Published on August 5, 2017 5:59 pm

VFL SATURDAY RECAP: Round 16

The Box Hill Hawks will stay on top of the Peter Jackson VFL ladder for another week after prevailing in Saturday’s Round 16 action, with Footscray, Port Melbourne, the Casey Demons and Collingwood also recording victories.

The Hawks defeated Geelong by 52 points, while the day saw a range of comebacks as the Bulldogs produced a huge final term to knock off the Northern Blues by 13 points, the Demons summoned a big second half to triumph over Sandringham by 10 points and the Borough were dominant after quarter time in accounting for North Ballarat by 43 points. In addition, the Magpies overcame Werribee by 32 points after trailing early in the match.

 

FOOTSCRAY 12.8 (80) d NORTHERN BLUES 10.7 (67)

A withering final-term burst saw Footscray protect its place in the top four by running over the Blues at Ikon Park. Northern booted five straight goals to finish the third quarter and take a 26-point lead into the last change, but the Bulldogs responded with six unanswered majors of their own to steam to victory.

Leading goalkickers: Footscray – Gowers 3, Roberts 2 / Northern Blues – Jaksch 4, Sumner 2

Form: Footscray – W W W L W / Northern Blues – L L L W L

Next up: Essendon vs Footscray (August 19) / Casey Demons vs Northern Blues

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PORT MELBOURNE 12.19 (91) d NORTH BALLARAT 7.6 (48)

Port Melbourne recovered from a sluggish start to overpower North Ballarat and snap a three-game losing run in difficult conditions at Mars Stadium. The Roosters kicked five unanswered goals in an inspired first quarter but the Borough was able to keep them to just two more majors for the match en route to a much-needed win.

Leading goalkickers: Port Melbourne – D.Conway 3, Pearson 2, Cain 2, Anastasio 2 / North Ballarat – all singles

Form: Port Melbourne – W L L L W / North Ballarat – L L W L L

Next up: Port Melbourne vs Coburg / Collingwood vs North Ballarat

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CASEY DEMONS 14.9 (93) d SANDRINGHAM 12.11 (83)

Casey staged a second-half comeback to pip Sandringham in a crucial match for both teams’ finals hopes at Trevor Barker Beach Oval. A seven-goal-to-one second quarter gave the Zebras a 28-point lead at the long break, but the Demons came home with 10 majors to four after half time to consolidate their place in the top eight.

Leading goalkickers: Casey Demons – Fritsch 3, Scott 3 / Sandringham – Rich 3, Lonie 2, Cook 2, Holmes 2

Form: Casey Demons – L L W W W / Sandringham – L W W L L

Next up: Casey Demons vs Northern Blues / Richmond vs Sandringham (August 20)

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BOX HILL HAWKS 19.23 (137) d GEELONG 13.7 (85)

Box Hill will retain its place on top of the ladder for another week after comfortably defeating Geelong for the second time in 2017 at Box Hill City Oval. Following a 42-point win against the Cats in Round 4, the Hawks established a 43-point lead at half time that enabled them to withstand a challenge in the third quarter and then pull away again late.

Leading goalkickers: Box Hill Hawks – Murphy 4, Stewart 4, Willsmore 2 / Geelong – Henry 2, Black 2, Jones 2, Dobson 2

Form: Box Hill Hawks – L W W W W / Geelong – L L L L L

Next up: Essendon vs Box Hill Hawks / Geelong vs Richmond

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COLLINGWOOD 15.12 (102) d WERRIBEE 11.4 (70)

The Magpies avenged an 11-point loss to Werribee in Round 5 and kept their finals hopes alive with a strong second half at Etihad Stadium. Collingwood came home with eight goals to four after leading by just three points at the main break, as Kayle Kirby extended his lead in the ‘Frosty’ Miller Medal goalkicking race with five majors (see vision below).

Leading goalkickers: Collingwood – Kirby 5, Keeffe 2, Cox 2 / Werribee – Hansen 3, Anderson 2, Ellard 2, Munro 2

Form: Collingwood – W L W L W / Werribee – W L L W L

Next up: Collingwood vs North Ballarat / Williamstown vs Werribee

 

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