Sat’dy, June 18, 2011

Volcanic ash won’t have any bearing on local footy fixtures so you can fill your diary now with options for this Sat’dy arvo.

The pick of the VFL matches appears to be North Ballarat, fresh from their toppling of wobbly Willy, who are hosting the Borough juggernaut.

If you’d rather stay within a Zone 1 ticket, maybe try a 59 tram or Craigieburn train and revisit Windy Hill. Apart from annoying Essendon fans, you’ll find that much has changed out there from its heyday and it can be a nice place to watch (they can’t charge entry!) and let the kids have a kick during the breaks. The social club, too, is there for drinkers and/or punters. The Bombers and the Hawks – doesn’t that stir old memories? – promises to be an interesting game with both sides looking to regenerate their AFL teams – the Dons due to a lull and Box Hill’s affiliate because of injury.

In the same region another EDFL round promises some good clashes. Like many leagues, the aspirants are dwindling and only 5 hopes now seem likely contenders – Marby, Abers, Greenvale, Strathmore and Oak Park. The 5th side’s % is 161.8! The main challengers to Marby’s flag, Abers and Anthony Rock’s Greenvale, face off at Clifton Park. Maybe Scotty Lucas will have Mal Michael for company?

It’s a pretty lopsided draw in the WRFL with St Albans v Port Colts (5th v 4th) looking the most competitive match, or maybe Hoppers and Sunshine as they vie to stay in touch.

The Bundoora Bulls will be hoping to charge back from their season’s first loss in the NFL against visiting Nothcote Park, whilst, in the EFL, Knox and Ringwood looks an even mid-table match-up.

Followers of the Southern Football League will be looking forward to this Saturday’s game between Chelsea Heights and St Paul’s, each with 6 wins and trailing only East Brighton on the ladder. If that’s not local for you, consider a trip to the quirky Peanut Farm, home of St Kilda City who will be “welcoming” Heatherton. The ground is directly behind Acland St and can be the springboard for an adventurous outing.

But, be it Auskick, juniors or E grade Ammos, be sure to go and enjoy some local footy this Sat’dy.



  1. Crio – my Saturday morning will be watching the mighty Victoria Park, Kew tennis club section 19 boys play a second semi against traditional rivals, the East Coburg. Should be a full on affair. It will be followed by a sedate sausage sizzle.

  2. Amazingly I know those venues. Home or away Dips?

  3. On our own dung heap, Crio. No excuses.

  4. Mic Rees says:

    Crio – The battle at Nth Oval in Ballarat should be a good one. If PM play as well as they did in the first half last week, granted the opposition were terrible, it will take a mighty effort from any team to roll them.

    Condos to bring up the ton midway through the third quarter.


  5. Vic Pk – the most feared Away trip in domestic sport. Is there a Rush Stand equivalent?

  6. Mic,
    If North Ballarat don’t cut it, the pick of the Ballarat F.L. matches is probably that at Eastern Oval. East Point and Melton South are 4th and 5th, each on 20pts.

  7. Richard Jones says:

    THE Bendjgo Bombers will be back on the $2.2 million re-developed Queen Elizabeth Oval any time soon.
    This Saturday, Crio, it’s 1 vs. 2 in the Bendigo F.L. —- Golden Square v South Bendigo.
    At the aforesaid QEO for Week 2 on the new surface.

    Square captained by Simon Rosa, one of the bros. of the Weagles Rosa.

    Before last Sat’s. QEO game, heaps of speeches from State and Fed. pollies. Fair enuf, seeing as those two august bodies — located in Spring Street and Canberra — tipped in $1.5 mill. of the total cost

    From all the ground drainage and re-grassing works, to the new lights for night games, for me the hilite was the new electronic scoreboard. It winds down the brightness levels as the lights take effect when night creeps in.

  8. Thanks Richard.
    Scoreboard photos and observations must go to Vin Maskell – that’s his domain!

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