Wild weather welcomed Peter Jackson VFL teams on Saturday, with Port Melbourne, Footscray, the Box Hill Hawks, Williamstown and the Casey Demons conquering the elements to record wins in Round 2 action so far.
The Borough responded well to a big defeat last week that got its premiership defence off to a rocky start, out-slogging Collingwood to prevail by 16 points in senior coach Gary Ayres’ 700th game as a player and coach at AFL/VFL and VFL/VFA level.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs accelerated away from Coburg in the second half to win by 81 points, the Hawks defeated a plucky Frankston outfit by 39 points, the Seagulls finished strongly in the final quarter to beat Essendon by 32 points and the Demons accounted for Werribee by 16 points.
Read a recap of each of today’s games so far below.
FOOTSCRAY 17.11 (113) d COBURG 4.8 (32)
IN A NUTSHELL: The Bulldogs weathered the wild conditions at VU Whitten Oval well in the second half, extending a 15-point lead at the major break to 33 points at three-quarter time and then keeping Coburg scoreless while booting seven majors of their own in the final term.
KEY MOMENTS: The Lions had reduced the margin to nine points with two of the first three goals of the third quarter but Western Bulldogs key forward Tom Boyd responded with authority, kicking the game’s next three majors in a 10-minute period in the middle of the term to set off Footscray’s surge to victory.
LEADING GOALKICKERS: Footscray – Boyd 5, Nash 3, Campbell 2, Lipinski 2, Goodyear 2, Monfries 2 / Coburg – all singles
FORMLINES: Footscray’s win was a good response to a 21-point defeat to Sandringham last week. The loss was Coburg’s second big fade-out after the Lions were outclassed by the Casey Demons to the tune of 107 points in Round 1.
NEXT UP: Geelong vs Footscray (GMHBA Stadium) / Coburg vs Box Hill Hawks (Piranha Park)
PORT MELBOURNE 9.9 (63) d COLLINGWOOD 7.5 (47)
IN A NUTSHELL: Port Melbourne recovered from a goalless opening quarter and 18-point deficit to eventually hit the lead in time-on of the third term at Olympic Park Oval. A see-sawing battled then ensued, with only late majors to the Borough’s Shannen Lange and Blake Pearson truly sealing the victory.
KEY MOMENTS: Skipper Jordan Lisle was Port Melbourne’s hero with five of his team’s nine goals, but perhaps his most important one was in quick response to a Collingwood major that put the Magpies in front early in the final quarter. The Borough didn’t relinquish the lead after that point.
LEADING GOALKICKERS: Port Melbourne – Lisle 5, Pearson 2 / Collingwood – all singles
FORMLINES: Port Melbourne responded in fine fashion to a 55-point loss at the hands of Richmond last week. Collingwood’s loss followed its dominant 130-point defeat of the Northern Blues in Round 1.
NEXT UP: Sandringham vs Port Melbourne (Trevor Barker Beach Oval) / Collingwood vs Essendon (Victoria Park)
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BOX HILL HAWKS 14.19 (103) d FRANKSTON 9.10 (64)
IN A NUTSHELL: The wind was a big factor at SkyBus Stadium, with just four goals kicked against it for the game. Box Hill’s 29-point quarter-time lead became a six-point advantage for the Dolphins at the main break, but the Hawks piled on six unanswered majors with the breeze in the third term to make Frankston’s task too difficult.
KEY MOMENTS: The Hawks kicked 10 unanswered goals with the wind in the first and third terms but their match-defining moments were arguably two majors against the breeze to Will Murphy and Mitch Lewis in the second quarter. Without them, Frankston’s six-point half-time lead could have been more worrying.
LEADING GOALKICKERS: Box Hill Hawks – Murphy 4, Lewis 3, Burton 2 / Frankston – Rich 2, Williams 2
FORMLINES: Box Hill’s win keeps it undefeated after overrunning Williamstown by 37 points in Round 1. Frankston was again highly competitive until half time, as it was in a 102-point loss to Essendon last week.
NEXT UP: Coburg vs Box Hill Hawks (Piranha Park) / North Melbourne vs Frankston (Avalon Airport Oval)
WILLIAMSTOWN 10.17 (77) d ESSENDON 6.9 (45)
IN A NUTSHELL: After kicking 5.10 (40) in the first three quarters, the Seagulls almost doubled their score in a barnstorming final term at Williamstown Football Ground. Shaun McKernan booted three of the game’s first four goals for Essendon, but Williamstown wore the Bombers down from that point on.
KEY MOMENTS: The Seagulls led by just one point entering the last quarter but goals to Willie Wheeler, Lachlan George, Jack Dorgan and then Nick Meese within the first 14 minutes of the term blew open an even contest and carried Williamstown to victory.
LEADING GOALKICKERS: Williamstown – Thorpe 2, Meese 2 / Essendon – McKernan 3
FORMLINES: Williamstown’s triumph followed a 37-point loss at home to the Box Hill Hawks in Round 1. Essendon’s ledger has now been squared at 1-1 after its 102-point win against Frankston last week.
NEXT UP: Werribee vs Williamstown (Avalon Airport Oval) / Collingwood vs Essendon (Victoria Park)
CASEY DEMONS 10.11 (71) d WERRIBEE 8.7 (55)
IN A NUTSHELL: Casey spoiled the party for Werribee’s first match at a redeveloped Avalon Airport Oval since 2016, kicking six of the game’s last seven goals to power home under lights after the hosts had built an 18-point lead midway through the third term.
KEY MOMENTS: When Matt Munro kicked Werribee 18 points clear 16 minutes into the third quarter, the Demons responded through goals to Cameron Pedersen and then Jayden Hunt (with the assist from Pedersen) in quick succession in time-on of the term. Those majors kick-started Casey’s match-defining burst of scoring.
LEADING GOALKICKERS: Casey Demons – Scott 2, Pedersen 2 / Werribee – Corbett 3
FORMLINES: Casey is two from two for 2018, having also recorded a 107-point win against Coburg last week. Werribee has now suffered two narrow losses following a heart-breaking last-gasp loss by four points to Geelong in Round 1.
NEXT UP: Richmond vs Casey Demons (Swinburne Centre) / Werribee vs Williamstown (Avalon Airport Oval)
— Rick Bell (@Rick_Bell17) April 14, 2018
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