Published on April 16, 2019 11:56 pm

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Brandon Mavinil reviews Round 2 in the Hard Yakka / Totally Workwear VFL.

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Footscray 17.10 (112) d Collingwood 6.4 (40)

Footscray notched back-to-back wins to start the 2019 VFL season, after defeating Collingwood by 72 points at Olympic Park on Friday evening.

A 62-point lead at halftime saw the Bulldogs take control of the contest, leaving the Pies playing catch up for the remainder of the game. Jackson Trengove led in the ruck, collecting 26 hit-outs, 26 disposals and kicking two goals with midfielder Lukas Webb snagged two goals, along with 10 marks and 28 disposals. Brad Lynch stepped up in the midfield and up forward, kicking two goals and taking six marks. Lin Jong played an impressive first game back from injury, taking seven marks and kicking a goal, whilst Tom Boyd played limited minutes in his return from a back injury and got through the game unscathed. Last week’s Man of the Match Pat Lipinski (one goal, 20 disposals) continued his impressive VFL form, while defender Bailey Williams continued to push for a senior recall, taking ten marks and collecting 22 disposals.

Ben Reid led the goalkicking up forward for the Magpies with two goals, while Rupert Wills (32 disposals) and co-captain Alex Woodward (31) were the major ball winners in the middle. Adam Oxley (29 disposals) and Daniel Wells (23) both returned to the side and got through unscathed.

Next week: Footscray take a break with the bye, before taking on Williamstown in Round 4 away. Meanwhile, Collingwood who are now ninth host traditional rivals the Northern Blues at Victoria Park on Saturday.

Richmond 13.14 (92) d Port Melbourne 7.7 (49)

Richmond’s VFL side registered its first win for 2019 on the back of a six-goal final term, withstanding a persistent Port Melbourne, to run out winners by 43 points, In a hotly-contested affair, the Tigers and Borough fought and scrapped from siren to siren, with Richmond’s perseverance and even contribution holding off a late fight back by the Borough.

In a goalless 22-minute opening term, both sides failed to capitalise on the scoreboard. Richmond then produced a match winning second term, kicking four goals to one to establish a 21-point lead they would no relinquish for the remainder of the game. Port were uable to reduce the margin to under two goals mid-way through the third term, but Richmond responded with five of the next siz goal to put the game beyond doubt.

Patrick Naish was the leading disposals winner for the Tigers with 25, while they shared the goals between Chol, Moore and Fletcher. Shannon Lange and Ben Jolley led the way for Port with 27 and 26 disposals respectively, with Blake Pearson the only Borough multiple goalkicker.

Next Week: The VFL Tigers will enjoy a week off with their bye before heading on the road to face the Casey Demons in Round 4 whilst Port Melbourne host top of the ladder Box Hill Hawks at the Adcon Stadium on Saturday.


Casey Demons 18.11 119 d North Melbourne 10.5 65

Last year’s VFL grand finalists the Casey Demons came out of the blocks fast, booting the first seven goals of the game at Casey Fields, while keeping the Roos scoreless in the first term. The Demons led all day, but North reduced the final margin – which jumped out to 84 points in the final term – with five successive goals to finish the game to bringing the margin back to 54 points at fulltime.

Corey Maynard had a team-high 24 disposals, and Mitch Gent had 22 touches and booted a goal, to lead the Demons. Tom Sparrow played a great team game tagging North playmaker Dom Tyson, pestering him all day and influencing the effectiveness of his disposals drawing praise from the coach Jade Rowlings who spoke to the Demons’ website. “We thought it would teach Tom really well, playing on a good inside mid like Tyson … I think Tom learnt a lot.”

North’s AFL-listed forwards battle hard, with Tom Campbell and Nick Larkey combining for five goals between them and Sam Wright and Dom Tyson were also among the Roos’ best. North forward Taylor Garner was rested after completing two quarters, which included three big tackles whilst Ben McKay left the ground after suffering a leg injury in the first half. Coach David Loader said postgame “We were really positive late in the game; All we can talk about now is the positive way that we finished and using that as a springboard for next week.”

Next Week: Casey will have their bye round break before hosting Richmond in Round 4, whilst North will look for their first win of the season hosting Essendon at Avalon Airport Oval on Saturday.

Werribee VS Coburg

it was a second quarter breakdown that was the difference in Saturday night’s game between Werribee and Coburg at Avalon Airport Oval which saw the home team run away winners by 32 points. Whilst Coburg’s endeavour didn’t waver throughout the four quarters, it was a departure from its structures in the second term proved to be costly.

All stand out players from the Werribee side included Dane McFarlane: 27 disposals (23 kicks, four handballs), 12 rebound-50s, nine marks, Josh Clayton: 30 disposals (12 kicks, 18 handballs), seven marks, five clearances, Joe Maishman: 22 disposals, five inside-50s and debutant Ryan Kemp with 12 disposals. For Coburg Marcus Lentini led the way with 28 disposals, with Sam Lowson the dominant forward with four goals from 17 disposals.

Coach Mark Williams spoke postgame, saying “Coming back from last week’s win, I was curious to see how we might start. I thought last week we started pretty poorly, so I was really impressed [this week]. We were in front at quarter time, and I thought our second quarter really built on it. Up to three-quarter time, I thought we really dominated the play; but to Coburg’s credit, they kept going at it, and I’m sure they’d be happy with how they finished off the game.”

Next Week: Werribee will host a winless Geelong at the Avalon Airport Oval after the North V Essendon game on Easter Saturday whilst Coburg come back to Piranha Park to host Frankston in an Easter Sunday blockbuster on Channel 7.

Box Hill Hawks 16.4 (100) d Sandringham 8.11 (59)

Sandringham Zebras travelled to Marvel Stadium for the first AFL/VFL curtain-raiser of the season but were outdone by a crafty Box Hill Hawks side, losing by 41 points.

It was an explosive start for Box Hill, kicking the first two goals of the game as the Zebras couldn’t quite convert their shots on goal. The Zebras steadied to gain the quarter time lead by three points, but the Hawks wrestled it back at half time by the same margin. The third term was where the Hawks took control of the game, kicking six goals to one, for a 31-point lead at the final change.

Hawks’ recruit Luke Meadows led the way for Box Hill with 34 disposals, Kaiden Brand was a rock in defence with 12 marks, while Nathan Boucher was dangerous up forward with four goals from 15 disposals. Sandringham’s Nick Hind finished with 41 disposals to lead all players on the field, while Luke Dunstan (37) and Ed Phillips (30) were others who found the ball regularly. Debutant Brayden O’Toole was a shining light, leading the team as our only multiple goal scorer with two, both coming in the fourth quarter. Billy Longer and Sam Rowe were a great ruck combination, winning the hitouts 49-40 as Longer had 39 for the match.

Next Week: Sandringham will host an undefeated Williamstown at the Wilson Storage Trevor Barker Beach Oval whilst Box Hill travel to the Adcon Stadium against Port Melbourne for a rematch of the 2018 elimination final.

Northern Blues 10.8 (68) d Geelong 9.13 (67)

Northern Blues kicked off their 2019 season in the most dramatic fashion, holding on to record a one-point win over Geelong. With a tense final 10 minutes, the ball was camped inside the Cats’ attacking half before the siren sounded to the delight of the Blues players and coaching staff.

Matthew Kreuzer starred in his return to action, collecting 15 disposals and kicking a goal in the first quarter to set the tone for a best-on-ground performance, alongside Tom Wilson and Jack Silvagni, who stood up when it mattered most in the middle of the ground. Northern showed how damaging they can be in attack in the first and third terms, kicking five and four goals respectively to take the game to the Cats. Silvagni got the Blues off to the ideal start in the opening minute, while the third quarter yielded two Jesse Palmer goals which saw Northern kick out to a game-high 24-point lead during the third term.

It was the first time in five seasons where the Blues got off to a winning start to a VFL season. Hugh Goddard continued his impressive form from the pre-season practice matches with a strong performance in defence, while debutant Frank Anderson impressed with 22 disposals. The Blues had to win the hard way, with Alex Fasolo coming from the ground in the opening five minutes due to a back injury.

For Geelong, Oscar Brownless and Darcy Fort kicked two goals each, with Jordan Keras the leading disposals winner on the ground with 32. The Cats will be disappointed having three more scoring shots than the Blues, but lost by one point.

Next Week: The winless Cats travel up the highway to Avalon Airport Oval to face Werribee for the K-Rock Cup while the Blues take on crosstown and traditional rivals Collingwood at Victoria Park, also on Saturday.


Williamstown 18.9 (117) d Frankston 6.9 (45)

Williamstown won its second straight game with a 72-point win over Frankston on Sunday afternoon at Skybus Stadium.

The first quarter set the tone for the rest of the game with Williamstown jumping out to a 37-point quarter time lead. Frankston were restricted to just one first half goal, with inaccuracy hampering their chances to cut the deficit in the second term.

Nick Rodda led the way with five goals to move to second on the ‘Frosty’ Miller goalkicking ladder for the visitors, while Sam Dunell and Joel Ottavi each kicked three of their own. Ben Kennedy was outstanding in his second game for his new team snagging two goals to go along with 21 disposals.

In a special moment, Christian Buykx-Smith in his return game from a season ending illness in 2018 kicked a terrific left foot goal on the run with all his teammates getting around him.

Jason Pongracic and Josh Pickess were both great in their returns to Frankston with Pongacic kicking two goals while Pickess kicked one goal of his own.  Mitch Hibberd (25 disposals), Willie Wheeler (22) and Adam Marcon (23) were all immense in the midfield setting up numerous forays forward, while Kal Dawson, Leigh Masters and Joel Tippett kept Frankston’s big men quiet. Nathan Freeman was the shining light in the middle for Frankston with 39 disposals, with former Seagull Josh Newman next best with 28.

Next Week: The Seagulls will try to make it 3-0 when facing Sandringham at the Wilson Storage Trevor Barker Beach Oval while the Dolphins travel to Piranha Park against Coburg in the Channel 7 game.


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