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Ante Jukic takes you through all the action from Round 21 of the Victorian Premier League, as the regular season draws to a close

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By ANTE JUKIC


Results

Oakleigh Cannons 0-2 Northcote City, Richmond 2-0 Melbourne Knights, Green Gully 0-3 Dandenong Thunder, Southern Stars 2-1 Hume City, Moreland Zebras 4-1 Heidelberg United, South Melbourne 1-1 Bentleigh Greens

THE WEEKEND STORY

Richmond did all they could to remain a finals chance with their 2-0 win over the Melbourne Knights, but it was all undone after Northcote took the points from Jack Edwards Reserve, defeating Oakleigh 2-0. Late goals gave Dandenong a 3-0 win over Green Gully, while Hume missed out on finals football, losing 2-1 to Southern Stars on Saturday. In Sunday's matches, Moreland trounced Heidelberg 4-1 in the battle of the cellar-dwellers, while Bentleigh salvaged a draw late against a 10-man South Melbourne side.

THE STANDINGS

 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1

Dandenong Thunder

21

14

5

2

46

13

+33

47

2

Oakleigh Cannons

21

11

4

6

33

25

+8

37

3

Bentleigh Greens

21

10

5

6

36

24

+12

35

4

Green Gully

21

10

4

7

28

25

+3

34

5

Northcote City

21

9

6

6

28

28

0

33

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richmond

21

7

8

6

31

28

+3

29

7

South Melbourne

21

8

5

8

21

29

0

29

8

Hume City

21

8

4

9

26

25

+1

28

9

Southern Stars

21

7

6

8

26

37

-11

27

10

Melbourne Knights

21

8

2

11

24

30

-6

26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

Moreland Zebras

21

4

3

14

28

41

-13

15

12

Heidelberg United

21

1

4

15

21

51

-30

10

                   
GOALS

17 – Luke Sherbon (Dandenong Thunder)

12 – Nate Foster (Dandenong Thunder)

10 – Tom Cahill (Richmond), Nick Hegarty (Hume City)

9 – Ricky Diaco (Oakleigh), James Kalifatidis (Northcote City)

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEKEND

Northcote City

In spite of Oakleigh's tendency to simply hand victories to teams whenever August approaches, Northcote needed a win and got it, securing finals football with a week to spare as the chasing pack faded. With Hume and Richmond's draw in Round 20, it was out the respective camps' hands, and Goran Lozanovski's side denied them their chance at the post-season with a throroughly deserved win over the Cannons. Whether they can cause further upsets in the finals remains ambiguous, but their second finals appearance in three seasons - on top of a cup victory last year - since returning to the VPL is a success in itself.

AFTERTHOUGHTS

Consistency. It is the one thing that differentiates the best from the rest, and each week we are given evidence to that fact in the Victorian Premier League. In a competitive league, a string of good results can separate a side from the midfield pack, and a lack of it can cost you - in the case of the VPL - a finals spot. This season, as Dandenong’s ability to regularly grind out results handed them the minor premiership, that has happened to Richmond and notably Hume City, who had the quality to do damage in the post season but were not able to back it up week after week. Who challenges the Thunder for the title, ultimately, is whoever is able to show up on the day.

THE NUMBERS

8 – The number of games it took Richmond's Tom Cahill to reach ten goals since transferring from Sunshine George Cross.

2 – The number of losses out of 22 games for Dandenong Thunder.

4 – The number of clubs in the bottom six which played in the former NSL.

TWEET OF THE WEEK (#VPL)

Michael James @mrjames1993:
" Port Melbourne promoted to the Premier League!!! Looking forward to next season already! #VPL"

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