it was those in green and white that proved superior, as Airport West maintained a healthy lead from start to finish to win by an even 50 points on Saturday.

Recruit Chris Lawton scored four goals in only his second game with Airport West while Tyson Young’s outstanding year continued with three, as Craigieburn struggled to keep up with Geoff Maddern’s men.

Dean Limbach was restricted to two goals and his side was held to only eight for the game, leaving Airport West undefeated on top of the Essendon Ford Division 1 ladder at 4-0 alongside Tullamarine – who cruised past Hillside at Leo Dineen Reserve.

Final: Craigieburn 8.8-56 def. by Airport West 15.16-106

Cougars Finally On The Board After Final Term Scare At Jacana

East Keilor eased some pressure after scoring its first win of 2018 against a plucky Jacana outfit on Saturday.

Neither side had a win to its name going into this pressure-filled Round 5 clash.

The Cougars capitalised on what is becoming an alarming Jacana trend of poor starts to games, kicking six unanswered goals in the opening term.

However the Jags steadied in the second and were able to benefit from the experience of Josh Young, Billy Morrison and Jason Cloke, who all stood up from quarter time.

Their deficit was 26 points at the final change but with the benefit of the scoring end in the final term, the Jaguars clawed their way back into the game.

Morrison scored two goals before Cloke added his fifth late in the piece, but the Cougars were able to hold on in a thriller and emerge with a two-point win.

Matt Knight and Nick Grigg each kicked three for East Keilor.

Final: Jacana 14.11-95 def. by East Keilor 13.19-97

Districts Starting To Right The Ship With Win Over Saints

It was billed as the most important game of Strathmore Community Bank Division 2 for Round 6 and both the Northern Saints and Coburg Districts delivered a good one at Charles Mutton Reserve on Saturday.

It was an entertaining first half between two sides that are under the pump for less than ideal starts to their respective 2018 campaigns.

The Lions led by five points at half time before clicking into gear in the third with seven goals to Northern’s two.

Matthew Vesnaver again filled the void of brother Luke with a stellar five-goal haul while Chris Lynch again had an impact in the ruck as the Lions wrested control of the game heading into the last.

The Northern Saints, who were staring down the barrel of a third consecutive loss, managed to add to the tally in the final term but it wasn’t enough as Chris Tankard’s men went on to record a very important 24-point win.

In what is a log-jammed Strathmore Community Bank Division 2 ladder, the Lions lifted themselves into fourth position courtesy of losses to both the Saints and Burnside Heights, who struggled against a potent Roxburgh Park outfit that may be going under the radar at 3-2.

Final: Northern Saints 13.11-89 def. by Coburg Districts 17.11-113

Keilor Squeaks Past Eagles In Mother’s Day Thriller

It was the closest EDFL Women’s game of the year to date between Craigieburn and Keilor on Sunday.

The Eagles are still winless and were desperate to collect their first premiership points for 2018 at home to the Blues, but they couldn’t convert in front of the sticks when they needed to and eventually went down by just two points.

Maddison Steel finished with two of Keilor’s four goals.

Elsewhere on Sunday the Sunbury Lions improved their record to 3-2 after taking care of Avondale Heights/Taylors Lakes at Clarke Oval to the tune of 52 points.

The Lions led from start to finish, with Sera Catania, Jaimee-Lee Wilson and Rikki Aspinall all kicking two against the goalless visitors.

On Saturday Pascoe Vale kept its unblemished record intact with a hard-fought six-point win over the Sunbury Kangaroos in what was the game of the round.

Only two goals were scored each way at Eric Boardman Reserve, but the Panthers won the midfield battle and were able to hit the scoreboard more often to escape with the win.

Finally, back on Friday night, Aberfeldie mastered the wet conditions at Clifton Park and eased its way past Strathmore.

Abers is now 3-1 with all three wins coming after their Round 1 loss to the Kangaroos.

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