NPL Victoria Men’s: The table is on fire

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Avondale – Port Melbourne

Don’t miss the ultimate showdown of Round 13 on Saturday at 3pm.

The clash between Port Melbourne and reigning champs, Avondale, is set to be a game-changer.

The sharks need a big win against a top team like Avondale, as they struggle against tougher opponents.

But if they manage to snag a victory, they’ll be swimming towards the top of the standings and making a statement about their ambition this year.

However, Avondale won’t make it easy for them. The champions are riding high after a winning away game against South Melbourne and will fight tooth and nail for another three points. With their star player Stefan Zinni back in the line-up, Avondale is not messing around.

It’s going to be an epic battle on the field, so be ready for some serious football action

St Albans Saints – South Melbourne

After a disappointing loss at home to Avondale, the Greek Australian team from South Melbourne is hoping to redeem themselves in their upcoming match against the struggling Saints.

But let’s be real, it’s probably not going to be a nail-biter since the hosts have been on a downward spiral lately.

I mean, even their coach got the boot and had to be replaced with Cameron Watson.

But don’t get too cocky, Esteban Quintas and his crew still need to bring their A-game to secure their spot at the top of the table. With rivals like Heidelberg United, Avondale, and Hume City hot on their tails, any slip up could spell disaster for South Melbourne.

So, let’s hope these South Melbourne players have their game faces on and are ready to score some goals at Churchill Reserve.

And hey, maybe they’ll even treat their fans to another easy win.

Dandenong City – Heidelberg United

This weekend, the “yellow and black” of Heidelberg are burning up the road as they head southeast of Melbourne to take on Dandenong City.

After a glorious victory against Manningham last week, where they scored an impressive five goals, Heidelberg is hotter than ever and climbing up the table. Meanwhile, Dandenong may be respectable but they’re as balanced as a unicyclist on a tightrope.

Their performance could go either way, making them both unpredictable and a potential threat to Heidelberg’s success.

Unfortunately for them, their recent home loss to Port Melbourne has caused some major grumbling and negative vibes for the team.

Heidelberg United plans to capitalize on this chaos and secure another win, closing in on rivals South Melbourne who are only three points ahead.

Hume City – Oakleigh Cannons

The Cannons are gearing up for a perilous mission this week as they take on one of the division’s elite teams on the road – Hume City.

Despite their slow start to the season, the “reds” have elevated their game and are proving to be a formidable adversary, as reflected by their ranking. In their last showdown, they effortlessly conquered Altona Magic with a score of 0-2.

The Cannons are determined to snatch a victory and with only one point separating them from the “reds,” the stakes are raised in this competitive derby.

With a full arsenal at his disposal, Coach Chris Taylor is sure to lead his troops with one goal in mind – to take home the win and possibly even move up to second place in the standings.

It won’t be an easy feat for the Greek-Australian squad, but they have a history of handling tough battles like this.

Fingers crossed they can paint the top of the table in the colors of Greece when they storm Hume’s turf on Saturday.

Let’s go Cannons!

The VPL1

Get your cleats and taste buds ready because all eyes will be on Cheltenham this Friday for the ultimate civil derby showdown between Bentleigh Greens and Brunswick City.

The hosts are primed after a draw in Werribee, sitting pretty at fifth place. Meanwhile, the guests are reeling from a home loss against Preston Lions, sliding to seventh place.

Top it off with delightful weather and a mouth-watering stadium menu, and you’ve got yourself an unmissable Friday night of footy and foodie bliss.

On Saturday at 6pm, the fierce Greek Australian squad of Kingston City will take on Caroline Springs, eager to snag a victory and kick off the rest of the championship with some serious mojo.

But don’t underestimate the visitors, only two points behind, as they’re sure to give Kingston a run for their souvlaki.

Get ready to roar as the Greek Australian teams wrap up their showdown on Monday night with a face-off between Bulleen Lions and Northcote City.

The visitors may be trailing nine points behind the top spot, but don’t count them out just yet.

They’ll be clawing their way to the top with fierce determination.

And let’s not forget about the Lions, they may have been slow starters but watch out for their impressive progress.

Heracles better bring their A-game if they want to snatch the victory and secure their spot in the top three.

The VPL2

Box Hill United is facing a make-it-or-break-it situation this weekend. With their eyes on the prize, the Greek Australian squad will take on Doveton in a game that could shake up the league standings.

Currently perched at tenth place, United has a chance to knock their opponent down a notch from eleventh.

Fingers crossed that they’ll give their home crowd something to cheer about and snatch all three points.

Oakleigh Cannons will face Hume City this week. Photo: Con Deves

NPL – SCHEDULE

Friday, 10/5

Melbourne Knights – Green Gully 7.30pm

Dandenong City – Heidelberg United 7.45pm

Saturday, 11/5

Avondale – Port Melbourne Sharks 3pm

Moreland City – Dandenong Thunder 3pm

Manningham United – Altona Magic 3pm

Hume City – Oakleigh Cannons 7pm

Sunday, 12/5

St Albans Saints – South Melbourne 3pm

NPL – TABLE

Teams Matches Points

1. South Melbourne 12 29

2. Heidelberg Utd 12 26

3. Avondale 12 26

4. Hume City 12 26

5. Oakleigh Cannons 12 25

6. Port Melb Sharks 12 21

7. Dand City 12 16

8. Melb Knights 12 14

9. Green Gully 12 14

10. Altona Magic 12 13

11. Dand Thunder 12 11

12. Manningham 12 9

13. St. Albans 12 7

14. Moreland 12 0

VPL1 – SCHEDULE

Friday, 10/5

Preston Lions v Langwarrin 8.30pm

Bentleigh Greens – Brunswick City 8.30pm

Saturday, 11/5

Eastern Lions – Werribee City 3pm

North Geelong v Melbourne City 3pm

Kingston City – Caroline Springs 6pm

Sunday, 12/5

Western United – Melbourne Victory 4pm

Monday, 13/5

Bulleen Lions v Northcote City 8.30pm

VPL1 – TABLE

Teams Matches Points

1. Melb Victory 12 32

2. Preston Lions 12 24

3. Northcote 12 23

4. Western Utd 12 22

5. Bentl Greens 12 20

6. Langwarrin 12 18

7. Brunswick City 12 16

8. Bulleen Lions 112 16

9. Kingston 12 14

10. Carol Springs 12 12

11. Eastern Lions 12 11

12. Melb City 12 10

13. Werribee City 12 7

14. North Geelong 12 4

VPL2 – SCHEDULE

Friday, 10/5

Box Hill United v Doveton 7.30pm

Pascoe Vale – FC Melbourne Serbia 8.30pm

Essendon Royals – Altona City 8.30pm

Saturday, 11/5

Beaumaris – Goulburn Valley Suns 3pm

North Sunshine Eagles v Boroondara Carey Eagles 3pm

Nunawading City – Brunswick Juventus 3pm

VPL2 – TABLE

Teams Matches Points

1. Altona City 8 18

2. Brun Juventus 8 18

3. FC Melb. Serbia 8 17

4. Nth Sunsh. Eagles 8 16

5. Essendon Royals 8 15

6. Pascoe Vale 8 12

7. Boroondara Eagles 8 11

8. Nunawading City 8 10

9. Goulburn V. Suns 8 7

10. Box Hill United 8 6

11. Doveton 8 3

12. Beaumaris 8

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