Blues Move To Top After Good Friday Win
KEILOR emerged from its annual Good Friday clash with Strathmore on top of the Strathmore Community Bank Premier Division ladder after collecting a hard-fought 17-point win.
The day’s Meadows Greyhounds Best-On-Ground, Dean Galea, maintained his strong start to 2019 by slotting five majors as the Blues kicked clear from the Mores in the final term with six goals to four after leading by just four points at three-quarter time.
It stayed close for most of the day in front of a healthy Lebanon Reserve crowd, but Keilor managed to stay in front at each change to collect its second win of the season.
Shane Foulds carried much of the goal-kicking load up forward for the Mores and produced a solid six-goal haul while Kyle Weightman booted two, including a big goal on the halftime siren to bring the game back within a kick.
David Gourdis, whose day included a Mark of the Year contender, was among Keilor’s best alongside Nick O’Kearney and Jackson McMahon.
Andrew Vavra was named Strathmore’s best.
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STRATHMORE | 3.1-19 | 6.2-38 | 7.7-49 | 11.10-76
Goal Kickers: S. Foulds 6, K. Weightman 2, L. Holian, J. Helliwell, A. Grima
Best Players: A. Vavra, S. Foulds, L. Jarrad, N. O’Brien, A. Horne, X. Allison
KEILOR | 4.3-27 | 6.4-40 | 8.5-53 | 14.9-93
Goal Kickers: D. Galea 5, J. Mc Mahon 3, K. Barbuto 2, B. McGregor, M. Clark, B. Christodoulou, R. Ham
Best Players: D. Gourdis, N. O’Kearney, J. McMahon, D. Cavka, D. Galea, T. Stevenson
Lakes Outlast Sharks In Good Friday Thriller
TAYLORS Lakes scored its first win under Charles Cuzzupi against arch rival Hillside on Good Friday.
The Sharks were dealing with the late withdrawal of star forward Brandon Coletta (foot) and the Lions were able to capitalise by applying early scoreboard pressure at Lionheart Reserve.
The Lions led at every change and held a handy 18-point lead going into the final change, but the Sharks were able to steady in the final term and claw their way back.
The lead changed hands numerous times late and the Lions were the ones to emerge on top come the final siren, scoring a thrilling five-point win, its first of the season.
Rhys Deacon led the way up forward with four goals for the Lions while defender Jackson Wright was named best-on-ground.
For Hillside, Raafat Rachrache filled the Coletta void with aplomb for the visitors, booting six goals alongside his 2015 Hadfield premiership teammate, Matthew Patane, who kicked two.
Both clubs are now 1-1 on the Division 1 ladder entering Round 3.
TAYLORS LAKES | 3.4-22 | 5.8-38 | 9.14-68 | 11.17-83
Goal Kickers: R. Deacon 4, L. Tanner, J. Vistarini, N. English, A. Crawford, J. Hobbs, B. Thorson, H. Tanner
Best Players: J. Wright, s. briz, H. Tanner, D. Walachowski, D. Jackson, M. Polycarpou
HILLSIDE | 1.3-9 | 4.5-29 | 7.8-50 | 11.12-78
Goal Kickers: R. Rachrache 6, M. Patane 2, J. Hayes, J. Baillon, L. Rayner
Best Players: R. Rachrache, M. Italiano, V. Micallef, L. Johnstone, J. Baillon