Thursday, 2 June 2011

Kiss of Death, Round 15, 2011

Scotch Watch
Bentleigh's 1-0 win over South last week saw them overtake South on goal difference in this contest, before South's midweek win over the VTC saw the Blues return to a three point lead and also to a positive goal difference. Both teams have now played the VTC and each other twice.

  • South Melbourne, 3rd place, 27 points, goal difference +3
  • Bentleigh Greens, 7th place, 24 points, goal difference +1
Richmond vs Northcote City
9th v 5th. Richmond is coming off a 1-2 surprise win away to Dandenong, while Northcote is coming off a 2-0 home win to lowly St. Albans. In what is shaping up as a tough game, I think Richmond will continue their winning ways and beat a Northcote that will be without influential striker Trent Rixon, who received a red card last weekend. Richmond 2 – Northcote City 0.

Hume City vs Dandenong Thunder
2nd v 6th. Hume are going along just nicely this time of the season. A 0-3 away win at the Bergers last week and they are on a six game unbeaten run. Dandenong is coming off a shock loss to Richmond and a slap in the face from the tribunal midweek. Turns out their initial $8,000 fine and four game lockout suspension was increased by the tribunal to a $20,000 fine and a two game lockout on appeal. Quite frankly, as mentioned previously, it was silly to appeal the tribunal's initial determination. Clubs need to evaluate logically any determinations dished out by the tribunal, before they tackle the charges emotionally. At the end of the day, unless you can find an error in the process, you are wasting your time. Any appeal, even in a court of law, is only heard on new evidence, or on errors by the preceding magistrate. After reading the final determination, none of these were presented by Dandenong Thunder. Correct me if I’m wrong please. Hume City 3 – Dandenong Thunder 1.

'I got kicked in da chest bro!' What odds for wild scenes this week?
Melbourne Knights vs Springvale White Eagles
10th v 11th. Probably the match of the round and a tipper's nightmare. Both these teams have been very disappointing this season. Personally, the progress of the Knights worries me more than Springvales. With the VTC not able to be relegated, one of these teams will go down instead. Whoever loses this match will find it difficult to pick themselves out of the hole they have spent the year digging. Under Bojo, the Eagles have been playing some good football, but will it be enough to beat the Knights at Somers Street? No. Melbourne Knights 3 – Springvale White Eagles 2.

South Melbourne vs Heidelberg United
3rd v 4th. According to the FFV’s Facebook page, “The Greek Derby”. A must win for South. We haven’t beaten the Bergers during the season proper for a while. So long now that I can’t even think of when the last time was. Rumour has it Recchia and Gaspa are nearing full fitness and will come into the starting 11 this weekend, against the Osagie-less Bergers. Ljubo has apparently packed his bags for Europe, and to be honest, this omission will be a breath of fresh air for a team who seemed to be losing it a few weeks back. Hopefully this will allow the creative players like Recchia, Gasaparis and Fernando to breath easier in the midfield. South Melbourne 3 – Heidelberg United 0.

St. Albans Saints vs Green Gully Cavaliers
13th v 8th. If St. Albans can’t win a game this weekend, then they never will in the VPL. A must win game against an up and down Gully. St. Albans 2 – Green Gully 1.

Oakleigh Cannons vs Bentleigh Greens
1st v 7th. This game will not be played this week. It’s been pushed back one week. Oakleigh Cannons 2 – Bentleigh Greens 2.

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