Castello Back As Marby Flies To 6-0
MARIBYRNONG Park remains the only undefeated team in Strathmore Community Bank Premier Division after taking care of a severely hampered Keilor outfit on Saturday.
Coach Robbie Castello returned for his first game of 2018 and contributed three goals to his side’s comfortable 51-point win.
Connor Maher also starred with three goals in what was the fourth time this year the Lions managed to reach three figures from six attempts.
Dean Galea continues to be Keilor’s main focal point up forward with five goals to his name, but the Blues struggled to compete against the division’s benchmark side with more than a half-dozen 'best 22' players on the sidelines.
Despite the loss, Keilor is still in top four at 3-3.
Guns Return To Help Pacco Edge Past Improved Stars
Pascoe Vale welcomed Daniel Harris and Ben Allan into its line-up for what was an entertaining affair at Raeburn Reserve on Saturday.
But it was the new dynamic duo of Lachie Hansen (eight goals) and Matthew Watson (five) that proved to be too much of a handful for the still winless Essendon Doutta Stars.
The margin was only six points at three-quarter time after Douttas enjoyed a solid seven-goal-to-two third term, but the Panthers steadied in the last to claim their first win at home for 2018.
Karl Brown kicked three and ruckman Jordan Angus was Douttas’ best in their highest-scoring performance for the year.
The Panthers remain fifth on the table with Avondale Heights and Glenroy next on the agenda.
Eagles Firming As Division One Flag Favourite
Airport West brought its A-game to the EDFL Match of the Day stage on Saturday.
The Eagles led a severely undermanned Hillside outfit from start to finish at Hansen Reserve to win by 42 points – but that margin could have been much greater.
The hosts ended up with a whopping 43 scoring shots for the day but only 18 of them were goals, giving the Sharks small sniff at the final change.
But yet again, it was Hutchison Medallist Tyson Young who proved the difference, snagging eight majors in another performance sure to catch the umpires’ eyes in Hutchison voting.
Bior Malual was the RAWFORM Seamless Compression Player of the Day.
Thunder Back On Top, Lions Woes Continue
East Sunbury’s week off in Round 6 seemed to work wonders come Saturday away to Coburg Districts.
With Jamerson Campbell starring up forward with four goals and Kamen Ogilvie returning to his usual form around the ground, East Sunbury was able to break clear from the Lions in the final term to emerge with a 31-point win.
Coburg Districts led the inaccurate Thunder by 21 points at half time but could only muster one more goal for the rest of day, slipping to fifth spot at 2-4 on the Strathmore Community Bank Division 2 table.
Last year’s grand finalist will now face in-form Moonee Valley and Roxburgh Park in the next fortnight, while the Thunder will go in as a short-priced favourite against both Hadfield and Burnside Heights.
Magpies Purple Patch Continues At The Valley
Roxburgh Park has become the first Strathmore Community Bank Division 2 club to win at Ormond Park in 2018.
The Pies edged out Moonee Valley in a thriller on Saturday, rallying from a scoreless third quarter to win by just three points.
Luke Capuano kicked four goals to take his season tally to 20, while Jack Elliott and Tumay Hamza led the support cast with two each.
The Valley was missing numerous regulars, including Braden Padmore and Tom Wilson in what was its first loss for the year.
Roxburgh Park is now on a three-game winning streak with the Northern Saints away coming up this weekend.
Mores Keep Eagles Winless As Blowouts Dominate Round 6
It wasn't a great weekend for five EDFL Women’s sides as the competition’s contenders dished out some punishment to the battlers.
The closest game of Round 6 was between Strathmore and Craigieburn on Sunday, where the Mores recorded their second win for the year against the still winless Eagles at Mascoma Street.
After an even opening term, Strathmore slowly got on top of the Eagles to go into the sheds up by 17 points at the main break.
With new-comer Amy Hakim starring up forward with two goals and Astride Loigom dominating around the ground, Strathmore kept Craigieburn at arm’s length to eventually run out with a 37-point win – its first at Lebanon Reserve.
Breana Jenkins was Craigieburn’s best.
Round 6 Ladder: EDFL Women’s