EDFL: Jets halt Lions’ surge in thriller

Under pressure: Greenvale’s Eric Kuret tackles Maribyrnong Park’s Jake De Sousa. Picture: Scott McNaughton Close: Maribyrnong Park’s Simon Cave gets his kick away as Bruno Provenzano races in. Pictures: Scott McNaughton
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GREENVALE held off a challenge from Maribyrnong Park to win a thriller in the Essendon District Football League Premier division on the weekend.

Greenvale had the better of the contest for the first three quarters, but a seven-goal-to-two last quarter took the match down to the wire.

The Jets held on to win by two points, 13.9 (87) to 13.7 (85).

Jets coach Anthony Rock was unhappy with his team’s performance.

“We didn’t have a great day and we didn’t play that well and it wasn’t helped by injuries.

“We will take the four points and the win, but are disappointed in how it happened.”

He said his players hit panic stations in the last term.

“We were confident that we would get it done, but our players were out on their feet through injuries.

“We were lucky to get ahead at the right time.”

Rock said Chris Johnson and Christopher Spinella (both hamstring injuries) and Travis Jorgensen would be assessed before deciding whether they would play next week.

He said Ozgur Uysal, Cameron Wight and James Rohan were among the best for them on the weekend.

Lions president Luke Di Pietro said it was a credit to his side to hit back in the final term.

“In the last four weeks our final term has been our best quarter.

“We nearly pinched the win after being five goals down and kicking into a slight breeze.

“We got the scores back to being level and then to their credit they kicked another couple of goals to lead by 13 with five minutes to go.

“We kicked a couple more late and nearly pinched it.”

Di Pietro said coach Brodie Holland wasn’t happy with their performance at half-time.

“He made the players know he wasn’t happy. We were making a lot of turnovers at critical times … I think they got three-four goals directly from our turnovers.”

He said Murray Boyd, Trent Lee, Marcus Smith and Jayden Kotzur were among the best. Despite the loss, the Lions have moved into the fourth spot after Oak Park suffered a defeat.

This week the Lions take on top side Strathmore at home, with the club celebrating ladies day.

“Last time we played them we were up at three-quarter time by five goals and they ran over the top. We will put up a real fight against them.”

The Jets face Keilor, which is only one game outside the top four.

“We always have a good rivalry with them and they will be pretty confident of knocking us off after our performance this week,” Rock said.