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Round 6 Preview - Essendon Ford Division 1

By TARA MURRAY (Star Weekly)


AIRPORT WEST v HILLSIDE - Radio Game

AIRPORT West cemented its spot as one of the Essendon Ford Division 1 favourites with a convincing win against Craigieburn.

After a slow start, Airport West is starting to get going and its putting in more convincing performances each week.

The new players are starting to settle in, which was shown by Chris Lawton being named best-on-ground on Saturday.

Hillside on the other hand was disappointed with its loss to Tullamarine, with the Sharks left to rue a poor third quarter when they couldn’t convert.

The final margin said 40 points, but the Sharks could have had the momentum in the third if they had kicked straight.

The Sharks have been struggling a bit with injuries but have a good core line-up.

They are yet to beat one of the top sides, with losses to Craigieburn and the Demons, but they shouldn’t be discounted. 

The Eagles, though, will take better form into the match and start as favourites.

OAK PARK v CRAIGIEBURN

Can Oak Park breakthrough for its first win of the season?

The Kangaroos are one of two teams without a win and will come in fresh after having the bye.

But they have struggled so far and haven’t looked likely.

Forward Aden Harris looms as a key, having kicked seven goals in their loss to Taylors Lakes.

Craigieburn will be looking to bounce back after two tough losses.

The Eagles have been given a reality check after three straight wins to start the season.

They should have beaten Tullamarine, while they were in the game with Airport West to half time.

The Eagles have shown enough this season that they are around the mark.

They would be expected to win this match, but surely Oak Park finds its way onto the winners list soon.

JACANA v TAYLORS LAKES

Jacana finally showed some of the form that took it to the Strathmore Community Bank Division 2 premiership last season, but still couldn’t come away with the win against East Keilor.

While still undermanned, the Jaguars only just fell short of taking the points.

If they continue to show that sort of form, the Jaguars will be in a lot more matches.

Taylors Lakes continues to surprise.

Seen as one of the teams expected to be down the bottom of the ladder, the Lions sit 3-2.

On Saturday they had a good win against Westmeadows - a side expected to be around them on the ladder. 

The Lions seem to have been able to find that right mix and are gelling better than some of the other teams around them.

Another win here for the Lions would put them in a good position heading into their first bye.

EAST KEILOR v TULLAMARINE

East Keilor broke through for its first win of the season, but only just.

They managed to hold off Jacana by two points, with the Jaguars coming home with a strong wind.

The win will give them a confidence boost after what has been a tough start to the season.

Just maybe the new playing group is starting to gel and we might see more of the results we expected of them this season.

They face a challenge this week in the undefeated Tullamarine.

The Demons showed some good form yet again, with a 40-point win against Hillside.

The most impressive thing about the Demons is the spread of players who are performing.

In front of goal it was Ryan Pretty in the opening rounds and now in the last fortnight it’s been Brad Allen, who has kicked two bags of five.

The Demons have shown this season they can win from any position and are full of confidence right now.

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