*Breaking* North Ballarat Roosters will not renew FitzGerald’s contract

From the Ballarat Courier
Reported by Melanie Whelan
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LEGENDARY VFL coach Gerard FitzGerald will not be reappointed at the Roosters’ helm.

North Ballarat Roosters tonight released a statement via social media that the board would not extend FitzGerald’s contract, which ends this season.

“This decision sends a message of change within the club for its next stage of development as it enters the VFL as a standalone team in 2016,” the statement read.

“The board continues to review the organisation's football structure to ensure that the club is well positioned for sustained success in the VFL. The board believes that these changes will be necessary to ensure that the club can be competitive in the ever evolving VFL landscape.”

Fitzgerald has agreed to coach out the season.

VFL Round 11

SATURDAY JUNE 27
(Development League)Northern Blues vs Frankston at Preston 11am
Richmond vs Williamstown at Punt Road 12pm
Collingwood vs Box Hill Hawks at Victoria Park 12:12pm(Channel 7,3WBC)
Port Melbourne vs Essendon at North Port Oval 2pm

SUNDAY JUNE 28
Northern Blues vs Frankston at Etihad Stadium 12pm(AFL C/R Carlton vs GC Suns)
(Development League)Port Melbourne vs Box Hill Hawks at North Port Oval 12pm
Sandringham vs Footscray at Trevor Barker Oval,Sandringham 2pm(VFL Live,Casey Radio)
(Development League Sandringham vs Williamstown at 11am)

VFL Byes: Casey Scorpions,Coburg,Geelong,North Ballarat,Werribee
Development League Byes: Casey Scorpions,Coburg,Werribee

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Big names in for Box Hill Hawks

From the Hawthorn FC website
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COMPETITION for senior berths will heat up on Sunday, with a number of Hawthorn's 2014 premiership players in action for Box Hill Hawks against Williamstown in the VFL.

VFL Round 10

SATURDAY JUNE 20
Richmond vs Footscray at Punt Road Oval 12:12pm(Channel 7)
North Ballarat vs Casey Scorpions at Eureka Stadium 1pm
Coburg vs Geelong at Piranha Park,Coburg 2pm
(Development League match Coburg vs Casey Scorpions at 11am)
Northern Blues vs Werribee at IKON Park 2:15pm
(Development League match starts at 11:15am)

SUNDAY JUNE 21
Frankston vs Port Melbourne at Frankston Park 2pm(VFL Live,Casey Radio)
(Develoment League match starts at 11am)
Williamstown vs Box Hill Hawks at Burbank Oval,Williamstown 2pm
(Development League match starts at 11am)

VFL Byes: Sandringham,Collingwood,Essendon
Development League Bye: Sandringham

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VFL Round 9

SATURDAY JUNE 13
Essendon vs Frankston at Windy Hill 12pm
Geelong vs North Ballarat at Simonds Stadium 12:12pm(Channel 7)
Casey Scorpions vs Coburg at Casey Fields 2pm
(Development League match starts at 11am)
Port Melbourne vs Sandringham at North Port Oval 2pm
(Development League match starts at 11am)
(Development League)Werribee vs Frankston at Avalon Airport Oval,Werribee 6pm

SUNDAY JUNE 14
Collingwood vs Werribee at Victoria Park 11am(VFL Live)

VFL Byes: Box Hill Hawks, Footscray, Northern Blues, Richmond, Williamstown

Development League Byes: Box Hill Hawks, Northern Blues, Williamstown

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Williamstown defeat Footscray in VFL

From The Age
Reported by Brent Diamond
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Williamstown continue to be the pace setters in the VFL after upsetting Footscray by 39 points at Whitten Oval on Sunday.

Cameron Lockwood's goal at the 10-minute mark of the final term was a fitting blow to celebrate his 100th VFL match in style, but realistically this match should have been over much before that.

Perhaps the inaccurate Seagulls flattered the Bulldogs, winning 9.22 (76) to 5.7 (37).

Sam Darley (38 disposals) and Lachie Hunter (34) were prolific for the Bulldogs, but the damage was done on the scoreboard as the Seagulls ran rampant with Mitch Banner scoring two opportunist goals, while Andrew Galluci also snared two majors.

In a low-scoring affair for the most part – only six goals were scored in the first half – the Seagulls finally broke free early in the final term after leading by just 18 points at the last change.

Footscray have been accustomed to playing the game plan that they wanted against most teams so far this season. But two of their losses have been against formidable opponents Box Hill and Williamstown, which have excelled at shutting down the Dogs' running game.

Richmond Tigers flattened by Werribee

From the Richmond FC website
Reported by Catherine Durkin
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Richmond’s VFL squad has suffered a crushing 96-point defeat at the hands of Werribee at Avalon Airport Oval on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers struggled to match Werribee’s intensity early, with the home side piling on six goals to one in the first quarter.

Werribee took a 32-point lead into the first break, and continued their ascendancy for the remainder of the game, keeping Richmond goalless in the third quarter.

VFL coach Tim Clarke attributed the loss to his team’s inability to gain any control of the contest.

Box Hill Hawks use fast start to get the better of Port Melbourne in Victorian Football League tussle

From the Leader Group Newspapers
Reported by Megan Hustwaite
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IT WAS crucial Box Hill set the tone against Port Melbourne in its VFL blockbuster on Saturday.

The Hawks weren’t rapt with their starts in recent weeks, while last round the Borough burst out of the blocks slamming on 12 first-quarter goals against North Ballarat.

The Hawks spoke about it during the week, pre-match at Box Hill City Oval and then put their plans into ­action kicking 5.4 to 1.5 in the opening stanza.

They added another three majors, while restricting Port to just one in the second term, and went on to win ­emphatically, 17.13 (115) to 8.12 (60).

Coach Marco Bello was full of praise for his side, which is now sitting pretty at 6-1 and top of the ladder.

“Port kicked 12.5 in the opening quarter last week and, on average, have won their first quarters by 18 points,” he said. “We haven’t started well and we needed to against Port and then make it a stalemate.

‘’They haven’t blown sides away but their good starts have helped them hold on to win five games.

“You’re never totally satisfied as a coach, but I thought we played very well for three and a half quarters.

VFL Round 8

FRIDAY JUNE 5
(Dev League)Casey Scorpions vs Sandringham at Casey Fields 7:15pm
SATURDAY JUNE 6
Box Hill Hawks vs Port Melbourne at Box Hill 12:12pm(Channel 7,3WBC)
(Development League game starts at 9am)
North Ballarat vs Sandringham at Eureka Stadium 1pm
Werribee vs Richmond at Avalon Airport Oval,Werribee 2pm
(Development League game Werribee vs Williamstown at 11am)
Casey Scorpions vs Collingwood at Casey Fields 2pm
Essendon vs Geelong at Etihad Stadium 3:25pm(AFL C/R)

SUNDAY JUNE 7
Footscray vs Williamstown at Whitten Oval 2pm(VFL Live)

MONDAY JUNE 8
Coburg vs Northern Blues at Piranha Park,Coburg 2pm
(Development League match starts at 11am)

VFL and Development League Bye: Frankston

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