Geelong send off David Wojcinski in style – The VFL Wrap Grand Final

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BigFooty News runs a quick weekly wrap-up of the Victorian Football League.

Finals Week 4

Port Melbourne 11.9 (75) defeated by Geelong Cats 14.24 (108)

Grand Final

Etihad Stadium, 2:30PM Sunday 23 September

The time had finally come. Etihad Stadium was to host the 2012 VFL Grand Final between the two best sides in the competition; Port Melbourne and Geelong.

Port had finished second on the ladder and were the defending champions of the league. They were aiming to go back-to-back for the first time 1980-82, when they won the top prize three times on the trot. Under the tutelage of Gary Ayres and under the captaincy of inspirational skipper John Baird the Borough were rightly placed as favourites, despite lacking the AFL experience as their opponents. They had also beaten the third-placed Geelong in the qualifying final during the first week of the finals, installing more hope into this great side.

Geelong were the surprise packets of the VFL season. The Cats finished ninth in the 2011 season and therefore missed out on the finals. In the off season they recruited well and installed former Essendon coach Matthew Knights into their top position. They benefited from their senior side trialling younger players during the 2012 season, with the older stars dropping down and pitting it against the inexperienced players from other sides. Geelong were aiming for their first VFL flag since 2007, when they defeated Sandringham at Princes Park.

Both clubs have previously met in a VFL Grand Final before. The 2002 VFL Grand Final was played at Princes Park in Carlton, with a young Geelong side defeating Port Melbourne in a tight affair. That day, the Cats side had future champions in Gary Ablett Jr, James Kelly, Paul Chapman, Steve Johnson and Jimmy Bartel, all of whom played in Geelong’s AFL premiership in 2007. Port Melbourne also had their fair share of future superstars with Ryan O’Keefe, Luke Ablett, Amon Buchanan and Adam Schnieder, who all played in Sydney’s drought breaking 2005 AFL premiership win.

It was a sunny day outside but the roof was closed at Etihad Stadium. It was a tense atmosphere, with the curtain-raiser TAC Cup Grand Final going down to only one-point, Oakleigh taking home the chocolates. This match started like a grand final should; hard and tough. Geelong kicked the first two goals of the match, but they came as a result of Port Melbourne turnovers. It was clangers galore early on before the game settled. Port Melbourne then kicked the next four goals, silencing the Geelong supporters, who were out in force. The Cats snatched a goal just before the siren rang against the flow to get the momentum heading into the break. It was the Borough, however, that led at the first change.

The second quarter could not have been anymore different from the first. The in tight and contested ball in the first term turned into free flowing and counter attacking footy in the second. Geelong once again kicked the first goal of the term before Port Melbourne hit back with two. Geelong then quickly slammed home two of their own before the Borough regained the ascedancy right before the main interval with a goal. Port went into the break with a two-point lead over an innacurate Geelong line-up.

In the third term everything lifted. The pressure put on by both sides was immense and unlike the previous quarter, no one could break away. The crowd started to get into the contest, which helped Geelong much more of course and this brought the intensity up a notch. The Cats kicked the first two goals of the quarter before it went goal for goal for the rest of the term. Going into the final break, Geelong led by one goal. It was still anybodies game to win.

We were set for a brilliant last term. Port’s spearhead Dean Galea kicked the first goal only a few minutes into the quarter and it looked as though Port Melbourne might run away with the match. The momentum swung however and Geelong were dominating the match, however it wasn’t showing on the scoreboard. They eventually did kick a goal and from then on the Cats ran away with the match to win by 33 points, an historical occasion for the coach and the club.

Young star George Horlin-Smith was judged the best player on the ground by the media and won the Norm Goss Medal. Frosty Miller Medallist Dean Galea was the leading goalkicker for the day, kicking four goals in a losing side. The crowd was then let onto the arena to see Cats captain Troy Selwood, former Brisbane Lion and brother of AFL captain Joel, and Matthew Knights hold aloft the VFL Premiership Cup for 2012.

Leading goalkickers: Dean Galea (PM) 4, Shane Kersten (GC) 3, Mitch Brown (GC) George Burbury (GC) Heath O’Farrell (PM) Will Burstin (PM) 2.

Votes: 3. George Horlin-Smith (GC), 2. Josh Sciopione (PM), 1. Simon Hogan (GC).


Summary: That’s it for season 2012 in the Victorian Football League, a very successful season. Congratulations to Geelong for winning the premiership and bring on season 2013.

The VFL was formed as the VFA in 1877 and was renamed the former in 1995. It took on its current status in 2000, as the reserves league to the Victorian AFL clubs, as well as maintaining its traditional clubs and still creating a pathway for the best local players.

Port and the Cats win through to the big one – The VFL Wrap Finals Week 3


BigFooty News runs a quick weekly wrap-up of the Victorian Football League.

Finals Week 3

Port Melbourne 12.15 (87) defeated Williamstown 7.11 (53)

Preliminary Final 1

North Port Oval, 2.10PM Saturday 15th September

These two are the most traditional teams in the league. The Seagulls had won their way through via the semi-final, while Port Melbourne won their qualifying final and were hot favourites for this match. Port Melbourne started the match well to lead by 2 goals at the first break. The margin remained around the same with Williamstown just hanging in the contest through the second and third quarters. Port Melbourne were always going to win and the Borough did not let through any goals in the final term while kicking two of their own to win by five goals.

Fletcher Roberts kicked three goals for the Seagulls while Will Burstin and Adrian Bonaddio kicked two for Port Melbourne. Mitchell Wooffindin was best on the ground with 25 disposals. For Williamstown, Stephen McCallum kicked a goal and had 20 disposals. That’s it for the season for Williamstown while Port Melbourne move onto their second consecutive grand final, hoping for back to back premierships.

Leading goalkickers: Fletcher Roberts (WS) 3, Adrian Bonaddio (PM) Will Burstin (PM) 2.

Votes: 3. Mitchell Wooffindin (PM), 2. Hugh Sandilands (PM), 1. Stephen McCallum (WS).

Werribee 15.13 (103) defeated by Geelong 16.12 (108)

Preliminary Final 2

North Port Oval, 2:10PM Sunday 16th September

Werribee were the favoured side heading into this match, winning their qualifying final against Casey two weeks earlier. Geelong finished third on the ladder, one position above the Tigers, but were still the underdogs. The match started off fairly evenly, but Geelong did hold the ascendancy by three goals to one at quarter time. Geelong got a move on in the second quarter, booting six goals while the Tigers only kicked three to lead by 32 points at the main break. Werribee kicked more goals than the Cats in the third term but in saying that, Geelong still kicked four and led by 29 points at the final break.

Tigers coach Scott West gave his side a big emotional plea during the three quarter time break and it worked. Werribee stunned Geelong by kicking six goals in the final term to only two. It was a frenetic final two minutes with the ball stuck in the forward line of the Tigers, but they couldn’t get the job done and Geelong got the job done, but not without a fright. Ben McKinley and Ben Warren kicked 3 goals each for Werribee while Mitch Brown also kicked 3 for Geelong. Sam Gibson was best on ground with 2 goals and 27 disposals. Geelong move through to the Grand Final while that’s it for 2012 for Werribee.

Leading goalkickers: Ben McKinley (WT) Ben Warren (WT) Mitch Brown (GC) 3, Sam Gibson (WT) Majak Daw (WT) Robbie Castello (WT) Simon Hogan (GC) George Burbury (GC) Darcy Holden (GC) Orren Stephenson (GC) 2.

Votes: 3. Sam Gibson (WT), 2. Majak Daw (WT), 1. Shannon Byrnes (GC).

Round summary

So Port Melbourne and Geelong will play off in the 2012 Peter Jackson VFL Grand Final this Sunday at Etihad Stadium. The game starts at 2:30PM with the curtain raiser starting at 10:30AM the TAC Cup Grand Final between Gippsland and Oakleigh. Both matches look set to be great contests, so make sure you get down to the Docklands. Tickets are just $20 and kids under 15 are free.

The VFL was formed as the VFA in 1877 and was renamed the former in 1995. It took on its current status in 2000, as the reserves league to the Victorian AFL clubs, as well as maintaining its traditional clubs and still creating a pathway for the best local players.

Scorpions go out in straight sets – The VFL Wrap Finals Week 2

VFLBigFooty News runs a quick weekly wrap-up of the Victorian Football League.

Finals Week 2

Casey Scorpions 5.8 (38) defeated by Williamstown 11.9 (75)

Semi Final 1

Casey Fields, 2PM Saturday 8th September

Casey put in another shocking performance at their home ground to get knocked out in straight sets. The Scorpions of course finished on top of the ladder, while Williamstown finished fifth. In windy conditions, the Seagulls got the perfect start, kicking three goals in the first term while Casey did not score. The Scorpions finally got on the board in the second, kicking one goal but they should’ve had more with inaacurate kicking letting them down. Williamstown went into the main break with a 20pt lead.

The Seagulls killed the game in the third quarter, kicking five goals and restricting Casey to only two goals to lead by 40pts at the final change. Williamstown finished off the match with two goals in the final term to win by 37pts. Pat Veszpremi and Matthew Panos both kicked three goals for the Seagulls while Ben Jolley had 31 disposals. James Wall amassed 31 hitouts for Williamstown while Luke Tynan had 24 disposals for Casey.

Leading goalkickers: Pat Veszpremi (WS) Matthew Panos (WS) 3, Thomas Hill (WS) 2.

Votes: 3. Ben Jolley (WS), 2. James Wall (WS), 1. Jamie Macnamara (WS).


Geelong Cats 11.10 (76) defeated Box Hill Hawks 9.8 (62)

Semi Final 2

Casey Fields, 2PM Sunday 9th September

Geelong were expected to take out this match relatively easily. They got the win but it was much harder than first thought. It was a fairly even first quarter with the Cats only leading by five points at the siren, but the Cats had a goal on the board and the Hawks didn’t. The floodgates opened in the second quarter with Box Hill taking the ascendency after kicking six goals to Geelong’s two to lead by 19pts.

The Cats then started their comeback in the third term kicking three goals to the Hawks two to trail by 12pts. Matthew Knights gave his Geelong boys a rev up at the final break and it obviously worked. Geelong kicked five goals in the last quarter to run over the top of Box Hill by 14pts, who only kicked one goal in the final term. Shane Kersten helped the Cats by kicking five goals while Hill and Pratt kicked 2 each for the Hawks. Luke Andrews kicked a goal and had 27 disposals for Box Hill.

Leading goalkickers: Shane Kersten (GC) 5, Daniel Pratt (BH) Brad Hill (BH) 2.

Votes: 3. Luke Andrews (BH), 2. Shane Kersten (GC), 1. Thomas Schneider(BH)


Round summary: So Geelong and Williamstown move onto the preliminary finals, and it’s set to be an exciting weekend.ort Melbourne will take on Williamstown in a Grand Final replay of last season at North Port Oval on Saturday while Geelong will take on Werribee also at North Port Oval on Sunday.


The VFL was formed as the VFA in 1877 and was renamed the former in 1995. It took on its current status in 2000, as the reserves league to the Victorian AFL clubs, as well as maintaining its traditional clubs and still creating a pathway for the best local players.

Western Bulldogs still shaky off the field

Ted Whitten statue at the Whitten Oval. Photo –

At the end of this month, one side will be celebrating the success of a premiership. Will it be Collingwood, West Coast, Hawthorn or Sydney? One thing for certain though, is obviously that it won’t be the Western Bulldogs.

They’ve only won one premiership in their history; 1954. Their best opportunity was arguably from 2008-2010. They made the preliminary final in each of these seasons, but fell short each time to Geeling in 2008 and St Kilda in 2009 & 2010. Everyone thought that the Dogs would fall down the ladder and start the re-build, and thats what has happened. But did anyone expect it to affect them that much?

Not many people hate the Bulldogs, in fact I’d say the majority have a soft spot for them. Why is this? Because they are harmless. Two grand finals in their history since joining the then VFL in 1925 is not a very good record. This season, we’ve seen clubs like Melbourne and Port Adelaide come under much more scrutiny than the team from Footscray. Why? Because they are/once were powerful clubs.

This season in particular has been a poor one for the Western Bulldogs. After appointing a new coach in Brendan McCartney, which was met by raves from football analysts; the Bulldogs went on to win just five matches for the season and finished with a dismal percentage of just 67.01, the worst in the competition excluding the Giants and Suns.

It wasn’t just on the field that the Bulldogs had their troubles. After an aggressive pre-season membership campaign, the Dogs attracted just 30,015 members with an average crowd of 23,317 for the season, which is the lowest of all the Victorian clubs.

Where did it all start for the Bulldogs? Can you blame their lack of fans for their late exit into the then-VFL, entering in 1925?

Hawthorn also entered the competition in 1925, and they have 60,000 members, so you really can’t. It begs the question though, why haven’t the Bulldogs attempted to adopt a second area, like Hawthorn have with Tasmania, to catch new fans? Even St Kilda are now attempting to move into New Zealand.

They’ve had brief flings with both Canberra and Darwin in the past 10 years but have not fully committed themselves to expanding, something Hawthorn have done particularly well. The pressure will continue to come until the Bulldogs win a second premiership flag and the club see a significant jump in membership numbers in one of Melbourne’s biggest growth areas; the Western Suburbs.

This season the club debuted Lin Jong, only the 19th player of Asian decent to play a game of AFL football. The Bulldogs will be hoping for two things: one the he first and foremost plays good footy, but secondly that he can appeal to the Asian community to come and watch Australia’s game.

They have fantastic facilities at the Whitten Oval, but the push for a team in Tasmania will continue. Is it impossible to rule out the club relocating to Tasmania in the future? Arguably the club would pick up at least an extra 20,000 members and the club would pick up sponsorship’s that only the big clubs would get in the crowded Melbourne market.

McCartney had a rough season but he looks to be taking the club in a good direction on the field. Off the field the club is a different story and the figures this season don’t look good for the future. Hopefully for fans of Victorian football and the code in general they can turn it around.

Nick Maxwell to sit out for two matches – Match Review Panel Report Round 22

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Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell has been offered a two-match ban by the AFL Match Review Panel for engaging in rough conduct with Hawthorn’s Paul Puopolo during Friday Night’s First Qualifying Final.

The charge was graded as a level three offence which equates to 325 demerit points and a three match ban, but Maxwell can accept a two-match ban with an early plea. Puopolo sustained a broken nose from the incident which contributed to the severity of the penalty. This of course means that should he accept the ban, Maxwell will only play again this season if Collingwood make the Grand Final.

In other charges laid, teammate of Maxwell Chris Tarrant has been charged with a level two striking offence against Hawthorn’s Lance Franklin during the first quarter on Friday Night. Due to a previous good record, Tarrant can accept a reprimand and 70.31 demerit points to his record, which won’t mean anything unless he gets suspended from here until the end of the season as he is retiring.

Jarryd Roughead has also been charged, this time with a level one rough conduct charge against Collingwood forward Chris Dawes. For this, Roughead can accept a reprimand and 70.31 demerits towards his future record due to a previous good record.

Collingwood’s Heath Shaw and Hawthorn’s Brad Sewell have both been fined $900 with an early plea for a first offence for wrestling with each other.

Adelaide young gun Patrick Dangerfield can also accept a $900 fine for making negligent contact with umpire Justin Schmitt during Saturday’s Qualifying Final at AAMI Stadium.

Geelong veteran James Kelly has been charged with a level one bumping offence against Fremantle’s Tendai Mzungu during the third quarter of the Elimination Final at the MCG on Saturday Night. Due to a previous poor record, Kelly’s one match sanction must remain that way.

West Coast big man Quentin Lynch has been hit with a one-match ban that cannot be reduced due to a previous bad record after a level one charging offence on North Melbourne’s Scott McMahon during the Elimination Final at Patersons Stadium on Sunday.

Kangaroos veteran Brent Harvey has been hit with a double-ban. Firstly, he was charged with a level four striking offence against West Coast’s Daniel Kerr and can accept a three-match ban and due to a poor record it cannot be reduced. Harvey has also copped a one-match ban for a level three striking ban against Adam Selwood on Sunday. This also cannot be reduced and adds up to a total of four matches that Harvey will have to sit out next season.

Other incidents assessed include contact between Hawk Josh Gibson and Collingwood’s Andrew Krakouer, between Swan Jude Bolton and Patrick Dangerfield and contact between Eagle Sam Butler and North Melbourne’s Lachie Hansen, but all of these were thrown out.

Werribee upset Casey – The VFL Wrap Finals Week 1

VFLBigFooty News runs a quick weekly wrap-up of the Victorian Football League.

The VFL was formed as the VFA in 1877 and was renamed the former in 1995. It took on its current status in 2000, as the reserves league to the Victorian AFL clubs, as well as mantaining its traditional clubs and still creating a pathway for the best local players.

Finals Week 1

Sandringham 14.4 (88) defeated by Box Hill 18.10 (118)

Elimination Final 2

Trevor Barker Beach Oval, 2PM Saturday 1st September

It was an upset win for the Hawks in that Sandringham had finished four points ahead of them on the ladder. The Zebras started fast and lead by two goals at the first break before Box Hill leveled it at the half and then ran away with the match, winning by 30 points. Big man Broc McCauley booted home four goals for the Hawks with Xavier Ellis chipping in with three. Marcus Marigliani and Daniel Markworth kicked three for Sandringham while the latter was also the best on ground. Luke Andrews was the best for Box Hill. The Hawks will play Geelong this weekend.

Leading goalkickers: Broc McCauley (BH) 4, Xavier Ellis (BH) Marcus Marigliani (SZ) Daniel Markworth (SZ) 3, Daniel Archer (SZ) Tom Curren (SZ) Max Bailey (BH) Adam Pattison (BH) Daniel Pratt (BH) Luke Andrews (BH) 2.

Votes: 3. Daniel Markworth (SZ), 2. Luke Andrews (BH), 1. Shane Savage (BH).


Williamstown 11.17 (83) defeated Bendigo 10.11 (71)

Elimination Final 1

North Port Oval, 2PM Saturday 1st September

Bendigo started fast, blitzing the first quarter and dominating the game to lead the shocked Seagulls by three goals at quarter time. Order was quickly restored though, with Williamstown booting six goals to one in the second term to lead by 14 points. From then on it was all Williamstown and they headed into the final term with a 30 poit lead. The Gold won back some respect by kicking four goals in the final quarter to make the scoreline a bit uncomfortable for the Seagulls, but the match was already in the bag. Veszpremi, Goodes and Hill kicked two for Williamtown while Justin Maddern booted three for Bendigo. Brett Goodes was best for the Seagulls while Ben Duscher was on top for the Gold. Williamstown will play Casey this weekend.

Leading goalkickers: Justin Maddern (BG) 3, Patrick Veszpremi (WS) Brett Goodes (WS) Tom Hill (WS) Sam Lonergan (BG) Sam Lloyd (WS) 2.

Votes: 3. Brett Goodes (WS), 2. Ben Jolley (WS), 1. Ben Duscher (BG).


Casey 3.10 (28) defeated by Werribee 6.10 (46)

Qualifying Final 1

Casey Fields, 2PM Sunday 2nd September

It was a very low-scoring game at the windy Casey Fields with the Scorpions opening the match to lead by 10pts at quarter time. Werribee then restricted Casey to only one point in the second term while kicking three goals of their own to lead by nine points at the main break. Only one goal was kicked in a tight third term and that was by the Scorpions and they reduced the margin to just four points due to innacurate kicking by both sides. In the last quarter it was all the Tigers’ as they kicked two goals to win by 18pts. Leigh Harding was best afield, racking up 21 disposals and kicking a goal while Ben McKinley kicked three.Casey will play Williamstown while Werribee move onto the Preliminary Final.

Leading goalkickers: Ben McKinley (WT) 3.

Votes: 3. Leigh Harding (WT), 2. Ben McKinley (WT), 1. James Magner (CS).


Port Melbourne 20.12 (132) defeated Geelong 16.14 (110)

Qualifying Final 2

North Port Oval , 2PM Sunday 2nd September

From the outset this game looked like it was going to be a belter, and it certainly didn’t disappoint.  Nine goals were scored in the first quarter with Geelong kicking five of them to lead. Port Melbourne then shifted into full throttle and kicked nine goals themself in the second term to Geelong’s four and it certainly put them in the box seat to win the match. The Borough contiued their dominance in kicking four more goals in the third quarter to lead by 6 goals at the final break before eventually winning by 22pts. Dean Galea booted five goals for the Borough while Jonathan Simpkin kicked four for Geelong. Mitchell Wooffindin was best for Port Melbourne with 31 disposals and a goal. Port Melbourne go through to the Preliminary Final while Geelong play Box Hill.

Leading goalkickers:Dean Galea (PM) 5, Jonathan Simpkin (GC) 4, David Wojcinski (GC) Shannon Byrnes (GC) Toby Pinwill (PM) Adam Bentick (PM) Joshua Scopione (PM) James Breust (PM) 2.

Votes: 3. Jonathan Simpkin (GC), 2. Mitchell Wooffindin (PM), 1. Shane Valenti (PM).


Round summary: Port Melbourne and Casey are the first teams to go through to the Preminary Finals after both winning while Geelong and Casey will use their double chances. Williamstown and Box Hill have moved through to the semi-finals after both winning with Bendigo and Sandringham being knocked out. During the week, the JJ Liston Trophy winner for the best and fairest VFL player in 2012 was also announced and Werribee’s Ben Ross was the winner.

Seagulls shock Cats – VFL Wrap Round 22


BigFooty News runs a quick weekly wrap-up of the Victorian Football League.

The VFL was formed as the VFA in 1877 and was renamed the former in 1995. It took on its current status in 2000, as the reserves league to the Victorian AFL clubs, as well as mantaining its traditional clubs and still creating a pathway for the best local players.

Round 22

Bendigo 17.11 (113) defeated Box Hill 14.10 (94)

Queen Elizabeth Oval, 7pm Friday, August 24

It was another Friday Night match at the QEO this week, and the Gold, who were sliding down the ladder, took on the Hawks. Bendigo got off to a quick start, leading by 14 points at quarter time before Box Hill kicked eight goals to five in the second quarter to take the lead.

From then on, it was all Bendigo as the Gold raced away to win by 19 points. Essendon veteran David Hille was best on the ground with a goal, 22 disposals and 40 hit-outs. Exciting Hawthorn prospect Amos Frank booted home four goals while former Kangaroo Daniel Pratt kicked three. Both sides finished the season on 36 points.

Leading goalkickers: Amos Frank (BH) 4, Will Johnson (BH) Daniel Pratt (BH) Jacob Thompson (BG) 3, Steven Stroobants (BG) Travis Colyer (BG) Dean Putt (BG) Sam Lloyd (BG) 2.

Votes: 3. David Hille (BG), 2. Amos Frank (BH), 1. Tom Murphy (BH).

Geelong 11.7 (73) defeated by Williamstown 11.11 (77)

Simonds Stadium, 1pm Saturday, August 25

This was always going to be a good match, except it was expected that Geelong would win. That obviously didn’t happen.

Williamstown had the lead at all of the breaks but it was by less than 10 points each time. Bulldogs-listedvplayer Justin Sherman was in fine form for the Seagulls, kicking three goals and disposing the ball 23 times while captain Troy Selwood was best for the Cats with 29 disposals and a goal.

Jesse Stringer was top goalkicker for Geelong with three goals. Geelong finish the season on 52 points while Williamstown finish on 46.

Leading goalkickers: Jesse Stringer (GC) Justin Sherman (WS) 3, Mitchell Brown (GC) Jonathan Simpkin (GC) George Burbury (GC) Nicholas Giorgiadis (WS) Brodie Moles (WS) 2.

Votes: 3. Justin Sherman (WS), 2. Nicholas Sing (WS), 1. Troy Selwood (GC).

Collingwood 8.6 (54) defeated by Werribee 20.16 (136)

Victoria Park, 1pm Saturday, August 25

You could see Werribee would win this match before it started, but the Tigers didn’t really turn up until the third quarter when they kicked eight goals to one.

Collingwood’s third terms have killed them this year and they would have had a lot more wins this year had they not gone to sleep. Levi Greenwood was best afield with 38 disposals and two goals, while Jackson Paine was best for the Magpies with three goals, and 15 disposals from limited opportunities.

Andrew Krakouer starred in the first half before being shut down. Collingwood finish the season with 16 points and Werribee with 48.

Leading goalkickers: Ben Warren (WT) 5, Jackson Paine (CM) Ben Speight (WT) Malcolm Lynch (WT) 3, Levi Greenwood (WT) Ben Mckinley (WT) Cathal Corr (CM) Ricky Ferraro (CM) 2.

Votes: 3. Levi Greenwood (WT), 2. Ben Warren (WT), 1. Malcolm Lynch (WT).

Casey Scorpions 12.14 (86) defeated Sandringham 10.7 (67)

Casey Fields, 1pm Saturday, August 25

This match was going to be a cracker, and it just marginally failed to live up to their previous meeting, where Sandringham missed a shot after the siren.

Sandringham got a fast start to lead at quarter time before Casey got back and led by two points at the main break.

Sandringham retook the lead during the third quarter and looked the goods, leading by 11 at the start of the last term, but Casey ran out the winners.

Jack Fitzpatrick booted another bag for the Scorpions, this time four goals, while Beau Dowler kicked three. Scorpion David Collins was best-on-ground with 32 disposals. Casey finish the season on 56 points while Sandringham finish on 40.

Leading goalkickers: Jack Fitzpatrick (CS) 4, Beau Dowler (SZ) 3, Kyle Matthews (CS) Daniel Archer (SZ) James Hallahan (SZ) 2.

Votes: 3. David Collins (CS), 2. Jack Fitzpatrick (CS), 1. Tom Curren (SZ).

North Ballarat 14.12 (96) defeated Port Melbourne 13.17 (95)

Eureka Stadium, 2pm Saturday, August 25

This was the upset of the round and the result which ultimately cost Port Melbourne the minor premiership.

North Ballarat have had a poor season but this surely ended it in a nice way. North Ballarat were the leaders all match and at the final break, they were out in front by 23 points, before Port Melbourne started to reel them back in.

It wasn’t enough however, as the Roosters got over the line. Paul McMahon was the standout up forward, booting home five goals while Aaron Black chipped in with four.

Aaron Mullett was best-on-ground with 35 disposals while Wayde Skipper had 36 hit-outs for the Borough. Port Melbourne finish with 56 points while North Ballarat finish on 36.

Leading goalkickers: Paul McMahon (NR) 5, Aaron Black (NR) 4, Marc Grieg (NR) Sam Pleming (PM) Adrian Bonaddio (PM) Josh Scipione (PM) 2.

Votes: 3. Aaron Mullett (NR), 2. Paul McMahon (NR), 1. Wayde Skipper (PM).

Northern Blues 15.12 (102) defeated Frankston 9.5 (59)

Visy Park, 2pm Saturday, August 25

The Northern Blues have really turned their season around since they recieved a new coach. They were great in their performance all match and deserved the victory.

Frankston look like they are turning around their poor form over the past few seasons and with a few new recruits, they could be a smokie for the eight next season.

Dylan Buckley and Luke Clark kicked three goals each while Jordan Russell kicked two and had 25 disposals. The Blues finish on 24 points while Frankston finish with 10.

Leaading goalkickers: Dylan Buckley (NB) Luke Clark (NB) 3, Luke Mitchell (NB) Rhys O’Keeffe (NB) Jordan Russell (NB) Todd Gardiner (FD) Lachlan Delhahunty (FD) 2.

Votes: 3. Jordan Russell (NB), 2. Rhys O’Keeffe (NB), 1. Dylan Buckley (NB).

Round summary: That is it for the normal season of the VFL for 2012, the finals start this weekend. Casey will be the new favourites for the flag after finishing on top of the table, but you can never rule out Port Melbourne. Geelong and Werribee also look like they can both take it out. Coburg had the bye this round.


1 Casey Scorpions 56
2 Port Melbourne 52
3 Geelong Cats 52
4 Werribee Tigers 48
5 Williamstown 46
6 Sandringham 40
7 Box Hill Hawks 36
8 Bendigo 36
9 North Ballarat 36
10 Northern Blues 24
11 Coburg Tigers 16
12 Collingwood 16
13 Frankston 10

Lewis gets off and Dees duo get reprimand – Match Review Panel Report Round 22

Jordan Lewis. Photo –

Hawthorn hardman Jordan Lewis doesn’t have a case to answer after being cleared by the AFL’s Match Review Panel for a heavy tackle on Sydney Swan Luke Parker during the first quarter of the Hawks seven-point win at the SCG on Saturday Afternoon.

The Match Review Panel declared that the tackle was not a reportable offence, due to the force of the tackle being insufficient. Lewis is now free to play this Friday Night against the West Coast Eagles at the MCG.

In other cases assessed, Melbourne duo Colin Garland and Rohan Bail were charged with level one engaging in rough conduct offences against Kurt Tippett and Michael Doughty respectively, but both can accept a reprimand with an early plea.

Port Adelaide’s Brett Ebert has been charged with a level two striking offence against Brisbane Lions midfielder Daniel Rich during the final quarter of Saturday’s match at AAMI Stadium. Due to a five-year good record, Ebert can accept a reprimand with an early plea.

Other incidents assessed were the match day report against Tiger Shane Edwards for striking Essendon’s Angus Monfries, contact between Saint Jarryn Geary and GWS Giants co-captain Phil Davis, contact between Gold Coast’s Campbell Brown and Carlton’s Brock McLean and more contact between Cat Paul Chapman and Bulldog Dylan Addison, but all of these were thrown out.

Geelong take a share of top spot VFL Wrap Round 20


BigFooty News will be running a quick weekly wrap-up of the Victorian Football League.

The VFL was formed as the VFA in 1877 and was renamed the former in 1995. It took on its current status in 2000, as the reserves league to the Victorian AFL clubs, as well as mantaining its traditional clubs and still creating a pathway for the best local players.

Round 20

Werribee 13.24 (102) defeated North Ballarat 2.8 (20)

Chirnside Park, 1:10PM Saturday 11th August

Leading goalkickers: Ben Warren (WT) 3, Ben McKinley (WT) Robbie Castello (WT) 2.

The Votes: 3. Ben Ross (WT), 2. Ben McKinley (WT), 1. Levi Greenwood (NR).

Sam says: It was the battle between North Melbourne’s affiliates, and they were both at different positions on the ladder. Werribee were in the top four while the Roosters were in the bottom five. There was certainly no upset with the Tigers smashing North Ballarat. Ben Ross was best on the ground with 28 disposals and two goals while Ben McKinley was second best with 2 goals and seven behinds, while also racking up 20 disposals. Cam Pederson also played a good game in the ruck for Werribee with 30 hitouts and 23 disposals. Both sides remain in the same position on the ladder.

Williamstown 9.12 (66) defeated Northern Blues 6.6 (42)

Burbank Oval, 2PM Saturday 11th August

Leading goalkickers: David Ellard (NB) 3, Pat Veszpremi (WS) Kane Lucas (NB) 2.

The Votes: 3. Ayce Cordy (WS), 2. David Ellard (NB), 1. Nicholas Messe (NB).

Sam says: It was a tight affair, with the Northern Blues hitting their straps over the past few weeks and Williamstown falling down the ladder slightly. Western Bulldogs prospect Ayce Cordy was best on ground with 1 goal, 14 disposals and 36 hitouts while David Ellard looked good for the Blues, kicking 3 goals and notching up 29 disposals along the way. The Blues are equal 10th on the ladder while the Seagulls after a close win are sixth.

Coburg 3.11 (29) defeated by Frankston 7.5 (47)

Coburg City Oval, 2PM Saturday 11th August

Leading goalkickers: Luke Clark (FD) 2.

The Votes: 3. Kyle Martin (FD), 2. Kelvin Moore (CT), 1. William Wheeler (CT).

Sam says: Coburg have had a horrible season so far, and it’s just got worse by losing to Frankston. The Tigers, who will split up from Richmond at the end of next season, kicked only three goals and now sit equal second-bottom on the ladder. Frankston still sit last on the ladder, but coach Simon Goosey is building a good young squad for next season and beyond. Dolphin Kyle Martin was the best player with a goal and 34 disposals. Kelvin Moore, who announced retirement during the week, had 20 disposals for the Tigers. Something has to happen at Coburg soon.

Port Melbourne 11.8 (74) defeated Box Hill 10.11 (71) 

North Port Oval, 2PM Saturday 11th August

Leading goalkickers: Dean Galea (PM) Daniel Pratt (BH) 3, Amos Frank (BH) Mitchell Wooffindin (PM) 2.

The Votes: 3. John Baird (PM), 2. Thomas Schneider (BH), 1. Xavier Murphy (BH).

Sam says: This was meant to be one of the matches of the round and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Port started off fast, leading by 15 points at half time but Box Hill reeled them back and in the end it was only a three-point margin. Port captain John Baird was best afield with 34 disposals and a goal. Daniel Pratt and Dean Galea both continued their good form in front of goal with three goals each while Thomas Schneider also impressed with a goal and 24 disposals. Port still share equal top spot but Box Hill slip to seventh.

Casey Scorpions 14.11 (95) defeated by Geelong 16.13 (109)

Casey Fields, 2PM Sunday 12th August

Leading goalkickers: Jack Fitzpatrick (CS) Shane Kersten (GC) 5, Jackson Hollmer (GC) Mark Blicavs (GC) 3, Shannon Byrnes (GC) Jordan Gysberts (CS) 2.

The Votes: 3. Jack Fitzpatrick (CS), 2. Jordan Gysberts (CS), 1. Shane Kersten (GC).

Sam says: It was the story of the goalkickers in this close match at Casey Fields. At one end, Geelong’s Shane Kersten kicked five. At the other, Scorpion Jack Fitzpatrick also kicked five goals, had 22 hitouts and 20 disposals in a best on ground performance. It was a topsy-turvy match, with the Cats holding a 4-goal lead at quarter time before the Scorpions held a 20-point lead at the half. With one quarter to go, the Cats had a one-point lead. In the final term however, the Cats kicked away to win by two goals. Both sides now sit equal top of the ladder with Port Melbourne on 48 points.

Sandringham 24.15 (159) defeated Collingwood 13.7 (85)

Trevor Barker Beach Oval, 2PM Sunday 12th August

Leading goalkickers: Arron Siposs (SZ) Terry Milera (SZ) 4, Jack Newnes (SZ) 3, Dean Polo (SZ) Beau Dowler (SZ) Rob Cathcart (CM) Cathal Corr (CM) John Ceglar (CM) Ricky Ferraro (CM) Lachlan Wallace (CM) 2.

The Votes: 3. Marcus Marigliani (SZ), 2. Thomas Curren (SZ), 1. Cameron Shenton (SZ).

Sam says: Collingwood were never going to win this match. Sandringham are a top side and it showed when they opened with a five goal to two first quarter. From then on the lead for the Zebras only got bigger, ending up in a 74-point win. Marcus Marigliani was the best on the field in a great team performance from Sandringham with a goal and 32 disposals while Thomas Curren had 34 disposals. Collingwood remain equal second-last while Sandringham move to fifth.

Round summary: It certainly wasn’t a round for the goalkickers, except for the shoot-out at Casey Fields. The top four now looks packed with Geelong, Port Melbourne and Casey sharing top spot, with Werribee only four points behind. Frankston recorded only their second win for the year while the Northern Blues continued their good form. North Ballarat continued their slump down the ladder and Coburg and Collingwood remain in the doldrums. Bendigo had the bye.

The ladder: 

1 Port Melbourne 48
2 Geelong Cats 48
3 Casey Scorpions 48
4 Werribee Tigers 44
5 Sandringham 40
6 Williamstown 38
7 Box Hill Hawks 36
8 Bendigo 32
9 North Ballarat 32
10 Northern Blues 16
11 Coburg Tigers 16
12 Collingwood 16
13 Frankston 10


Selwood brotherly love turns sour – Match Review Panel Report Round 20

Geelong captain Joel Selwood has been offered a reprimand

Geelong captain Joel Selwood has been offered a reprimand and 84 demerit points for pushing brother and West Coast player Adam during the first quarter of the Eagles victory over the Cats at Patersons Stadium on Friday Night.

The Match Review Panel deemed it a level one misconduct charge for making unnecessary or unreasonable contact with an injured player.

The incident occurred late in the first term where Adam laid a hefty bump on Joel. The elder brother, Adam, was still laying on the ground when Joel got to his feet. Obviously angry, Joel went over to Adam pushed him with two open hands in the side and ran off. Adam was later helped from the field by two West Coast trainers, but eventually returned to the match.

In other charges laid by the MRP, Gold Coast youngster Harley Bennell was offered a $900 sanction with an early plea for making contact for the first time with an umpire, in this case Matthew Leppard, during the third quarter of the Suns’ historic first victory at Metricon Stadium against the GWS Giants.

Carlton live-wire Mitch Robinson has been charged with a second offence for wrestling with Brisbane’s Ryan Harwood during the final quarter of Saturday night’s match at Etihad Stadium. He can accept a $1800 fine with an early plea.

Hamish Hartlett of Port Adelaide has been offered a one-match sanction with an early plea for a level three striking offence on Hawthorn’s Cyril Rioli during the first quarter on Sunday at Aurora Stadium.

Western Bulldog Ryan Hargrave has also been offered a one-match sanction with an early plea for the same offence as Robinson, except against Tiger Daniel Jackson during the third quarter of the Bulldogs 70 point loss to Richmond on Sunday at the MCG.

Other incidents assessed were the match day report against Mitch Robinson of Carlton, the melee between a group of Hawthorn and Port Adelaide players during quarter time at Aurora Stadium, contact between Bulldog Liam Picken and Tiger Brett Deledio and contact between Essendon’s Nathan Lovett-Murray and Kangaroo Lachie Hansen, but these were all thrown out.