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Strathmore Community Bank Men's Weekend Outlook - Round 10

By Adam Russell

We have officially hit the halfway mark of the season with every side playing each other once as we head into an intriguing Round 10.

We were treated to an enthralling battle on Good Friday and with Keilor and Strathmore sitting one and two on the Strathmore Community Bank Premier Division ladder we're set for another thriller.

Strathmore will be desperate to bounce back after last round's loss to Aberfeldie and they'll get another chance to prove themselves on the biggest stage, Windy Hill.

Andrew Vavra has returned to the Strathmore line-up in recent weeks and will go head-to-head with Keilor big man Andrew Browne in the ruck.

Vavra's addition has seen Floyd Bollinghaus spend more time forward and Matt Horne will be hopeful the Mores can spread the Keilor backline with the likes of Bollinghaus, Athan Tsialtas, Kyle Weightman and Matt Knight.

Down the other end of the ground, a classic match-up between the inform Liam Cavanagh and Keilor stalwart Dean Galea will get mouths watering at the home of EDFL football.

Depending on that result, Aberfeldie will be looking to break back into the top 2 for the first time since Round 5.

Abers will have to overcome Greenvale first though with the Jets coming off their best win of the season last week.

Their meeting earlier in the year at Section Road was a tight tussle and Darren Bewick will be looking for much of the same come Saturday, although on the right side of the scoresheet this time around.

The Jets have proven to be strong defensively so far this year but if the Aberfeldie forward line can get rolling, do Greenvale have the firepower to keep up?

We saw Aberfeldie put on 31 scoring shots at Lebanon Reserve last week, where the going can get tough, and with Ryan Allen settling in up forward they are a force to be reckoned with.

Pascoe Vale will host Avondale Heights at Raeburn Reserve with both teams coming off crucial losses to key opposition.

They are set to be playing in another '8-pointer' this week as both sides sit fifth and sixth on the ladder, locked in at 5-4 apiece.

Coming off back-to-back losses the Heights have struggled to score the past two weeks despite the addition of Patrick Rose from Taylors Lakes.

Conditions haven't helped with scoring the previous fortnight but Patrick Byrne will be hoping his forward line can start to gel sooner rather than later.

Digby Morrell may well have similar headaches despite sporting the division's leading goal kicker in Matthew Watson. 

We all know what Watson is capable of on his day, but at times the Panthers looked too Watson-centric against Maribyrnong Park and require goals from other avenues to keep their attacks unpredictable.

An invaluable four points will be on offer at Nipper Jordan Oval with ninth-placed Doutta Stars welcoming tenth-placed Craigieburn on the Nena and Pasadena EDFL Match of the Day. 

While only Doutta's Round 1 victory against the Eagles separates the two teams, the Stars possess a much healthier percentage than the current cellar dweller.

Lance Whitnall's side has struggled to score at times this season but their 71 points scored in Round 1 against the Stars is their highest total for the year.

John Bellino leads the goal kicking down at DS Aitken Reserve and has been one of the good news stories this year for Craigieburn as he embraces the challenge of a higher standard of competition.

If he can fire and the Eagles backline hold firm against the likes of John Roumeliotis and Karl Brown, this could shape up to be a good contest.

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Lastly, Maribyrnong Park will be looking to consolidate their spot in the top 4 when Glenroy travel to Monk Oval on Saturday.

Glenroy can breathe a little easier after their win over Craigieburn last week and fell agonisingly short in the reserve fixture of this game in Round One.

But with a cluster of clubs nipping at the heels of the Lions don't expect Brad Swain's team to hold back at their home ground.

Game of the round in Strathmore Community Bank Division One takes place at Shore Reserve when West Coburg play Tullamarine.

The Burgers have suffered back-to-back losses after a narrow one-point defeat to Airport West at this very venue last week.

Tullamarine will be hoping to welcome back a handful of players that missed their Round 9 victory over the Sunbury Kangaroos with David Connell's side making six changes the week before.

Anthony Prestia's ability to kick goals from the midfield is becoming uncanny and a head-to-head battle with Daniel Johncock could potentially be on the cards.

With West Coburg now two games adrift from the second-placed Tulla, a defeat will have huge implications on Dale May's top 2 aspirations. 

The Cougars return to Overland Reserve for just the second time this season as a run of seven home games begins for East Keilor.

They'll take on a lively Westmeadows side that is right on the verge of a top 4 spot. 

At the halfway mark of the season the Tigers sit in fifth position locked below West Coburg and Airport West, who also spot a form line of 6-3, but an inferior percentage sees Mo Kaakour's side right on the cusp of where they want to be.

The first time these two teams met, East Keilor had their way at Willowbrook Reserve.

Dion Hill and Josh Grabowski combined for eight goals that day and the ominous pair have shown no signs of slowing down since with the duo leading the Strathmore Community Bank Division One goal kicking at one and two.

Roxburgh Park will be hoping for back-to-back away wins when they travel to Eric Boardman Reserve to face the Sunbury Kangaroos.

On the back of a stirring away victory last week, their first in the division, the Magpies will set their sights high in the back half of the year after a slow start.

Michael Farrelly's side is as close to full strength as they have been all year and will take the game up to the Kangaroos.

Despite having not banked a win since the return to play, Sunbury have proven to be competitive against good competition.

They'll see this as a very winnable game, particularly at home at 'The Pouch'

Airport West will want to find some continuity in their football this week after a strong performance against West Coburg.

They'll take on Rupertswood at Hansen Reserve.

Trent Rogers will be looking to back his depth in again if the likes of Patrik Balta and Jesse McVeigh don't return, while we've failed to see Steven Rizzo, Anthony Aloi and James Micallef since much earlier in the year.

Finally, Hillside will need to bounce back to keep in touch with the leading pack of the division.

They'll get the chance to bank a 'W' against a Taylors Lakes team desperate for four points.

Coburg Districts will be seeking redemption for a Good Friday loss when Keilor Park arrive at Cole Reserve on Saturday.

After starting the year at 0-3, Districts have sprung into third position on the back of three consecutive wins.

Tom Gleeson's side has proven that they play their best football at home with the playing coach leading the way on the scoreboard.

As for Keilor Park they're arguably coming off their strongest performance since Good Friday after a 15-point victory over Burnside Heights.

The core leaders of Luke Furci and Daylan Kempster will have to lead their emerging side to find some consistency after the fourth-placed Devils have gone win-lose-win-lose-win their last five starts.

East Sunbury secured a spirit lifting win last week against the Northern Saints and could well-and-truly kick start their season when they welcome Hadfield to John McMahon Reserve.

With both sides sitting at 3-5 on the Strathmore Community Bank Division Two ladder there is plenty on the line for both sides as they sit just outside the top 4.

Cooper Mcpharlane reignited his early season form last week with a bag of five, he missed the Round One clash against Hadfield and could well play a difference in this match.

Hadfield will be sweating on the injury timeline of Keegan Shrimpton, while Zac Polizzi also missed last weeks clash with Coburg Districts.

Moonee Valley sent a statement in Round 1 when they dispatched of Burnside Heights by 90 points at the Den.

They'll get another opportunity to prove they are the best team in this division when the Bears travel to Ormond Park on Saturday.

The Fog have barely hit a speed hump on their way to an 8-0 start however Burnside have caused upsets at this venue before.

With former Valley junior, now Bear's spearhead, Josh Covelli playing in his own cup, the Heights will have to fire as they teeter on the edge of the top 4.

And Oak Park is the task for Jacana this week as they head to JP Fawkner Reserve looking to take a few more little wins away from this season.

Last week the Jags kept the ever potent Moonee Valley to a reasonably modest score by their standards and will embrace the challenge of taking on another top side in Division Two.

If Oak Park are to keep the pressure on the ladder leaders, they'll be needing to come away from this game with the four points and a healthy percentage boost.


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Saturday 2:15pm at Nipper Jordan Oval

Saturday 2:15pm at Monk Oval

Saturday 2:15pm at Windy Hill

Saturday 2:15pm at Raeburn Reserve

Saturday 2:15pm at Clifton Park

Saturday 2:15pm at Shore Reserve

Saturday 2:15pm at Lionheart Reserve

Saturday 2:15pm at Eric Boardman Reserve

Saturday 2:15pm at Overland Reserve

Saturday 2:15pm at Hansen Reserve

Saturday 2:15pm at Ormond Reserve

Saturday 2:15pm at John McMahon Reserve

Saturday 2:15pm at JP Fawkner Reserve

Saturday 2:15pm at Cole Reserve

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