Academy Preview | Getting Back To Winning Ways

Joe Palatsides’ side will look to get back to winning ways against Preston Lions after suffering their first loss of the season last weekend.

Match Details
Victory Academy v Preston Lions
Date: Monday 27 May
Time: 8:30pm (AEST)
Location: John Cain Memorial Park

Ticket Information

Ticket TypePrice
Junior under 14FREE

Event Information

All supporters are encouraged to arrive early to avoid any queues and delays.

Limited car park will exist via Clarendon Street, Thornbury. Members are advised to park at Narrandjeri Stadium and DISC car parks which can be accessed via 281 Darebin Road.

The only entry into the stadium will be from the main entrance on Clarendon Street.


It’s another top-of-the-table clash on Monday night when the Victory Academy face Preston Lions.

The Victory Academy are coming off their first loss of the season last week, suffering a 2-1 loss to Northcote City.

It was a cold and wet afternoon in Melbourne’s north made for uncomfortable conditions in what was another crucial clash between promotion rivals in VPL1 last week.

Victory seized control early in the game, dictating the tempo and dominating possession.

However, it was Northcote who landed the first blow.

A clinical bit of attacking play saw the visitors take the lead with effectively their first foray forward of the afternoon, just prior to the tenth minute.

Victory though were quick to respond, as a lovely passage of combination play in midfield between Alex Menelaou and Luka Kolić set away Jesse Hoey, who finished cooly past the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner.

However, Victory’s joy was short-lived.

A turning point in the game arose just after 20 minutes played, when Kolić was sent off for a handball on the goal line, reducing Victory to 10 players.

The subsequent penalty was also converted, putting Northcote 2-1 ahead and with a numerical advantage.

The scoreline remained unchanged for the remainder of the half, with Victory requiring a monumental effort in the second 45 to turn the game around.

Ultimately, however, rescuing a point proved to be a bridge too far.

A spirited second-half showing with 10 players, but a first defeat of the season for Victory.