GREENVALE all but ended Strathmore’s hopes of a return to the
Essendon District Football League finals with a 22-point win in Premier
division on Saturday.
And in division 1, Westmeadows will need outside intervention to avoid relegation after finishing last.
The Jets (15-2) preserved their one-game lead over Aberfeldie
(14-3) on top of the Premier division ladder after overcoming a slow
start which allowed Strathmore to kick five first-quarter goals to one.
FINALS: Division 1 and 2 finals
PICTURE GALLERY: Greenvale v Strathmore
The Jets rode the scoring end home in the final term to win 15.9
(99) to 11.11 (77) leaving Strathmore (10-7) in a position where it
would need to make up more than 30 percentage points (about 410 actual
points) to catch Airport West (11-6) for fourth spot.
Elsewhere, Aberfeldie thrashed Oak Park by 179, Maribyrnong Park
beat Pascoe Vale by 29, Keilor rolled Essendon Doutta Stars by 95 and
Avondale Heights beat Airport West by 40.
In division 1, Craigieburn gave up a 29-point lead at three-quarter time to lose 14.16 (100) to 14.7 (91) against Hadfield.
The defeat was of no consequence to the relegation battle though,
with Westmeadows’ 97-point loss to Northern Saints leaving the Tigers
bottom of the league.
The only hope Westmeadows has of staying in division 1 is if
Burnside Heights assembles a senior team in time to take the field next
season. It would mean Division 1 will expand to nine teams (with the
promotion of the Division 2 premier) while Division 2 will stay at
Elsewhere, Tullamarine beat West Coburg by 40 while Glenroy retained second spot with a 38-point win against Taylors Lakes.
In Division 2, Roxburgh Park agonisingly lost out on finals after a missing a shot after the siren against Coburg Districts.
Ben Stone’s kick for goal went through for a point, leaving the Magpies down 11.10 (76) to 11.9 (75).
Victory would have put Roxburgh Park into fourth spot after incumbent Keilor Park lost to Hillside by 122.
Elsewhere, Jacana finished its season on a winning note with a
150-point win against East Sunbury while East Keilor beat Moonee Valley