Published on August 12, 2017 6:24 pm

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VFL SATURDAY RECAP: Round 17

In Round 17 Saturday matches, winners were Geelong, Casey Demons, Port Melbourne and Essendon.

Read about each Round 17 Saturday game below:

GEELONG 12.12 (84) d RICHMOND 11.11 (77)

Geelong kept its slim finals hopes alive with an upset win over Richmond. The Cats led for all bar three minutes midway through the final term against the Tigers, setting up the win with five of the first six goals of the game to force Richmond into catch-up football. Geelong produced the win despite winning just one quarter of football – the first – against Richmond, but finished strongly with three of the last four goals of the game for their 6th win of the season.

Lreading goalkickers: Geelong – Black 3, Buzza 2 / Richmond – Lennon 3, Bolton, Lloyd, Mannagh 2

Form: Geelong – L L L L W / Richmond – W W L W L

Next week: Collingwood v Geelong / Richmond v Sandringham

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PORT MELBOURNE 30.17 (197) d COBURG 5.7 (37)

Port Melbourne produced a clinical performance to celebrate coach Gary Ayres 200th game, kicking 25 goals to two after quarter time for a 160-point win over Coburg. The Borough kicked 24 unanswered goals from timeon in the first term, till midway through the final term, including a blistering 13 goal third quarter. Jordan Lisle led nine multiple goalkickers with seven majors, the bag of goals placing Lisle equal with Collingwood’s Kayle Kirby in the race for the Frosty Miller goalkicking title, with Kirby to play Sunday.

Leading goalkickers: Port Melbourne – Lisle 7, Pearson 4, Cain, D.Conway, Nahas, Templeton 3, Krakauer, Golby, Anastasio 2 / Coburg – Kerbatieh 2

Form: Port Melbourne – W L L L W / Coburg  – L L L L L

Next up: Box Hill Hawks v Port Melbourne/ Coburg v North Ballarat

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CASEY DEMONS 16.6 (102) d NORTHERN BLUES 8.17 (65)

Casey kept its top four hopes alive, leading all afternoon against the Northern Blues for a 10th win of the season. Casey kicked the first seven goals of the game to establish a matchwinning 42-point lead early in the second term, with Fritsch and Zajai dangerous up forward. Despite the Blues rallying in the third term to win the quarter and cutting the margin to 29 point midway through the final term, Casey steadied to keep its undefeated home record intact for 2017, while kicking 100 points for just the third time this season.

Leading goalkickers: Casey Demons – Fritsch 4, Zijai, Kennedy 3 / Northern Blues – Wilson, Palmer 2

Form: Casey Demons – L W W W W / Northern Blues – L L W L L

Next up: Casey Demons v Williamstown / Werribee v Northern Blues

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ESSENDON 14.5 (89) d BOX HILL HAWKS 12.11 (83)

Essendon has produced an unbelievable come from behind win to defeat the top of the ladder Box Hill Hawks. The Bombers conceded the first seven goals of the game, and trailed by 44 points at quarter time before staging a remarkable fightback. The Bombers kicked the next nine goals of the game, including eight in the second term to lead the Hawks by 13 points early in the third term. Box Hill regained the lead by nine pointa at three quarter time, but the Bombers flew home with the last three goals of the game to record a memorable six-point win. In his return from injury, Jaegar O’Meara kicked 3 goals and had 25 disposals in the first three quarters before being rested in the last.

Leading goalkickers: Essendon – Younan 4, Boyse, Luxford 2 / Box Hill Hawks – O’Meara 3, Willsmore, Moore 2

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

Next up: Essendon vs Footscray / Box Hill Hawks v Port Melbourne

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