Friday, 17 June 2011

Kiss of Death, Round 16, 2011

Scotch Watch
Neither side is flying in this comp, but South still hold the lead.
  • South Melbourne, 3rd place, 28 points, goal difference +3
  • Bentleigh Greens 8th place, 24 points, goal difference +1

Bentleigh Greens vs Melbourne Knights
8th v 9th. This will be a closer contest than people think. The Knights have scored nine goals in their last two outings, and conceded zero. Weaker opposition yes, however, a rolling stone gathers no moss. Bentleigh has only had one win since round nine, not including the 3-2 come from behind win against the VTC. They are the draw specialists, and I see this one ending in a pretty exciting draw. Bentleigh Greens 2 – Melbourne Knights 2.

Green Gully vs Richmond
7th v 10th. The time is about right now for Green Gully to begin their charge into the top five. 1 draw and 5 wins in their last 6 games, shows that they are slowly but surely knocking on the door of finals contention. Richmond are pretty much goners if they don’t start winning now. Green Gully 2 – Richmond 1.

Northcote City vs Hume City
5th v 2nd. Northcote are clinging onto fifth spot with Gully, Dandenong and Bentleigh all waiting for them to slip up. Hume has hit their straps and a lot of people will expect them to win this weekend. Northcote however will be slightly better than Hume and beat them on Saturday. Northcote City 3 – Hume City 2.

Heidelberg United vs Dandenong Thunder
4th v 6th. Heidelberg are the form team going into this one. Dandenong is slowly recovering from their belting at the tribunal. I still think this is in the players' minds. Heidelberg have shown that with or without Osagie, they are still a team to be reckoned with. Heidelberg United 2 – Dandenong Thudner 2.

Springvale White Eagles vs St.Albans Saints
11th v 13th. The Balkan derby. Both these teams are currently in the relegation zone and will most likely be relegated. Whoever wins this one, is only giving themselves a sniff of the asses of the teams above them. A dead rubber. Springvale White Eagles 2 – St. Albans Saints 1.

South Melbourne vs Oakleigh Cannons
3rd v 1st. The match of the round. First up at Jack Edwards, South was victorious with a 1-2 away win. Since then, South has had a terrible month of May with injuries and suspensions hitting the club very hard. Oakleigh has been slowly steering the VPL ladder, unconvincingly yet still getting the results. Rumour has it Fernando will be back this weekend, and Weir from Hume will be lining up in place of Jesse. Everyone is complaining about Topalovic. I actually don’t mind Topa, and for those of you who know me, you all know that I’ve got to be the most critical bastard out there. I consider Topa a hard worker, someone who always gets out of trouble, and someone who for once looks up at who he’s passing the ball to. Dragicevic is another one who is copping hell. I actually don’t mind the kid. Another hard worker who is constantly asking for the ball, has great vision, and takes pleasure in taking on his opponent. Maybe I’m watching the wrong game, or maybe the whingers are still dirty on earlier season events. On something I agree with them on, is the performance of El Krncevic. Yes, we are sitting 3rd, but the team has been playing very poor in the last month and half. When a team looks to the coach for guidance and he is sitting there legs and arms crossed, who is steering the ship? A coach is the brain of a body, and the players are the body parts. They do what the brain tells them, and currently he is telling them shit all. Get off you ass and do something before you get shipped out. South Melbourne 3 – Oakleigh Cannons 0 (the upset result of the season).

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