Richmond and Geelong both scored victories in Peter Jackson VFL Round 14 on Sunday, as did Collingwood – which is now one of six teams on 7-5 records sitting two games behind the top three.
The Tigers and Cats are among those teams at the pointy end of the ladder (along with the Casey Demons) after defeating Essendon by 32 points and Frankston by 70 points respectively today, while the Magpies accounted for Werribee by 58 points.
Recap all of these games below.
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RICHMOND 13.11 (89) d ESSENDON 7.15 (57)
IN A NUTSHELL: Richmond’s renowned team defence held up well in blowy conditions at Windy Hill, using the breeze to set up its win with five goals to one in the first quarter. The Tigers may not have had hardened bodies like Anthony Miles, Corey Ellis and Jacob Townsend in their line-up but were still too strong for Essendon in the contests.
KEY MOMENTS: The Bombers contributed to their downfall with an inaccurate 4.6 (30) kicking with the wind in the second term, but Richmond’s ability to restrict them to just one goal for almost all the final stanza snuffed out their hopes of riding the breeze to a comeback win. Daniel Coffield was particularly important in rebounding the Tigers forward from defence.
LEADING GOALKICKERS: Richmond – Mannagh 3, Baker 2 / Essendon – Stewart 2, Younan 2
FORMLINES: Richmond (10-2) retains top spot for another week, this win following consecutive victories over the Northern Blues and Box Hill Hawks. / Essendon (7-5) has suffered back-to-back losses to top-four opponents after going down to the Casey Demons last week.
NEXT UP: Richmond vs North Melbourne (Holm Park, Beaconsfield) / Werribee vs Essendon (Avalon Airport Oval)
GEELONG 14.15 (99) d FRANKSTON 4.5 (29)
IN A NUTSHELL: The Cats set the tone in captain Tom Atkins’ 50th VFL game with five first-term goals to one at SkyBus Stadium. Despite only kicking 1.8 (14) in the second quarter and with Cory Gregson, Daniel Menzel, Mark O’Connor and Sam Simpson all done for the match by early in the third stanza, Geelong extended its lead at each change.
KEY MOMENTS: Frankston struggled to score in the first half but was still only 28 points in arrears at the main break, however Stewart Crameri’s five second-half majors put paid to the Dolphins mounting a comeback. The Cats forward booted his first goal in the opening minutes of the third term to kick off his team’s charge to victory.
LEADING GOALKICKERS: Geelong – Crameri 5, Gardner 2, Horlin-Smith 2/ Frankston – Elton 2
FORMLINES: Geelong (9-3) stays put in third spot on the ladder after notching a sixth straight win. / Frankston (2-10) lost its sixth consecutive game, all by margins of 47 points or more.
NEXT UP: Sandringham vs Geelong (Trevor Barker Beach Oval) / Coburg vs Frankston (Piranha Park)
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50 great games for Tom Atkins! pic.twitter.com/KImTyv1IGS
— Geelong VFL (@GeelongVFL) July 8, 2018
COLLINGWOOD 15.14 (104) d WERRIBEE 6.10 (46)
IN A NUTSHELL: The Magpies spoiled a big day of milestones for Werribee (see tweet below), extending their advantage at every break to run away with victory at Victoria Park. The Tigers moved to within 14 points of the lead shortly after half time, but Collingwood finished with nine of the game’s last 11 goals from that point.
KEY MOMENTS: Magpies AFL-lister Josh Smith hit the ground running in his first game of football in over two months, kicking two goals – one a superb dribbling effort from the boundary line – in the second quarter and another skilful major in the third to pad out Collingwood’s lead on each occasion.
LEADING GOALKICKERS: Collingwood – J. Smith 3, McLarty, Jack Blair 2 / Werribee – Porter 3
FORMLINES: Collingwood (7-5) arrested a mid-season slump that saw it lose four straight games prior to this one. / Werribee (3-9) has lost back-to-back matches to top-eight opposition, having also fallen to Geelong last week.
NEXT UP: Essendon vs Collingwood (Windy Hill – after a bye next week) / Werribee vs Essendon (Avalon Airport Oval)
A special moment for Ben Moloney and baby Isla – congratulations, “Beama”, on 100 @VFL games. Well done also to Joe Maishman and Sam Collins on their 50th #PJVFL #leaveyourmark pic.twitter.com/8feZYZxhMG
— Werribee FC (@WerribeeFC) July 8, 2018
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WERRIBEE vs ESSENDON (Channel 7)
RICHMOND vs NORTH MELBOURNE (Casey Radio)
BOX HILL HAWKS vs PORT MELBOURNE (3WBC radio)
CASEY DEMONS vs FOOTSCRAY (Casey Radio)
NORTHERN BLUES vs WILLIAMSTOWN (Video stream / VFL Live)
COBURG vs FRANKSTON
SANDRINGHAM vs GEELONG