Around the grounds in Melton and Moorabool



The Essendon District Football League has released dates for its women’s competitions for next year. The season proper will kick off in April, but there are some Good Friday games played beforehand on March 29. The season will run until August, with the structures still to be determined. If division’s have equal numbers, sides will play 14 games each, with a three-week final series involving the top four teams.


Westside Strikers are at risk of being ineligible to participate in Football Victoria competitions next year. Football Victoria released a statement saying that clubs from across the state were in debt almost $2 million to the federation. The statement said that a significant number of clubs failed to meet their financial obligations in 2023 and as a result, clubs who are unable or unwilling to meet their financial obligations will be regarded as ineligible to participate in the 2024 season. The Strikers are among those not listed, which indicates they are not financial.


Jake Gatto has joined Hillside in the Essendon District Football League for the 2024 season. Gatto joins the Sharks from Keilor Park and arrives with over 200 EDFL senior games under his belt. He’s played in multiple premierships and has also won golden fist awards. Habib Hosini has also joined the club. Via social media the Sharks said Hosini is “ known for his high pressure game style and tackles [and] joins the Sharks as a utility player who’ll also be used for his lightning speed.”


Melton’s tough start to the Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association north-west season has continued, being beaten by Spotswood on Saturday. The Woodsmen made 4-290 before bowling out the Lions for 137. The Lions are without a win after five rounds and sit bottom.