Elastoplast Division 3 Round Preview

By Andrew Paloczi



Springvale Districts vs Hampton Park (Springvale Reserve)


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Division 3 heavyweight Springvale Districts hosts Hampton Park, renewing a rivalry that began just eight weeks ago.

On that occasion a large and vibrant crowd revelled in Good Friday sunshine, witnessing a 15-point Redbacks’ win.

That set the pattern for Hampton Park, which is yet to suffer defeat in SFNL competition, sitting atop the ladder.

Springvale Districts is next on the table, but finds itself two games adrift of the Redbacks.

Recruit Tom Wilkinson has joined the Demons’ midfield since the Good Friday contest.

He quickly settled into the side after his shift from the Murray Football League and has been amongst Springvale Districts’ best players in each of his four games.

His ball winning ability and assured disposal bolstered an already strong midfield and should enable the Demons to better match the midfield output of Hampton Park.

This will be an engaging match, and Springvale Districts can’t be written off on home soil.

However, Hampton Park has yet to provide a reason to tip against it.


Endeavour Hills vs South Yarra (Barry Simon Reserve)


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Endeavour Hills had no answer against a well-structured and defensively disciplined Ashwood in Round 5.

The Falcons slipped to fourth on the table and will be smarting.

Expect them to bounce back with a comprehensive win against South Yarra.

South Yarra will bring effort, combined with the confidence obtained from a breakthrough win.

But those positives won’t be sufficient to topple the more skilful and equally determined Endeavour Hills.


Black Rock vs Hallam (MacDonald Reserve)


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Black Rock’s only wins this season have been against struggling sides, South Yarra and Heatherton.

The Jets fell well short in their three clashes with likely finalists.

Against Hallam, expect a comfortable Black Rock win.

The Hawks showed tenacity against South Yarra last round, but lack the polish and experience to cause an upset at MacDonald Reserve.


Heatherton vs Ashwood (Ross Street Reserve)


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Heatherton received a pass for effort against Hampton Park from club president John Bennett, but was unable to make an impact on the scoreboard.

The Tunners now face a disciplined Ashwood defensive unit that allowed Endeavour Hills’ powerful attack just five goals last round.

That presents a major challenge, although Heatherton will be assisted by the return of zippy small forward Khaled Kandakji.

He returns from suspension and will be determined to repay his side after letting it down with a disciplinary lapse in a narrow loss to Black Rock in Round 4.

Anticipate a solid Ashwood victory, with the Magpies too strong in every department.

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