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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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VFL weekly wrap: Box Hill dominate in Grand Final rematch

THE Victorian Football League (VFL) season for 2019 kicked off last weekend with some surprising results and outstanding performances.

Footscray 16.12 (108) defeated Sandringham 9.11 (65)

The Bulldogs opened the 2019 VFL Season with a resounding 43-point win over the Zebras at the VU Whitten Oval. The home side lead from the first bounce, but it was the third term when they really clicked into gear, booting 4 goals to one to take a big lead into the final break. Ryan Gardner and Roarke Smith both kicked four goals for the match, but it was Smith’s 21 disposals and 4 tackles that proved his dominance. Patrick Lipniski racked up 26 disposals and eight tackles for the Dogs while Bede Seccull was best afield for the Zebras, with 25 disposals, two goals and six tackles.

Geelong 12.11 (83) defeated by Richmond 14.13 (97)

Richmond came from behind at three-quarter time to record a 15-point win away from home over the Cats. Momentum shifted between the two sides all game as Geelong took the lead in the third-term before Richmond kicked six goals in the final term to claim the win. Patrick Naish was the leading ball winner with 23 disposals while Mabior Chol enjoyed a nice evening out with three goals and 16 disposals. Jordan Keras managed 20 disposals and nine tackles for the Cats while Ryan Abbott kicked two goals and had 18 hitouts.

Coburg 11.7 (73) defeated by Collingwood 11.10 (76)

Collingwood didn’t let Coburg score in the final quarter as they ran over the top of the Lions on Saturday. The lead changed at every break with the Pies eventually coming out on top away from home. Max Lynch was dominant in the ruck for Collingwood, racking up 55 hitouts while Ben Crocker had the ball on a string, amassing 33 disposals, stating his case for an AFL call-up. Ben Reid was also impressive, kicking 3.4 from 20 disposals. Peter McEvoy kicked three goals for Coburg, with Sam Lowson and Lochie Dickson slotting two.

Werribee 14.14 (98) defeated North Melbourne 8.11 (59)

The Tigers overturned a four-goal quarter time deficit to run away with the points in the second half in the battle of Avalon Airport Oval against North Melbourne. The Kangaroos just seemed to stop, and only managed to kick one second half goal, and that was in the dying minutes of the final term. Michael Barlow slotted straight back into the Werribee line-up he left nine years ago, recording 32 disposals while Matt Hanson also managed 31. Nathan Hrovat was best afield for North with 26 disposals and a goal while Nick Larkey kicked three goals. Jack Henderson converted four goals for the home side.

Williamstown 10.15 (75) defeated Port Melbourne 9.11 (65)

The Seagulls took the four points in the VFL’s traditional rivalry at home on Saturday. After an impressive Williamstown first term, Port managed to take the lead into the main break. The third term was a seesawing affair, with Eli Templeton kicking a goal on the three-quarter time siren to narrow the margin to a point. Williamstown got out of the blocks fastest in the last quarter and managed to hold on by 10 points. Templeton had 26 disposals while Williamstown legend Ben Jolley had 21 disposals against his old side. Former Magpie Ben Kennedy amassed 18 disposals in his first outing for the Seagulls.

Box Hill 15.14 (104) defeated Casey 4.18 (42)

The Grand Final rematch turned out to be a fizzer, with Box Hill completely in control all afternoon, restricting the Demons to only four goals, while kicking 15 of their own. The one bright spark for Casey was Corey Maynard, who had 27 disposals, while Kade Chandler kicked two of his side’s goals. For the Hawks, Jackson Ross kicked five goals while Mitchell Lewis slotted four straight. Brayden Kilpatrick was the leading possession-winner for the Hawks with 23 disposals and two goals.

Frankston 3.6 (24) defeated by Essendon 22.13 (145)

It is bound to be another long season for the Dolphins as they were demolished at home by the Bombers. Frankston’s score did not change from quarter time until midway through the last quarter as Essendon punished them at every opportunity. James Stewart kicked four first half goals while Mitch Brown finished with five. Dylan Clarke amassed 30 disposals for the Bombers. On the bright side for Frankston, new recruit Nathan Freeman continued his dominant VFL form with 30 disposals, while new captain Josh Newman and last year’s midfield mainstay Will Fordham both had 23 disposals.

Northern Blues – Bye

AFL Draft review: Richmond

RICHMOND headed into the 2018 AFL Draft Period with the aim of improving its side across the board, hopefully picking up some inside strength, which it did with its first two selections. They then picked up some outside runners, and capped off the day with a small pressure forward from the Tigers’ own backyard, and by redrafting a pair of delisted Tigers for list management purposes.


National Draft:


Riley Collier-Dawkins – Inside Midfielder

Richmond addressed its need for an inside midfielder with its first selection in the National Draft. After Carlton traded into the first round to snatch up Liam Stocker the pick before, Richmond grabbed slider, Riley Collier-Dawkins who offers great upside for the team. Already a great size at more than 190cm and ready to go, Collier-Dawkins has a fantastic burst of speed out of a stoppage, and is capable of having an impact up forward in the air. He can hit the scoreboard and play a multitude of roles which would have enticed the Tigers in picking him up at Pick 20.

Jack Ross – Balanced Midfielder

Fellow Oakleigh Chargers’ teammate, Jack Ross was the Tigers next selection in the National Draft, with Ross not quite having the upside that Collier-Dawkins has, but instead has very few flaws in his game. He is a good kick, wins the ball inside or out, tackles hard and spreads well, with most boxes ticked for the natural leader. He played very well in the APS vs AGS match and continued that form throughout the TAC Cup season, remarkably taking home Oakleigh’s best and fairest despite missing a number of games due to school commitments. He did not play at the National Under 18 Championships, but enjoyed a good 2018 season that was ultra-consistent.

Fraser Turner – Outside Midfielder

A hard outside runner, Turner offers great spread and a versatility to play in all thirds of the ground. Expect him to be a winger in time, with some similarities to Jared Polec in the way he is able to cover the ground and get the ball forward. Turner was predicted to go earlier than the Tigers’ third selection, and the Clarence product became the third Tasmanian drafted in the National Draft. He just adds that extra ball-winning ability on the outside and is a different mix to the Tigers’ midfield group.

Luke English – Balanced Midfielder

The hard-running ball winner from Perth earned a place on Richmond’s senior list late in the draft. He has also enjoyed a consistent season over in the west, and was one of Western Australia’s most consistent performers during the National Under 18 Championships. He is not a flashy player, but English offers a consistent work rate each and every game, and Tigers fans can expect him to be running from the first bounce to the final siren given his huge endurance base. He can play forward as well if required, so it could be a role Damien Hardwick might have in store for him.

Rookie Draft:


Jake Aarts – Small Forward

Richmond did not have to look too far for its first selection in the Rookie Draft, selecting small forward Aarts, from the Tigers’ VFL side. After putting in a great season as a pressure forward, Aarts earned a State Draft Combine invite, and in the end, was rewarded with a spot on the senior list. He does not have to move from Punt Road, but will be one who looks to continue his form to try and achieve an AFL call-up during the season as a readymade player.

Jacob Townsend –  General Forward

The former GWS GIANTS’ forward was the fairytale story of 2017, coming into the team late in the season and booting a swagger of goals to retain his place in Richmond’s side for the 2017 AFL Grand Final. He became a premiership player and turned his career around, though his 2018 season saw him play just the 10 games with the rise of Jack Higgins and the like. Townsend sought out the market, but in the end was re-rookied by Richmond and offers good depth on the Rookie List.

Mabior Chol – Key Position Forward

Another Richmond player who was re-rookied, Key Position Forward Chol has bulked up further in 2018, but did not manage a senior game to add to his one AFL game in total. He had some highlight-reel moments in the VFL for the Tigers, and expect more of the same in 2019 after Richmond continued their faith in the big man as a long-term prospect.


Richmond took home four midfielders in the National AFL Draft, bulking up the area that lost players over the off-season, and struggled at the coalface in 2018. The Tigers did not need too much improvement across the field, so had the flexibility to go best available along with inside bodies, and they have achieved what they hoped, also re-rookieing two players and picking up a big improver from their VFL side.

2018 Rookie Draft Selections

WITH the 2018 Rookie Draft done and dusted here is a list of each club and the new rookies recruited.


Pick 1: Carlton- Hugh Goddard

Pick 2:  Gold Coast- Michael Rischitelli

Pick 3: St Kilda- Callum Wilkie

Pick 4: Brisbane- Ryan Bastinac

Pick 5:  Fremantle- Ethan Hughes

Pick 6: Western Bulldogs- Lachie Young

Pick 7: Adelaide- Kieran Strachan

Pick 8: Essendon- Tom Jok

Pick 9: Port Adelaide- Tobin Cox

Pick 10: North Melbourne- Tom McKenzie

Pick 11: Geelong- Tom Atkins

Pick 12: Sydney- Durak Tucker

Pick 13: GWS GIANTS- pass

Pick 14: Hawthorn- Damon Greaves

Pick 15:  Melbourne- Kade Chandler

Pick 16: Richmond- Jake Aarts

Pick 17: Collingwood- Tim Broomhead

Pick 18: West Coast – Harry Edwards



Pick 19: Carlton- Tom Bugg

Pick 20: Gold Coast- Jack Leslie

Pick 21: Brisbane- Jacob Allison

Pick 22: Fremantle- Tobe Watson

Pick 23: Western Bulldogs- Jordon Sweet

Pick 24: Adelaide- Paul Hunter

Pick 25: Essendon- Matt Dea

Pick 26: Port Adelaide- Cameron Hewett

Pick 27: North Melbourne- Kyron Hayden

Pick 28: Sydney- Harry Reynolds

Pick 29: GWS GIANTS- pass

Pick 30: Hawthorn- Will Golds

Pick 31: Melbourne- pass

Pick 32: Richmond- Jacob Townsend

Pick 33: Collingwood- Sam Murray

Pick 34: West Coast: Josh Smith



Pick 35: Carlton- passed

Pick 36: Gold Coast- Brad Scheer

Pick 37: Fremantle- Ryan Nyhuis

Pick 38: Western Bulldogs- pass

Pick 39: Adelaide- Jordon Butts

Pick 40: Essendon- pass

Pick 41: North Melbourne- Tom Wilkinson

Pick 42: Sydney- Kurt Tippett

Pick 43: Hawthorn- Tim Mohr

Pick 44: Melbourne- pass

Pick 45: Richmond- Mabior Chol

Pick 46: West Coast- pass



Pick 47: Gold Coast- Harrison Wigg

Pick 48: North Melbourne- pass

Pick 49: Hawthorn- Will Langford

Pick 50: Richmond- pass



Multicultural talent on the horizon for AFL clubs

VC - Esava Ratugolea

Many AFL clubs have conflicting views on where best to source overseas talent to add as Category B Rookies. Some say to look in the US and find tall ruckman in the mould of Mason Cox and Jason Holmes. Others say look towards Africa after a promising batch of sudanese players have come through our system such as Allir Allir, Majak Daw and Mabior Chol.

Clubs are looking to add multicultural players at their club and the stories of some of the players on AFL lists can inspire many to achieve greatness.

AFL clubs this season were allocated zones for their Next Generation Academies and from 2018 will be able to tap into talent from these regions. In 2016, the AFL have judged that clubs have the ability to list multicultural players as Category B rookies if they are overlooked in the National or Rookie Draft from their allocated region

Matthew Grundy takes a look at a few of the multicultural players to look out for in the next few years.

Victoria have one of the strongest crops of multicultural talent with Dandenong exciting small forward Dan Allsop one to keep an eye on.

Allsop kicked 29 goals in 19 games this season, finishing runner-up in the TAC Cup Morrish Medal. The nippy forward is exciting to watch and is eligible to join Melbourne as a Category B rookie if undrafted in 2016.

Esava Ratugolea is an exciting tall prospect who has shown some potential after an injury interupted preseason. Ratugolea booted a bag of eight goals against Bendigo Pioneers in an eye-catching display earlier in the season. The Fijians performance saw him rushed into the Vic Country side for their final two games and will join Richmond if undrafted. With Ratugolea nominated for the National Combine, it does seem unlikely that he will be undrafted.


Changkuoth Jiath from Gippsland Power is a prospect for the 2017 draft and is a member of the AFL Academy Level 2 squad. He has shown a bit this year playing as a outside midfielder who can play forward if needed. 


Calder Cannons midfielder Ben Ronke is one of a number of Cannons eligible to be drafted through the Category B pathway. Ronke has elite speed and has provided some highlights throughout the season winning plenty of the ball for the Cannons. Ronke played in St. Bernards VAFA premiership in 2015 and could find himself on an AFL list 15 months later with Essendon able to take him if he goes undrafted.


Teammates Muhammed Saad and Ovie Magbegor are also eligible. Saad is a classy small forward who kicked a bag of seven against Oakleigh Chargers this season. Magbegor has been offered a place over in the USA for basketball after impressing at recent tryouts. Should he decide to stay with AFL, Essendon will also likely take the tall ruckman. 

In Western Australia a player to watch is Tarir Bayok. After a strong Under 18 Championships he has become one of the brightest multicultural players in the country. He is fast, agile and has great skills on both sides of his body. He has been nominated by West Coast this year.

South Australia have slim pickings but Emmanuel Irra is one of their better prospects. He has shown good form for the South Adelaide seniors playing off the wing, where he falls under the Port Adelaide region. Brother Robert is eligible next year, after representing South Australia in the Under 16 championships.

Norwood’s raw tall utility Ariek Lual is another that could join Port Adelaide later in the year.

Tony Olango is another player of multicultural background set to make his way into the AFL. After playing for Northern Territory and the Allies this year, the sudanese ruckman looks likely to be on an AFL list next year. From a soccer background, Olango is an athletic ruckman who has shown some ability up forward if needed.

The future of diversity in the AFL looks secure as the game becomes more accepting of other cultures. With more work to come with the multicultural academies, expect the pool of multicultural talent to grow as the academies in NSW/ACT and Queensland did.


Full list of 2016 Category B players eligible for AFL clubs:


Isiah Farrell-Nelson (Indigenous)

Aaron Tatchell (Indigenous), ?Ben Ronke (Multicultural), ?Muhammad Saad (Multicultural), ?Ovie Magbegor (Multicultural)?, Hisham Kerbatieh (Multicultural), ?Ozgur Uysal (Multicultural)

Temoa Brown (Multicultural)?, Cameron Gurrumulnga (Indigenous), Deshan Gindkindi (Indigenous)?, Kamal Bukulatjpi (Indigenous)

Tristan Tweedie (Indigenous)

Daniel Allsop (Multicultural)

Port Adelaide
Emmanuel Irra (Multicultural), Ariek Lual (Multicultural)

Kayle Kirby (Indigenous), Billy Cooper (Indigenous), Esava Ratugolea (Multicultural)?, Derek Smith (Indigenous), Jy Simpkin (Indigenous)

St Kilda
Mitchell McCarthy (Indigenous)

West Coast
Tarir Bayok (Multicultural)

Western Bulldogs
Dion Johnstone (Indigenous)

AFL nominations
Mading Atem (Multicultural),? James El Moussalli (Multicultural), Kenny Ong (Multicultural),? Jai Rout (Indigenous),? Darren Allen (Indigenous),? Jamaine Jones (Indigenous),? Thomas Jok (Multicultural),?Goy Lok (Multicultural),? Cedric Cox (Indigenous),? Francis Watson (Indigenous)