The Box Hill Hawks, Casey Demons and Williamstown are the winners so far on a memorable day of Peter Jackson VFL ‘Love the Game’ Finals Series action.
The Hawks set up a semi-final date with Geelong at Stannards Stadium (North Port Oval) next week after prevailing by 11 points in extra time in a classic elimination final against Port Melbourne today.
Meanwhile, the Cats fell to the Casey Demons by 91 points in a qualifying final this afternoon, with the Demons earning a preliminary-final berth in two weeks’ time.
The lights turning off at Punt Road Oval did not stop the Seagulls recording a third win for 2018 against the ladder-leading Tigers, booking a preliminary-final spot against either Box Hill or Geelong in a fortnight. Full statement about the lighting outage at Punt Road Oval HERE
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BOX HILL HAWKS 13.18 (96) d PORT MELBOURNE 13.7 (85)
IN A NUTSHELL: In yet another classic contest between these teams, the Hawks saved their season with a goal in the final seconds of regular play to tie the scores and send the match to extra time. Two unanswered majors in the first of two extra periods broke Port Melbourne hearts at Stannards Stadium, with the Borough having looked like winners shortly before. They came back from a deficit of 18 points into time-on of the fourth quarter by piling on four goals in the space of six minutes, but Box Hill struck again in the nick of time with Oliver Hanrahan’s fateful late major.
KEY MOMENTS: Where to start? In the game’s biggest moments from midway through the final term, the Hawks wasted a host of chances to leave the door open for Port Melbourne to romp to an unlikely late lead. The Borough will rue the passage of play that saw Box Hill’s forward line open up for Hanrahan to run into goal just before the final siren though, while James Cousins and then Chris Jones were able to score majors from a stoppage and a mark inside 50 respectively to seal victory in extra time.
LEADING GOALKICKERS: Box Hill Hawks – C. Jones 2, Hanrahan 2, Whitecross 2, Ross 2 / Port Melbourne – Mascitti 4
FORMLINES: The Hawks (13-6) knocked off top-four teams the Casey Demons and then Geelong in consecutive weeks to tune up for this battle. / Port Melbourne’s (10-9) season ends with three losses in its last four games.
NEXT UP: Geelong vs Box Hill Hawks – semi final / Port Melbourne – season over
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Posted by Victorian Football League (VFL) on Saturday, 1 September 2018
— Box Hill Hawks (@BoxHillHawks) September 1, 2018
Another instant classic between @BoxHillHawks & @PortMelbourneFC! The Borough were literally 1 or 2 seconds from progressing to next week in regulation time. Unbelievable game. #PJVFL https://t.co/91kl9XbMpU
— Jason Bennett (@JasonBennettTV) September 1, 2018
CASEY DEMONS 20.9 (129) d GEELONG 4.14 (38)
IN A NUTSHELL: The last time the Demons lost two straight games (earlier in 2018) they won their next 12, and this time Casey again responded strongly to back-to-back losses with a comprehensive defeat of the Cats. Geelong conceded the game’s first seven goals at Casey Fields to be 41 points down early in the second quarter, hitting back to reduce the margin to 23 midway through the term but managing only one further major in the third stanza. The Demons then steamed to a spot in a preliminary final with the last nine goals of the match.
KEY MOMENTS: Casey’s early burst put an end to this contest almost as soon as it had started. Will Collis started the rot for the Cats with two goals in three minutes following the first bounce, before Pat McKenna and Cameron Pedersen added two majors each of their own in the run to quarter time. Pedersen slotted his third for the match shortly after the resumption of play to finally shock Geelong into action.
LEADING GOALKICKERS: Casey Demons – Pedersen 4, Hannan 3, W. Collis 3, Machaya 3, J. Smith 2, McKenna 2 / Geelong – all singles
FORMLINES: The Demons (15-4) lost back-to-back games to the Box Hill Hawks and then Williamstown in the last two home-and-away rounds before responding emphatically in this match. / Geelong (13-6) lost to the Hawks last week and will now meet them again in next week’s semi final.
NEXT UP: Casey Demons – preliminary final / Geelong vs Box Hill Hawks – semi final
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WILLIAMSTOWN 11.14 (80) d RICHMOND 8.7 (55)
IN A NUTSHELL: In a tight first half, 13 points was the biggest lead as Richmond was the only side that could manage back to back goals under lights at the Swinburne Centre. Lachlan Schultz was on fire in the second term, kicking all of his match-high three goals before half time. Williamstown took control of the game in the third term, and despite a break when the four Punt Road Oval light towers turned off due to an overheated globe, the Seagulls’ momentum was not upset, kicking the opening goal of an extended final term (with 4m 47 that was missed from the third term, added to the final quarter) to eventually run our 25-point winners. Michael Gibbons was again a ball magnet with 36 disposals, while returning Tiger Dan Butler had three disposals in limited ground time, only playing the first half of the match.
KEY MOMENTS: Apart from four of the eight light towers turning off during time on in the third term, the other telling point in the game was earlier in that quarter, with the Seagulls kicking the opening to goals of the second half. to jump out to a 19-point lead.
LEADING GOALKICKERS: Richmond – Aarts 2 / Williamstown – George 3, Schultz 3, Bewley 2
FORMLINES: The Tigers finished the season with only one win from their last three matches, and were unable to overcome the Seagulls, suffering a third defeat for the season against the fourth placed side. / Williamstown has taken its end of season winning streak to seven, and will compete in ninth straight preliminary final.
NEXT UP: Richmond vs Collingwood or Essendon – semi final / Williamstown vs Box Hill Hawks or Geelong – preliminary final
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1st ELIMINATION FINAL: Collingwood (5th) vs Essendon (8th)
2.10pm @ Stannards Stadium (North Port Oval)
Live on Channel 7 / SEN