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Victorian Premier League round-up: No surprises as finals approach

Victorian Premier League round-up: No surprises as finals approach

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Ante Jukic takes you through all the action from Round 18 of the Victorian Premier League, including the league leaders' five-star showing

ANALYSIS
By Ante Jukic

Results

Hume City 0-1 Oakleigh Cannons, Green Gully 1-0 Southern Stars, Northcote City 1-1 Bentleigh Greens, Dandenong Thunder 5-0 Heidelberg United, Moreland Zebras 1-2 Richmond, Melbourne Knights 2-2 South Melbourne

THE WEEKEND STORY

There were no real upsets to speak of in Round 18 of the Victorian Premier League, with results for the most part reflecting form.  Goran Zoric's third-minute goal was enough for Oakleigh on Friday over Hume City, but Dandenong restored the four-point buffer on Saturday, demolishing Heidelberg 5-0.  Northcote and Bentleigh shared the points at John Cain Reserve on Saturday, while Green Gully consolidated their third spot when they ground one out against a determined Southern Stars.  Sunday's matches saw Richmond come from behind to defeat Moreland 2-1, while South salvaged a point against a ten-man Melbourne Knights side in a drama-filled Melbourne derby.

THE STANDINGS

 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1

Dandenong Thunder

18

12

4

2

41

12

+29

40

2

Oakleigh Cannons

18

11

3

4

32

20

+12

36

3

Green Gully Cavaliers

18

10

3

5

28

21

+7

33

4

Northcote City

18

8

5

5

25

26

-1

29

5

Bentleigh Greens

18

8

4

6

31

23

+8

28

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richmond

18

6

7

5

25

23

+2

25

7

South Melbourne

18

7

4

7

26

26

0

25

8

Hume City

18

7

3

8

21

20

+1

24

9

Melbourne Knights

18

7

1

10

21

27

-6

22

10

Southern Stars

18

5

5

8

19

32

-13

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

Moreland Zebras

18

3

2

13

21

36

-15

11

12

Heidelberg United

18

2

3

13

19

43

-26

9

                   
GOALS

16 - Luke Sherbon (Dandenong)

10 – Nate Foster (Dandenong)

9 – Ricky Diaco (Oakleigh)

8 – Osagie Ederaro (Green Gully), Nick Hegarty (Hume City)

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEKEND

Dandenong Thunder

You cannot go past the Thunder who, despite Heidelberg's sorry state, now look to have regrouped from the mid-season slump.  After fighting back in injury time to secure a draw away to Bentleigh the week before, Chris Taylor's side made it three wins from the past four, thrashing the Bergers 5-0.  Shaun McIlroy’s double was added to by the usual suspects in Luke Sherbon, Liam Kearney and Iqbal Jawadi.  The latter two in particular have performed capably moving forward from the midfield throughout the season, but it now seems the Thunder have their sights set firmly on the finals. Round 19's clash with Oakleigh could provide either with a psychological edge.

AFTERTHOUGHTS

Last week's strategic plan from the FFV confirmed to VPL clubs what had - considering perspective - been desired or feared. The restructuring of Victorian state competition, with respect to the player points system, benefits some clubs in the Victorian Premier League - though but the influx of 'backpackers' would likely soon dry up. In principle, the development of youth players is positive, but whether that means an incline or decline in quality remains to be seen, not to mention the effect a lack of competitive purpose could have for current clubs.


THE NUMBERS

4 - The number of goals in the opening ten minutes of halves in Round 18

3 - The number of points separating South Melbourne, Richmond and fifth-placed Bentleigh in the finals placings

1 - The sole draw of the Melbourne Knights this season, which was claimed on Sunday against South Melbourne

TWEET OF THE WEEK

David Manuca - @davidmanuca -
Jake Nakic: goal of the season. Knights up 2-1. #VPL

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