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Round 12 Preview - EDFL Women's (Part 1)

By JULIA MONTESANO


AVONDALE HEIGHTS/TAYLORS LAKES v ABERFELDIE

Friday 7pm @ Canning Reserve

IN vice-captain, Rita Ceravolo’s 100th game, the Lakers weren’t able to get the job done against Strathmore.

Despite the loss, Avondale Heights/Taylors Lakes kept in the game, only conceding four goals for the day.

If the Lakers can put in that same defensive effort, they could push Aberfeldie on Friday night.

However, after an 84-point win against Hillside, the Gorillas would be confident with their scoring power coming into this match.

What could really set Aberfeldie apart from the Lakers is the depth of their side, as they had four multiple goalkickers last week in Olivia Madden, Ebony Rocci, Aleesha Hobbs and Georgia McCormick.

This also demonstrates their versatility, as Georgia McCormick spent her last outing matching up on one of the competition’s dangerous forwards to floating inside 50 herself last week.

Keep an eye out for Avondale Heights/Taylors Lakes’ Hajer Mohamed, who had a standout performance on the weekend.

She is shaping up to be a very exciting player for the Lakers and she could contend well against the in-form Gorillas side on Friday night.

ROXBURGH PARK v STRATHMORE

Friday 7pm @ Lakeside Oval

Roxburgh Park has not played football in three weeks, after its Round 9 and 10 matches were deemed as walkovers and last week was a bye.

The Magpies will be keen to get back onto the park on Friday night, and there’s no better way to do it than in front of a home crowd.

However, they come up against a Strathmore side that is coming off a win against Avondale Heights/Taylors Lakes.

The Mores will be keen to record their second consecutive win for the first time this season to end their campaign on a high.

This could be harder to do without captain, Sophie Cachia, who went off in the opening minutes of Sunday’s match after a heavy clash.

If Cachia does not line up this week in defence, this could give license to Magpies such as Chloe Dinuccio to get a couple of majors on the board.

Up the other end, the scoring could come from Mores midfielders such as Sally Portbury and Rebecca Said, who created plenty of chances for their side on the weekend.

KEILOR PARK v SUNBURY KANGAROOS

Saturday 2:20pm @ Keilor Park Reserve

Although Keilor Park went down to local rivals Keilor, the Devils did manage to get a goal on the board, which was courtesy of Holly Bauerle.

Prior to that, Keilor Park had only scored one goal from its past three matches, meaning getting a major on the board was crucial.

This could be much harder to do this week though as the Sunbury Kangaroos have too come off a win against local rivals.

The win was a vital one for the Kangaroos, who will be desperate to push their case for a grand final berth during the finals series.

Against the Sunbury Lions, it was once again Alex Quigley who stood out for the Kangaroos.

The Essendon forward booted three of her side’s five goals at Eric Boardman Reserve and will be a crucial player going forward if she is available for finals.

It will be extremely difficult for the Devils to stop the midfield of Tylah Bell, Danielle Green and Bailee Said, as the trio has been on fire this season.

Hopefully the Keilor Park players can step up to help out the likes of Chiara and Sara Imela as well as Sarah German, who have been trying hard for their side all season.

BURNSIDE HEIGHTS v KEILOR

Saturday 5pm @ Burnside Heights Recreation Reserve

Burnside Heights is charging towards the finals after recording another big win on the weekend.

Captain, Kayla Ravanello put her name back at the top of the goal kicking tally, kicking six goals against Craigieburn to take her tally up to 32 goals from 10 games.

Despite plenty of hard hits during games, the Bears have maintained a regular side, which has been the key to securing so many victories this season.

If usual suspects, Maddison Cooper, Laycee Eustace and Angela Dalla Rosa can fire again, it will be very hard for Keilor to stop Burnside Heights.

Keilor would love to cause an upset in the Saturday twilight game, and would be confident that it could do so, after coming off a big win against Keilor Park.

Forwards, Jasmine Roberts-Brown and Sophie Freeman would be hoping to back up their four-goal performances in a bid to counteract Ravanello’s scoring.

With 2017 premiership captain, Emily Law still in the EDFL side, the Blues will have full faith that they can put in a competitive performance against the second-placed Bears.

Law will need support from regular stars such as current captain, Christie Roberts, Stephanie Aleksovski and Kiera Riley, who have been playing well throughout the season.

Expect this match to be a high-scoring one, as both sides have plenty of fire-power up forward and would be looking to boost their percentages in the penultimate round of the home and away season.

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