Published on June 10, 2019 10:40 pm

VFL REVIEW: Round 10

Jack Jovanovski reviews Round 10 in the Hard Yakka / Totally Workwear VFL.

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Richmond 13.8 (86) def. Geelong 9.9 (63):

Richmond have bounced back in superb fashion from their shock 29-point defeat at the hands of North Melbourne last week, beating Geelong by 23 points at the Swinburne Centre on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers led at every change and staved off a late Geelong surge to secure their eighth victory of the season. Richmond remain in top spot on the ladder, while Geelong sit in tenth position.

Small forward Shai Bolton (25 disposals, four marks, eleven tackles and a goal) was arguably the best afield for the Tigers, followed by reinvested ruck Mabior Chol (15 possessions, three marks, six tackles, 22 hit-outs and two goals) and Maverick Weller (22 disposals, three marks and seven tackles). For the Cats, Charlie Constable (26 disposals, five tackles and a goal) staked his claim for an AFL recall, whilst promising young key forward Nathan Kreuger (seven marks, three tackles and three goals) was also frequently sighted, kicking three goals in the second half after starting the game in defence.

In Round 11, Richmond will host former aligned side Coburg in Beaconsfield on Saturday afternoon. Geelong, on the other hand, will have their bye week before hosting Frankston in Round 12.


Williamstown 19.9 (123) def. North Melbourne 10.10 (70):

Williamstown have defeated North Melbourne convincingly in what was a trademark Seagulls performance, winning by 53 points at Downer Oval on Saturday afternoon. Williamstown, who kicked 16 goals after quarter-time, were impeccable in front of goal, as they kicked 19 majors from 28 scoring shots. The Kangaroos were unable to replicate their remarkable performance against Richmond last week, and sit in 13th position on the ladder; the Seagulls sit in fourth spot.

Former Kangaroo Mitch Hibberd (29 disposals, three marks, twelve tackles and two goals) performed outstandingly against his former side, and was arguably best afield for the Seagulls. Teammates Willie Wheeler (26 possessions, two marks, eight tackles and a goal) and Leigh Masters (18 disposals, eight marks and three tackles) were also prolific in the win. For North Melbourne, Tom Campbell (22 disposals, six marks, eight tackles and 33 hit-outs) was once again superb, as well as Taylor Garner (12 possessions, five marks, six tackles and two goals) and Lachie Hosie (five marks, four tackles and two goals), who were also impressive in a losing side.

Next week, the Seagulls will travel to Adcon Stadium to face Port Melbourne in a top four battle of standalone clubs on Sunday afternoon – live on Channel 7. Meanwhile, North Melbourne will travel to SkyBus Stadium on Sunday afternoon to face Frankston.


Northern Blues 14.15 (99) def. Coburg 13.4 (82):

The Northern Blues have claimed a narrow 17-point victory over a fast finishing Coburg at Preston City Oval on Sunday afternoon. After losing their last two games (to Sandringham and Essendon), the Blues led by 52 points early in the last term, only to see the Lions kick the last six goals of the game. The Blues now move to seventh position on the ladder. Coburg, on the other hand, have now lost their last six games and sit in 14th spot.

AFL-listed midfielder Matthew Kennedy responded well to his AFL omission, recording 30 disposals, nine marks, five tackles and a goal in the win and was among the best afield for the Blues. Matt Cottrell (18 possessions, eleven marks, three tackles and two goals) and Hugh Goddard (22 disposals, twelve marks and three tackles) were also impressive for the Blues, in a game that saw the return of Alex Johnson (13 disposals) from his sixth knee reconstruction. Meanwhile, for Coburg, Hedley Smith (16 possessions, six marks, five tackles and five goals) made an impressive VFL debut, and was among the best with Lochie Dickson (30 disposals, two marks, six tackles and one goal) and Marcus Lentini (43 disposals) were also prominent in a losing side.

In Round 11, Coburg will travel to the Swinburne Centre to take on ladder-leaders Richmond in what it set to be an enormous challenge for the Lions on Saturday afternoon. On the other hand, the Blues will host Footscray on Saturday afternoon at Ikon Park as they look to win back-to-back games.


Frankston 5.13 (43) def. by Port Melbourne 17.14 (116):

Port Melbourne have claimed another dominant win after they beat Frankston by 73 points at SkyBus Stadium on Sunday afternoon. After leading by only six points at half-time, the Borough put the Dolphins to the sword in the second half, kicking eleven goals to one to win convincingly. Port Melbourne have now won their last seven games and sit in second spot on the ladder, whilst Frankston remain winless this season in last position.

Eli Templeton (31 disposals, seven marks and three tackles), Tom O’Sullivan (25 possessions, four marks, four tackles and two goals) and Harvey Hooper (20 disposals, four marks, five tackles and a goal) were among the best afield for the Borough on the day. Meanwhile, Will Fordham (29 disposals, eight marks, five tackles and a goal), Nathan Freeman (31 possessions, eight marks, three tackles and a goal) and Josh Newman (34 disposals, five marks and three tackles) have all continued their remarkable 2019 form with strong games on the weekend in a losing side.

Next week, Port Melbourne will host Williamstown at Adcon Stadium on Sunday afternoon in what is set to be a blockbuster match-up on Channel 7. On the other hand, Frankston will host North Melbourne at SkyBus Stadium on Sunday afternoon as they continue to search for their first win of the season.


Casey Demons 15.12 (102) def. Collingwood 6.3 (39):

Casey broke a three game losing streak after they comfortably dispatched of Collingwood by 63 points at Casey Fields on Sunday afternoon. Collingwood, on the other hand, have now lost their last two game since upsetting Box Hill in Round 8 by 14 points. Casey led at every change, and capped off the much-needed win with a commanding six-goal-to-one last quarter. The Demons now sit in eleventh position on the ladder, whilst the Magpies sit in twelfth position.

Ruck Braydon Preuss had a day out, registering 19 disposals, six marks, six tackles, 41 hit-outs and a goal, whilst fellow Corey Wagner (27 disposals, five marks, eight tackles and two goals), Jay Lockhart (25 possessions, eleven marks, seven tackles and a goal) and Jay Kennedy-Harris (25 disposals, eleven marks and three tackles) were also dominant throughout the day. For the Pies, co-captain Alex Woodward (36 possessions, seven marks and five tackles) was arguably the best afield for the visitors, followed by Ben Reid (15 disposals, seven marks, four tackles and two goals) and Josh Daicos (24 disposals, three marks and six tackles), who were also impressive.

In Round 11, both the Demons and the Magpies will have their bye weeks, before Casey face Coburg and Collingwood square-off against the Bulldogs in Round 12.

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