EDFL: Glenroy in third spot after vital victory

Congratulations: Greenvale’s Tallan Wright (37) celebrates a goal, one of his three for the game as the Jets accounted for Essendon Doutta Stars by 38 points in EDFL Premier division. GLENROY dug deep to show its credentials as an Essendon District Football League division 1 contender as it held on to a nine-point win against Taylors Lakes on Saturday.
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The Wallabies were headed in the final term after leading by as many as 42 points in the second quarter, only to hit back and win 13.14 (92) to 12.11 (83).

The win was vital in the top four race as Glenroy (10-4) jumped Taylors Lakes (10-4) to claim third spot.

Runaway top pair Airport West (13-1) and West Coburg (12-1-1) both recorded comfortable wins at the weekend.

Taylors Lakes was flat and second to the ball in the first half as Glenroy forward Heath Woodhouse controlled the forward line to boot four goals by the 10-minute mark of the second quarter.

Woodhouse’s fourth made the margin a match-high 42 points.

Taylors Lakes took 15 minutes to kick a score in the second term but wrestled the margin back to 29 at the long break, before unleashing a burst of four goals in 13 minutes at the start of the third term.

Onballers Mark Desousa and David Cantelmi inspired the comeback with centre square control, but Glenroy coach Lance Whitnall kept his team in front by four points at the final change thanks to the Wallabies’ one and only goal of the quarter at the 26-minute mark.

The lead changed four times in the final quarter, with Taylors Lakes spearhead Lachlan Calder twice putting his team in front with marks and goals from close range.

But a long bomb on the run from Travis Dulic put Glenroy back in front after the first Calder goal, while Zak Saad’s snap goal 20 minutes into the term gave Glenroy the lead for good.

When Jake Woods snapped a goal out of a pack at the 25-minute mark the margin was nine points, with Glenroy locking down in the final stages with a string of stoppages.

“It’s only probably 10 or 15 minutes of one quarter we stopped a bit but other than that it was a great team performance,” Whitnall said.

“Since the Tullamarine game out here we’ve turned the quarter and the boys have a bit of belief. Training has been spirited and I knew we’d come out firing.

“I can control what’s out on the ground with attitude and what happens, but I lean on my bench heavily and they do a great job.”

Whitnall pointed out that one-percenters such as a run-down tackle from Alistair Edmunds and smother from Brenton Faulkner were the moments that mattered in the final quarter.

“In the position we’re in every game is a final because if we lose one we go back into the pack.

“I’m big on team culture and it’s those little things, people playing their role that creates a good feeling around the club. Don’t rely on one or two blokes to get you across the line, play as one as a team.”

Airport West accentuated the gap between itself and finals hopeful Tullamarine with a 97-point belting at Leo Dineen Reserve.

The Eagles remain top of the table by half a game from West Coburg.

West Coburg bounced back to form by dominating Westmeadows with a 14 goals to two first half on the way to winning by 54 points. Westmeadows fought back in the second half but the damage was done early with the Burgers leading 49 to zero at quarter-time.

Hadfield kept its top four hopes alive while dealing a major blow to Northern Saints with a 64-point win at Charles Mutton Reserve.

The Hawks (8-1-5) moved off the foot of the table and to within six premiership points of the top four with the victory, leaving Northern Saints and Westmeadows (both 8-6) as the last-placed pair in the division.