It’s been a long 18 months, but community footy is back!
As our Men’s side enjoyed a weekend off in the leadup to VFL Round1, the weekend saw many Lions return to their local clubs with varied team results, however many put in good showings and no doubt will be looking to put themselves in the frame for VFL selection during the season.
In Premier, Ben Overman made his senior debut for St.Bernard’s as they took on Old Xavierians at home. Unfortunately for St.Bernard’s they fell behind early and while they finished off strong, it wasn’t enough as they went down by 32 points. Overman was named the teams second best player.
In Premier B, Ben Jepson fronted up for Old Carey when they took on AJAX at the Carey Sports Complex. In what was a wind affected game, Old Carey fell away in the last quarter however Jepson was named his sides best on ground.
Tye Browning made his debut for Aberfeldie as they defeated fellow powerhouse Greenvale by 11 point. Browning played an important role off halfback in a close win away.
Jackson McDonald appeared for Glenroy as they launched a late comeback against Maribyrnong Park at Sewell Reserve, however it wasn’t enough as they went down by three points.
Dinny Cleary was named among the best for Avondale Heights, however it wasn’t enough as they went down by a goal to Pascoe Vale at Canning Street Reserve.
In last week’s annual Good Friday game between Keilor and Strathmore, Athan Tsialtas managed two goals for the Mores, however it wasn’t enough as Keilor romped away in the last quarter to record a handsome 38-point win.
Kyle Galloway and Sam Binion went head to head as Northcote Park took on Montmorency in the annual Northern Football League season opener at the Bill Lawry Oval. Montmorency got the jump on the Cougars early on with a comfortable half time lead and despite six unanswered goals scored against them in the third term, would hold on and get home in the end by 29 points. Galloway managed 2 goals and was dominant in the ruck and up forward for the Cougars while Binion played his role up forward.
Bailey Thompson returned to home club Bundoora and was joined by Nathan Howard for his senior debut, as they took on 2019 premiers West Preston Lakeside at JE Moore Park, but were no match for the Roosters. Thompson would resume at the Bulls playing in his role on the wing that saw him win the Bulls best and fairest in 2019, while Howard played out the game in the ruck.
Eastern Football League
In Division One, with the need for some additional game time, regular Lions starter Harry Nolan made his debut for East Ringwood as they ran away in the last term to defeat Croydon by 23 points at home. Playing in his usual key defensive position, Nolan was named the Roos’ second best player.
With a few more local competitions beginning for 2021, stay tuned for next weeks edition of local league Lions.