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VFL weekly wrap: Tigers and Borough winning streaks continue

ESSENDON returned to winning ways while Port Melbourne notched up their fifth win on the trot. Meanwhile, the Tigers remain on top without a loss following Round 7 of the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Footscray 13.13 (91) defeated Werribee 11.14 (80)

The Bulldogs bounced back from last week’s draw against Box Hill with a solid victory over Werribee. Footscray started fast and led most of the day, only falling behind midway through the third term. Daniel Giansiracusa’s men lifted and extended the lead to as much as four goals in the final quarter before eventually settling for an 11-point win. Bailey Dale kicked three goals and had 21 disposals for the home side while Max Augerinos slotted three for the Tigers. Pat Lipinski had the most touches on the ground with 30 as former Docker and Sun Michael Barlow produced another strong showing with a goal and 28 disposals.

Northern Blues 13.10 (88) defeated Frankston 9.9 (63)

It was another case of close yet so far for the Dolphins on Saturday as the Blues ran away the victors at Ikon Park. The final margin of 25 points perhaps doesn’t do the contest justice, with just two goals in it at three-quarter time and Frankston closing to within a goal early in the last. It was a day out for Patrick Kerr as he slammed home six majors, while Alex Fasolo and Jason Kingsbury kicked two apiece. Darcy Lang notched up 28 disposals, with Josh Newman the standout again for Frankston, collecting 26 disposals.

Casey 9.7 (61) defeated by Port Melbourne 16.8 (104)

A rampant second half performance by Port Melbourne saw the Borough take home four points for their fifth win in a row at Casey Fields. Leading at half-time by a point, the Demons would kick only two goals for the remainder of the match. Jordan Lisle did much of the damage for Port, kicking six goals as Shannen Lange assisted with three goals and 31 disposals. James Munro was best afield for the Demons with 29 disposals and 18 tackles while Brayden Preuss chimed in with two goals and 34 hitouts.

Richmond 11.12 (78) defeated Box Hill 11.4 (70)

The Tigers continued their impressive form with a hard-fought victory over Box Hill at Punt Road. The Hawks held the largest lead of the match 23 points up close to half time, however Richmond found a way to come back, taking control late in the third and doing enough to hold off Box Hill in the last. An AFL call-up for Patrick Naish can’t be too far away as he once again dominated with 28 disposals, while Dan Howe had 25 for the away side. Dan Butler and Jackson Ross kicked three each for their respective sides.

Coburg 10.8 (68) defeated by Williamstown 14.16 (100)

Williamstown recorded a solid 32-point win away to Coburg on Sunday afternoon. A six-goal nil first term set the tone for the rest of the match, however the Lions should be credited with continuing the battle and not letting the Seagulls run away with a larger win. Sam Dunell booted five goals for Willy while Adam Marcon kicked one major from 23 disposals. Luke Bunker had the most touches of anyone on the ground with 27.

Geelong 10.8 (68) defeated Collingwood 9.7 (61)

Collingwood’s finals hopes are in serious doubt after yet another close loss, this time to the Cats on the road. It was a close contest all day before Geelong opened up a 25-point lead halfway through the final term. The Pies fought back but ultimately fell short by seven points. Alex Woodward is looking to be an early favourite for the Liston Trophy after another 32-disposal display. In good news for Collingwood fans, Brayden Sier and Josh Daicos played well with a goal apiece and 24 and 23 disposals respectively. Wylie Buzza kicked five goals for the Cats.

Sandringham 13.9 (87) defeated by Essendon 15.10 (100)

The Bombers fought off an impressive Zebras comeback to record victory at Trevor Barker Beach Oval. Essendon started fast, kicking seven goals to two in the first term before Sandy came out with fire in the second, kicking five to one. With all the momentum, one would have expected Sandringham to continue their display in the second half, but Essendon held strong and eventually ran away 13 point winners. St Kilda’s first pick in last year’s draft, Max King, booted four goals while Danny Younan kicked four for the Bombers. Hunter Clark kicked a goal and had 32 disposals while David Myers racked up 29 and kicked three. Billy Longer dominated in the ruck with 57 hitouts.

Bye – North 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: Dolphins come close

ROUND 5 of the Victorian Football League (VFL) saw Essendon and Richmond remain the only two undefeated sides in the competition, with the Bombers occupying top spot on a mammoth percentage.

Northern Blues 12.17 (89) defeated North Melbourne 7.10 (52)

North Melbourne started off the better of the two sides and looked on track to record their first win of the season, before the Blues reeled them back in and put on a final quarter to remember, winning by 37 points. The Kangaroos led for the majority of the first half, only slipping up just before the main break. They wrestled the lead back at three-quarter time, however from that point on it was all the Blues as they kicked 6 goals to none. Sam Fisher and Dan Robinson had the most touches on the ground with 27, while Curtis Taylor and Noah Wheeler kicked three goals each.

Essendon 13.16 (94) defeated Geelong 7.10 (52)

The curtain raiser to the Country Match at the MCG was anticlimactic as the Bombers boosted their percentage with a 42-point victory. Essendon took the lead midway through the first term and never looked back. Trent Mynott kicked three goals for the red and black. Charlie Constable won 25 disposals while Ryan Abbott dominated in the ruck following Sam Draper‘s unfortunate ACL injury, kicking two goals from 19 disposals and notching up 37 hitouts.

Coburg 12.7 (79) defeated by Port Melbourne 12.13 (85)

With a score worm that looks like the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Borough recorded an almighty comeback win at Piranha Park. Trailing by 37 points at half-time, Gary Ayres’ men fought back to win by six points. It was Campbell Walker‘s goal that gave Port the lead, and they would hold on in a tense last five minutes to claim the four points. Steven Stroobants had kicked one of his four goals a minute earlier to give the Lions back the lead. Tom O’Sullivan had 30 disposals while Shannen Lange had 28 and kicked a goal. Liam Dickson was best afield for the home side with 25 disposals, closely followed by Marcus Lentini with 24.

Casey 8.11 (59) defeated by Footscray 11.10 (76)

Casey seemed to drop dead at half time, barely putting up a fight as they relinquished their lead and the four points to the Bulldogs. The Demons trailed by 25 points early in the first term but fought back to lead by 2 points at the main break. Footscray then booted four goals to none in the third term to set up the victory. Bailey Williams recorded 29 disposals, while Tom Boyd booted three goals as he continues his return to football. Sam Weideman responded to his AFL non-selection with two goals and 21 disposals in a solid outing for Casey.

Williamstown 4.10 (34) defeated by Richmond 12.13 (85)

The Tigers led from the first bounce to the final siren, securing a big win away from home against the Seagulls. Richmond restricted Williamstown to just one goal at the three-quarter time break as they romped to a 51-point win. Dan Butler and Jake Aarts kicked three goals each while Maibor Chol added two. Mitch Hibberd had 27 touches for the Seagulls as Sam Dunell and Patty Naish each recorded 23 disposals.

Sandringham 11.12 (78) defeated Frankston 12.4 (76)

Football returned to Moorabbin for the first time in over a decade as the Zebras turned around a half-time deficit to deny the Dolphins their first victory of the season. Frankston led by as much as 16 points early in the third term after Sandy led by as much at quarter time. It was the Zebras’ six goal third quarter that gave them the win, despite the Dolphins holding them scoreless in the final term. Luke Dunstan was best afield with 32 disposals and a goal, while David Armitage also kicked a goal to go along with his 25 touches. Dolphins captain, Josh Newman led from the front with 26 disposals. Frankston’s forward line showed glimpses of what’s to come as Yilber Zijai kicked four goals from four kicks, while Shem Tatupu slotted home three.

Bye – Box Hill, Werribee, Collingwood

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VFL weekly wrap: Tigers scrape home

IT was another week of blowouts in Round 4 of the Victorian Football League (VFL), as the only somewhat close contests to be seen took place in Williamstown and Cranbourne.

Box Hill 16.12 (108) defeated Coburg 8.9 (57)

The Hawks returned to the winners list with a big victory over the Lions at home. Box Hill were ahead all day except for a brief period late in the second term and early in the third, where Coburg drew on the confidence gained from last week’s win against Frankston. From then on, however, the Hawks stormed home to win by 51 points. Marc Pittonet was the standout, with a goal, 29 disposals and 42 hitouts, while Dylan Moore kicked three goals. Harry Morrison also managed three goals along with his 32 disposals. Coburg’s Sam Lowson continued his push for mid-season draft selection with four goals.

Essendon 15.12 (102) defeated Collingwood 9.11 (65)

Essendon’s fast start at Windy Hill ensured they made amends for the AFL side’s Anzac Day defeat, with a 37-point win over the Magpies. Collingwood won the second half but couldn’t make up the half time deficit. Sam Draper recorded a mammoth 47 disposals for the home side while Jordan Houlahan kicked three goals. It was another typical Alex Woodward performance as he notched up 31 touches as teammates Rupert Wills and Daniel Wells continued to build, with 28 and 20 disposals respectively. Ben Reid’s case for AFL selection continues to mount, with two goals from 18 kicks and 12 marks.

North Melbourne 9.15 (65) defeated by Port Melbourne 19.10 (124)

The hapless Kangaroos were smashed by a rampaging Port Melbourne outfit, who appear to be one of the real favourites to finish top four. North managed to keep a leash on the Borough up until three quarter time, only trailing by 21 points at the final break. Port finished with a bang however, slamming home six goals to one in the fourth to win by 55 points. Roos supporters will be encouraged by the performances of Jy Simpkin (one goal, 33 disposals) and Tom Campbell (25 hitouts), while Paul Ahern also impressed with 32 disposals. Jordan Lisle kicked five goals for the Borough.

Casey 8.3 (51) defeated by Richmond 7.10 (52)

Richmond took all four points in a match where the margin for either side never extended beyond three goals. It was a tale of two halves as the Demons had the ascendency in the first and nearly managed to win it back from the Tigers in the second, just falling short courtesy of a rushed behind. Shai Bolton stood out for Richmond with 25 disposals and a goal, while Patrick Naish also recorded 25 touches. Declan Keilty, Liam Wale-Buxton and captain Mitch White all kicked two goals for the Demons.

Northern Blues 7.9 (51) defeated by Werribee 17.7 (109)

Werribee dominated all day in their clash with the Blues at IKON Park and locked themselves in as a genuine top four contender. The final margin of 58 points could’ve looked a lot worse if not for an improvement from the Blues in the second half; they only kicked two goals to the main break. Tom Gribble was best on ground with 29 disposals and a goal for the Tigers while Timm House kicked 4 goals. Jesse Palmer was the Blues only multiple goalkicker with two.

Williamstown 9.10 (64) defeated Footscray 6.12 (48)

The Seagulls ran away with victory in the battle of the west at Point Gellibrand. Footscray started the better of the two sides to lead at the first break, but Williamstown clawed back the lead in the second term and never relinquished it, despite it falling to just one point early in the last quarter. Nick Ebinger kicked three goals in his first game of the season for the home side while Liam Hunt had 27 disposals on his return from injury. Bailey Dale was best for the Dogs with a goal and 20 touches.

Bye – Frankston, Sandringham, Geelong

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VFL weekly wrap: Port returns home in style

GEELONG, Port Melbourne, Sandringham, and Coburg all won their first games of the season in Round 3 of the Victorian Football League (VFL), as Essendon claimed top spot despite having played a game less than half of the competition.

North Melbourne 5.10 (40) defeated by Essendon 20.14 (134)

The horror start to the season for North Melbourne continued as they were thrashed by the Bombers at Avalon Airport Oval on Saturday. While the first term was relatively even, Essendon took full control in the second quarter and never looked back, kicking seven goals to two. Jayden Laverde slammed home six goals from 19 disposals in an encouraging performance, while Trent Mynott racked up 25 disposals and slotted two goals. Dan Robinson continued his good form for the Kangaroos with 29 disposals as Nathan Hrovat chimed in with 28 touches.

Werribee 12.9 (81) defeated by Geelong 12.12 (84)

The double header at Avalon Airport Oval continued with the battle of the west. Geelong managed to sneak home despite a last-quarter comeback by the Tigers, who nearly snatched the win after kicking five goals to one in the final term. Darcy Fort kicked three goals for the Cats while Jake Riccardi managed three for the home side. Werribee’s Tom Gribble notched up 31 disposals and James Parsons won the most footy for Geelong with 26 touches.

Collingwood 11.11 (77) defeated by Northern Blues 11.14 (80)

Josh Fraser again returned to Victoria Park as coach to haunt his old side as the Blues came from behind to defeat arch-rivals, Collingwood. The Magpies had a slight ascendency at every break, however, they couldn’t hold on in the final term as Patrick Kerr’s third goal of the day sealed the four points for the Blues. Matthew Kennedy put a bad week behind him to register 22 disposals, while Rupert Wills and Alex Woodward were on fire for the Pies, with 32 and 31 respectively. Tim Broomhead kicked three goals for the Pies while Daniel Wells managed two.

Port Melbourne 12.17 (89) defeated Box Hill 8.17 (65)

On their return to Adcon Stadium, the Borough stunned last years’ premiers Box Hill to hand the Hawks their first loss of the season. Port Melbourne flew out of the blocks, kicking five goals to one in the opening term, and never looked back. Dylan Conway and Tom O’Sullivan both kicked three goals for the home side, while Ben Jolley recorded 25 disposals and Teia Miles slotted two goals for the Hawks.

Sandringham 14.8 (92) defeated Williamstown 9.14 (68)

A dominant third quarter paved the way for Sandringham’s first win of the season as they defeated the Seagulls at Trevor Barker Beach Oval. The Zebras kicked away towards the end of the first half and continued that form into the second, restricting Williamstown to only one goal in the third term. Hunter Clark was dominant for the home side with 28 disposals and a goal while Durras Seccull, brother of captain Bede, kicked four goals on debut. Adam Marcon had 28 disposals for Williamstown while Nick Rodda and Jaylon Thorpe kicked three goals each.

Coburg 20.18 (138) defeated Frankston 9.9 (63)

What many were expecting to be match of the round turned into a fizzer, as Coburg trounced the Dolphins at Piranha Park. It was once again the third term that did the most damage to Frankston, as the Lions banged home nine goals to two. Peter McEvoy kicked six goals for Coburg while Sam Lowson chimed in with three. Marcus Lentini was the leading ball winner with 28 disposals as Josh Newman continued to lead the Dolphins with 25. Nathan Freeman appeared injured as he only managed the three touches and didn’t spend much time in the midfield.

Bye – Casey, Richmond, Footscray

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VFL weekly wrap: Footscray takes top spot

ROUND 2 of the Victorian Football League (VFL) kicked off last Friday for what was a round of thrashings, with just one game ending with a margin under 30 points. Essendon had the bye this round, so will come into Round 3 on fresh legs after a weekend off.

Collingwood 6.4 (40) defeated by Footscray 17.10 (112)

In the curtain-raiser to the AFL match across the road, Footscray destroyed Collingwood by 72 points. The Magpies only kicked two goals to half time and were thoroughly beaten to the contest. Footscray spread their goalkickers, with six registering two each, including Jackson Trengove who also won 26 disposals, and Lukas Webb who had 28 disposals. Ben Reid kicked two for Collingwood while Alex Woodward was the only man on the ground to top 30 disposals, with 31. Daniel Wells got through his return match unscathed, with a goal and 23 disposals.

Richmond 13.14 (92) defeated Port Melbourne 7.7 (49)

The Tigers restricted Port Melbourne to just one goal at the main break as they dominated the second half to win by 43 points. Both sides were goalless in the first term before Richmond took control. Maibor Chol, Callum Moore, and James Fletcher kicked two each for the home side while Blake Pearson managed two for Port. Borough midfielder Eli Templeton continued his good form with 19 disposals and a goal.

Casey 18.11 (119) defeated North Melbourne 10.5 (65)

Casey made amends for last week’s Grand Final rematch thrashing with a resounding win over North Melbourne at home. The Demons kicked six goals in the first term, holding the Kangaroos scoreless as they romped away to the four points. The final margin was perhaps not reflective of the contest, as North kicked six goals to one in the final term to bring the margin down to 54 points. Tom Campbell recorded a massive 63 hitouts and kicked two goals, while Jeff Garlett, Nick Larkey, Jaxon Briggs, and Mitch White all kicked three each. Dan Robinson had 27 disposals for North.

Werribee 15.13 (103) defeated Coburg 10.11 (71)

Under the lights at Avalon Airport Oval, the Tigers’ second term ensured four points for the home side against the Lions. Werribee booted five goals to one to put their stamp on the game and run away with the win. Ryan Kemp kicked three goals for Werribee on debut, while Sam Lowson managed four in a losing side. Dane McFarlane had the most touches with 26.

Sandringham 8.11 (59) defeated by Box Hill 16.4 (100)

The premiers don’t look like slipping up any time soon as they notched up another big win, this time against the Zebras at Marvel Stadium. The match was fairly even up until half time, when the Hawks turned on the burners and booted six goals to one in the third term to assert their dominance. St Kilda-listed players, Nick Hind and Luke Dunstan excelled despite the loss, recording 39 and 37 disposals respectively to propel themselves into senior selection talk. Nathan Boucher kicked four goals for Box Hill while Tim O’Brien managed two goals and 20 disposals.

Geelong 9.13 (67) defeated by Northern Blues 10.8 (68)

The only close match of the round saw the Blues take the four points away from the Cats in their first outing of the season after last week’s bye. The see-sawing contest saw Northern lead by 13 points at the final break, before Geelong got on the march and cut the margin. Oscar Brownless had the opportunity to kick a third goal for the day and put the Cats in front, but only managed a behind. Jack Silvagni kicked two goals for the Blues while captain, Tom Wilson had 28 disposals. Jordan Keras recorded 27 disposals for Geelong while Cam Guthrie had 25 in his return game.

Frankston 6.9 (45) defeated by Williamstown 18.9 (117)

Williamstown got out of the blocks early and never looked back, obliterating the Dolphins by 72 points. After a seven goal to one first term Frankston never stood a chance, although they did well in the final quarter to not let the margin creep out to three figures for the second week in a row. Nathan Freeman was dominant once again with 39 disposals while skipper, Josh Newman had 34. Nick Rodda booted five for the Seagulls as Sam Dunell and Joel Ottavi kicked three each.

Essendon – Bye

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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

2019 VFL season preview: Werribee ready to roar

IT is a new season and reigning premiers Box Hill Hawks are the team with a target on their back. We take a look at each of the 15 Victorian Football League (VFL) teams with plenty of new inclusions to excite fans ahead of the season, with Werribee and Port Melbourne tipped to be some of the top sides in the competition.

Box Hill Hawks

Last season: Premiers

The Hawks have brought in a number of big ball winners to their side with tall winger, Mason De Wit and strong mid/forward Jake Frawley heading to the brown and gold with outside runner, Boadie Motton from Gippsland Power. The Hawks have also picked up Nathan Mullenger-McHugh from the Western Bulldogs, and some experience out west in West Perth’s Luke Meadows. Add in Port Melbourne’s Damian Mascitti and the talented but relatively unknown Paddy Anderson from the Hampden League, and the Hawks have brought in some page and power up forward, as well as great midfield depth. Will Hams will be a loss with a number of other players out to play local footy, while former Sandringham Dragon, Georgie Nagle has headed to Port Melbourne. The reigning premiers have built on the list that took them to the cup last season and they are a team to watch in season 2019.

Casey Demons

Last season: Grand Finalists

The Demons have traded around Stingrays, with Riley D’Arcy, Goy Lok and Ali Zijai all heading to Frankston over the summer, but have brought in premiership Stingrays, Jai Taylor and Matthew Gahan for the 2019 season. Gahan offers good movement out of defence, while the lightning quick Taylor will no doubt make it easy for Casey’s social media team to regularly draw out highlights. Heath Briggs joins his brother at the Demons, while Nick Lowden has progressed from Gippsland among a couple of Port Melbourne recruits in Luke Tynan and Anthony Vella. With a few local league players also joining the side including a familiar name with Darcy Fritsch – brother of Melbourne’s Bailey – pulling on the red and blue. It was a heartbreaking loss in the Grand Final last season and the Demons will be keen to go one better this year with the additions.

Coburg Lions

Last season: 15th (Wooden spoon)

Change was afoot at Coburg over the summer with a match day team full of players coming in, and going out of the Lions’ doors. From a VFL perspective, Matthew Harman has crossed from the Northern Blues with Alex Federico to join former Northern Knights teammates, Braedyn Gillard and Mark Baker at the club, while fellow draft prospects last year, Mitch Podhajski – who returns on a full-time basis to the club – Jack Evans and Lucas Cavallaro all switch from Calder to Coburg. Evans and Cavallaro will provide good drive out of defence, while Podhajski will be a dominant force in multiple areas around the ground. Add in former Eastern Ranges outside midfielder Xavier Fry, a couple of Gold Coast NEAFL players in Brodie Foster and Harry Simington and Canberra Demons’ Jack Baker who was close to being drafted last season, and the Lions have really built some serious depth this year. Of the departures, Hisham Kerbatieh, Nick Mellington and Sean Gregory have crossed to the Seagulls, while Tom Condon will try his hand in the SANFL With Sturt.

Collingwood Magpies

Last season: 5th (Elimination final exit)

A relatively settled line-up, the Magpies will have a bitter taste in their mouth after coming close to a double chance, only to be knocked out in the elimination final by Essendon. Adam Oxley has hung around at the club after being delisted by Collingwood’s AFL side, while Dandenong Stingrays’ co-captain Campbell Hustwaite looms as a massive inclusion who could put his name up in lights with a big season, while Alex Spencer is the other addition coming from Port Melbourne. Marty Hore and Tom Jok were drafted by Melbourne and Essendon respectively, while Gus Borthwick also departs. The Magpies will hope for a better run of injuries this season with the VFL side stretched at times last year given the amount of AFL players required at AFL level.

Essendon Bombers

Last season: 8th (Preliminary final exit)

Essendon have strategically brought in a number of over-age prospects who did have draft interest over the past two years, with key defender Daniel Hanna and Oakleigh Chargers versatile tall, Matthew Day having plenty of draftable attributes but needing to iron out a few things. Jacob Atley will also share time between Essendon and Bendigo Pioneers in his bid to get drafted with Essendon considering him for an AFL list spot last year. Nick Hind was a whirlwind last season but he will now cross to Sandringham to play with St Kilda’s affiliate, while Alex Boyse also departed the club over the off-season after some draft interest. The Bombers have also picked up former Saint, Ray Connellan, as well as Werribee’s Kurt Aylett and Port Melbourne’s Josh Tynan who should all make important contributions to the club.

Footscray Bulldogs

Last season: 9th

Footscray has bolstered its side ahead of the 2019 season, only losing Jamison Shea to Southport, while Will Hayes got his chance for the Bulldogs’ senior side. Richmond’s Nathan Drummond and Geelong’s Ryan Gardner cross to the club after being delisted last season, while former Carlton AFL player, Dillon Viojo-Rainbow has made the move further west after a stint with Port Melbourne. Interestingly, the Bulldogs have raided St Kevin’s to top up their list, with Sam Barnett, Lachlan Farrugia, Gerard Gleeson and Billy Kanakis all signing onto the club this year. Footscray would hope that the inclusions will be enough to reach the finals after narrowly missing out last year.

Frankston Dolphins

Last season: 14th

The Dolphins had moments returning to the competition for the 2018 season, but ultimately just managed the two wins from 18 games in 2018. Unsuprisingly, Frankston has looked to Sandringham Dragons and Dandenong Stingrays for young talent coming through, while also picking up some former Dragons who were delisted by their respective AFL clubs. Nathan Freeman was a feel-good story last year for the Saints, but his AFL time came to an end, as did Sydney’s Angus Styles who was delisted after one year on the rookie list. Former Stingrays, Riley D’Arcy and Ali Zijai, and former Dragon, Goy Lok all return to Frankston, along with potential Brisbane father-son James Rendell, former Mentone Grammar captain, Harry Houlahan, and Stingrays duo, Aaron Darling – who has had two consecutive knee reconstructions – and Lachlan McDonnell who was unlucky to miss out on being drafted last season. The Dolphins will also help develop St Kilda ruck, Sam Alabakis who was allowed to play for Frankston given St Kilda’s ruck depth who will play at Sandringham.

Geelong Cats

Last season: 3rd (Semi-final exit)

Geelong has made minimal changes to its line-up for the 2019 season, with captain Tom Atkins pulling on the senior blue and white hoops so likely to roll through the VFL team this season, while former Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels midfielder Aiden Domic, has crossed to Werribee. His Rebels teammate, Charlie Wilson joins the club and will provide some firepower in attack. Gippsland Power key defender Kyle Reid comes into the Cats line-up and with a good season could be a chance to be drafted as a 19-year-old given the Cats’ tendency to draft their own state league players and ageing key defenders, while Aaron Black stays at the club after being delisted. The Cats have also headed to the Goulburn Valley to recruit Nik Rokahr and Luke Smith from the Shepparton Bears. The Cats had a terrific season last year, but fell short in finals, exiting in straight sets at the hands of eventual premiers, Box Hill Hawks.

Northern Blues

Last season: 12th

The Northern Blues have bolstered their line-up with some AFL experience, bringing in key defensive duo, Kieran Collins and Alex Johnson. Collins was close to getting a reprieve with the Blues in the AFL, but will bide his time for Carlton’s VFL affiliate, while Johnson was the feel-good story then the heartbreak story of 2018. After multiple knee reconstructions, the former Sydney defender has not given up hope of reaching the highest level again and it will be interesting to see how he fairs in the state league. Hawthorn’s Jonathan O’Rouke also joins the club with some unfulfilled potential, while South Croyden’s Frank Anderson was the name that had a few eyebrows raised when State Combine invites went out last year, but the talented former Eastern Football League star will now get the chance to step up at the higher level.

North Melbourne Kangaroos

Last season: 10th

Not a great deal of change out at North Melbourne, with Alex Morgan staying at the club despite being delisted by the AFL affiliate. Brendan Whitecross will provide invaluable experience after his time at Hawthorn, while former Sydney player, Daniel Robinson also joins the Roos for season 2019. Sam Parson crosses to the club from Box Hill Hawks, while key forward Michael Close, Liam Whelan and Steve Stroobants all depart. The Kangaroos were solid in their debut year last year, finishing 10th and pushing towards a finals birth at times. They did get smashed by the AFL Academy side early in the year, but once North Melbourne gelled, they showed what they were capable of in the competition.

Port Melbourne Borough

Last season: 7th (Elimination final exit)

The 2017 premiers bowed out in the first week of finals last year to eventual premiers, Box Hill Hawks. Like most standalone clubs, the Borough have made plenty of changes to their list, with Kieran Strachan the headline departure after being picked up by Adelaide Crows. Robin Nahas has retired and Dillon Viojo-Rainbow heads to Footscray, while Lucas Cook and Luke Tynan have also left. Into the side comes former Collingwood premiership player, Jarryd Blair, as well as a host of Oakleigh Chargers including Charlie Beasley, Jake Gasper and Xavier Fry. Gasper will replace Nahas as the danger inside 50, while Blair and experienced VFL campaigner, Ben Jolley will be the hard men in the middle with the latter the biggest transfer of the summer. Matthew Signorello has returned to Victoria after being delisted by Adelaide, while former Melbourne player, Dion Johnston has also joined the club. Patrick Veszpremi will try his luck at state level again, returning from Pascoe Vale, while Tom Goodwin (Coburg) and Geordie Nagle (Box Hill Hawks) are some of the VFL talent that have changed clubs to Port Melbourne.

Richmond Tigers

Last season: 1st (Semi-final exit)

It was not a good September for Richmond fans at any level considering two minor premiership led to a straight sets exit and a preliminary final exit. After finishing on top of the table in season 2019, the Tigers looked like going all the way, but as they found out, finals is a different ball game, even for the light technicians and despite some controversy over the finals losses – one they were left in the dark and the second was a brilliance passage of play from Nick Hind in the dying seconds being the difference – they will look to rebound in season 2019.

Sandringham Zebras

Last season: 13th

The Zebras had a disappointing season in 2018, recording a bottom four finish and have subsequently overhauled plenty of their list ahead of the 2019 season. They have made Kai Owens a more full-time member of the side, while Sam Sofronidis, Anthony Seaton, Ryan O’Meara and Nick Stamatis all go through the pathway from Dragons to Zebras. Nathan Wright provides some AFL experience, as does Sam Gilbert who has experienced the atmosphere of AFL Grand Final Day, while Port Melbourne’s Dylan Atkins is another with state league experience invaluable to the Zebras cause. A host of local players round out a long list of additions for season 2019.

Werribee Tigers

Last season: 11th

The Tigers might not have had the best season, finishing in eleventh last year, but they had two players head north to ply their trade with the Gold Coast SUNS. Both Sam Collins and Josh Corbett were pre-listed by the SUNS and will forge AFL careers, while Andrew Hooper and Kurt Aylett both head to the Bombers’ VFL side. While they have lost some experience, the Tigers are arguably the team to watch in season 2019, with AFL experience galore, as well as some seriously talented state league and former TAC Cup stars. Michael Barlow and Max Spencer (Gold Coast), Oscar Junker and Daniel Nielson (North Melbourne), Timm House (Geelong) and Jackson Edwards (Adelaide) return after stints on AFL lists, Barlow the most recognisable name of the lot. Jake Riccardi and Scott Carlin join the club on a full-time basis after playing as 19 year-olds last season, while Ryan Hebron and Josh Clayton are NEAFL players who were in the draft conversation. Key position players, Tom Boyd and Hudson Garoni will straighten the Tigers up, while Western Jets have provided four players to the club, with ball winners, Connor Thar and Jack Watkins, key position utility Hamish Murphy and Nick Stuhldreier all coming to the club. The biggest recruit might be off the field, with 2004 AFL Premiership coach, Mark Williams taking the reigns at Werribee.

Williamstown Seagulls

Last season: 4th (Preliminary final exit)

The narrowest of defeats in the Preliminary Final to eventual premiers Box Hill Hawks might have stung over the summer had the National AFL Draft not rolled around.By the end of November, Williamstown’s Ben Cavarra – a player with a well-documented pathways journey – finally found an AFL home at the Western Bulldogs, while Lachlan Schulz and Brett Bewley remained teammates over in the west with Fremantle. By the AFL season start, Michael Gibbons would become a Blue, making it a mammoth four players drafted by the one club over the off-season, then club legend Ben Jolley departed for rivals Port Melbourne. The Seagulls will undoubtedly drop back a bit with the serious talent that has left the club, but will be proud of the development pathway provided. In saying that, they have brought in North Melbourne’s Mitch Hibberd and Collingwood’s Sam McLarty for some AFL experience, while Joel Ottavi, Nick Mellington, Hisham Kerbatieh and Nick Sing cross from other VFL clubs. From the TAC Cup, Stefan Radovanovic will provide speed and power for the Seagulls, while former Collingwood small Ben Kennedy also joins the club, A team to watch with interest to see how they go given the amount of experience out the door, but always a team to keep an eye on.

Predictions:

Premiers: Werribee
Runner-Up: Port Melbourne
Michael Barlow (Werribee)

Collingwood draftee, Jordyn Allen “couldn’t think of a better club to be at”

JORDYN Allen had been in contact with a couple of clubs heading into the AFL Women’s Draft.

But she had no idea which club would pick her up. The Pies ended up selecting Allen at pick five, and the 18 year-old is overwhelmed about her opportunity to pull on the black and white.

“I kind of just burst into tears when my name got called out,” Allen said. “I didn’t expect to have that sort of reaction but I honestly couldn’t think of a better club to be at and absolutely stoked to be in the black and white.”

Allen plays a similar role to Collingwood’s reigning Best and Fairest winner, Chloe Molloy. Both are attacking half-backs, but offer versatility through the midfield as well. The Dandenong Stingrays captain hopes she can make a similar impact to Molloy.

“I offer the half-back, a bit of attacking so I look up to Chloe in terms of her versatility,” Allen said. “So just like she got put forward and through the midfield, I hope that I can perform the same role for Collingwood.”

Allen led the Stingrays this year in the TAC Cup Girls competition and was named in the best in seven out of the eight games she played. She says Dandenong has played a huge part in helping her get to where she is today.

“The Stingrays have given me so much support,” Allen said. “It’s been phenomenal. “It’s sad to leave them I guess but I’ll always be connected to the Stingrays and always be a Stingray girl at heart.”

Being the club captain enabled Allen to add a new element to her game. She developed her leadership skills remarkably and was rewarded with a chance to captain Vic Country this year. Now, she has the opportunity to one day be a leader at the Pies.

“Being a leader’s definitely another aspect of my game that you have to kind of bring beyond your footy skills and it’s been awesome, you get to know people really well,” Allen said. “You get to see a different side of people that you don’t get to really see and create those bonds you don’t usually get to make so it’s been awesome and the footy’s been amazing this year. “We’ve had some really awesome opportunities and couldn’t be more thankful for all of the people who got me here.”

At Collingwood, Allen has the opportunity to play alongside former Vic Country representative, Darcy Guttridge. The 18 year-old is looking forward to playing alongside one of her favourite teammates at an elite level.

“I played a fair bit of junior football with her and watched her get drafted last year,” Allen said. “She didn’t play due to injury but played a bit of VFL (Victorian Football League) with her this year and she’s probably one of the best teammates I could have. “She’s definitely someone I look up to and I can’t wait to play with her again.”

As a junior, Allen knew that she was always going to do whatever her brother did. So when he picked up a football, so too did Allen. Now, she will be picking up a football in the highest level of female football in Australia, in what is truly a dream come true for the talented leader.

AFL Academy talent pool out to impress AFL recruiters in VFL hitout

THE COUNTRY’S brightest draft eligible players will run out on the MCG on Saturday in the AFL Academy’s VFL hitout.

The curtain raiser to the Melbourne and North Melbourne clash, will see the 2018 Level Two AFL Academy squad, for players eligible for the 2018 National AFL Draft take on the North Melbourne VFL side.

The annual match for the AFL Academy against VFL opposition has seen players in the past put their hand up for higher honours against the often bigger and more experienced VFL opponents. 

Past strong performances from Will Brodie (2016) and Luke Davies-Uniacke (2017) helped push their top-10 draft credentials. Against Werribee two years ago, Brodie recorded 20 disposals and seven inside 50s, while last year against the Northern Blues, Davies-Uniacke had 22 disposals and six clearances. 

Over the summer, the members of the AFL Academy headed to America for a high performance camp at the IMG Academy in Florida, while also training at AFL clubs to gain an insight into what it is like in the AFL environment.  There is a good mix of talls and smalls in the AFL Academy squad and they will be hoping to put in a good showing in front of every clubs recruiting team, who will be following their every move right up until the draft, which will be held later in the year. 

South Australians Jack Lukosius and Izak Rankine are likely to feature in the top handful or so of players for the draft, while twins Max and Ben King put together an outstanding performance in Round 2 of the TAC Cup, where Max booted eight goals, while Ben collected 20 disposals as both brothers pulled down nine marks each for the contest. 

Vic Country midfielder Sam Walsh also looms as an early pick and is one who will likely relish the contest against the bigger opposition, coming off a 36 disposal game for the Geelong Falcons against GWV Rebels in the TAC Cup on the weekend. Nick Blakey (NSW-ACT) and Tarryn Thomas (TAS) are two of the best prospects out of the pool of players who will take part in the Under 18 Academy Series, which kicks off Saturday week at Blacktown. 

The number one pick in the 2017 AFL National Draft Cameron Rayner had 11 disposals and booted an outstanding goal on the run in last year’s AFL Academy clash against VFL opposition and there’s no doubt the Lions would’ve been watching that game closely last year. If there is a game for the 2018 draft prospects to announce themselves on the big stage, then this game is for them.

This weekend will also see the inaugural “tall camp” take place in Melbourne from April 9-11, with players 195cm or taller taking place. The players aged between 17 and 20 in this calendar year will be invited for training sessions over the weekend. 

A full list of players invited to both the ‘tall camp’ and the final AFL Academy squads will be released later in the week.

Saturday 7th April 2018
AFL Academy vs. North Melbourne VFL
11.05am, MCG