In Round 13 of Peter Jackson VFL action, it’s the battle of the Tigers as Richmond take on Werribee in Frankston.
Richmond hold 6th place, immediately behind Werribee who are in 5th. The winner of this match will have a major advantage in the run home to the finals, keeping top four chances alive.
Last time these two sides faced off against each other, Werribee scored a narrow five-point win over Richmond in Beaconsfield.
Andrew Swallow had 36 touches for the day and made his case for a recall to North Melbourne. Meanwhile, Ben Lennon’s four straight goals were not enough to get the Tigers over the line.
Richmond were able to establish an early lead against Casey last week, and maintained a comfortable margin through to the final siren, winning 11.10.76 to 7.6.48 in Beaconsfield.
The Tigers led by as much as 41 points at three-quarter time, with the scoring coming from Danko Bzenic (3.2), Callum Moore (2.1), and Todd Elton (2.0). Jacob Townshend was the highest ball winner for Richmond with 30 disposals, 14 tackles, and 13 clearances.
Werribee fought hard for an 18-point victory despite being behind at every change, against the Coburg Lions away from home. A four goal to one final quarter got the visitors over the line, in a match that could have been a dangerous one for Werribee to drop.
Matt Hanson (30 disposals, 12 tackles, nine clearances) was the leading possession winner, while Joshua Corbett (4.1) and Joe Maishman (3.0) were the effective ones in front of goal.
Other matches this week include:
COLLINGWOOD v WILLIAMSTOWN (11th v 3rd)
LAST TIME THEY MET – Collingwood 16.6.102 vs. Williamstown 7.14.56 – 2016 Qualifying Final 2 @ IKON Park
Collingwood defeated another higher-ranked opponent to continue their winning streak, downing Geelong 11.10.76 to 7.8.50. Four goals to Kayle Kirby has put him at the top of the competition goalkickers’ list with 27, and in the hunt for a call-up to Collingwood’s AFL lineup. Some of Collingwood’s leading possession winners were Rupert Wills (33 disposals), Jarryd Blair (29 disposals), and James Aish (28 disposals). The Pies will have to be at their very best to defeat Williamstown, however.
Williamstown claimed a 45-point win against the highly-fancied Box Hill in a strong display at the Box Hill City Oval. Down by 13 points at quarter time, the Seagulls proceeded to pile on eight goals to two in the second quarter, heading into half time with a 24-point lead. Williamstown continued their good play into the third quarter, leading by 45 at the three-quarter time and final sirens. Brett Bewley was the highest possession winner of the entire round, with 41 disposals and seven inside-50s. Lachlan Schultz (3.0) and Ayce Cordy (3.1) were the top scoring options for Williamstown, who remain in 3rd place on the ladder.
PORT MELBOURNE v SANDRINGHAM (1st v 12th)
LAST TIME THEY MET – Port Melbourne 15.10.100 vs. Sandringham 22.13.145 – 2016 Elimination Final 2 @ North Port Oval
Port Melbourne defeated the Northern Blues for the second time this season, this time by 23 points in the away match. The win, coupled with Box Hill’s loss meant that the Borough ended the round on top of the ladder. Thomas O’Sullivan (31 disposals, six clearances, one goal) and Eli Templeton (30 disposals, seven inside-50s) both had plenty of the ball, while Christopher Cain and Robin Nahas kicked three goals each.
Sandringham’s troubles hadn’t disappeared with their win over Werribee, with the Zebras going on to lose to Footscray by 49 points. After trailing by 24 points at quarter time, they kicked 6.3 to 3.5 in the second term to bring the margin back to just eight points at the main break. However, Footscray piled on nine goals to two for the second half, ensuring that the Zebras could not get back into the contest. Sandringham now sit in 12th, only above the Coburg and North Ballarat.
ESSENDON v NORTHERN BLUES (7th v 8th)
LAST TIME THEY MET – Essendon (9.17.131 vs. Northern Blues 8.10.58 – 2016 Round 21 @ Windy Hill
Led by three goals each from Jackson Merrett and Jayden Laverde, Essendon produced a 14.16.100 to 6.10.46 victory over North Ballarat. They had to battle hard for it though, as the Roosters led at quarter time and were only six points behind at half time. The Bombers came out firing in the third quarter with six goals to two, and that set up the result in the end. Nicholas O’Brien (33 disposals, six inside-50s) had the most of the ball, supported by Ben Howlett (27 disposals, seven clearances). The win lifts the Bombers up to 7th place, and in finals qualification for now.
The Northern Blues were just a bit off the quality of Port Melbourne, losing the match 9.9.63 to 13.8.86 at the Preston City Oval. Behind at every change, but never quite out of it, the Blues now find themselves on a four-match losing streak and tumbling down the ladder. Andrew Gallucci (2.0) and Luke Russell (2.0) were the only multiple goalkickers for the Blues, as Blaine Boekhorst led the possession count with 32 touches for the day.
GEELONG v FOOTSCRAY (10th v 4th)
LAST TIME THEY MET – Footscray 13.9.87 vs. Geelong 14.15.99 – 2017 Round 6 @ VU Whitten Oval
A difficult second half ensured Geelong missed out on claiming the win against Collingwood, eventually going down by 26 points. Though the Cats led by one point at half time, they could only manage one goal in each of the following quarters, while conceding six. All of Geelong’s goals were from individual goalkickers, and the main ball winner James Tsitas had 24 disposals.
Footscray put on an impressive scoring performance in their 18.12.120 to 10.11.71 victory over Sandringham, that keeps them in the top four for another week. In his return to football, Travis Cloke kicked three goals along with Tory Dickson who also kicked three majors. The Bulldogs were evenly balanced performance-wise, with many players doing their bit. Matt Goodyear was the leading possession winner with 30 disposals, 12 clearances, and a goal.
BOX HILL v NORTH BALLARAT (2nd v 14th)
LAST TIME THEY MET – North Ballarat 11.9.75 vs. Box Hill 12.16.88 – 2017 Round 8 @ Eureka Stadium
After leading by 13 points at quarter time, Box Hill were overcome by Williamstown for their second defeat of the season, the final scoreboard reading 10.13.73 to 17.16.118. Anthony Brolic kicked two goals along with eight other individual goalkickers, and the ball winners included James Cousins (24 disposals, seven marks) Dallas Willsmore (24 disposals, three clearances), and Andrew Moore (21 disposals, 10 tackles). The Hawks have now lost top spot to close rivals Port Melbourne.
North Ballarat remain winless in 2017, twelve rounds into the season. Their last match, a 54-point defeat to Essendon, was closely fought for the first half. The Roosters only trailed by six points at the main break, after leading by eight points at quarter time. Unfortunately, they could not maintain the pace, and scored only two goals to nine in the second half. Nick Rippon (28 disposals, 10 tackles, six clearances) was the main man in the middle, while Mitchell Rode kicked two goals straight for the day.
BYES – Coburg, Casey.