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VFL weekly wrap: Top-of-the-table thriller at Punt Rd goes Richmond’s way

RICHMOND cemented their place at the top of the Victorian Football League (VFL) ladder following a three-point victory over the Bombers in Round 8, while Collingwood returned to the winners list for the first time since Round 1.

Collingwood 12.7 (79) defeated Box Hill 9.11 (65)

The Magpies overturned a one-point deficit at three-quarter-time to storm home to their second win of the season. In a tight match, Box Hill held the largest margin of three goals midway through the third term. With Collingwood’s senior list decimated due to injury, it was largely the VFL stars who turned the tide and lead the black and white to the win. Former Blue Andrew Gallucci, Sam Glover and Callan Wellings all kicked two goals each when the match was there to be won, while Lachie Howe stood out in the ruck with 38 hitouts, a goal, and 20 disposals. Josh Daicos had 34 disposals for the Pies, pushing his case for a senior recall. Box Hill’s Jackson Ross sits equal top of the Frosty Miller Medal standings after another four-goal display.

Geelong 20.11 (131) defeated Coburg 7.12 (54)

Geelong smashed Coburg at home to the tune of 77 points. The Cats lead all day but it was the second quarter where the majority of the damage was done, with Geelong booting seven goals to one. Coburg’s task wasn’t made any easier with an injury to small forward Sam Lowson, who still managed to kick two goals. It was a day to remember for Nathan Krueger as he slammed home six majors while Blake Schlensog, Jake Tarca, and Jackson McLachlan all contributed three each. The latter also had 25 disposals in an impressive display, with Cats VFL coach Shane O’Bree comparing him to Tom Atkins.

Richmond 10.10 (70) defeated Essendon 10.7 (67)

The match of the round took place as a curtain raiser to Dreamtime at the ‘G just 200m across Yarra Park at Punt Rd. Richmond led all day but almost fell over at the final hurdle as the Bombers mounted a last-quarter comeback, booting four goals to one. The Tigers managed to hold on however to remain the only undefeated side in the competition. Mabior Chol dominated with 22 touches, a goal and 22 hitouts, as Jack Graham and Jake Aarts each kicked two goals. Essendon’s Dylan Clarke had the most disposals on the ground with 26 while Irving Mosquito and Mark Baguley also had two goals each to their name.

Footscray 12.11 (83) defeated North Melbourne 9.10 (64)

The Bulldogs got the job done under the lights at the Whitten Oval on Saturday night. North started fast, high on confidence from their win prior to the bye, before the Dogs reeled them back in and did not let the lead go, eventually running out victors by 19 points. Aaron Hall racked up 28 disposals for the Kangaroos while former VFL Premiership Bulldog Tom Campbell had 22 touches and 52 hitouts against his old side. Lukas Webb had 24 disposals and Tory Dickson kicked three goals for the Dogs. The win moves Footscray to outright second on the VFL ladder.

Sandringham 12.8 (80) defeated Northern Blues 10.9 (69)

It was a tale of two halves at Marvel Stadium and the Zebras picked up their game in the second act to win by 11 points. The Blues led by 16 points at the main break before Sandy kicked 6 goals and left their opponents goalless in the third term to turn the game on its head. Brede Seccull had 30 disposals while David Armitage and Hunter Clark had 29 for Sandringham. Sam Fisher was best afield for the Blues with 26. Patrick Kerr and Sam Fox each kicked three goals for their respective sides.

Williamstown 11.11 (77) defeated Casey 9.7 (61)

Casey held the Seagulls scoreless in the first quarter but still couldn’t come home with the four points, as Williamstown ran over the top of the Demons at home. Willy kicked eight goals in the second half to Casey’s three, all of which were kicked in the last three minutes of the game, to record a 16-point victory. Mitchell Hibberd continued his fine form with 31 disposals while Jay Kennedy-Harris had 26 disposals and kicked a goal. Sam Weideman impressed for the Demons with three goals but Jordan Lewis doesn’t look like gaining a senior recall anytime soon, collecting only 23 touches. Christian Buykx-Smith and Jaylon Thorpe kicked three goals each for the Seagulls.

Frankston 4.11 (35) defeated Werribee 8.16 (64)

There is a feeling that the Dolphins are getting closer to a win despite going down by 29 points at home to Werribee on Sunday. Frankston held the Tigers goalless in the first term and led for most of the match, including at three-quarter time, before Werribee rolled over the top to pick up their fourth win of 2019. The Tigers slammed home four goals and eight behinds in the final term, holding the Dolphins scoreless to win by 29 points. Jake Riccardi kicked three goals for the away side, while Beau Bailey kicked 2 for Frankston. Tom Gribble collected 32 disposals and kicked two goals as teammate Matt Hanson collected 31. James Rendell impressed for Frankston with 30 hitouts.

Bye – Port Melbourne

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VFL weekly wrap: Bombers suffer big first loss

RICHMOND occupies top spot on the Victorian Football League (VFL) ladder following Round 6, as Essendon dropped their first match of the season, while North Melbourne picked up their first win.

Essendon 8.7 (55) defeated by Casey 15.6 (96)

The undefeated Bombers entered their clash with the Demons on a high, with a huge percentage and a win expected against a Casey side who only had one victory. It was the Demons, however, who led from the first bounce to the final siren to take home the four points. The only positive for Essendon was the final term, where they booted five goals to four. Brayden Preuss dominated for the away side with 40 hitouts and two goals while Tim Smith slammed home four, and Mitch White three. Dylan Clarke was best for the Bombers with 28 disposals.

Port Melbourne 16.9 (105) defeated Werribee 14.5 (89)

The Borough continued their winning streak with a win over the Tigers at home. Port lead by as much as 50 points halfway through the second term, but Werribee did well to turn the contest into a competitive one despite ultimately going down. Tom Gribble had 27 disposals while Harvey Hooper notched up 25 and a goal. Campbell Walker and Matthew Munro kicked three goals each, as Blake Pearson slotted four.

Box Hill 12.12 (84) drew Foostcray 12.12 (84)

The lead for either side never extended beyond three goals as the Hawks and Bulldogs recorded the first draw of the season at the MCG. Dropped former Hawthorn captain Jarryd Roughead excelled, kicking five goals, and famously coaching Bulldog Reuben William on-field. Tory Dickson and Kyle Dunkley kicked three each for the Dogs. Bailey Williams continued his push for an AFL berth with 31 disposals.

Collingwood 8.7 (56) defeated by Sandringham 7.14 (56)

Sandringham crawled over the line at Victoria Park to defeat the Magpies. While the margin was never more than 19 points, the Zebras led all day until three early final quarter goals put Collingwood in front by 5 points. Sandy then got six consecutive points through a combination of rushed behinds and inaccurate kicking to register the victory. Alex Woodward did what he does with 39 disposals, while Hunter Clark had the second most touches on the ground with 28. Travis Varcoe and Sam Rowe each kicked two goals.

Frankston 7.8 (50) defeated by Richmond 19.10 (124)

Frankston remains the only team in the VFL without a win after their loss to Richmond at home. The Dolphins started brightly, leading early in the first term, but the class of the Tigers prevailed. Patty Naish kicked four goals and had 29 disposals as Mabior Chol slotted three goals. Mav Weller had 27 touches while Josh Newman was immense for the Dolphins once again, with 25 disposals and a goal.

North Melbourne 17.11 (113) defeated Geelong 14.9 (93)

North Melbourne put together a superb final quarter to overrun Geelong and record their first win of the season. While the Cats led at every break, North had the lead at one stage of every term, and finally unleashed in the last, kicking 6 goals to 2. Aaron Hall responded to his VFL demotion with 29 disposals and two goals while Lachie Fogarty was impressive for the Cats with 27 disposals and a goal. Nathan Hrovat was the star of the show however, booting six goals, including the one that gave the Kangaroos the lead in the final quarter.

Bye – Coburg, Williamstown, Northern Blues

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Queensland weekly wrap: Suns claim Q-Clash; QFL preseason kick-starts

THIS week in Queensland football saw the commencement of the Alpha Sport Preseason Cup, with teams from each pool competing in their first competitive run-around for the year. AFL Queensland finalised their elite umpiring academy squad, while the AFLW Lions were upset by Collingwood, and the Gold Coast Suns claimed preseason Q-Clash bragging rights in their final JLT Series game. 

Alpha Sport Preseason Cup | Week 1:

The weekend saw round one of the Alpha Sport Preseason knockout competition commence. QFA clubs across Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast competed against each other, separated into three pools. For more information on the fixtures and results, click here.

Pool A Results:

Maroochydore 9.11 (65) defeated Caloundra 6.3 (39)  
Aspley 7.4 (46) defeated Mayne 6.6 (42)

The Cooparoo and Springwood score has not yet been published, however the fixtures tell us that Cooparoo were victorious and Springwood are knocked out. The game between Yeronga South Brisbane AFC and the University of Queensland AFC is to be played Tuesday night at Leyshon Park Yeronga. This match will conclude round one for Pool A and decide who will play Cooparoo next week.

Pool B Results:

Bond University AFC 6.10 (46) defeated Coolangatta Tweed 4.8 (32)
Coomera 15.4 (94) defeated Victoria Point 6.5 (41)
Burleigh 16.13 (109) defeated Robina 5.5 (35)
Kenmore 6.9 (45) defeated Moreton Bay 1.9 (15)

Pool C Results:

Redcliffe Tigers 8.9 (57) defeated Pine Rivers 6.3 (39)
Alexandra Hills 16.4 (100) defeated Hinterland AFC 1.2 (8)
Kedron 14.15 (99) defeated Griffith Moorooka 1.1 (7)

The results between Ormeau AFC and Beenleigh AFC have also not been published, but Beenleigh came out with the win.

2018 AFL Queensland Umpiring Academy Squad Finalised

The 2018 AFL Queensland State Field Umpiring Academy squad has been finalised. Umpires were chosen from across the state to begin the trial process in October 2017. The umpires trained hard over both the off-season and pre-season to demonstrate their potential to be elite umpires to Academy Coach Aaron Hall. The academy umpires worked alongside NEAFL and QAFL umpires to develop their skills and fitness.

2018 SEQ Elite Umpiring Academy Squad:

Mitchell Blashak
Jonathan Angus
Jake Webb
Ollie Pye
Josh Moore
James Moonie
Matthew Stewart
Ryan Villalba
Sam Whetton
Jacob Servers
Mason Wilson

AFLW Round 6 | Brisbane Lions vs. Collingwood Magpies

Conditions at the Moreton Bay Sports Complex Burpengary were blustery and wet. Collingwood entered this match against the Brisbane Lions on the bottom of the AFLW ladder. By the end of the first quarter, they had four goals on the board and were already rolling towards their second victory of the season. The Lions still managed to post two goals in the first quarter, with Sabrina Frederick-Traub marking strongly to hit back for the home side and Nat Exon snapping from the goal square.

The scoring dried up in the second quarter as conditions degenerated. By half-time the Lions pulled ahead in key statistical areas; being contested possessions and inside 50s.

The Magpies struck first after the main break when Jasmine Garner’s hard running was rewarded. Garner was the last on a chain of possessions and running football to extend the Magpies lead to 16 points. Kaitlyn Ashmore and Sophie Conway missed goal scoring chances for the Lions in 3rd quarter.  Meg Hutchins kicked the last goal of the 3rd quarter for the Magpies, converting a tremendous set shot from close to the boundary. It left the margin a near-unassailable 23 points at the last change.

The Lions did come home with a wet sail kicking three goals to two in the last, but it was too little too late. The Magpies ran out 14-point winners, catapulting them to 6th spot on the ladder, only one game behind the Lions who slipped to fourth. With only one game left in the regular season, the Lions must beat the Greater Western Sydney Giants next Friday night to hold any hope of a top two finish.

Final Scores:

Brisbane Lions 5.9 (39) defeated by Collingwood 8.5 (53)

Brisbane Lions: Frederick-Traub Exon Wuetschner Lutkins Ashmore.
Collingwood: Bernardi 3 Hope 3 Garner Hutchins.

Brisbane Lions: Bates Stanton Frederick-Traub Alexander Anderson.
Collingwood: Garner Molloy Bernardi Duffin King.


JLT Community Series | Brisbane Lions vs. Gold Coast Suns

GOLD Coast has completed a perfect pre-season with a grinding seven-point win over Brisbane at Southport. It was hard to assess much from either team, as the conditions were so difficult, but the attack on the ball from both was fierce and created a good contest. 

After jumping to a 23-point lead early in the second quarter, Gold Coast had to withstand plenty of pressure from an inaccurate Lions outfit. Lewis Taylor kicked a goal after a fortuitous pass from Nick Robertson, and when Jarrod Berry converted from close range after Aaron Hall gave away a 50m penalty, Brisbane was back in it.

As the game progressed, it was clear that Brisbane’s inaccuracy would be their Achilles heel. This was highlighted by the fact the Lions had more scoring shots (22-14), more inside 50s (60-48), and more disposals (381-345), but could not capitalise. After halftime the Suns kicked more accurately in front of goal (3.1) to the Lions (2.11). A positive for the Lions was the performance of Luke Hodge, who played the ‘general’ role in defence with 16 disposals.

Next up the Lions will travel to Melbourne to face St Kilda for the opening round of the season on Saturday March 24.

Final Scores:

Gold Coast Suns 7.7 (49) defeated Brisbane Lions 4.18 (42)

Gold Coast: Lynch, Macpherson, Miller, Young, Sexton, Hall, Ainsworth.
Brisbane: Taylor, Berry, Robertson, Zorko.

Gold Coast: Lyons, Witts, Weller, Hall, Swallow, Fiorini.
Brisbane: Zorko, Berry, Bell, Taylor, Rich, Hodge.