The pressure is all on Oakleigh this weekend to perform against Altona Magic, with the Cannons needing a victory to stop “Hellas” from extending their lead further atop the ladder.

Oakleigh has gained only two points from their last three games, allowing South Melbourne to create a four-point window going into the 18th round of the Victorian NPL, making three points a must for Oakleigh this week.

Bentleigh travels away to St Albans on Friday night and the Greens will be mindful that any dropped points could impact their current standing in sixth.

“Hellas” battles Hume City away on Saturday evening, with the league leaders striving to build on their dominant win last round.

South Melbourne manager Estaban Quintas is not underestimating their opposition despite them currently being 12th, noting the quality they still possess.

“We expect a strong Hume City side, since it has been one of the best squads in NPL Victoria. And, at home, they play very well,” Mr Quintas told Neos Kosmos.

Oakleigh hosts an uplifted Altona side which is coming in with two straight wins, adding an extra challenge as the home side aims to maintain its place firmly in the title picture.

Port Melbourne faces Dandenong Thunder away and the Sharks will be keen to make it three consecutive wins, especially with the Cannons only two points ahead of them.

Heidelberg challenges Melbourne Knights at home in Sunday’s lone fixture and “Megas” will be eager to keep their eight-match unbeaten streak intact as they still fight for a place in the top six.



Sydney Olympic is preparing for a tough home fixture against Marconi on Sunday afternoon in the 16th round, with the Blues (2nd) only two points ahead of the fifth-placed Stallions.


Adelaide Olympic takes on relegation rivals West Torrens in their 15th round away clash on Saturday afternoon, and they will be keen for the three points so as to jump out of the drop zone.


Olympic FC challenges Gold Coast United away on Saturday night in their 14th round encounter as the Hellenic Brisbane side continues its pursuit for a first-place finish.


Floreat Athena will be looking for nothing but three points in their 13th round away contest on Saturday evening against bottom-placed Balcatta, with their opponents having earned only one point all season.


Canberra Olympic travels to play West Canberra Wanderers on Saturday afternoon in the tenth round, as they look to snap their four-match winless run against a side which has accrued only a solitary point this campaign.


Olympia Warriors competes with league leaders Devonport in an away tenth round fixture, and the Warriors will have to muster all their strength if they are any chance of defeating their opponents, who have recorded eight wins and only one loss this term.

Victoria-Rd 17

St Albans-Bentleigh Greens: 20.30, Fri 17 Jun

Dandenong Thunder-Port Melbourne Sharks: 19.00, Sat 18 Jun

Hume City-South Melbourne: 19.00, Sat 18 Jun

Oakleigh Cannons-Altona Magic: 19.30, Sat 18 Jun

Heidelberg Utd-Melbourne Knights: 13.00, Sun 19 Jun

NSW-Rd 15

Sydney Olympic-Marconi Stallions: 16.00, Sun 19 Jun

SA-Rd 15

West Torrens-Adelaide Olympic: 15.00, Sat 18 Jun

QLD-Rd 14

Gold Coast United-Olympic FC: 18.00, Sat 18 Jun

WA-Rd 13

Balcatta-Floreat Athena: 17.00, Sat 18 Jun

ACT-Rd 11

West Canberra Wanderers-Canberra Olympic: 14.15, Sat 18 Jun

TAS-Rd 10

Devonport-Olympia Warriors: 14.30, Sat 18 Jun