Devils happy, not satisfied

Matthew Brown gets a handpass away against Taylors Lakes. (Joe Mastroianni). 279826_03

Tara Murray

Keilor Park might have won four games on the trot, but there’s still plenty of work to be done in Essendon District Football League division 2.

Having won as many games as they did last season already, there have been plenty of positive signs for the Devils.

Devils coach Paul Guicas said they were happy with how things were going, but aren’t content with where things are at.

The Devils currently sit second, only behind Oak Park, which is unbeaten.

Guicas said one area where they need to improve, is capitalising on their opportunities.

In their most recent game last Saturday against Taylors Lakes, the Devils kicked 3.10 before the Lions had scored. The Devils would win by one point.

“Taylors Lakes brought it to us,” he said.

“In the first quarter we had all the play, but bad kicking in bad football. We could have been six goals up.

“We were 3.10 and they kicked a couple of goals in five minutes and you’re only 11 points up.

“That’s footy. We’re happy to take the four points, but we have to get better.”

Guicas said the easy option would be to blame having a young team, but he said they can’t keep using that as an excuse.

It was some of the Devils experienced players who stepped up when they really needed to.

Damian Cavka kicked two goals after being moved forward, while Vincent Schiavello took a number of marks down back.

Daylan Kempster was named best on ground.

“Daylan is Daylan,” Guicas said.

“He’s hard to beat at centre half forward and he’s always in front.”

Guicas said young forward Oscar Sasalu will take some time, but would be a really good forward.

The Devils have a bye on the weekend.

With a couple of players set to miss the match with concussion, the bye comes at the perfect time.

The Devils then face Oak Park.

Guicas said they were looking forward to testing themselves. The Devils next win this season, will mean they’ve won their most games in a season since 2016.

“It’ll be good to sit back and rest and see where we are at,” Guicas said. “We are looking forward to playing Oak Park.

“We’ll have a few guys come back. We’ll see where we are at.”

In division 2 matches this weekend, Burnside Heights will host Jacana, Coburg Districts is hoping to get its season back on track against Oak Park, and Hadfield will host Northern Saints.