Published on June 7, 2018 8:06 pm

PREVIEW: VFL Round 10

We look at each game in Peter Jackson VFL Round 10, including a crucial match for last year’s minor premier Williamstown as the ninth-placed Seagulls host a top-of-the-table Richmond outfit.

 

WILLIAMSTOWN vs RICHMOND – Sunday 2.10pm @ Williamstown Football Ground

[LIVE on Channel 7]

 

LAST ENCOUNTER

2017 Rd 6 @ Williamstown Football Ground: Williamstown 19.12 (126) d Richmond 10.11 (71)

 

FORM COMING IN

Williamstown (9th, 4-4) has suffered back-to-back defeats against top-eight teams, losing to Geelong and then the Casey Demons last week. Richmond (1st, 7-1) is sitting a game clear on top of the ladder on a four-match winning streak – including a big victory over a second-placed Collingwood in Round 9.

 

KEY QUESTION

Can Williamstown captain Adam Marcon lead his team to victory? Marcon took the reins from long-time Seagulls skipper Ben Jolley this year and is in the team’s top three for total disposals, contested possessions and clearances. He’ll need to produce a big midfield performance against the club he played two AFL games for in 2016.

 

KEY STAT

Richmond’s ability to generate a heap of scoring opportunities from not a lot of possession has been a constant this season. The Tigers are ranked only ninth in the VFL for average disposals but are clearly the competition’s top team for inside-50s and goals per game on the back of their ability to create crucial turnovers.

 

COACH’S PERSPECTIVE

Williamstown senior coach Andy Collins on the team’s season so far:

“It’s been really challenging. We’ve lost key people around our footy club like Arryn Siposs and Ayce Cordy and then weren’t able to recruit in those areas with mature players, so we’re very inexperienced in a lot of our key positions. The good thing is we’re really working hard as a group of coaches. I’m lucky to have Peter Banfield as my second-in-charge and Clint Proctor, Matty Pearce and Clay Illman as assistants. We’re doing a lot of teaching at the moment and we think we’ll get better as the year goes on.”

On the players that have impressed him this season:

“Brayden Monk was our Development League best-and-fairest last year and he’s really stepped up and played every game as a small back this year. We’ve had Jake Greiser, Billy Myers, Brett Bewley, Michael Gibbons, Lachie Schultz and Ben Cavarra going from strength to strength among that young-20s age group, which is a really good group for us. We just need to get our midfield firing a little bit and that’ll be a huge challenge against Richmond with Anthony Miles, Sam Lloyd and Jacob Townsend in there.”

On Richmond’s form in 2018 and the keys to victory on Sunday:

“Their form has been very impressive. They’re just getting stronger as a footy club day by day and it’s a real credit to their coaches and players and their attitude. They’re clearly the best team in the VFL at the moment and they’re really healthy. We think we can get better from last week (a loss to Casey) and if we do, it’s going to be a good game. Winning the midfield battle will be a key, and putting territory pressure on the opposition; it’s about who can get the ball moving into their forward line and then lock it in there.”


GEELONG vs NORTH MELBOURNE – Saturday 10am @ GMHBA Stadium

 

LAST ENCOUNTER

Never played

 

FORM COMING IN

Geelong (6th, 5-3) has kept Williamstown and then the Northern Blues to very low scores in wins over the last two weeks. North Melbourne (8th, 5-3) is one of the VFL’s form teams, winning three straight games against Port Melbourne, the Box Hill Hawks and then Sandringham.

 

KEY QUESTION

Is this a clash between the two best VFL-listed midfields? Geelong has taken to calling its on-ball division of Tom Atkins, James Tsitas, Luke Kiel and Jordan Keras the ‘Quartet of Carnage’, but the big-bodied Cats will face stiff resistance from North Melbourne hard-nuts Nick Rippon, Chris Jansen and Nash Holmes this week.

 

KEY STAT

Geelong has proven particularly miserly in defence in its five wins this season, conceding an average of 56 points per game – including holding Williamstown to 37 points in Round 8 and the Northern Blues to 34 points last week. Something will have to give against North Melbourne, which averages 102 points per game in its five wins to date.


CASEY DEMONS vs COLLINGWOOD – Saturday 2.10pm @ Casey Fields

[LIVE on Channel 7]

 

LAST ENCOUNTER

2017 Rd 8 @ Casey Fields: Casey Demons 15.12 (102) d Collingwood 13.5 (83)

 

FORM COMING IN

Casey (2nd, 6-2) has won four games on the trot, claiming its third top-eight scalp in the last month with a defeat of Williamstown in Round 9. Collingwood (3rd, 6-2) suffered its first loss since Round 2 against Richmond last week, ending a five-game winning streak.

 

KEY QUESTION

How scary does a healthy list make the Demons? Casey’s AFL affiliate Melbourne is flying in third position with a short injury list and that’s reflected in the amount of AFL-listed Demons competing at VFL level. There were 18 of them in the team that defeated the Seagulls last week, while Collingwood had just eight AFL-listers in its Round 9 loss to the Tigers.

 

KEY STAT

If Collingwood possesses the ball as much as it usually does – the Magpies are the VFL’s top team for disposals per game – it needs to stay calm and composed, as Casey is ranked equal-first for average tackles. The Demons are ranked only eighth for disposals but their tackling pressure ensures they still generate plenty of scoring chances.


WERRIBEE vs PORT MELBOURNE – Saturday 3pm @ Avalon Airport Oval

 

LAST ENCOUNTER

2017 Rd 15 @ RAMS Arena: Werribee 17.3 (105) d Port Melbourne 15.11 (101)

 

FORM COMING IN

Werribee (12th, 2-6) claimed its first win since Round 3 in defeating a fifth-placed Box Hill Hawks outfit away from home last week. After suffering back-to-back losses at home, Port Melbourne (7th, 5-3) got back on the winners’ list against Frankston in Round 9.

 

KEY QUESTION

Can Werribee be the great disrupter in the second half of the season? The Tigers have lost three of their six games by less than 16 points – to strong teams in Geelong, the Casey Demons and Footscray – and last week’s triumph over Box Hill shows they can still shape the top eight even if they seem out of contention at the moment.

 

KEY STAT

Port Melbourne needs to find an answer for Werribee’s Sam Collins, who’s enjoying a stellar season in his first year out of Fremantle’s AFL system. Collins leads the VFL for total marks (11 per game), contested marks (four) and uncontested marks (seven) floating through defence, and Borough big men like Khan Haretuku and Guy Dickson will need to keep him occupied.


ESSENDON vs COBURG – Sunday 12pm @ Windy Hill

 

LAST ENCOUNTER

2017 Rd 6 @ Piranha Park: Essendon 22.18 (150) d Coburg 9.7 (61)

 

FORM COMING IN

Essendon (4th, 5-3) narrowly lost to Footscray last week to end a run of four straight wins. Coburg (15th, 0-8) will continue searching for the four-quarter performance that will deliver its first victory after pushing ladder-leader Richmond for long periods in Round 8 two weeks ago.

 

KEY QUESTION

Can Coburg produce four good quarters of football this time? The Lions may be winless but they’ve proven capable against top-eight opposition in stretches this season, only falling away in the last quarter against Richmond and the Box Hill Hawks while matching Collingwood and Williamstown after slow starts in recent games.

 

KEY STAT

Essendon will look to establish dominance at stoppages in this game, with the Bombers ranking third in the VFL for contested possessions and clearances per game and Coburg ranking in the bottom two in both categories. Essendon averages a significant 18 more contested possessions and five more clearances than the Lions.


SANDRINGHAM vs FRANKSTON – Sunday 2pm @ Trevor Barker Beach Oval – Pride game

[LIVE on Casey Radio]

 

LAST ENCOUNTER

2016 Rd 13 @ Trevor Barker Beach Oval: Sandringham 16.20 (116) d Frankston 9.2 (56)

 

FORM COMING IN

Sandringham (11th, 3-5) won its first game since Round 2 two weeks ago but couldn’t back it up in falling to North Melbourne in Round 9. Frankston (13th, 2-6) has lost back-to-back matches against the Casey Demons and then Port Melbourne last week.

 

KEY QUESTION

What are the playing stocks like in Melbourne’s south-east? The answer must certainly be positive, given the VFL-listed talent in both of these teams. Sandringham’s local products such as Hayden McLean, Jonathan Haidon and Nathan Smith are making an impact, while Frankston is seeing great signs from the likes of Lachlan Gill-Renouf and Nathan Scagliarini.

 

KEY STAT

Billy Longer was a late out from Sandringham’s team to face North Melbourne last week, but it’ll be interesting to see him take on fellow St Kilda-listed ruckman Lewis Pierce – who has a special arrangement to play for Frankston – if both are available. The big men are ranked in the VFL’s top five for hitouts and hitouts to advantage per game.

 

* ROUND 10 BYE – Box Hill Hawks, Footscray and Northern Blues

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