A FAVOUR from Strathmore kept Greenvale on track for top spot in the Essendon District Football League premier division after the Jets were rolled by Airport West on Saturday.
Strathmore kept its finals hopes alive by beating Aberfeldie by two points, meaning Greenvale’s 14.17 (101) to 6.10 (46) loss at Hansen Reserve failed to shift the Jets from pole position.
Greenvale (14-2) leads Aberfeldie (13-3) with two rounds to play.
Airport West led narrowly after a low-scoring first term before kicking five goals to one in the second to open a 31-point lead by half-time.
Greenvale rallied in the third, with talls Simon Potter and Cameron Wight the standouts, but couldn’t get closer than 29 before Airport West dashed away with five goals to one in the last.
Elsewhere, Oak Park was officially relegated after a 130-point hiding from Pascoe Vale. Winless through 16 games, the Roos were still mathematically alive prior to Saturday’s clash.
In division 1, Northern Saints left the door ajar for Glenroy and Tullamarine to steal the minor premiership after being beaten by Taylors Lakes.
The Saints paid the price for inaccurate kicking, losing 9.10 (64) to 7.17 (59).
Tullamarine beat Hadfield by 28 and Glenroy rolled Westmeadows by 80.
It means Northern Saints (14-3) must beat Westmeadows in the final round this weekend to guarantee top spot from Glenroy and Tullamarine (both 13-1-3).
In the weekend’s other match, West Coburg beat Craigieburn by 40.
It means Craigieburn is 11 per-cent ahead of fellow 2-15 team Westmeadows going into the final round.