Panthers Breeze Past Lions At Raeburn
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PASCOE Vale’s claim as a Strathmore Community Bank Premier Division contender received another boost with an impressive 54-point win over Maribyrnong Park on EDFL Match of the Day.
Josh Cauchi and Daniel Archer combined for six goals (three each) as the Panthers asserted their authority over a young Marby outfit, booting 11 goals to one in the first half to ice the game by the main break.
Dean Laidley’s Lions improved in the second half by kicking five goals to Pascoe Vale’s two, but the damage was done.
Pascoe Vale named Archer as their best player on the ground but the EDFL radio crew gave The Meadows Greyhounds Best-On-Ground prize to star defender, Luke Foster.
The Panthers remain fourth on the table at 3-2.
Walking away with today's $90 'All You Can Eat' buffet voucher for two at @TheMeadowsDogs is @paccopanthers' Luke Foster after producing a best-on-ground display against @MaribyrnongPark on EDFL Match of the Day! pic.twitter.com/CjGxGa1Y2D— EDFL (@EDFLfooty) May 11, 2019
PASCOE VALE - 13.15-93
Goal Kickers: J. Cauchi 3, D. Archer 3, J. Boyd 2, J. Polizzi, A. Hilton, J. Cellini, N. Mellington, M. Watson
Best Players: D. Archer, K. Economou, M. Ross, M. Stillman, N. Mellington, J. Polizzi
MARIBYRNONG PARK - 6.3-39
Goal Kickers: J. Byrush, N. Milton, R. Ball, J. Breust, G. Abboud, J. Davey
Best Players: J. Davey, J. Cole, S. Clarke, B. Ryan, M. White, J. Breust
Keilor Star Fires In Road Win
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DEAN Galea’s hot start to 2019 continued at Hansen Reserve in Keilor’s cruisy 76-point win over Airport West.
The Blues spearhead (pictured) booted seven goals to take his season tally to 26 but had to wait until the second term to get going after Keilor was woeful in front of the sticks in the opening term, scoring 0.6 to Airport West’s 2.1.
In rugged conditions, the Blues steadied in the second term and were able to put the Eagles to the sword, going on to kick 17 goals to four for the rest of the day to remain undefeated at 5-0.
Prized recruit Todd Stevenson and in-form skipper Kane Barbuto were the standouts alongside Galea for Keilor, while Damandeep Aujla was again impressive for the winless Eagles with two of his side’s six goals.
AIRPORT WEST - 6.6-42
Goal Kickers: D. Aujla 2, C. Lawton, T. Young, A. McChristie, L. Cavanagh
Best Players: A. McChristie, S. McAllester, L. Di Sebastiano, K. Briggs, S. Rizzo, B. Nelson
KEILOR - 17.16-118
Goal Kickers: D. Galea 7, J. Mc Mahon 2, J. Sadler 2, M. Clark 2, J. Hind, D. Joyce, B. Xavier, A. Kocovic
Best Players: T. Stevenson, K. Barbuto, J. Mc Mahon, D. Isbister, D. Galea, J. Sadler
Sharks Share Load At City Oval
HILLSIDE kept itself in touch with the Division 1 top four with a hard-fought 10-point win over West Coburg on Saturday.
It was an entertaining, back-and-forth contest between two evenly-matched sides at Coburg City Oval as West Coburg recovered from a slow start to boot eight goals to two in the second term and lead by 15 points at half time.
But the Sharks then re-gained control with use of the scoring end, outscoring the Burgers by six goals to two in the third quarter to lead by nine points at the final change, before going on to finish the job with a stern final quarter stand.
After making five changes from the previous week’s loss to East Keilor, including the omission of in-form forward Raafat Rachrache, the Sharks benefited from a solid spread of contributors on the scoreboard, with 11 different players kicking the 14 goals needed for the win.
Jackson Volpato, who didn’t kick a goal, was named best-on-ground.
For the 1-3 Burgers, who made whopping eight changes from its previous game, Andrew Careri led the way up forward with four goals and Abdikhane Fitaax was their best player.
WEST COBURG - 13.10-88
Goal Kickers: A. Careri 4, J. Fotinos 2, K. Elhaouli 2, L. Bowkett 2, M. Lilino, T. Baravi, L. Sutawan
Best Players: A. Fitaax, D. Lucas, L. Bowkett, A. Careri, T. Baravi, P. Patrikios
HILLSIDE - 14.14-98
Goal Kickers: V. Micallef 2, B. Coletta 2, S. Syme 2, J. Sinclair, M. Patane, M. Ajaimy, J. Bertollo, I. Akkok, L. Rayner, B. Ryan, L. Johnstone
Best Players: J. Volpato, M. Patane, P. Taban, S. Syme, L. Johnstone, J. Bertollo
Hawks Brave Again But Can’t Beat Lions
COBURG Districts had to work hard for its eight-point win over Hadfield on Saturday.
The much-improved Hawks came to play at Cole Reserve and had the better of the Lions in the first half, going into half time up by 19 points.
Districts’ three-goal-to-one third term brought that margin down to within a kick by the final change, before the Lions finished the job with four more goals in the last to claim their third win of the season and remain third on the Strathmore Community Bank Division 2 ladder.
Goals to Brandon McRedmond and Daniel Midolo had Hadfield in front halfway through the final term, but Nick Sim and Jack Slavich were then able to kick the final two goals of the game to ensure victory for the Lions.
It was Hadfield’s third successive loss by a single-figure margin.
COBURG DISTRICTS - 11.11-77
Goal Kickers: S. Aitken 3, P. Grampsas 2, B. Fisher, N. Sim, J. Scheriani, K. Dalmau, J. Blackley, J. Slavich
Best Players: S. Aitken, N. Dimeski, B. Fisher, M. Young, N. Sim
HADFIELD - 10.9-69
Goal Kickers: Z. Polizzi 2, B. Murphy 2, D. Midolo 2, H. McKerchar, J. Borg, R. Saoud, B. McRedmond
Best Players: H. McKerchar, J. Potter, R. Potter, Z. Polizzi, B. Pitts, B. McRedmond
Bears Edge Tigers, Again
THE closest game of the weekend in EDFL Women’s - Premier took place at Willowbrook Reserve on Friday night.
In what was their first meeting since last year’s thrilling preliminary final, both Westmeadows and Burnside Heights came into their Round 5 clash with only two combined losses on their records and the result here was a gritty arm wrestle that again came down to the wire.
And just like last year’s prelim, the Bears emerged victorious.
After trailing by 13 points at half time, Westmeadows steadied in the third term with two unanswered goals but couldn’t keep it going in the last, allowing Burnside Heights to kick the only goal of the last on its way to a nine-point win.
As was the case back in August, Maria Afuhaamango (two goals) and Kayla Ravanello (one) were among the Bears’ goal kickers with three goals between them, while Ebony Stevens was given the nod for best-on-ground.
Jacinta Scott was Westmeadows’ best.
Both sides remain in the top four heading into Round 6.
WESTMEADOWS - 3.2-20
Goal Kickers: G. Gerada, N. Chiera, R. Schwarze
Best Players: J. Scott, K. Jordan-Wilson, M. Pill, A. Gobbo, K. Brady, S. Andrews
BURNSIDE HEIGHTS - 4.5-29
Goal Kickers: M. Afuhaamango 2, N. Michalowsky, K. Ravanello
Best Players: E. Stevens, M. Afuhaamango, B. Stevens, K. Ravanello, T. Russell, M. Cooper
Devils Outlast Magpies At Lakeside
KEILOR Park pulled off what some may consider an upset over Roxburgh Park in EDFL Women’s - Division 1 on Friday night.
Both sides came into the game with just one loss apiece and were keen to gain some ground on the division’s early pacesetters Moonee Valley and Essendon Doutta Stars, and neither let up for much of the night at Lakeside Drive.
After a goalless opening quarter, the Devils held seven-point leads at both half time and three-quarter time, before managing to extend their advantage in the final term and emerge victorious by 14 points.
Gun midfielder Samantha German was stellar for the Devils with two goals alongside fellow handy contributors Sara Imela and Meghan Patrick.
Karina Carroll was the Magpies’ best.
The result kept Keilor Park in third place but sank Roxburgh Park from second to fourth on the Division 1 table.
ROXBURGH PARK - 2.1-13
Goal Kickers: S. Mazzucco, K. Birmingham
Best Players: K. Carroll, K. Claus, F. Falesiu, J. Paten, D. Verity, E. Wain
KEILOR PARK - 4.3-27
Goal Kickers: S. German 2, C. Simon, R. Lorenzon
Best Players: S. Imela, M. Patrick, S. German, A. Armstead, J. Gwynne, C. Holzheimer