James Sicily
James Sicily

This weekend Casey secured the final spot in the top eight; the Hawks secured the minor premiership and left five positions still to be determined in the top eight. With only one round before finals, it is going to be a thrilling finish.

Essendon 11.13 (79) d Footscray 10.15 (75)

Essendon fought back against Footscray to kick the last three goals of the game and pinch a five-point win against the reigning premiers. The win sees the Bombers behind fourth-placed bulldogs just on percentage and leaves them open for a chance at the top four with one round remaining.

Ariel Stienberg and Tayte Pears were the best for the Bombers, making the most of their chance at VFL level, playing as valuable key position defenders and giving themselves every opportunity to play seniors next week.

For the Bulldogs Nathan Hrovat (30 disposals), Sam Darley (29) and Brent Prismall (28) were amongst the top possession getters. While Will Minson started strongly with seven possessions and two goals in the first term and was a dominant presence around the ground, sharing ruck duties with Jordan Roughead and Tom Boyd.

Essendon: A. Steinberg, T. Pears, E. Kavanagh, J. Schroder, D. Coghlan, D. Willis
Footscray: N. Hrovat, B. Prismall, L. Webb, W. Minson, A. Cordy, S. Darley

Leading goal kickers:
Essendon: J. Thompson 3, D. Willis 2, K. Hardingham 2
Footscray: W. Minson 3, M. Buchanan 2, L. Webb 2


Collingwood 22.18 (150) d Richmond 12.6 (78)

The Magpies had a convincing victory against the Tigers and left the opportunity open for a top four position with the final round. The Tigers started strong before Collingwood quickly took hold of the game, kicking seven first quarter goals.

Liam McBean was again best on ground for Richmond and continues his surge to be the leading goal kicker this season in the VFL with another bag of five.

For Collingwood, USA recruit Mason Cox played the best game of his short-career kicking five goals and splitting his time between forward and ruck. Damian Monkhorst’s son, Ben, was also a standout target up forward kicking three goals.

Collingwood: C. Young, M. Cox, B. Monkhorst, J. Viola, A. Oxley, L. Wallace
Richmond: L. McBean, C. Knights, D. Butler, S. Hampson, N. Wynne

Leading goal kickers:
Collingwood: M. Cox 5, A. Close 3, B. Monkhorst 3
Richmond:  L. McBean 5, D. Butler 2, C. Knights 2, R. McKenzie 2, N. Gordon


Werribee 11.22 (88) d Williamstown 11.7 (73)

Werribee recorded their fourth consecutive win, trumping Williamstown by 15-points. A strong opening term established Werribee’s position in the game, defending Williamstown’s eventual challenge heavily. Werribee’s second half of 4.14 kept the margin at bay in what could have been a blow out.

Werribee: J. Hussey, B. Speight, N. Laracy, J. Crichton, M. Hanson, W. Fordham
Williamstown: B. Jolley, C. Lockwood, B. Bese, N. Meese, D. Conway, D. Fahey

Leading goal kickers:
Werribee: J. Porter 4, B. Speight 2
Williamstown: C. Lockwood 5, D. Conway 2


Port Melbourne 33.13 (211) d Frankston 10.5 (65)

Port Melbourne ended their seven-game losing streaking showing no concern against a hapless Frankston. This was Port Melbourne’s highest ever score against Frankston. Jordan Lisle kicked four first-half goals, finishing the match with five, to level with Sam Grimley at the top of the ‘Frosty’ Miller Medal leaderboard. Port Melbourne had a dominant final quarter kicking 13 goals.

Port Melbourne: D. Mascitti, T. Pinwill, N. Batsanis, S. Clarke, J. Lisle, C. Vearing
Frankston: J. Pollard, B. Cavarra, A. Harnett, N. Tuddenham, J. Pongracic, G. Valles

Leading goal kickers:
Port Melbourne: S. Clarke 6, J. Lisle 5, C. Cain 3, C. Vearing 3, S. O”Sullivan 3
Frankston:  Pickess 3, N. Gardiner 2


Casey Scorpions 17.9 (111) d Coburg 14.10 (94)

Casey helped secure eighth spot with a 17-point win over Coburg. The game changed direction a number of times with Casey opening up a 25-point lead in the first quarter before Coburg kicked six unanswered goals in the second term with a hope of keeping finals alive. Casey was able to claw its way back on top in the third quarter and remained in the lead for the rest of the game.

Spencer was amongst the best for Casey finishing with 19 disposals and four goals. Dean Terlich was also influential with 26 disposals and a goal.

Casey: T. Smith, J. McKenzie, J. Spencer, A. Riley, M. Jones, M. Jamar
Coburg: L. Johns, N. Thomas, B. Clifton, N. Carnell, D. Venditti, A. Christensen

Leading goal kickers:
Casey: T. Smith 4, J. Spencer 4, M. Jamar 3
Coburg: L. Johns 3


Box Hill Hawks 26.9 (165) d Northern Blues 11.9 (75)

The Hawks continued their rampant run to the finals claiming the minor premiership with their win over the Blues. The blues came into the game with their lowest level of AFL-listed players for the season at just seven. Box Hill’s 15-goal first half, including five from James Sicily, set up the comfortable win. Sicily finished the game with eight goals, 19 disposals and 10 marks, resulting in a best on ground performance.

For the Blues Brad Walsh was amongst the best with 27 disposals. Clem Smith played his best game for the blues kicking three goals.

Box Hill: J. Sicily, W. Langford, S. Iles, S. Tatupu, J. O”Rourke, M. Lock
Northern Blues: Z. Ballard, B. Walton, C. Smith, A. Aurrichio, B. Walsh, S. Cattapan

Leading goal kickers:
Box Hill: J. Sicily 8, P. Lawlor 3
Northern Blues: B. Walton 4, C. Smith 3


Sandringham 14.17 (101) d Geelong 11.7 (73)

Sandringham has guaranteed themselves a double chance in the finals after a 28-point win over Geelong. Sandringham controlled the contest for much of the afternoon with a well-rounded performance.

For Sandringham, Clint Jones continued his sensational form and was again amongst the best finishing with 29 disposals and six tackles. Upon their return to the senior VFL side, Dylan Weickhardt (21 touches and a goal) and Luke Verma (20 disposals) were also prolific. Ahmed Saad kicked four goals and had nine tackles, while Paddy McCartin was also amongst the multiple goal kickers with two.

With Geelong’s chance of playing finals out of reach, the game was one for the AFL listed players to step up and give themselves a shot at a senior recall. For the Cats, Shane Kersten kicked five goals from eight disposals and eight marks, while Josh Cowan was dominant off halfback finishing with 21 disposals, eight marks and three inside 50s.

Sandringham: M. Brown, L. Pierce, C. Jones, A. Saad, D. Weickhardt, P. McCartin
Geelong: T. Ruggles, T. Atkins, D. Gore, S. Kersten, T. Cole, B. Haintz

Leading goal kickers:
Sandringham: Saad 4, Kreymborg 2, McCartin 2, Ong, Simpkin, Markworth, Weickhardt, White, Le Grice
Geelong: Kersten 5, Lucy 2, Robinson, McFarlane, Luxford, Haintz