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Round 9 Preview - Strathmore Community Bank Premier Division

By JACOB MANZIE


Maribyrnong Park vs Aberfeldie - Radio Game

A THRILLING match-up for the game of the round, as both teams look like they could be premiership contenders in 2017.

It will be interesting to see who can take the chocolates this week.

With an in-form Kyle Reimers down one end and strong forward Panayioti Kokkinakis down the other, it will be all about who can get the ball in the forward 50 the most.

The midfield battle will be exhilarating with a lot of pace from both sides.

Add exceptional foot skills to the mix and you can see why it’s the EDFL Match of the Day.

It will come down to who comes switched on and plays four quarters of strong, hard football, proving just who is up for the fight in crunch time.

Greenvale vs Essendon Doutta Stars

By looking at recent form, Essendon Doutta Stars have come to play more often than not.

They have given most teams a run for their money, only just losing to Maribynong Park by a point two weeks ago.

They are a tough contender.

Yet, if Douttas struggle to find a match-up for gun midfielder Addam Maric, then they may have a tough day in the office.              

Being in the bests almost every week and kicking a total of 30 goals for the season, there is no doubt that Maric needs to be shut down for the Stars to have any hope of grabbing the win.

If Greenvale can get the win this week, they can break a game free of second and third, as there must be a loser between Aberfeldie and Maribynong Park.

That would make the Jets very hard to catch going into the second half of the season.

Pascoe Vale vs Avondale Heights

The season is on the line for both teams this week as a loss for either will make it very hard to pick up the pieces.

Which team can get their season back on track to give them any hope to make it come September?

Both teams have struggled so far in 2017 with two wins each, so there is no clear favorite here.

Pascoe Vale showed heart against a strong Strathmore side last start, with Anthony Lewis and Dean Soncin both playing well.

Avondale Heights also impressed, upsetting Keilor by 28 points.

It will be interesting to see the match-ups this week, but if Pascoe Vale’s home ground struggles continue here, Avondale Heights could end up prevailing.

West Coburg vs Strathmore

From big too small… for the first time this year West Coburg will play on their spiritual home ground, Shore Reserve.

They come up against the in-form Mores, and seeing as it is a relatively smaller ground, it may make it a much tighter match than expected.

West Coburg’s start to the year hasn’t been too flash, only winning two games so far but it will be interesting to see if they can run with Strathmore on the smaller ground.

However, the match will mainly be won in the middle, with the strength of Jaryd Cachia and Andrew Horne, as well as big man Sean Tighe, the smaller deck may fall right into Strathmore’s hands.

As well as a few possible ins including forwards Todd Grima and Tom Gleeson scratching at the door to play for Strathmore, their squad is looking strong and their dominant streak should most likely continue as they look for their sixth win in a row.

Keilor vs Craigieburn

Craigieburn will be on the hunt this week for an out-of-form Keilor outfit.

Keilor have lacked the dominant form they have showed in recent years, sitting with four wins and four losses and sixth on the ladder.

It is clear the Blues have a lot of work to do in the back end of the year.

With Craigieburn yet to win a game they will be hungry and if they can bring some intensity, it may be a game to watch.

With Keilor forward Dean Galea already having 32 goals to his name, it will be interesting to see who matches up on him, but if he gets on a roll early, it could be the breaking point.

It may just be another tough week on the track for Craigieburn, and it might just see Keilor find some of the form they need.

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