Keilor secure big win

Keilor's Kane Barbuto. Picture Shawn Smits.

By Tara Murray

An inexperienced Keilor came away with the points against Avondale Heights in the Essendon District Football League premier division on Saturday.

With nine players having played less than six senior games for the club, it was a new-look Blues’ side.

The Blues were down early on the scoreboard, but kicked 10 goals in a row in the second quarter to take control of the game.

It was more of the same in the second half, with the Blues winning 21.13 (139)-9.10 (64).

Despite being five goals down early in the match, Blues coach Mick McGuane said he wasn’t too unhappy with how they were going.

“It was just about tidying a few things,” he said.

“Our conversion at goal wasn’t great. We kick 3.3 and no one is talking about them having a five-goal lead.

“We tidied a few things up and kicked 10 goals for the second quarter and 21 for the game, we’re pretty happy with that.”

McGuane said captain Kane Barbuto was the standout player on the ground, playing a captain’s game.

David Isbister was brilliant in the middle, while David Gourdis kicked six goals after moving from defence.

McGuane said Dean Galea played an unselfish game up forward, while Matthew Clark also proved a target, as the Blues had 11 goalkickers.

McGuane said he was happy with how the players who had come into the side had stepped up.

The Blues had several injuries the week before, including knee injuries to Brock McGregor and Nick O’Kearney.

It’s still unclear how serious McGregor’s injury is, while O’Kearney has already had surgery on his knee cap.

The Blues are one of two teams that sit 4-0 after four rounds.

McGuane said it was pleasing how the playing group had overcome adversity.

“We’re started the season reasonably well, considering who we have had available,” he said.

“You need to lean on players who you think will be senior footballers.”

The Blues this week face Airport West, before having a bye the following week.