The Peter Jackson Legendairy Final Series kicked off on the weekend with last year’s grand finalists the first to face off. Box Hill Hawks overcame a slow start to beat the reigning premiers, Footscray, by 40 points. Williamstown held off Sandringham’s surge in the final quarter to prevail by seven points, while Essendon’s first term burst secured their win over Casey.

Collingwood overcame Werribee by 29 points to progress through to the semi-finals to eliminate Werribee from September action.

 

First qualifying final

Box Hill Hawks 18.12 (120) d Footscray 12.8 (80)

Footscray got the jump on the Hawks with the first four goals of the game before Box Hill sprang into action through Sam Grimley and Dallas Willsmore. The Hawks then kicked eight of the next nine goals to go into half time with a 19-point lead and have control over the game for its remainder.

Jonathan Simpkin said the Hawks were keen to rebound after last week’s loss and that playing their normal style of footy would help them to do so. He finished with 37 disposals including a goal, impacting hugely on the win. Dallas Willsmore was also a stand out across the field and helped get Box Hill back into the game, gathering 18 disposals and kicking five goals for the Hawks.

Jed Anderson returned from injury to also be named in the Hawks’ best, alongside Billy Hartung, Brendan Whitecross and Tim O’Brien.

For the Bulldogs Lin Jong was best kicking two goals, and Will Hayes continued his stellar form with four goals.

Leading goal kickers:

Box Hill Hawks – D. Willsmore 5, S. Grimley 2, J. Ceglar 2

Footscray – W. Hayes 4, L. Jong 2

Best:

Box Hill Hawks – D. Willsmore, W. Hartung, J. Anderson, J. Simpkin, B. Whitecross, T. O’Brien

Footscray – L. Jong, W. Hayes, W. Minson, J. Hayes, B. Dale, B. Prismall

 

Second elimination final

Collingwood 13.15 (93) d Werribee 9.10 (64)

Collingwood has won its first VFL final since 2009 to progress through to a semi-final next week against Sandringham. The Magpies started strongly jumping out to a 21-point quarter time lead on the back of early goals to Jake Williams. After facing a second term comeback by the Tigers, Collingwood was able to keep them goalless in the third quarter, as Patrick Karnezis provided a target up forward, finishing the work of Jarrod Witts and Sam Dwyer in the middle.

Leading goal kickers:

Collingwood – Karnezis 3, Still 2, J.Williams 2

Werribee – Robinson 2, Speight 2

Best:

Collingwood – Witts, Wallace, Dwyer, Matheson, Borthwick, Armstrong
Werribee – Hussey, Speight, Sherlock, Mihocek, Porter, McMahon

 

Second qualifying final

Williamstown 13.6 (84) d Sandringham 11.11 (77)

The windy, beachside conditions at Trevor Barker Beach Oval produced a back and forth game that resulted in the Seagulls advancing to a preliminary final and the Zebras facing a date with Collingwood next week.

Just three out of 24 goals were scored against the howling wind, with Sandringham kept scoreless in the first quarter and Williamstown unable to score in a tense final term.

The Zebras were 48 points down at the last change but came charging home with the help of the wind, falling agonisingly short of a preliminary final berth.

Nick Meese, Adam Marcon and Willie Wheeler were among the best for Williamstown, while Matt Kreymborg and Arryn Siposs booted two goals apiece for Sandy.

Leading goal kickers:

Williamstown – D. Conway 2, S. Dunell 2, C. Lockwood 2

Sandringham – A. Siposs 2, M. Kreymborg 2

Best:

Williamstown – N. Meese, A. Marcon, W. Wheeler, J. Johnstone, B. Bese, B. Jolley

Sandringham – J. Saunders, A. Siposs, B. Acres, M. Kreymborg, C. Shenton, T. Simpkin

 

First elimination final

Essendon 10.11 (71) d Casey Scorpions 7.8 (50)

Essendon kicked six goals to one in a defining opening quarter that helped set up the win. Windy conditions resulted in a number of skill errors from both sides and made scoring challenging. Casey fought back in the third quarter but after a prolonged period of not scoring in the fourth quarter, Essendon were able to seal the win. Daniel Coghlan and James Polkinghorne were dominant for Essendon throughout the middle combining for 49 possessions and two goals. Sam Taglibue played an important role on AFL-listed ruckman Mark Jamar, keeping him to just nine touches and collecting 10 himself.

Leading goal kickers:

Essendon – K. Hardingham 3, J. Thompson 2, D. Willis 2

Casey – J. Fitzpatrick 2

Best:

Essendon – D. Coghlan, J. Polkinghorne, S. Tagliabue, K. Hardingham, M. Marigliani, J. Ashby

Casey – R. Bail, M. Jamar, J. Hutchins, A. Riley, S. Byrnes, D. Kent

 

Finals week two fixture

Admission prices

Weeks 1-3 – Adults: $15, concession/pensioners: $10, children 12 & under: Free

Saturday September 12

North Port Oval – semi final

11:40am Footscray v Essendon

Sunday September 13

North Port Oval – semi final

11:40am: Sandringham v Collingwood