Pies Steal the Show From Dons and Dogs

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Collingwood took away the points in the first games of the 2013 NAB Cup, pipping Essendon by 2 points and the Western Bulldogs by 18. Earlier in the night the Bombers were able to put the controversy of the last two weeks behind them and defeat the Dogs by 26 points.

ESSENDON    1.2.4    1.5.6 (45)  WESTERN BULLDOGS     1.0.3    1.1.4 (19)

A strong second half from Essendon ensured that they were able to come away with the first win of the NAB cup. The Western Bulldogs held on early but could not keep up for the whole match.

Tom Bellchambers opened the scoring a few minutes in with a strong mark and goal, but the Dogs replied quickly with a super goal from Shaun Higgins who made the most of an advantage call from a free kick.

However that was just about all the Dogs could muster in terms of goals for the rest of the game. They were able to hold Essendon to one normal goal plus a super goal from  Kyle Hardingham for the rest of the half.

The second half was all Essendon though as they were able to maintain a lot of possession and a Bulldogs forward structure was nowhere to be seen.

It was the Bombers small men who did the damage on the scoreboard, with Alwyn Davey and Corey Dell’Olio converting on the high number of inside 50’s. Nick Kommer finished off the win with a goal on the siren.

What Essendon Can Take Away

-Brendon Goddard will be a brilliant pickup for the Dons. He had a game high 13 disposals and looked right at home in the red and black. He will enjoy being in a midfield with the likes of Jobe Watson and Brent Stanton  as they will take some pressure off him. The rest of the team will also enjoy his presence, they are already looking to give it to him as often as possible.

– Their defence showed promising signs, Jake Carlisle was excellent across half back taking some good defensive marks. Michael Hibberd also gathered plenty of the ball and could could become a permanent fixture if he can stay  injury free.

What the Western Bulldogs Can Take Away

– The Dogs have picked up some handy players who can become great contributors for them this year. Nick Lower held his own in the midfield with 11 disposals while Brett Goodes, brother of Adam was impressive off the half back and looks like a must have for your fantasy team.

-The Bulldogs really need to find a answer to their problems up forward before the season starts. On two consecutive forward entries, Liam Picken was their only forward inside 50. Although he was trying to shut down Dustin Fletcher, that is no way to run a forward line.

WESTERN BULLDOGS  1.0.5   1.2.10    (31)                 COLLINGWOOD                 0.2.3   0.4.5    (29)

The Western Bulldogs were able to put up a bit more of a fight in their second game of the night but the class of a rusty Collingwood team proved to be the difference.

The Dogs got off to a perfect start with a Daniel Giansiracusa goal straight from the center clearance.  From there the first half was pretty scrappy, the Magpies were taking a while to get into the game while the Bulldogs poor disposal  was hurting them.

Magpie goals came from turnovers, including Brent Macaffer’s first since his ACL, a nice crumbing goal from Jamie Elliot and Quinten Lynch’s first in the black and white. However the Bulldogs matched it with a few of their own includnig one from Troy Dixon to put them up by 2 points at the break.

After the break the Western Bulldogs faded again, after the first goal to Jarrad Grant they began to fall into the same traps of poor disposal and a poor forward line structure.

While Collingwood were not brilliant their talent, exemplified by Dane Swan’s super goal from a perfectly executed boundary throw in ensured that they would take the points.

What The Western Bulldogs Can Take Away

 There were some good signs from some of their youngsters, Lin Jong and Clay Smith were both able to get their hands on plenty of the ball. Jason Johannisen also showed some dash off the half back line. However they all still faced one big problem which is:

-Disposal efficiency. This was terrible for the Bulldogs and not only created goals for the opposition but stopped many of their own chances. They can make life a lot easier for themselves if they can just hit targets.

What Collingwood Can Take Away 

– Collingwood blooded plenty of new faces, most of which will be happy with their performances. The acquisitions from other teams played their roles, Lynch’s goal and set up to Travis Cloke was promising while Clinton Young Seemed to fit in well. Mature age recruit Kyle Martin also gathered plenty of the ball and will vie for a spot it upgraded.

– The Pie’s forward line also seemed to function well, it was at times their downfall last year but at its best it can be unstoppable. Cloke kicked his usual couple while Jamie Elliot provided great crumbing and pressure. Macaffer will also add another Dimension this year.

COLLINGWOOD  1.0.5   1.2.10    (31)                 ESSENDON                 0.2.3   0.4.5    (29)

Collingwood snatched an unlikely victory from Essendon with two goals in the last minute after the Bombers had been in control all game.

The first of the game went to Lewis Jetta with a nice front and center gather and quick finish. The Pies then fired back after a turnover as Ben Sinclair put through a 9 pointer.

From there the game descended into a tough scrap, with both teams having opportunities but neither converting. It took Dyson Heppell to pounce on a loose handball and kick a goal to brake the deadlock.

After half time Essendon turned the screws putting the preassure on the Pies and retaining possession. Jetta kicked his second early and Brendon Goddard’s first goal for the Bombers made it look like the Dons would take out their second win for the night but it wasn’t to be.

With only a minute left and 11 points down Andrew Krakouer, as he always does managed to thread the ball through a pack for a goal. The Magpies won the resulting center clearance only to manage a behind; but the kickout that followed came back with interest as Travis Cloke converted a free kick to take the lead.

Luke Davis had a shot after the siren to win the game, but from 65 meters out he never looked like making the distance.

What Collingwood Can Take Away

-The Pies had a new look ruck combination in the second half of the night consisting of Jarrod Witts and Ben Hudson. Hudson showed that he can be called upon if needed but  Witts was raw and may need some more development. However Hudson’s experience will be  invaluable and Witts can only improve and may become a force if he does.

– The play that will have brought the most joy to Collingwood supporters was Clinton Young’s overlap on the half back line and booming kick right to the Quinten Lynch on the 50m arc. Although Lynch missed, it is plays like that which the Pies will hope to replicate often this year.

What Essendon Can Take Away

-The Bombers showed plenty of resilience after a long preseason. Although they lost against Collingwood the performance in both games was promising despite what they have been through over the last few weeks. That heat will not disappear during the season but they showed that they can deal with it and still play good footy.

-Essendon also had a play that they will hope define their season. Patty Ryder put a perfect tap down the the throat of Goddard who went streaming forward and set up a shot at goal. Again it was only a behind but it is because of that brilliance that the Bombers got Goddard.

Free Agency Wrap Day 2 – The ‘Q-stick’ becomes a Magpie

After turning down the Eagles’ offer yesterday, forward Quentin Lynch found a new home at Collingwood today.

The second day of free agency and, as expected, was quieter than the flurry to begin the period yesterday. Only one player officially moved as we wait on clubs to respond on offers from yesterday and table future offers.

After quitting the West Coast Eagles yesterday, Quentin Lynch officially found a new home at the Magpies today. As an unrestricted free agent he was free to move without any input from the Eagles after he turned down their one year offer.

The 29 year old forward looks as if he will be occupying the hole left by retiring forward/ruckman Leigh Brown in the Collingwood lineup. The West Australian product was very keen on the move.

It was exciting to think that I could play for the biggest club in the game, and challenge myself at the same time to play a flexible role. The idea of playing at the MCG every second week was really attractive too.

I’m a life member of West Coast and I’ll always think well of the club, so I hope everyone there understands that joining Collingwood was an opportunity I couldn’t refuse.

Lynch, who played 209 games for the Eagles, was previously linked with Carlton and Melbourne, but it seems the lure of playing for the largest club in the league was enough for Lynch to sign the dotted line.

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse confirmed that he would now look to join the race for ex-Adelaide forward Kurt Tippett after the Lynch deal was announced.

Confirmation also came out today about the Tiger’s previously reported offer to Port Adelaide’s Troy Chaplin. As he is a restricted agent, the 3 day period that the Power have to make a counter-offer began today.

Port Adelaide will also have to decide by the end of proceedings tomorrow whether they want to match the offer put forward by Fremantle for midfielder Danyle Pearce.

Geelong football manager Neil Balme confirmed the Cats’ interest in Melbourne free agent Jared Rivers, and also spoke of interest in North Melbourne’s Hamish McIntosh. Unlike Rivers, McIntosh is contracted, so Geelong will need to wait until the trade period (beginning Monday next week) to put an offer forward.

The biggest story of yesterday, Brendan Goddard’s move to Essendon, would have hit home to Saints and Bombers fans this morning as it was reported he’ll meet his new team-mates at an altitude camp in November.

There were little more than rumours for the remaining free agents today as clubs decide their next move.

Moves:

Quentin Lynch (West Coast, unrestricted) moved via FA to the Collingwood Magpies

 

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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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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.

Streak looms large over Swans, Pies Preliminary

Sydney v Collingwood

Preliminary Final
Friday, 21st September, 2012
ANZ Stadium, 7:50pm

Sydney last beat Collingwood, then placed bottom of the ladder, in round 13 2005 as they were on their way to their historic drought breaking premiership. The Pies have won the eleven clashes between the two sides since by an average of 24.7 points, including their last seven at this venue. The latest clash between the two saw Collingwood triumph by eight points in round 20, with the Swans kicking a woeful 9.16, while their round 14 game in 2011 – also at this venue – was decided by one goal, with the Pies wasteful with 13.21.

The round 20 clash was won by the Pies without Dane Swan – on club rule enforced absence for a sneaky drink – and they had to overcome an early knee injury to Daisy Thomas who was subbed out in the second quarter. Dayne Beams was dominant for the Pies with 34 possessions and three goals. Travis Cloke also kicked three goals from four contested marks, in a victory ground out with work-rate, pressure and tackling – Collingwood laid 90 tackles, with Sharrod Wellingham leading the way with 11. Despite losing the hitouts and contested possessions, Collingwood were able to use the ball better when they had it, taking 18 more marks, and kicking a winning score despite eight less inside 50s.

Not all stats against Sydney

Some statistical comfort for the Swans to counter-balance their rotten recent record against Collingwood is that in 21 of 24 preliminary finals since 2000, the team with a week’s break after a qualifying final have won. Also the past 10 preliminary finals over the past five years have all been won by the team more rested. A quirk of stadium booking, with the Bulldogs major qualifying final against the Rabbitohs in the NRL set for the Saturday night, means that Collingwood will be coming off a six-day break from their hard fought semi-final against West Coast.

On the selection table, Sydney will have Heath Grundy return from suspension to replace Ben McGlyn, who is still recovering from a hamgstring injury. Mitch Morton is likely to hold his spot as a small forward, with Tommy Walsh and Tony Armstrong around about for a bench spot.

Pies injury worries

Collingwood will come into the game with injury clouds over Alan Didak and Chris Dawes, with Ben Sinclair in to cover the loss of Didak, and Jackson Paine the probable option as back-up ruckman to cover Dawes, who is being given until the last minute to get over his medial ligament strain.

The battle will be won in the centre of the ground, with Collingwood boasting a cast of classy ball winners in Dane Swan, Scott Pendlebury and Beams.

Josh Kennedy was the standout for the Swans against the Pies in round 20, with 40 disposals, yet will need support from McVeigh, Hannebery and Kieren Jack to quell their midfield opponents. The ruck battle between former Swan Darren Jolly and Shane Mumford should be monumental and vital to deciding the contest. Collingwood have been pressing and pressuring back to their 2010 best, and the Swans will have to continue their supporting and rebounding ground-level positioning around loose balls and be precise by foot for their fast-spreading style they’ve used so effectively this season.

Playing styles key

The Pies slow ball-moving stlye was found out against the Hawks, with josh Gibson served up balls to spoil on a platter, Ted Richards and Grundy will be looking to do similar and feed the run and carry of Reece Shaw, and the precise and penetrating field kicking of Nick Malceski and Marty Mattner who look to deliver to Lewis Jetta in space or Adam Goodes or Sam Reid one out on the rebound. Ryan O’Keefe may be used in the defensive forward role to try stop the dangerous rebounding run of Heath Shaw.

Collingwood players will also be dealing with attending the funeral of their fallen former teammate John McCarthy on Thursday before flying to Sydney that afternoon.

This should prove to be another hard-fought battle with two evenly matched teams. The Pies will hold no fear of the ground or their opponents, yet have an emotional and injury interrupted lead up that may neutralize the psychological advantage of their 11-game streak. The Swans come in fresh and rested and will be rueing their wasteful round 20 clash, where they controlled large patches of the match.

Prediction

Swans by 4

Teams

Sydney Swans

B: Nicholas Smith, Ted Richards, Martin Mattner
HB: Alex Johnson, Heath Grundy, Jarrad McVeigh
C: Rhyce Shaw, Kieren Jack, Daniel Hannebery
HF: Craig Bird, Sam Reid, Ryan O’Keefe
F: Mitch Morton, Adam Goodes, Lewis Roberts-Thomson
Foll: Shane Mumford, Josh P. Kennedy, Jude Bolton
I/C: Nick Malceski, Mike Pyke, Lewis Jetta, Luke Parker
Emg: Trent Dennis-Lane, Tony Armstrong, Tommy Walsh

In: Heath Grundy
Out: Ben McGlynn (Hamstring)

Collingwood

B: Chris Tarrant, Heritier O’Brien, Nathan Brown
HB: Ben Johnson, Ben Reid, Tyson Goldsack
C: Sharrod Wellingham, Dane Swan, Alan Toovey
HF: Scott Pendlebury, Chris Dawes, Heath Shaw
F: Dale Thomas, Travis Cloke, Jamie Elliott
Foll: Darren Jolly, Steele Sidebottom, Dayne Beams
I/C: Jarryd Blair, Ben Sinclair, Andrew Krakouer, Alex Fasolo
Emg: Martin Clarke, Paul Seedsman, Jackson Paine

In: Ben Sinclair
Out: Alan Didak (Calf)

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.

Tough footy wins finals

Collingwood v West Coast

Semi-Finals 2012

COLLINGWOOD    3.4   4.5    8.10   10.13 (73)

WEST COAST         5.1    6.4   7.6      9.6 (60)

This, and other obvious statements are available thanks to one Brian Taylor of Channel 7. Collingwood, however, managed after a stutter last week to get the word tough truly defined to defeat West Coast by 13 points at the MCG. Dale Thomas provided the flair needed, booting 3 consecutive goals in the third to really swing the momentum.

Early play, however, suggested that the Eagles would move through to the third week. West Coast marched out to a four-goal lead in the second term as Collingwood struggled to enter their forward 50. Time and time again the Eagles would pick off an inside-50 and send it flying down the opposite wing.

One of the early successes for Collingwood was taken away with controversy. Shannon Hurn attempted to rush a behind but was not ruled, before Andrew Krakouer sharked the football to kick Collingwood’s first. However, the video replay led to a point being awarded after reviews decided the ball had crossed the line despite no conclusive camera angle.

Despite these early difficulties, Collingwood fought hard to rally. The midfield of Dane Swan, Scott Pendlebury and Dayne Beams used their skill to begin shifting the midfield momentum. However, it was the all-team, all-ground pressure that Collingwood put on the Eagles that saw them push back, with the Pies racking up tackle after tackle.

Finally, in the third term, the Eagles broke open. Thomas’ three goals gave Collingwood the breakthrough as they took the lead for the first time. West Coast tried to push back, but the continuation of the hard-tackling, high-pressure game of earlier meant that the Eagles could not find the space to really challenge again for the rest of the match.

Collingwood take on Sydney on Friday night at ANZ Stadium.

GOALS

Collingwood: Thomas 3, Swan 2, O’Brien, Pendlebury, Jolly, Blair, Goldsack
West Coast: Hill 2, Darling 2, Kennedy, McGinnity, Kerr, Cox, Naitanui

BEST

Collingwood: Reid, Jolly, Pendlebury, Thomas, Swan, Johnson, Toovey
West Coast: Gaff, Kerr, Cox, Glass, Mackenzie, Priddis

Crowd

65,483 at MCG

Disappointed Facebookers

About 38,000

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

Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell. Photo – http://www.flickr.com/photos/avlxyz/

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.

Buddy and Cloke centre stage in colossal qualifying clash

Hawthorn vs Collingwood

Friday, 7th September
7:50pm, MCG

A full MCG beckons for the opening match of the 2012 AFL final series as a classic contest looms between Collingwood and the outright premiership favourites Hawthorn in the first Qualifying Final.

The Hawks have confirmed their season-long flag favouritism with a hard-fought win over Sydney and by taking the points at Patersons over West Coast in the last two rounds to finish minor premiers with one of the highest percentages ever recorded. Hawthorn go into the game having defeated Collingwood twice in the regular season, by 22 points in round one, and 47 points in round 17.

Coming into the game, The Hawks have only lost one game since their shock loss to Richmond in round nine – the after the siren-classic against Geelong in round 19. Collingwood had close fought wins against St Kilda and Sydney before consecutively losing to North Melbourne and the West Coast, yet are coming off a wasteful 34 – 22 scoring shot, 32 point win over the Bombers in the last round which secured their fourth position.

The Pies players have talked all week about the absence of any expectation, and how this finals series they are the “hunters, not the hunted”. Coach Nathan Buckley has dismissed talk of form and is only concerned on what happens on the field on Friday night.

The main selection-table and tactical query over the Pies is their ruck set up. Against the Bombers, Chris Dawes was left out of the team and captain Nick Maxwell was used as the second ruckman. Darren Jolly wrote in reference to the tactic in his column:

“It worked for us last week and I see no reason that it cannot work for us in the finals. I know I will be asked to shoulder a lot of the burden but I relish a heavy workload. I think what last week showed was that we have the flexibility and depth among our players to be able to adapt.”

David Hale competed well with the standout ruck pairing in the comp in Dean Cox and Nic Natanui , managing a dozen taps and proving dangerous around the ground, with three shots at goal while resting up forward, and with support from back up Jaryd Roughead, who won three hitouts and took seven marks last week, the Hawks will be looking to exploit their advantage while Jolly is resting.

Both defences have a potential game-breaking forward to contend with, yet both are still finding their way back to their best. Buddy Franklin has had two patchy games, with long stretches without touching the footy, but he still showed his undoubted capacity to tear a game apart with bursts of four goals against the Swans and the Eagles. Travis Cloke was held goalless against the Eagles, yet was ominously impressive against the Bombers, taking 16 marks and kicking five majors from nine scoring shots. Ryan Schoenmakers has had the measure of the Pies big man in the past two encounters and will be expected to line up on him again on Friday. The Pies backline is settled and in good form according to Allan Toovey who said “We’re probably playing the best we have all year as a back six” after the Pies win over the Bombers.

Last Time

Last time these two teams met, it was Jordan Lewis and Luke Breust proving most damaging up forward for the Hawks, with five goals apiece, though more crucially, Lewis also kept Heath Shaw accountable and ensured most of his possessions were deep in the backline to remove his dangerous rebounding potential. Dayne Beams kicked five for his side in the same clash, and is averaging more than 30 disposals a game in recent times, and had great stats in games against the Hawks.

The Stats

The two teams are very evenly matched statistically in a number of vital areas, the Hawks slightly on top in clearances (41 – 38), inside 50s (59 – 53), tackles (67 – 64) and disposal efficiency (75 – 73) – an area where both sides will need to exert pressure around the ground to counteract forward entries from the respective midfield talent on both sides.

Prediction

Hawthorn have been consistently performing all season, and in the past two weeks have removed any doubt over their ability to win close, tight games, and will be seeking revenge from their three point 2011 Preliminary Final defeat at the hands of the Pies. A classic midfield encounter looms, yet you think the Hawks will just have too much forward firepower, than the Pies, who have less avenues to goal if Cloke is again subdued by Shoenmakers.

Hawthorn by 13.