BY MARK PAXTON.
In the EDFL, midfielder Tom Wallis battled hard for the Essendon Doutta Stars despite going down by 131 points to league heavyweight Keilor; while defender Tyson Lever suited up for Glenroy in their 49-point loss to last year’s grand finalist Greenvale.
Exciting midfielder Brad Bernacki thrilled East Sunbury supporters as he kicked two goals and was named best on ground in the 15-point win over Moonee Valley.
Over in the Northern Football League, Daman Aujla impressed and was named Bundoora’s best player in the 46-point loss to Greensborough, with Josh Iacobaccio also making an appearance.
Northcote Park’s James Svarc had one major for the game in his side’s one-point win over Hurstbridge.
In the Ovens & Murray Football League, pacy midfielder Dylan Stone managed one goal in the Wangaratta Rovers’ 41-point loss to Myrtleford.
The Eastern Football League saw North Ringwood key defender Harry Nolan dominate in the backline, keeping Vermont’s key forward to just two goals. His efforts saw him named in his side’s best, despite the three-point loss. On the other side of Ringwood, midfielder Josh Weightman was exciting, kicking two goals and named amongst the best players in East Ringwood’s three-point loss to Montrose.
In the Southern Football League, key forward Max Mitchell-Russell was able to contribute one goal for the Port Melbourne Colts in the tight one-point win over Oakleigh Districts.
Mitch Conn was named Sunbury’s best player in the Ballarat Football League, with his ball use and decision-making a highlight in the 118-point win over Redan in their season opener. Conn also chimed in with one goal in his side’s huge effort.
With some players still to play in some ANZAC Day matches, keep an eye out for next week’s Local League Lions report to see how they went.