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VFL R11 - Port Melbourne v Casey


Round 11 – 01/07/2017


North Port Oval

Port Melbourne

B: 3. L. Tynan, 21. L. Cook, 16. D. Viojo-Rainbow

HB: 5. S. Lange, 23. H. Sandilands, 29. C. Cain

C: 30. B.  Murdoch, 10. T.  Pinwill, 27. D.  Mascitti

HF: 32. B. Pearson, 7. D. Conway, 35. E. Templeton

F: 14. I. Conway, 6. J. Lisle, 28. R. Nahas

R: 2. K. Haretuku, 4. T. O’Sullivan, 20. S. Dwyer

Int: 12. J. Tynan, 40. S. Clarke, 13. T. Gordon, 22. M. Arnot, 33. C. Kelso, 8. D. Van Unen, 18. M. Wooffindin, 36. L. Waddell

23P: 69. C. Searle


In: J. Tynan, H. Sandilands, C. Searle, S. Clarke, T. Gordon, M. Wooffindin, L. Waddell, C. Kelso

Out: M. Golby,  B. Mihocek,  L. Cunningham,  M. Wenn



Casey Demons

B: 76. D. Kent, 1. J. Hutchins, 37. D. Johnstone

HB: 25. D. Gordon, 24. J. Moncrieff, 55. L. Hulett

C: 57. J.  Kennedy-Harris, 6. J.  Munro, 48. C.  Maynard

HF: 45. D. Keilty, 59. J. Spencer, 7. Y. Zijai

F: 69. B. Kennedy, 26. S. Weideman, 44. J. Smith

R: 34. M. King, 54. J. Trengove, 2. B. Fritsch

Int: 9. M. Gent, 5. D. Collis, 35. A. Ferreira, 17. E. Morris, 49. N. Foote, 33. C. MacHaya, 51. B. Giobbi, 27. A. Scott

23P: 23. M. Cox


In: B. Giobbi, C. MacHaya, A. Ferreira, J. Smith, N. Foote

Out: M. White



Port Melbourne   4.0  9.4  14.5  16.9 (105)
Casey Demons   1.2  2.4  4.7  5.10 (40)

Port Melbourne: Conway 4 Nahas 3 Cain 2 Searle 2 Pinwill  Pearson  Sandilands  Arnot  Lisle 
Casey Demons: Morris  Kennedy-Harris  Kent  Fritsch  Giobbi 

Port Melbourne: Carey Viojo-Rainbow Cook Conway Templeton Clarke
Casey Demons: Maynard Smith Kennedy-Harris Kent Kennedy Trengove


Great four quarter performance by the Borough today.


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I managed to get along to the Development League, and only got to see the first 5 minutes or so of the senior game.

But even in that 5 minutes, I thought that Port Melbourne very much looked 'on'.

Terrific to see Carey who I have watched for a few weeks in the DL league get not only his debut, but by all reports performed very well too.


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Gary Ayres said their were few better first game performances that he had seen at the club. Very big wrap.

37 times Grand finalists
16 times premiers
21 times runners up - THE MIGHTY BOROUGH!

I'LL BE PORT UNTIL I'M DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 Jenny TserkezidisPort Melbourne players sign the song after clouting Casey. Pic: Jenny Tserkezidis

Chris Carey has a distinguished debut as Port Melbourne routs Casey Demons

Paul Amy, Caulfield Glen Eira Leader

July 2, 2017 10:25am

PORT Melbourne was on fire, but not in the way that the message over the public address system suggested.

“Warning. The fire alarm system has been operated. Stand by for further instructions,’’ a voice said on repeat over the loudspeaker in the third quarter, to the amusement of spectators.

There was no blaze at North Port Oval on Saturday, but the Borough did give the Casey Demons a fair old hosing down.

Coming off a heavy defeat to Collingwood at the same venue seven days earlier, Port’s response was emphatic. It caned Casey by 65 points.

The visitors had won their previous five matches, but they were never in it.

The Borough had to make late changes when Khan Haretuku, Isaac Conway and Lachie Waddell were stuck down with illness. They’d already lost star defender Brody Mihocek to a knee injury.

“It was carnage there for a while. We tried Plan A on Thursday night, Plan B came into it, then Plan C and D, and then we had to go to Plan E at nine o’clock last night,’’ coach Gary Ayres said.

The shuffling proved more of an inconvenience to the match committee than a limitation to the team.

Ruckman Chris Carey, 22, from Warragul and the son of Essendon premiership defender Steve, was promoted for a senior debut to replace Waddell and won the inaugural Frank Johnson Medal, awarded on a day when Port recognised its greatest player.

Ayres said he had seen few better first games in his time at the club.

“He led us superbly. He was excellent,’’ he said of Carey, who went up against Jake Spencer and Mitch King. “Really pleased for Chris, because he’s obviously been a bit of a late developer. Today he had to step up, and he did. Mind you a lot of our boys did.’’

Reminded he had played against Steve Carey during the great Essendon-Hawthorn rivalry of the 1980s, Ayres said: “Yeah, he ruffled my mullet a couple of times and I probably did the same thing to him.’’

Chris Carey shows off his Frank Johnson Medal. Pic: Jenny Tserkezidis

Port kicked against a biting breeze in the first quarter but still kicked the first four goals of the game.

After the Demons edged to within nine points when Dean Kent picked off a wayward kick-out early in the second quarter, the Borough booted the next nine goals. The flurry turned what was expected to be a tight match into a rout.

Port was far cleaner when it had the ball and unrelenting when it didn’t: the Borough were credited with 138 tackles.

All their strengths nullified, the Demons were reduced to a fumbling, hesitant team barely recognisable as the unit that in the previous round handed Box Hill Hawks their first loss of the season.

Forward Dylan Conway kicked Port’s first two goals and finished with four, Robin Nahas slipped in for three and 23rd man Cal Searle popped through two.

As they pinged off half back Damian Mascitti and Dillon Viojo-Rainbow built up numbers more associated with midfielders, and captain Toby Pinwill continued his fine season with 32 possessions. He even burst out of a stoppage in the last quarter, every stride emboldening him to take another.

Port had a scare in the first term when Shannen Lange was taken off the ground on a stretcher. He suffered concussion but was in good spirits after the match.

Just as Carey did well for Port on debut, Casey Demons first-gamer Ben Giobbi, used in defence, handled the step-up impressively.

The Demons also unveiled Mykelti Lefau, a 193cm flanker whose efforts in the Development League have caught the eye of AFL recruiters. He looked comfortable early in the match but faded.

Young Demon Joel Smith, playing his first game in three months, had some good moments and Ben Kennedy and Jay Kennedy-Harris had a lot of the ball.

“We were off, there’s no doubt about that,’’ Casey coach Justin Plapp said.

“Got to give credit where credit’s due. They (Port) responded in a way I thought they would. They set the game up with some pretty fierce pressure and capitalised on that with some really good finishing too.

“Our last five weeks have been very good, under a bit of duress. We’ve been able to find a way to get our season back on track … but today wasn’t us, we identify and we’ve got to move on pretty quickly and reset …’’

He added: “I certainly think that we had the talent and the team to be better than what we were today. I don’t think our players gave up, but we were just beaten, beaten in too many of the key areas. We were outackled — we’re usually the No 1 tackle team — inside 50s, I think they (Port) ended up being plus 25 … we couldn’t generate anything forward. We couldn’t control their marks. The last five weeks we’ve kept the opposition to under 60 marks. Today they took 89, 90. We couldn’t deny them the ball.’’

Plapp confirmed that Dylan Collis (stress fractures of the back) would be out for at least eight weeks, and that Aaron Cotte (hamstring) wouldn’t play again this season.

Port Melbourne 4.0 9.4 14.5 16.9 (105)

Casey Demons 1.2 2.4 4.7 5.10 (40)


Port Melbourne: Conway 4 Nahas 3 Cain 2 Searle 2 Pinwill Pearson Sandilands Arnot Lisle

Casey Demons: Morris Kennedy-Harris Kent Fritsch Giobbi


Port Melbourne: Carey Viojo-Rainbow Cook Conway Templeton Clarke

Casey Demons: Maynard Smith Kennedy-Harris Kent Kennedy Trengove


AFL Vic Development League

Port Melbourne 1.2 7.5 9.6 13.13 (91)

Casey Demons 5.1 7.1 11.3 12.5 (77)


Port Melbourne: Hogan 3 Renooy 2 Golby 2 Kelso 2 Hayes Treverton De Soysa Houghton

Casey Demons: Gardiner 5 Vander Haar 2 Hillard Baker Foote Ferreira Armour


Port Melbourne: Golby Treverton Hooper Wenn Jaffer-Williams Atkins

Casey Demons: Lewis-Smith Lovett MacHaya Hillard Gains Baker



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