EDFL: Strathmore halts Greenvale

Tough contest: Greenvale’s Rowan Nayna hangs onto a mark despite close attention from Strathmore’s Jordan Doering. Picture: Darren Howe Strathmore and Greenvale in action on the weekend.
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STRATHMORE has cemented its place as premiership favourite in the Essendon District Football League Premier division following a hard-fought win against Greenvale on Saturday.

After a week off, the Mores came out the better of the top two sides.

In an even contest for most of the match, it was a seven-goal final term which gave the Mores a 25-point win, 16.14 (110) to 13.7 (85).

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Mores coach Digby Morrell said his side deserved the win.

“Apart from a lapse in the second term we controlled the game. We knew they were going to come as they are a very good team.

“We wanted to control the contest and did that in the first quarter and they came back in the second term.

“Until the last 10 minutes [the Mores kicked 7.5 in the final term] it was an even contest.

“It was a really positive result and the margin was a reflection of our performance.”

He praised the performances of key forwards who provided speed and run.

Morrell said Daniel Jones, Andrew Horne and Richard Little were the best for his side.

Jets coach Anthony Rock agreed the Mores were the better side.

“Strathmore is a really good side, so I’m not disappointed that we lost. We weren’t good enough and you don’t think we were that great … the Mores deserve the credit.”

He said the Mores set it up in the first quarter.

“They were the clear winners and set it up early. They are very strong all over the ground and we need to go back and work out ways to combat their talls and midfield.”

Rock said the Mores were clear premiership favourites.

“They are the best side by miles.”

He said Simon Potter was best for his side for his contest with Jones in the ruck and praised Rowan Nayna, who overcame personal issues to play.

This week the Mores face the third-placed Aberfeldie and the Jets take on Avondale Heights.

“We’re going to rest up and recover well and hopefully we can keep the juggernaut going,” Morrell said.

Rock added: “No one likes being a losing coach. We are going to look forward for another hard game.”