Essendon are proving to be a dominant force in the Premier League, managing to top the table and keep their PowerPlay intact. With one of the three Premier Playoff positions almost locked away, the big question is who will claim the other two? Diamond Valley, Geelong Guild and Western Athletics are all likely contenders after having used their PowerPlay, as are the smoky folk at Glenhuntly who are holding onto theirs.
After placing third in AVSL 1, Sandringham are in danger of relegation after finishing at the lower end of the table in three rounds since. A strong showing in the second half, and a well planned PowerPlay could see them leapfrog South Bendigo and even Chilwell to avoid a stint in Division 2.
In what is shaping up to be the tightest league of them all, four different clubs have topped the results in each of the six rounds contested so far. With only five points separating the top three clubs, Nunawading, Mornington and Doncaster, this division could belong to anyone; including fifth placed Ringwood who are holding onto their PowerPlay.
Unless they can wrangle a few more athletes together, Mentone look to be headed to Division 3, and could be joined by any one of Frankston, Bendigo Harriers, or even Casey Cardinia, who have given themselves some respite after using their PowerPlay at their home venue in AVSL 6.
No regional club has showed greater dominance in their league than the north-west based Ballarat Harriers. Having won five of the six AVSL meets contested so far, including AVSL 3 when they used their PowerPlay, the Harriers now have a 20-point buffer atop Division 3. If Collingwood can consolidate and continue their second placed showing from Round 6, they could challenge Yarra Ranges, and ultimately Ballarat for the title of Division 3 Champions.
Corio and St Kevins will need to rally their members in the second half of the series if they want to work their way past Bellarine and avoid automatic relegation.
Consistency and a well timed PowerPlay has seen Ballarat YCW move to the peak of Division 4 after only topping the round results twice. As one of two clubs in the division to have invoked the PowerPlay, their greatest challenge comes from the now Geelong based Wyndham. Watch for third place in coming rounds. Currently held by Brunswick, the combined Waverly-Malvern could give them a shunt. Don’t write out Coburg just yet either.
After conceding AVSL 1 to Williamstown, the club formerly known as Haileybury have come back with a vengeance to take line honours in every round since. Logging 64,667 points across all six rounds, Dandenong-Springvale look as though they will be moving to Division 4 in 2020/21 where they could be serious contenders. The real battle, however, comes a little further down the table where only one ladder point and 143 performance points separate Ivanhoe and Maccabi as they dual for the chance to move up a division. With every club’s PowerPlay still in action, Division 5 is certainly one to watch.