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EDFL Men's Weekend Outlook - Thursday May 9, 2024

Presented by Strathmore Community Bank | By Joseph Ibic

Keilor will host Aberfeldie at Joe Brown Oval to kick off Round 5 action.

Both teams head into this clash in good form with Keilor being undefeated and Aberfeldie having only lost one game.

Keilor are coming off a massive 96-point win last weekend over Greenvale and are looking at their ominous best, while Aberfeldie are coming off a disappointing 15-point loss to Pascoe Vale.

Despite Aberfeldie having 27 scoring shots, they managed just the five goals which ultimately cost them the match.

Aberfeldie will need to have their kicking boots on if they are to upset Keilor, but they will  definitely feel they are up to the task.

Deer Park take on East Keilor this Saturday at John McLeod Reserve on Nena and Pasadena EDFL Match of the Day.

The two teams are coming off their first wins of the season and will both sense a big chance to get a second win straight away and gather some momentum for the rest of the season.

Deer Park prevailed in a high-scoring thriller by two points over Airport West, but the match was much closer than it needed to be with Deer Park nearly giving up a 31-point lead which they held at three quarter time.

They will need to play a full four quarters this week if they are to overcome East Keilor who scored a win over Avondale Heights last weekend by 27 points.

They led convincingly at every break and never looked like letting the game slip away.

Another dominant performance like that will be needed against Deer Park if they are to win their second game in a row.

Strathmore will battle it out against Airport West at Canning Reserve.

Strathmore are currently sitting fourth and are looking to get their season on track after tough losses to Keilor and Pascoe Vale in the first three rounds.

A strong second half in last weeks match saw Strathmore run out 16-point victors over Essendon Doutta Stars.

Amin Naim was impressive in front of goal with his second bag of four goals from three games and Airport West will be looking to keep him quiet should he suit up.

Airport West remain winless after a narrow loss to Deer Park in which they were brave all day playing attacking football, but they just fell short at the final hurdle.

Luca Muratore was key to their attacking play booting five goals, leading their young forward line.

Essendon Doutta Stars will play Greenvale at Nipper Jordan oval this weekend.

Douttas have started the season well so far sitting in fifth spot with two wins and two losses as Greenvale sit in sixth with the same record.

As such, this match looms as a massive one in the context of both team's seasons as they hunt for finals.

Doutta’s 16-point loss to Strathmore last round will give them confidence that they can compete with and possibly even beat the best teams.

Greenvale on the other hand are coming off a huge 96-point loss to Keilor and will be looking to rebound with a win.

Greenvale will be looking to fix their defensive and attacking woes from last week which saw them concede 17 goals while only scoring two themselves.

Pascoe Vale will look to keep their unbeaten streak alive when they take on Avondale Heights at Raeburn Reserve.

The Panthers are coming off a good win against the previously undefeated Aberfeldie, where they made the most of their chances despite having less opportunities in front of goal than the two blues.

Pacco currently sit as the second-best defensive side in the top flight and have been stingey in defence.

Avondale Heights have now slipped to seventh on the ladder with just one win from the first four games of the year, but they've shown strong signs of competitiveness.

They will need to bounce back dramatically if they're to provide the Panthers with their first blemish of the season.

Rupertswood kick off Division One action against Craigieburn at Salesian College.

Rupo have had a mixed start to the season with one win and two losses so far and after a close loss last week to Oak Park, they will be wanting to build on some competitive performances.

Craigieburn will be fresh and ready to go after having a bye last weekend currently boasting two wins and one loss.

The Eagles have proved they will be in the finals conversation and will want to put Rupo to the sword, while Rupo will want to prove they won't roll over easily.

Oak Park play host to St Albans this week at JP Fawkner Reserve.

The Oakers are coming off a hard-fought win against Rupertswood and currently sit sixth on the ladder with two wins and two losses.

Kane O’Halloran has been one of their most impressive players so far scoring 14 goals in four games and as a result it will be critical for St Albans to keep his influence minimal.

St Albans are also coming off a massive win in the context of their season, defeating Marby Park by two points.

In what was a close contest for much of the day, it was St Albans' accuracy in front of goal that that led to them just edging out Marby for the win.

Making the most of their opportunities at critical times is something that they will want to continue doing not only against Oak Park but for the rest of the season.

Keilor Park will take on Maribyrnong Park at Keilor Park Recreation Reserve as they search for their first win of the season after they had a bye last weekend.

The Devils have had to content with some departures and a number of injuries but have shown signs of positivity for Leigh Coles and his coaching group.

It won’t get much easier for them this week however, as they come up against a formidable opponent in Maribyrnong Park.

The Lions have had a tough draw to start life in Division One with two losses to finals fancies West Coburg and St Albans.

Marby’s lack of accuracy led to those two losses they otherwise may have been able to avoid.

If they can improve in front of the big sticks, they'll be hard to stop.

Tullamarine will be looking to steady the ship when they play Hillside this Saturday at Leo Dineen Reserve.

Tulla haven’t really got going so far this season with a current record of one win and two losses.

A 54-point loss to West Coburg last week saw them struggle to find any momentum throughout the game with their depth tested following a tumultuous ANZAC Day on the injury front.

Hillside have had a brilliant start to season 2024 so far as they are unbeaten after four matches.

The Sharks should be well-rested after a break from playing last weekend and will be hoping their momentum isn't stifled.

Moonee Valley are hosting Roxburgh Park at Ormond Park to round out Division One action.

Both teams are coming off a break from last week and should be fresh for what shapes up to be one of the more even Division One matchups this week.

The Valley have had a tough time since their Round 1 win, going down by big margins to premiership contenders Maribyrnong Park and Hillside.

They will no doubt see this match against Roxy as a way to find that form they had in their first game of the season, while also looking to put their early heavy defeats behind them.

Roxy have also had a difficult start to the season with their one win coming against the winless Keilor Park in Round 1.

As such, the Magpies will see the game against Moonee Valley as a chance to get their season back on track after a couple tough losses.

The undefeated Burnside Heights will battle it out with the also undefeated Westmeadows at Burnside Heights Recreation Reserve in what shapes up as a mouth-watering clash.

The Bears will be carrying in a massive amount of momentum after destroying East Sunbury by 134 points, with the 25-goal performance demonstrating they are one of the best attacking sides in the division.

What makes their attack particularly deadly is they do not rely on just one or two players to score goals with Nick Gregson (15 goals) and Daniel Hovey (11 goals) leading the way.

Westmeadows on the other hand are ranked second for points conceded with no opposition team scoring more than 70 points against them so far.

The Tigers will boast more speed around the ground which Cole Harvey will need to be weary of, while Ash Flavel will be keen to nullify Burnside Heights' talls.

Northern Saints will take on rivals Hadfield at Charles Mutton Reserve as they search for their first win of the season.

Tamer Abdallah's men have had a tough draw to start the season but will be disappointed they haven't gotten on the winner's list and will see this game as a big chance to get their season up and running.

It's been an up and down start to the season for Hadfield picking up one win from three games.

The Hawks should be well-rested after having the bye last round and will be keen to replicate their win over Northern Saints from the 2023 season.

Coburg Districts host Taylors Lakes at Cole Reserve this weekend in what is another tough matchup to start their season.

It'll be a difficult task for Charlie Denaro's men to take the four points after suffering three losses by 13 points or less to follow their Round 1 victory over Northern Saints.

Taylors Lakes are currently undefeated and have solidified their premiership favourite status despite their last two wins coming against the bottom sides.

Lions forward Ben Weightman has been instrumental to their success so far booting 22 goals in just three games, including his second bag of eight last week against Glenroy.

Coburg Districts will need to shut him down if they are to overcome the Lakers challenge.

Glenroy will play East Sunbury at Sewell Reserve to round out Division Two action with both teams searching for their first win of the season

Glenroy are coming off a 38-point loss to Taylors Lakes, while East Sunbury will want to rebound after a tough slog last week.

The Roys have been promising in patches but are yet to put a four-quarter performance together.

East Sunbury are looking for their first win since re-joining the competition and will see this week's game against another winless opponent as their best chance yet to break the drought.


Saturday 2:15pm at Joe Brown Oval

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Saturday 2:15pm at John McLeod Reserve

Saturday 2:15pm at Canning Reserve

Saturday 2:15pm at Nipper Jordan Oval

Saturday 2:15pm at Raeburn Reserve

Saturday 2:15pm at JP Fawkner Reserve

Saturday 2:15pm at Salesian College

Saturday 2:15pm at Keilor Park Recreation Reserve

Saturday 2:15pm at Leo Dineen Reserve

Saturday 2:15pm at Ormond Park

Saturday 2:15pm at Burnside Heights Recreation Reserve

Saturday 2:15pm at Charles Mutton Reserve

Saturday 2:15pm at Cole Reserve

Saturday 2:15pm at Sewell Reserve

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