Published on May 14, 2019 10:16 am

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Jack Jovanovski reviews Round 6 in the Hard Yakka / Totally Workwear VFL.

CASEY DEMONS 15.6 (96) d ESSENDON 8.7 (55)

Casey has handed Essendon its first loss of the season, defeating the Bombers by 41 points at Windy Hill on Saturday afternoon. In what was arguably the upset result of Round 6, the Demons kept Essendon to three goals up to three-quarter-time, kicking eight unanswered goals from late in the second term till early in the last to stop a two-game losing streak. The loss dropped the Bombers to second place on the ladder, whilst the Demons sit in tenth.

Ruckman Braydon Preuss returned from injury and was dominant for the victorious Demons, notching 15 disposals, six marks, 40 hit-outs and two goals. Tom Freeman was also impressive for Casey, recording 16 possessions, 12 marks and four tackles. For the Bombers, AFL-listed midfielder Dylan Clarke tried his best to inspire his team, registering 28 disposals, seven marks and three tackles. Fellow AFL-listed Bomber Kyle Langford (24 possessions, two marks, five tackles and a goal) was also eye-catching.

Essendon heads to Wilson Storage Trevor Barker Beach Oval this week to face Sandringham on Sunday, while Casey host a red-hot Port Melbourne at Casey Fields on Saturday in the video stream game.


PORT MELBOURNE 16.9 (105) d WERRIBEE 14.5 (89)

Port Melbourne handed Werribee their second loss of the season on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Tigers by 16 points at Adcon Stadium. The Borough kicked the first eight goals of the game to ensure Werribee were playing catch-up for most of the afternoon. Despite the Tigers managing to erase a portion of that deficit and get within 15 points in the final term, they were unable to overcome Port Melbourne, who earned their fourth straight win.

For the Borough, Harvey Hooper (25 disposals, ten marks, four tackles and a goal) was arguably best afield. Blake Pearson (six marks, two tackles and four goals) and Eli Templeton (21 possessions and nine marks) were also instrumental. Werribee’s Tom Gribble (27 disposals and eleven tackles) has continued his outstanding form, while Matt Hanson (22 possessions, two marks and six tackles) was also impressive for the Tigers.

Port Melbourne will head to Casey Fields to face Casey Saturday live on, while Werribee meets Footscray at VU Whitten Oval on Saturday.



Box Hill and Footscray played out a thrilling draw at the MCG on Sunday afternoon. In the league’s first drawn match of the season, the Hawks overcame a two-goal deficit at half-time to lead by eight points at the final change, only for the Bulldogs to pull level by the time the final siren sounded. Box Hill now sit fourth on the ladder, whilst Footscray sit fifth.

The story of the game was undoubtedly AFL Premiership hero and former Hawthorn captain Jarryd Roughead’s performance. Roughead kicked five goals to go along with 17 possessions, seven marks and three tackles. Fellow AFL-listed Hawks Jackson Ross (17 disposals, seven marks, three tackles and a goal) and Conor Glass (24 possessions, three marks, three tackles and a goal) played their roles well on the day. For the Bulldogs, Bailey Williams (31 possessions and nine marks) and Lukas Webb in his 50th VFL game (23 disposals, five marks, three tackles and a goal) were among the best afield.

Box Hill Hawks face the undefeated Richmond at Swinburne Centre Sunday in the Channel 7 game, while Footscray host Werribee at home.


SANDRINGHAM 7.14 (56) d COLLINGWOOD 8.7 (55)

In another edge-of-the-seat Round 6 game, Sandringham escaped Victoria Park with a one-point win over Collingwood on Sunday afternoon. Despite leading at every change, things were never easy for the Zebras; an inaccurate final quarter (where they kicked one goal and six behinds) was almost their undoing. They were able to withstand Collingwood’s final quarter surge (the Magpies kicked four goals to one) to win narrowly, kicking six behinds in a row – the game winner to Sam Fox – to escape with a one-point win. The Zebras sit percentage outside the eight, whilst the Magpies slumped to 13th position.

Among the best afield for Sandringham were Billy Longer (19 disposals, five marks, five tackles, 72) hit-outs and a goal), Jonathan Marsh (26 possessions, 13 marks and two tackles) and promising midfielder Hunter Clark (28 disposals, seven mark and three tackles). For the Pies, co-captain Alex Woodward (39 disposals, five marks and four tackles) was very influential, as well as Josh Daicos (26 possessions, eight marks and three tackles) and 2018 draftee Isaac Quaynor (25 disposals, two marks and five tackles), who is pushing for a senior debut.

Collingwood heads to GMHBA Stadium to face Geelong Sunday, while Sandringham host Essendon at home also on Sunday.


RICHMOND 19.10 (124) d FRANKSTON 7.8 (50)

Richmond defeated Frankston at Skybus Stadium on Sunday afternoon by 74 points to remain the only undefeated side in the VFL in 2019. A blistering six-goal-to-nil second quarter from the Tigers meant the Dolphins were all but out of the contest by half-time. Richmond are sitting pretty on top of the ladder, while Frankston is left at the bottom.

Best afield for the Tigers were AFL-listed players Patrick Naish (29 disposals, three marks and four goals) — who is having an outstanding season and continues to press for a senior debut — and Maverick Weller (27 possessions, two marks, seven tackles and a goal). For the Dolphins, Josh Newman (25 disposals, eight marks, four tackles and a goal) and Will Fordham (26 possessions, four marks and two tackles) have continued their impressive starts to the season.

Frankston heads to IKON Park on Saturday and Richmond host Box Hill Hawks in the Channel 7 game on Sunday.


NORTH MELBOURNE 17.11 (113) d GEELONG 14.9 (93)

North Melbourne has recorded it first win of the 2019 season, emerging victorious over Geelong by 20 points at Avalon Airport Oval on Sunday afternoon. It was an inspired effort from the Kangaroos, as they trailed at the end of each of the first three quarter, before a six-goal-to-two final term capped off the come-from-behind victory. North Melbourne sit in 14th place after the win, two spots behind Geelong in 12th position.

Tristan Xerri (18 disposals, nine marks, five tackles, 13 hit-outs and three goals), Aaron Hall (29 possessions, three marks, seven tackles and two goals) and Nathan Hrovat (16 disposals, eight marks, two tackles and six goals) were all critical in ensuring the Roos’ first win of the season. For the Cats, promising second-year player Lachie Fogarty (27 possessions, three marks, seven tackles and a goal) and Jordan Keras (24 disposals, two marks and six tackles) were eye-catching.

North Melbourne has the bye in Round 7 while Geelong host Collingwood at home on Sunday.

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