Published on June 17, 2019 8:47 pm

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VFL REVIEW: Round 11

Jack Jovanovski reviews Round 10 in the Hard Yakka / Totally Workwear VFL, with Frankston opening its 2019 account, a thrilling draw between standalone rivals Port Melbourne and Williamstown, plus wins to Richmond, Footscray and Essendon.

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Richmond 18.15 (123) def. Coburg 6.3 (39):

Richmond have won their second game in a row since losing to North Melbourne in Round 9, when they beat Coburg by 84 points at Holm Park on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers started the game in blistering fashion, kicking four goals to Coburg’s none in the first quarter. They then kicked 10 goals to three in the second half to cap off the dominant victory. Richmond remain in first position on the ladder, while Coburg sit in 14th spot.

Maverick Weller (28 disposals, six marks, nine tackles and two goals), Shai Bolton (36 possessions, two marks, five tackles and a goal) and Jacob Townsend (21 disposals, nine marks and five goals) were all among the best afield for the Tigers, and will be hoping that they’ve done enough to earn AFL recalls this week. For the Lions, Tyson Lever (30 disposals, seven marks and four tackles), Luke Bunker (29 possessions, two marks, seven tackles and a goal) and Marcus Lentini (32 disposals, three marks and five tackles) were all strong in a losing side.

In Round 12, Richmond will have a bye week, while Coburg will host Casey (coming off a bye week) at Piranha Park on Sunday afternoon as they search for their second win of the season.


Northern Blues 10.7 (67) def. by Footscray 17.19 (121):

Footscray were comfortable victors over the Northern Blues on Saturday afternoon, winning by 54 points at Ikon Park. After trailing the Bulldogs by 26 points at three-quarter-time, the Blues were unable to stage a last-quarter comeback. Instead, the Bulldogs kicked seven goals to two to stretch the margin out to 54 points by the final siren. Footscray, as they have been prone to in recent times, were very inaccurate on the day, recording 36 scoring shots but only converting 17 of them into majors including a four goal 12 second term. The Dogs sit in fourth position on the ladder, while the Blues sit in eighth spot.

Anthony Scott (22 disposals, five marks, four tackles and two goals), Josh Schache (16 possessions, eight marks and two goals) and Taylor Duryea (24 disposals, five marks, four tackles and a goal) were the Bulldogs’ best performers on the day. Meanwhile, Jack Silvagni (26 possessions, five marks, eleven tackles and three goals) was the Blues’ best after his omission from Carlton’s side last week, as well as fellow AFL-listed players Darcy Lang (26 disposals, two marks and eight tackles) and promising youngster Hugh Goddard (20 possessions, six marks and seven tackles).

Next week, Footscray will host Collingwood at VU Whitten Oval on Sunday morning, as they look to continue their winning ways and potentially move into the top-three by the end of the round. On the other hand, the Blues have a bye week.


Essendon 10.11 (71) def. Box Hill Hawks 9.7 (61):

Essendon edged Box Hill by eleven points in what was a nail-biting contest at Windy Hill on Saturday afternoon. The Bombers led at every change, but never by more than two points. Luke Meadows gave the Hawks the lead in the final term, but goals to Msquito and Houlahan before time-one gave the Bombers the win. Essendon have won three of their last four games and sit in third position on the ladder. Meanwhile, the Hawks have lost three of their last four and sit in ninth spot.

Among the best afield for the victorious Bombers were David Myers (30 disposals, five marks, five tackles and a goal), Michael Hartley (20 possessions, eleven marks and three tackles) and Will Snelling (22 disposals, five marks, seven tackles and a goal). For the Hawks, developing ruckman Marc Pittonet (21 disposals, four marks, three tackles and 49 hit-outs) and former Box Hill captain David Mirra (23 possessions, eleven marks and a tackle) were impressive in the loss and will continue to push for AFL recalls.

In Round 12, Essendon will face-off against Port Melbourne in what should be an intense top-four clash at Adcon Stadium on Sunday afternoon on Channel 7. Box Hill, meanwhile, will look to get back on the winners list when they host Sandringham on Saturday afternoon.


Frankston 16.14 (110) def. North Melbourne 8.12 (60):

Frankston have claimed their first win of the 2019 season in dominant fashion, beating North Melbourne by 50 points at SkyBus Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Dolphins were brilliant from quarter-time onwards, kicking 14 goals to seven (including an eight-goal-to-three second quarter) to secure the victory. The Kangaroos have now lost two games in a row since beating ladder-leaders Richmond in Round 9, and sit in 13th position on the ladder. Frankston, meanwhile, remain in last spot but were able to break a 20-game losing streak, dating back to Round 6, 2018.

Goy Lok (18 disposals, ten marks, four tackles and a goal) was integral in Frankston’s victory, as well as consistent contributors Nathan Freeman (34 possessions, four marks and two tackles) and Will Fordham (29 disposals, three marks and four tackles). For the Roos, Tom Campbell (23 disposals, four marks, four tackles, 21 hit-outs and a goal) was again impressive and is arguably the frontrunner for North’s VFL best-and-fairest award. Nash Holmes (20 possessions and six tackles) was also among the Roos’ best performers in a losing side.

Frankston will be looking for back-to-back wins for the first time this season when they travel to Geelong to play the Cats on Saturday afternoon next week in the video stream game. On the other hand, North Melbourne will look to rest and recuperate during their upcoming bye week.


Sandringham 9.9 (63) def. by Werribee 13.9 (87):

Werribee has claimed an impressive away victory over the in-form Sandringham, beating the Zebras by 24 points at Wilson Storage Trevor Barker Beach Oval on Sunday afternoon. Sandringham, after winning its last two games, found themselves trailing by only a goal at three-quarter-time, after going behind by 18 points at half-time. The Tigers kicked five goals to two in the final quarter to cap off the hard-fought victory and now sit in sixth position on the ladder. Meanwhile, the Zebras sit in seventh spot.

Michael Barlow (23 disposals, six marks, five tackles and three goals), Ryan Hebron (21 possessions, twelve marks and a goal) and Tom Gribble (32 disposals, three marks and a goal) were all instrumental in securing the Tigers’ victory. For the Zebras, Bailey Rice (17 disposals, six marks, eight tackles and a goal) continues to push for an AFL recall after his impressive performance, as well as Brede Seccull (25 possessions, four marks and four tackles) and Ben Paton (27 disposals, five marks and four tackles), who were also eye-catching.

In Round 11, Werribee will be looking for back-to-back wins when they host the formidable Williamstown at Avalon Airport Oval on Sunday afternoon. The Zebras, meanwhile, will be looking to bounce back this week when they face the out-of-form Hawks at Box Hill City Oval on Saturday afternoon.


Port Melbourne 10.14 (74) drew Williamstown 10.14 (72):

Standalone stalwarts Port Melbourne and Williamstown played out a thrilling draw at Adcon Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Seagulls found themselves 17 points down at three-quarter-time, before kicking the first four goals of the final term to hit the lead by seven points. Port finished with two of the last three goals of the game, with Tom ‘Jnr’ O’Sullivan scoring the goal and then behind to level the scores. The result leaves the Borough in second position on the ladder and Williamstown in fifth spot.

Shannen Lange (33 disposals, two marks, twelve tackles and a goal) was remarkable for Port Melbourne, as well as Eli Templeton (29 possessions, two marks, three tackles and a goal) and Ben Jolley (26 disposals and two tackles), who also performed well on the day against his former team. For the Seagulls, Nick Meese (10 possessions, nine tackles and 53 hit-outs) continued his fine form this season. Liam Hunt (30 disposals, seven marks and two tackles) and Mitch Hibberd (20 possessions, four marks and nine tackles) were also impressive.

Next week, Port Melbourne will host the Bombers at Adcon Stadium on Sunday afternoon on Channel 7. Meanwhile, Williamstown will travel to Werribee to face the Tigers on Sunday afternoon.

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