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EDFL Men's Weekend Outlook - Thursday May 30, 2024

By Joseph Ibic | Presented by Strathmore Community Bank

Avondale Heights will host the undefeated Keilor at Canning Reserve in what looms as a potentially one-sided affair.

Keilor are coming off a 184-point demolition over East Keilor which saw Keilor score over 200 points while conceding just 38.

Last week's result mixed with the fact that Keilor haven’t lost a game all season, point to an easy victory for the reigning premiers who will no doubt be on the hunt for another massive win.

Avondale Heights on the other hand are coming off a 48-point loss to Deer Park as they continue to fall down the ladder.

Winless since a victory over Greenvale in Round 1, Avondale will be desperate to put forward a competitive showing.

Greenvale will battle it out against an avenged Pascoe Vale at Greenvale Recreation Reserve.

The Jets lost a thriller last week against Strathmore by three points and while the loss will certainly hurt, they will take confidence from the fact they won the second half against a team that is in the hunt for a deep finals run.

Shifting the focus to this week's match, Greenvale will sense a massive opportunity to defeat another flag contender as they look to hand Pascoe Vale their second loss of the season.

Pascoe Vale were able bounce back in near perfect fashion against Airport West after Keilor smashed them the week prior.

Ahmed Saad was instrumental in the win kicking eight goals as the Panthers cruised to a comfortable victory that reminded the comp the devastating brand of football they're capable of.

Deer Park will be playing Essendon Doutta Stars at John McLeod Reserve this Saturday.

Deer Park recorded their second win of the season after a brilliant match against Avondale Heights propelled them up to seventh on the ladder.

Majak Daw was influential in the victory booting 11 goals in what was one of the best individual performances of the year so far.

Douttas will have to find a way to shut him down if they are to win which will be no easy task.

Essendon Doutta Stars were not able to overcome their local rivals in Aberfeldie on the weekend going down by 17 points.

While Bailey Ryan impressed kicking five majors, it wasn’t enough to create a win for Doutta who will need to take these wins if they're to remain in the finals mix.

East Keilor will take on the winless Airport West at Overland Reserve this weekend.

Both sides will see this match as a massive chance for not only a win, but to turn the fortune of their season around.

A win for East Keilor would see them move 12 points clear from the bottom of the division putting them in a comfortable spot to avoid relegation.

The win would also allow them to rebound immediately from their 184-point thrashing at the hands of Keilor which would certainly have dented their confidence. 

It’s been a long season for Airport West who are still searching for a first win after seven matches.

A win would move them off the bottom of the ladder providing Avondale Heights lose as well, but more importantly it would remove the pressure of worrying about when and where the first win will come from.

Keilor Park will play Moonee Valley on Saturday at Keilor Park Recreation Reserve to kick off Division One action.

Both sides are coming off 100-point losses as they languish at the bottom of the ladder.

As such a win would be massive for the two teams as they look to avoid relegation.

Keilor Park are still searching for a win, but this week’s game might just be their best chance yet to get that first victory as they face the second-last team on the ladder at home.

Moonee Valley will be desperate for a win to turn their fortunes around after another big loss on the weekend.

A win for the Valley would see them move eight points clear off the bottom while also catching up to the three teams ahead of them on the ladder who are all on eight points currently.

St Albans will line up against Rupertswood for the second time this season with the match to be played at Kings Park Reserve.

Last time the two teams met it was an easy 78-point triumph for St Albans.

A 47-point win over Tullamarine last week will set St Albans up nicely as they look to defeat Rupertswood in both encounters this year.

Josh Carter was dominant for St Albans in the win booting five goals.

He is someone Rupertswood will know is dangerous after he kicked four against them earlier in the year and as such, they will be attempting to stop his influence over the match.

Rupertswood are coming off a hard-fought four-point win over Roxburgh Park which saw both teams pushed to their limits.

The Sharks will be hoping to carry some winning momentum to cause an upset.

Tullamarine will face off against Roxburgh Park at Leo Dineen Reserve.

Tullamarine’s season hasn’t been ideal so far as they have only won two games from their first six and are coming off a 47-point loss to St Albans last week.

Tulla, however, will see this match against the lower-ranked Roxburgh Park as a big chance to get some momentum going while also escaping the lower part of the ladder.

Similarly, Roxy have only won two games so far this year and will see this week's game as a huge opportunity for a third win.

The Magpies would be bitterly disappointed with last week's result going down by four points to Rupertswood.

As such, a match against another team on the bottom half of the table is a seemingly perfect opportunity for redemption and a way to move even further from bottom-two territory.

Maribyrnong Park will battle it out against Hillside at Monk Oval in what looms as one of the more enticing matchups of the round.

Marby will be fresh off the bye as they look to be the first team to topple Hillside this season.

Marby’s start to life in Division One after being relegated last year has been solid with four wins and two losses, currently sitting in fourth spot.

Hillside's season couldn’t have gone better so far with seven wins from seven games – the Sharks have cemented themselves early on as the premiership favourites.

Star forward Josh Covelli has been crucial to their success this season and that was no different last weekend against Keilor Park where he booted an amazing 13 goals, which now brings his season tally to 49 goals from seven games as he eclipsed the 800 career goal mark.

The Lions will be without Lachie Plowman through suspension which is a costly omission.

West Coburg hosts Craigieburn in an important clash for both teams at Shore Reserve.

West Coburg are coming off a massive win over Moonee Valley by 126-points.

Omar Saad was instrumental in the win slotting eight goals, while Ruairi Cleary was also important kicking six goals. 

The Burgers enjoy a range of contributors in front of goal and will be an area of focus for Craigieburn on the small Shore Reserve.

The Eagles were defeated easily last weekend by Oak Park in a match where they only kicked six goals – which doesn’t look great next to West Coburg who just kicked 28 in a match.

They have however, proved in past matches they have the potential to pile on goals when they are on song.

If they bring their A-game against West Coburg, then they will believe they can take another scalp of a finals side.

They will, however, be without John Bellino through suspension.

Northern Saints are hosting Coburg Districts at Charles Mutton Reserve this weekend to kick off Division Two action.

The two teams last met in Round 1 when Districts came out victorious in a hard-fought contest by just seven points.

The Saints will be looking to flip the script at home and breathe some new life into their otherwise disappointing season.

While they were once again in the contest for the entire match, the Saints couldn’t get over the line again taking their season record to one win and five losses – a record that very easily could’ve been mirrored with a little more luck.

Coburg Districts have had a similar season so far as they have also not had much luck in close finishes, with all four of their losses this season being within a few goals.

The Lions, however, will go into the match with the confidence and momentum of winning a close game last weekend over Glenroy, and also from beating Northern Saints earlier in the year.

Sunbury Kangaroos will play Glenroy at Eric Boardman Reserve.

Sunbury Kangaroos lost their second game in a row since the bye as they went down to Burnside Heights by 24 points last week.

As a result, a win against Glenroy is a must if they are too prove they can play finals and contend for the flag this year as many predicted preseason.

Glenroy will be ruing some missed opportunities in their game against Coburg Districts last week in which they lost by 10-points.

The Roys will no doubt come out firing sensing they have the ability to upset the top teams in the competition.

Hadfield will take on the undefeated Burnside Heights at Martin Reserve.

Last time these sides played was in Round 1 where Hadfield was soundly defeated by 94 points.

The Hawks recorded a 59-point win over East Sunbury last weekend in what was a welcome win for a team that has had a mixed bag of results so far.

While the Hawks will have hope they can cause an upset, it will take their absolute best and then some to defeat this formidable Bears outfit.

Burnside are 7-0 this season after another relatively convincing win last weekend.

The Bears defeated Sunbury Kangaroos by four goals in a match they largely controlled from start to finish.

Daniel Hovey was particularly impressive proving a dominant force up forward as he booted nine goals in the victory.

Westmeadows will battle it out against the undefeated Taylors Lakes at Willowbrook Reserve in what could be a belter.

The Tigers should be fresh off their bye as they look to be the first to defeat Taylors Lakes this season.

Westmeadows' greatest strength this season has been their defence with Burnside Heights being the only team so far who has been able to overcome it.

As the Lions are a particularly good attacking side, the Tigers will certainly need to be at their defensive best if they are to take the four points.

Taylors Lakes' season couldn’t have gone much better so far with six wins from six games leaving them in a position where they look like definite premiership contenders.

Although they're not at full strength, recent results have proven they still have the talent out on the park.

One important skill the Lakers seem to have picked up is the ability to win close games as two of their last three games have been decided by less than 10 points and could easily have gone against them.

They may be counting on that skill this weekend as the match against Westmeadows looms as a potential thriller.


Saturday 2:15pm at Canning Reserve

Saturday 2:15pm at Greenvale Recreation Reserve

Saturday 2:15pm at John McLeod Reserve

Saturday 2:15pm at Overland Reserve

Saturday 2:15pm at Keilor Park Recreation Reserve

Saturday 2:15pm at Kings Park Reserve

Saturday 2:15pm at Leo Dineen Reserve

Saturday 2:15pm at Monk Oval

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Saturday 2:15pm at Shore Reserve

Saturday 2:15pm at Charles Mutton Reserve

Saturday 2:15pm at Eric Boardman Reserve

Saturday 2:15pm at Martin Reserve

Saturday 2:15pm at Willowbrook Reserve

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