Eltham springs surprise as James Kroussoratis leads from the front in victory over Northcote Park

Eamonn O’Molloy
Diamond Valley Leader
April 20, 2015 1:48PM

ELTHAM coach Mario Bandera says Saturday’s stirring victory over Northcote Park was the most complete performance of his tenure.

The Panthers dominated the fancied visitors from start to finish at Eltham Central Park for a well-earned 13.16 (94) to 7.9 (51) win.

Facing a dangerous attack led by former Magpie Tarkyn Lockyer, Eltham showed huge appetite.

“All summer, we worked on our defensive transition and mindset and work-rate,” Bandera said.

“Against Greensborough (in round one) we did all that well for most of the game but were just outplayed for a quarter and a half.”

Bandera said that this time the Panthers put it together for a full game to earn the stunning result.

Up front, James Kroussoratis backed up his eight goals against the Borough with six more here.

“He kicked 6.5 and he just ran all day,” Bandera said. “He ran so hard that early in the second half he was wrecked, which obviously affected his kicking.”