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

Geelong burst through the banner. Photo – http://www.flickr.com/photos/gocatters/

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

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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

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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.

Werribee upset Casey – The VFL Wrap Finals Week 1

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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

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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.

Ladder:

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

Geelong take a share of top spot VFL Wrap Round 20

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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

 

Northern Blues cause a big upset – The VFL Wrap Round 18 2012

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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 18

Geelong 18.12 (120) defeated Bendigo 7.11 (53)

Simonds Stadium, 10:00AM Saturday 28th July

Leading goalkickers: Shane Kersten (GC) 3, George Burbury (GC) Jordon Bourke (GC) Shannon Byrnes (GC) 2.

The Votes: 3. Jordan Schroder (GC), 2. Mitchell Brown (GC), 1. Brent Prismall (BG).

Sam says: This match was built as match-of-the-round material and it somewhat failed to deliever. It was tight up until half time when the Cats slammed on seven goals in the third term. Jordan Schroder was best on the ground with 26 disposals and a goal while Mitchell Brown also impressed 23 disposals and also a goal. Orren Stephenson had a massive 60 hitouts for Geelong in another dominant performance. Geelong now move up to third while Bendigo slip to seventh after a few bad weeks.

Franskston 10.9 (69) defeated by Casey Scorpions 15.15 (105)

Frankston Oval, 1PM Saturday 28th July

Leading goalkickers: Toby Thoolen (FD) Anthony Simpson (FD) 3, Tom Couch (CS) Cale Morton (CS) Jordan Gysberts (CS) Leigh Williams (CS) 2.

The Votes: 3. Jordan Gysberts (CS), 2. Luke Potts (FD), 1. Luke Tynan (CS).

Sam says: Frankston stunned a few people in the first quarter, with the last ranked team on the ladder actually leading the Scorpions. But from then on, it was all Casey with the Scorpions taking the lead by the half. Former Magpie Toby Thoolen kicked three goals as did Anthony Simpson for the Dolphins. Melbourne-listed player Jordan Gysberts was the best player on the ground with two goals and 26 disposals. Casey are now the top side outright on top of the ladder again while the Dolphins are still on the bottom.

Box Hill Hawks 5.16 (46) defeated by Werribee 10.4 (64)

Box Hill City Oval, 2PM Saturday 28th July

Leading goalkickers: Xavier Murphy (BH) Ben McKinley (WT) Ben Ross (WT) Ben Warren (WT) 2.

The Votes: 3. Leigh Harding (WT), 2. Levi Greenwood (WT), 1. Stephen Gilham (BH).

Sam says: It was predicted to be a hard and tough match and it lived up to it. A very low-scoring affair with only 15 goals being scored in the whole match. North Melbourne listed player Hamish McIntosh had 23 hitouts. Leigh Harding kicked one goal and had 25 disposals as best on ground. Werribee move up to fourth on the ladder while Box Hill are sixth.

Williamstown 7.14 (56) defeated by Port Melbourne 6.9 (45)

Burbank Oval, 2PM Saturday 28th July

Leading goalkickers: Justin Sherman (WS) Dean Galea (PM) 3, Dylan Addison (WS) Tom Langford (WS) 2.

The Votes: 3. Justin Sherman (WS), 2. Tom Langford (PM), 1. Thomas Campbell (WS).

Sam says: Another tight match in the VFL this week, Williamstown restricted Port Melbourne to just one point in the final term and kicked 25 more points than their opposition to run over the top of them. Western Bulldogs’ Justin Sherman was easily the best on ground, kicking three goals and collecting 29 disposals. Seagull Thomas Campbell was the best of the ruckman, getting a staggering 58 hitouts. As a result of the loss, Port Melbourne move to second on the ladder while Williamstown look threatening, sitting in fifth position.

Northern Blues 22.11 (143) defeated Coburg 6.8 (44)

Preston City Oval, 2PM Sunday 29th July

Leading goalkickers: Thomas Wilson (NB) 4, Tyson Thomas (NB) Patrick McCarthy (NB) 3, Jarrad Waite (NB) Kane Lucas (NB) David Ellard (NB) Rohan Kerr (NB) 2.

The Votes: 3. Adam Macron (NB), 2. Thomas Wilson (NB), 1. Matthew Watson (NB).

Sam says: What was seen as a routine win for Coburg tuned into a nightmare. The Blues kicked 8 goals 3 behinds in the first quarter to nothing. The trend continued and the second-last placed Blues upset the Tigers. Carlton’s affiliate has had a very poor year, but this would have to be the highlight. Adam Macron had 38 disposals and kicked a goal and was best on the ground. After that slip-up, the Tigers go down to tenth while the Northern Blues move up to third-last, passing Collingwood.

Round Summary: The race for a finals spot is really heating up, with the all the sides looking to be defined before the finals get underway. Port Melbourne slipped up and they moved dowwn to second, a game behind Casey. The Northern Blues created the upset of the year, smashing Coburg by 98 points. Sandringham and North Ballarat had the bye.

The ladder:

1 Casey Scorpions 48
2 Port Melbourne 44
3 Geelong Cats 40
4 Werribee Tigers 40
5 Williamstown 34
6 Box Hill Hawks 32
7 Bendigo 32
8 Sandringham 32
9 North Ballarat 32
10 Coburg Tigers 16
11 Northern Blues 12
12 Collingwood 12
13 Frankston 6

Box Hill with Hodge romp it in – VFL Wrap Round 17

VFLBigFooty 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 17

Collingwood 4.13 (37) defeated by Box Hill Hawks 23.15 (135)

Victoria Park, 10:30AM Saturday 21st July

Leading goalkickers: Daniel Pratt (BH) Luke Lowden (BH) Bradley Hill (BH) Liam Tobin (BH) 3, Jackson Paine (CM) Michael Thompson (BH) Taylor Gilchrist (BH) 2.

The Votes: 3. Luke Andrews (BH), 2. David Mirra, 1. Luke Rounds (CM).

Sam says: It was very much a preview of what the day would hold for the Collingwood senior side. Box Hill always held the lead in this match, but the term that told the story of the match was the second quarter, where the Hawks kicked 10 goals to none. It was a great spread amongst Box Hill with the goalkickers, with four players kicking three each. Jackson Paine continued his good form for the Magpies, kicking two goals and taking strong marks all day. Box Hill will need to keep up this form if they are to make the finals, with four sides stuck on 32 points. Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge made his return to football and kicked a goal.

Coburg 6.14 (50) defeated by North Ballarat 19.13 (127)

Mantello Holden Oval, 1:10PM Saturday 21st July

Leading goalkickers: Aaron Edwards (NR) 4, Bill Driscoll (NR) Paul McMahon (NR) 3, Adam Saad (CT) Aaron Black (NR) Derrick Micallef (NR) 2.

The Votes: 3. Aaron Edwards (NR), 2. Paul McMahon (NR), 1. Myles Sewell (NR).

Sam says:The Roosters held the ascendancy all day and showed their class with a big win. Kangaroo Aaron Edwards booted four goals and was best on the ground, but due to the senior side’s good form it will be hard to see him getting another game this season. Fortunately for Coburg, their AFL affiliate Richmond put up a better effort on Sunday against the Roosters’ half-affiliate North Melbourne. However, the Coburg-Richmond partnership won’t last much longer, with Richmond to bring in their own rserves side in 2014 to join Collingwood, Essendon and Geelong.

Northern Blues 8.10 (58) defeated by Port Melbourne 18.19 (127)

Preston City Oval, 2PM Saturday 21st July

Leading goalkickers: Luke Mitchell (NB) Dean Galea (PM) 4, Myles Pitt (PM) Adam Bentick (PM) Callan Thornton (PM) 2.

The Votes: 3. Toby Pinwill (PM), 2. Sam Pleming (PM), 1. Luke Mitchell (NB).

Sam says: The round of whitewash’s continued with a big win to reigning premiers Port Melbourne over the Northern Blues. One good sign for the Blues and affiliate Carlton is that Luke Mitchell, son of one-time All Australian Barry Mitchell, booted four goals, while Port’s Dean Galea also kicked four. Former Carlton player Adam Bentick kicked a couple while Norm Goss Medalist Toby Pinwill played another stellar match. The Borough were always in control of this match and they now regain top position on the VFL ladder off the Casey Scorpions.

Bendigo Gold 12.12 (84) defeated by Sandringham 14.11 (95)

Queen Elizabeth Oval, 2PM Saturday 21st July

Leading goalkickers: Matt Little (BG) 6, Daniel Archer (SZ) 3, Dean Polo (SZ) Daniel Markworth (SZ) Marcus Marigliani (SZ) 2.

The Votes: 3. Raphael Clarke (SZ), 2. Elliot Kavanagh (BG), 1. Matt Little (BG).

Sam says: It was up built as one of the matches of the round, and it didn’t live up fully to its hype. It was all level after the first quarter, but then the Zebras kicked away. They lead by five goals at 3QT, but the Gold kept them to only two goals in the final quarter while kicking five of their own. Matt Little is in top form, kicking another bag of six goals while Essendon youngster Elliot Kavanagh looked good and could maybe make his debut before the end of the season. Raph Clarke also played a top game for the Zebras.

Williamstown 14.7 (91) defeated Werribee 13.11 (89)

Burbank Oval, 2PM Sunday 22nd July

Leading goalkickers: Ben McKinley (WT) 5, Ben Warren (WT) Liam Jones (WS) 3, Dylan Conway (WS) Edward Carr (WS) Majak Daw (WT) 2.

The Votes: 3. Ben McKinley (WT), 2. Ben Warren (WT), 1. Ben Jolley (WS).

Sam says: Finally, there was a close match for the round. Coming into this match, Werribee were third on the ladder with Williamstown in ninth, so it was a big upset by the Seagulls. The two Ben’s from North Melbourne, McKinley and Warren, continued on their fantastic form, with the former kicking another bag of five. Despite the senior side’s good form, surely he must ge another opportunity. The Seagulls were the only home team to win this weekend. Kangaroos rookie Majak Daw also played a top game.

Round summary: A few upsets this week as the competition heats up for a spot in the finals series. Port Melbourne had an easy match against the Blues but it saw them regain top spot on the ladder. Casey, Frankston and Geelong had the bye this weekend while in two weeks time, Werribee will take on WAFL-side Claremont in the FOXTEL Cup Grand Final.

The ladder:

1 Port Melbourne 44
2 Casey Scorpions 44
3 Werribee Tigers 36
4 Geelong Cats 36
5 Box Hill Hawks 32
6 Bendigo 32
7 Sandringham 32
8 North Ballarat 32
9 Williamstown 30
10 Coburg Tigers 16
11 Collingwood 12
12 Northern Blues 8
13 Frankston 6

Port Melbourne replaced on top of the ladder – VFL Wrap Round 16

VFL

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 16

Collingwood 7.6 (48) defeated by Geelong 11.18 (84)

Victoria Park, 1PM Saturday 14th July

Leading goalkickers: Corey Gault (CM) Jaxson Barham (GC) George Horlin-Smith (GC) Joel Hamling (GC) 2.

The Votes: 3. Troy Selwood (GC), 2. George Horlin-Smith (GC), 1. Mitchell Brown (GC).

Sam says: The result of this match was never in doubt. Geelong are in fourth and Collingwood are 12th on the ladder and with depth problems due to the senior side’s depth problems so it was quite clear what was going to happen. The Cats got on the front foot from the start thanks largely to captain Troy Selwood, who racked up 29 disposals. Former Magpie Jaxson Barham chipped in with two goals and 16 disposals. Tom Young was the best for Collingwood with 32 disposals and one goal. Geelong are looking like a threat come September.

Bendigo 11.8 (74) defeated by Casey 11.11 (77)

Windy Hill, 1:10PM Saturday 14th July

Leading goalkickers: Matt Little (BG) 3, Hal Hunter (BG) Michael Evans (CS) Jack Fitzpatrick (CS) Leigh Williams (CS) Mitchell Gent (CS) 2.

The Votes: 3. Brendan Lee (BG), 2. Jake Spencer (CS), 1. Henry Slattery.

Sam says: What a fantastic match. Once again the match of the round lived up to the hype with the Scorpions kicking five goals to one point in the last term to snatch victory. Casey now sit pretty on top of the ladder but Bendigo won’t be too concerned with the loss, getting close to a top side was encouraging but losing that lead was not. Brendan Lee was best-on-ground with 41 disposals and a goal while Jake Spencer dominated the ruck for the Scorpions with 44 hitouts and also a goal.

Werribee 16.19 (115) defeated Coburg 14.7 (91)

Chirnside Park, 2PM Sunday 15th July

Leading goalkickers: Ben McKinley (WT) 5, Ben Warren (WT) 4, Luke Cartelli (CT) 3, Robbie Castello (WT) Gibson Turner (CT) Todd Elton (CT) Nick Carnell (CT) 2.

The Votes: 3. Ben McKinley (WT), 2. Luke Cartelli (CT), 1. Andrew Browne (CT).

Sam says: It was a tight contest up until three-quarter time when there was only two points in the match, but then Werribee went bang on piled on six goals. Werribee really should have dominated the match from the outset consisdering the distance between the two sides on the ladder, but Coburg put up a real fight with Andrew Browne dominating the ruck with 32 hitouts and Luke Cartelli kicking three goals. However the North Melbourne pairing of Ben Warren and Ben McKinley proved superior, kicking nine goals between them.

Frankston 9.14 (68) defeated by Box Hill 12.10 (82)

Frankston Oval, 2PM Sunday 15th July

Leading goalkickers: Max Bailey (BH) 3, Amos Frank (BH) Will Johnson (BH) 2.

The Votes: 3. Adam Pattison (BH), 2. Thomas Schneider (BH), 1. Lachlan Delahunty (FD).

Sam says: Box Hill won the match quite comfortably, but not as much as they would have liked. They were up by 42 points at three-quarter time before the Dolphins kicked six-goals to two in the final quarter. Adam Pattison was outstanding for the Hawks with 18 disposals, 15 hitouts and a goal while Lachlan Delahunty helped Frankston in their short-lived comeback with 29 disposals, eight hitouts and also one goal. Box Hill are now equal sixth while Frankston remain on the bottom of the ladder.

Sandringham 13.14 (92) defeated by North Ballarat 18.14 (122)

Trevor Barker Beach Oval, 2PM Sunday 15th July

Leading goalkickers: Derrick Micallef (NR) 5, Ben Cunnington (NR) 3, Beau Dowler (SZ) Jack Newnes (SZ) Paul McMahon (NR) Bradley McKenzie (NR) Cam Richardson (NR) 2.

The Votes: 3. Cam Richardson (NR), 2. Myles Sewell (NR), 1. Hamish Shepheard (SZ).

Sam says: The Roosters were down at the half by five points but really stepped up in the third quarter, kicking six goals and then four more in the final quarter. Both sides are in the same position on the ladder, they’re both just in the top eight and this match was predicted to be a tight tussle. Cam Richardson was best on ground with 22 disposals and two goals while Hamish Shepheard had 20 hitouts. Myles Sewell continued his good form with 32 disposals and a goal.

Round summary: It was a fantastic round of matches, where for the first time in a long while Port Melbourne were replaced on top of the ladder by Casey, albeit maybe temporarily because of the Borough playing in the FOXTEL Cup semi-final. North Ballarat proved they still have some good footy left in them from a few years ago while Geelong consolidated themselves as a genuine top four side.

The ladder:

1 Casey Scorpions 44
2 Port Melbourne 40
3 Werribee Tigers 36
4 Geelong Cats 36
5 Bendigo 32
6 Box Hill Hawks 28
7 Sandringham 28
8 North Ballarat 28
9 Williamstown 26
10 Coburg Tigers 16
11 Collingwood 12
12 Northern Blues 8
13 Frankston 6

Casey are real contenders – The VFL Wrap Round 15 2012

VFL

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 15

Geelong Cats 21.13 (139) defeated Box Hill Hawks 13.10 (88)

Simonds Stadium, 1:10PM Saturday 7th July

Leaading goalkickers: Josh Walker (GC) 5, Jackson Hollmer (GC) Jordan Schroder (GC) Daniel Pratt (BH) 3, Amos Frank (BH) Broc McCauley (BH) Mark Corrigan (GC) Jonathan Simpkin (GC) 2.

The Votes: 3. Josh Walker (GC), 2. Orren Stephenson (GC), 1. Cameron Bruce (BH).

Sam says: Geelong really took control of the match in the second quarter, kicking eight goals to one and never looked back. The Hawks looked like they may come back, getting within four goals at 3QT but the Cats were always in control. Orren Stephenson continued his good form with 46 hitouts and Josh Walker was best on ground with 5 goals and 18 disposals. The Cats are now 4th on the ladder and looking good while Box Hill are in eighth position on percentage.

Williamstown 16.22 (118) defeated Collingwood 11.4 (70)

Burbank Oval, 2PM Sunday 8th July

Leading goalkickers: Chris Tarrant (CM) 4, Liam Jones (WS) 3, Tom Sundberg (CM) Charlie Natasi (WS) Anthony Anastasio (WS) Matt Panos (WS) Dylan Conway (WS) 2.

The Votes: 3. James Wall (WS), 2. Jason Johannisen (WS), 1. Brett Goodes (WS).

Sam says: Collingwood were never going to win this match. Williamstown were in control all match. Brett Goodes and Ben Jolley layed 10 tackles each while James Wall had 20 hitouts and 26 disposals. Chris Tarrant is looking good in his return from injury, with coach Tarkyn Lockyer putting him in the forward line, kicking 4 goals. Jason Johannisen had 24 disposals with 18 of them effective. Collingwood big man Cameron Wood also had 35 hitouts. Williamstown are now up to 7th while Collingwood look out of the finals race in 11th.

Casey Scorpions 18.10 (118) defeated Port Melbourne 17.7 (109)

Casey Fields, 2PM Sunday 8th July

Leading goalkickers: Dean Galea (PM) 7, Brad Green (CS) 6, Tom Couch (CS) 4, Tim Smith (CS) Nathan Page (CS) Sam Dwyer (PM) Clayton Hinkley (PM) Will Burstin (PM) 2.

The Votes: 3. Dean Galea (PM), 2. Brad Green (CS), 1. Tom Couch (CS).

Sam says: Casey are the real deal. This match was built all week as match of the round and it didn’t disappoint. Port had a 33-point lead at half time but Casey realed them back in and got the victory. Dean Galea was man of the match however with 7 massive goals, while Brad Green put forward his case for a return to the senior Melbourne side with 6. Young gun Tom Couch also looks good, chipping in with 4 goals and 26 disposals. Both sides now sit equal top of the ladder.

North Ballarat 11.8 (74)  defeated by Bendigo 15.10 (100)

Eureka Stadium, 2PM Sunday 8th July

Leading goalkickers: Matt Little (BG) 6, Corey Dell’Olio (BG) 3, Travis Colyer (BG) Sam Hughes (NR) Bill Driscoll (NR) Nic Couch (NR) 2.

The Votes: 3. Michael Searl (NR), 2. Tom Bellchambers (BG), 1. Myles Sewell (NR).

Sam says: Bendigo continue their good run of form with a 26-point win over the Roosters. Matt Little starred again with 6 goals for the Gold but it was Essendon listed player Tom Bellchambers who was the stand out with 42 hitouts, 13 disposals and a goal. Michael Searl was the best for the Roosters with 24 disposals, just beating out Myles Sewell. Bendigo now sit 5th on the ladder with 32 points while North Ballarat are now 9th on 24 points.

Frankston 10.9 (69) defeated by Northern Blues 18.9 (117)

Frankston Oval, 2PM Sunday 8th July

Leading goalkickers: Bret Thornton (NB) 5, Tom Bell (NB) Shaun Marusic (FD) 3, Khan Haretuku (FD) Luke Clark (FD) Luke Potts (FD) Nicholas Heyne (NB) 2.

The Votes: 3. David Ellard (NB), 2. Thomas Bell (NB), 1. Luke Potts (FD).

Sam says: The Northern Blues notched up only their 2nd win of the year and broke a seven-match losing streak in the battle of the cellar-dwellers. David Ellard was outstanding for the Blues with 38 disposals and a goal while Luke Potts was the best for the Dolphins with 21 disposals and 2 goals. The Blues will hope to continue this form under their new coach after Robert Hyde resigned. Khan Haretuku is a name to look out for either in the pre-season draft or rookie draft as he looks almost certain to be picked up.

Round summary: Casey VS Port Melbourne could possibly be the Grand Final preview, it certainly lived up to its hype. Williamstown showed they still had it, smashing a disappointing Collingwood outfit. The Northern Blues finally won their second match, albeit against Frankston. North Ballarat’s era may well be over after going down to Bendigo. Coburg, Sandringham and the Werribee Tigers had the bye.

The ladder:

1 Port Melbourne 40
2 Casey Scorpions 40
3 Werribee Tigers 32
4 Geelong Cats 32
5 Bendigo 32
6 Sandringham 28
7 Williamstown 26
8 Box Hill Hawks 24
9 North Ballarat 24
10 Coburg Tigers 16
11 Collingwood 12
12 Northern Blues 8
13 Frankston 6