VV: M. Pedic 5, K. Machoy 5, Jas. Barrientos 4,M. Barrigos 3, M. Avram 3, Jon. Barrientos 3, G. Lucena
To kick start the NIKE VLP in 2014 we saw cellar dwellers Albert Park take on ladder leaders Vic Vipers. Albert Park who had a rough end to 2013 continued their poor form in the premiership as they found themselves in a 13-0 deficit at the break. With the game all but over and Albert Parks heads dropping lower by the minute, the Vipers continued to go in for the kill to add a further 11 goals to earn a 24-0 scoreline. With every player getting on the scoresheet – bar Adam Cooper (surprisingly) – the pick of the goal scorers were first gamer Konrad Machoy and Mirza Pedic with five each while Jason Barreintos continued his good form in front of goals with four majors.
Man of the Match: Konrad Machoy (Vic Vipers) In his first game in the premiership, Machoy looked right at home with the Vipers slotting five goals. Hopefully we can see more of Machoy who looks to be quite an exciting prospect as the title race heats up with six games remaining.
FTZ: B. Monteleone 2, F. De Moraes, J. Monteleone, M. Burton
MICK: L. Campbell 2, E. Huynh, D. Salcin
The second game on the card saw Fitzroy pitted against second bottom Mickleham. As was expected, both sides had a little rust on the hinges in the first half, but it was Mickleham who held a surprise 3-1 advantage at the break thanks to a Lachie Campbell double. The second half saw Fitzroy hit back to get a narrow lead thanks to strikes from Fernando, Joe and Ben Monteleone. Both sides then hit the crossbar via Mickleham keeper Damir Salcin and Fitzroy’s Junior Melo. Salcin then converted a late penalty to restore order, but two late goals from Fitzroy’s Ben Monteleone and Mark burton gifted the leagues fourth ranked side a valuable 6-4 win.
Man of the Match: Ben Monteleone (Fitzroy) The youngster who has recently come back to league action due to an injury really has found his feet. Two crucial second half goals from Monteleone was the difference in the end as Fitzroy look to build momentum leading up to the FOz Cup.
HME: R. Culculoglu 2, M. Vragovski 2, A. Alicevic, P. Montagna
MET: T. Grgic 3, E. Simsek 2, J. Julardzija 2, A. Cobo, D. Redzepovic, A. Redzepovic
The final game of the night saw rivals Hume and Metropolitan go head to head. With some classic encounters held by these two clubs in recent times, this round 15 fixture was no different as Hume took a 5-3 half time lead. Youngster Matty Vragovski and captain Resit Culculoglu led the way with a double each, while Metro had singles to Dino Redzepovic, Alex Cobo and Tomo Grgic. The second half was all Metro as they piled on 7 goals to Hume’s 1! Grgic was the pick of the scorers completing his hat trick while Juso Julardzija and Ernie Simsek bagged doubles, while Alija Redzepovic added a single. Hume’s solitary goal was scored by former Carlton forward Paul Montagna who put in a solid showing for his new side. It was clear that the guidance and presence of their regular general in Amin Keddad was missing from the sidelines. With a squad of twelve players, Keddad will surely have to return and sort his troops out as they look to finish their campaign on a high.
Man of the Match: Ernie Simsek (Metropolitan) The former Pascoe Vale man has been in stellar form this season and has been a huge part of Metro’s success. When the Royal Blues were behind the eight ball in the second half, Simsek’s constant chasing, harassing, encouragement and positive influence – not to mention his second half double – changed his sides fortune to get them back into the game.