Players return from injury in our VFL Community Wrap
Tom Mundy in action on the weekend (photo - WRFL / Local Legends)
With the men’s side enjoying their final bye of the season, we had 18 boys play for their respective community clubs as the race towards finals heats up. Let’s see how they went.
We start in the NFNL where Jhye Baddeley-Kelly was solid in muddy conditions, as he and a 5th best performance from Jesse Tardio helped North Heidelberg to a comfortable 47-point win over Northcote Park to solidify their place in the top four, whilst two goals to Christian Buykx-Smith and a goal to Josh Minogue helped Heidelberg to an easy 75-point win over Lower Plenty to remain 2nd with three rounds to go.
To the VAFA where Kal Dawson, Nick Ebinger and Williamstown CYMS took on Max Philpot and PEGS, all three impressed with Philpot best-on-ground for PEGS whilst Dawson continues to find confidence in his return from injury, but seven goals and a best-on-ground performance from Ebinger helped CYs to a 142-point win as they remain undefeated.
Moving to the EDFL where Sean Gregory helped Pascoe Vale to a tough 17-point win over Maribyrnong Park to remain 3rd whilst in other results, Hisham Kerbatieh returned from injury as Avondale Heights went down to Strathmore by 58 points in tough conditions and Stefan Radovanovic also returned from injury in Keilor’s 77-point win over Airport West to continue their undefeated season.
In the WRFL Nick Buykx worked hard under a heavy tag for Werribee Districts as they went down to Deer Park by 32 points to fall to 4th whilst Tom Mundy and Mitch Norton returned to Altona as they defeated Caroline Springs by 174 points to remain two games clear in top spot.
To country football where the Geelong league saw Cooper Stephens kick three goals for Colac as they defeated South Barwon to remain equal top, whilst Oliver Tate was 5th best for Leopold as they struggled against league leaders St Joseph’s, going down by 45 points. Sam Conway was solid in the ruck for St Marys, as they went down to league leaders Newtown and Chilwell by 19 points in the reserves.
In other results, Liam Carter kicked four goals and was 2nd best for Melton as they defeated Lake Wendouree by 76 points whilst in the Goulburn Valley league Darby Henderson helped Echuca to a tough 23-point win over Benalla to remain 2nd and in the Ovens and Murray league Daniel Sharrock kicked a goal as Wangaratta upset 2nd placed Myrtleford by 19 points.