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EDFL Headlines - Monday June 28th, 2021

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Abers Knock Off Ladder Leaders

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Aberfeldie has left the premiership race in Strathmore Community Bank Premier Division wide open after defeating Strathmore in a nail-biter.

Adam Potter's side lead at each of the breaks with a reassuring 21-point lead at three-quarter time. 

A goal from Harry Fry on the 25-minute mark saw Abers hold what looked like a game winning 20-point margin but a flurry of three late goals to the Mores put spectators on the edge of their seats at Lebanon Reserve.

However, a crucial final centre clearance saw Aberfeldie take the territory they needed to ice the clock in the dying stages and take home a three-point victory.

Ryan Allen was important up forward kicking three goals for the victors, while Liam Cavanagh was outstanding down back once again for the Mores.

The loss sees Matthew Horne's side slip to second place, now equal with Aberfeldie in third with seven wins and two losses at the half-way mark of the year.


Lions Back In The Four

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Maribyrnong Park has leapfrogged Pascoe Vale on the Strathmore Community Bank Premier Division ladder after recording a crucial 7-point win at home against the Panthers.

In what was dubbed a classic '8-point game' with both teams locked at 5-3 on the ladder, Marby looked the goods on the Nena and Pasadena Match of the Day stage.

The game started as an arm-wrestle as both sides battled to assert their dominance on a surprisingly calm Monk Oval.

Matthew Watson looked at his dangerous best early for Pacco but a clinical finish on the quarter-time siren by Nick Prowse saw the Lions head into the first break with a two-goal lead.

From there the margin stayed steadily in Brad Swain's favour as his side survived a late push from the Panthers to take out the win.

Tom Baravi played a strong role through the midfield for the winners while Chris Prowse's influence in the ruck and around the ground was hard to ignore.


Magpies Win On The Road

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Roxburgh Park has recorded its first away win in Strathmore Community Bank Division One since its promotion in 2019, after a stirring come from behind win against Hillside. 

With a clear wind advantage heading to the club rooms end of Shark Park, both sides rode waves of momentum in the see-sawing clash.

With the Sharks leading by 20 points heading into the last quarter, Roxy were able to keep their opposition scoreless while putting on five goals of their own to run out 12-point winners.

Magpie Brock Heathcote lead the way up forward with three goals while his teammates Raaf Rachrache and Matt Patane returned to their forming stopping ground to combine for three majors.


Eagles Hold On For One-Point Win

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Airport West survived a late charge from West Coburg to secure victory by the narrowest margin at Shore Reserve on the weekend.

In a tight tussle for most of the day, Trent Rogers' side had wrestled their way to hold a 24-point lead at three-quarter time at the ever daunting 'Shoretress'.

However, with West Coburg controlling the play in the final term, Dale May's team pushed hard to steal the win from the jaws of defeat.

When Liam Bowkett goaled in the 25th minute of the fourth-quarter to put West Coburg just three points down, it seemed certain the Burgers would continue to come hard but the home team could only manage two more points from that moment onwards to fall just short.

A desperate snap from Declan Doherty almost snuck home for a behind to tie the game but the Airport West backline stood tall to shepherd the ball over the boundary line and hold their lead.

Justin Cappelletti starred up forward for Airport West kicking four goals, while Ronald Hackney looked composed around the footy.

Districts Rocket Up To Third

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Coburg Districts' season is well and truly back on track after sneaking home by 3 points against Hadfield on the weekend. 

After trailing by 9 points at the main break, Hadfield surged in the third term, kicking five goals to one, to take a 16-point lead into the last quarter.

Two goals to start the final stanza saw Tom Gleeson's side still trailing by 3 points well into red time but a last ditch snap from Chris Bottomley saw the ball sail through the big sticks to give his team the lead and the win.

Connor Ahern played a terrific game kicking five goals for Hadfield while for Districts it was a spread of goals that got the job done, with nine individual scorers registering a major for the home side.

After starting the year 1-4, Districts have now won their last three to even the ledger at 4-4 at the half way mark.


Devils Bounce Back With A Win

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Keilor Park's unpredictable 2021 season continued on Saturday with a strong performance granting it a 15-point win over Burnside Heights on Saturday.

With big goal kickers at either end, an 18-goal second half treated fans at the Den to an entertaining shootout between two aspiring sides.

Josh Covelli and Anthony Fawcus were as ominous as ever for the Bears combing for nine goals but it was multiple majors to Dimi Guicas, Daylan Kempster, Hayden Mclardy, Luke Furci and Daniel Misfud that gave the Devils the winning edge.

Sam Pontin was one of Paul Guicas' bests while Adam Imber caught the eye for Aidan Stott's side.

The win for the Devils sees their recent form line read win-lose-win-lose-win.


Kangas Bounce The Tiges

Oak Park has kept the pressure on the Airport Toyota Women's Premier Division top four with an upset win over Westmeadows.

The Kangaroos were hot to start keeping the Tigers goalless in the first term to open up a 20-point lead by the main break.

From there Lessey Hodgkinson's team were able to keep Westmeadows at bay to run out 13-point winners at JP Fawkner Reserve.

Samantha German and Iesha Atik kicked two goals each for the Kangas while Olivia Storer was impressive again to gain best-on-ground honours.

The win sees Oak Park sit just one win outside the top four.


Demons Are On The Board

Tullamarine has secured it's first win of season 2021 with a comprehensive four-goal win over Greenvale at Section Road.

With nothing separating the two teams at the quarter-time break, Tullamarine edged in front to lead the Jets by 7 points at half-time.

From there, it was no looking back for Peter Labbad's side with the Demons kicking three goals to zip to take home the four points.

Courtney Annett kicked two goals for the victors, while teammate Laura D'amore helped herself to two of her own on the way to a best-on-ground performance.

The loss sees Greenvale slip out of the top four after Gisborne recorded a tight 2-point win over Pascoe Vale.


Valley The Team To Beat 

Moonee Valley has consolidated its spot at the top of the Airport Toyota Women's Division Two ladder with a reassuring 45-point win over the Sunbury Kangaroos.

The Fog have now swept the competition, securing wins against all five opposition sides within the division.

A strong opening half from Dean Rioli's team saw the Valley lead by an unanswered 29 points at the main break before an inaccurate second-half kept the margin from blowing out more than it could have been.

Charlotte Clayton's run away form as the division's leading scorer continued as she bagged four goals, while Jayda Young was named as one of the bests for the ladder leaders.


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