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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

Pic: VFL.com.au

Fantastic Five: Memorable moments from the weekend

INDIVIDUAL and team success, and some emotional moments highlighted what was a huge round of finals football, both on and off the field.

Two Seagulls and a Tiger taste success

It was the Victorian Football League (VFL)’s night of nights, and it had a definitive Williamstown flavour. Former Murray Bushrangers midfielder, now Seagull, Michael Gibbons shared the J.J Liston Medal with Richmond’s Anthony Miles, while fellow Seagull, Jess Duffin took out the newly named Lambert-Pearce medal for the VFL Women’s best and fairest award. Miles did his chances of finding a new AFL home no harm with a top season, while Gibbons has been talked up as a potential draft choice as one of the state leaguers that bottom clubs will have priority access to prior to draft day.

Dandenong, Oakleigh emerge as TAC Cup titans

Dandenong Stingrays and Oakleigh Chargers are sizing each other up from opposite sides of the finals draw after smashing their respective opponents by triple figures across the weekend. The Stingrays belted the Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels by 110 points on Saturday, before the Chargers went 10 points better with a 20-goal victory over Western Jets. The two sides face off against Sandringham Dragons and Gippsland Power respectively who are worthy preliminary finalists, but the pair go in as strong favourites considering their remarkable form, particularly the Chargers who have a two-game accumulative winning margin of 210 points.

Hawks through, Cats to face Pies

Ladder positions mean very little when it comes to finals and that proved true on the weekend in the VFL Women’s competition. The second placed Hawks upset the top-of-the-table Magpies, while Geelong toppled pre-season premiership favourite Northern Territory (NT) Thunder. Now with no turning back, Collingwood will have to knock off Geelong to earn the right at another crack at the Hawks, and avoid the dreaded straight-sets exit.

Demon fans celebrate

It has been a long time between drinks – 12 years to be exact – but the Demons fans burst into jubilation when their side toppled Geelong with relentless pressure and a four-quarter effort. They booted five goals to zero in the opening term and never let-up to keep the Cats at arms-length, frustrating the likes of Joel Selwood into giving away free kicks on a night that the Geelong faithful would rather forget. But for the long-suffering Demons fans, it was the monkey off the back and they have even started booking plane tickets to Perth for the following week!

Travis Varcoe stands tall

Not many could even imagine what Collingwood’s Travis Varcoe has had to endure the past fortnight following the tragic passing of his sister, Maggie. But such is the bond at football clubs, Varcoe chose to play in the first final over in Perth and was his sister was honoured by a minute’s silence prior to the National Anthem. Then, a moment that could not have been better even if it had been scripted. The exciting speedster won the ball at half-forward, sprinted inside 50 and nailed a running goal from the boundary line. His teammates came from everywhere and no doubt the whole football world was behind him at that moment.