VFL Finals Week 3

AFLV Development League Grand Final
Williamstown vs Box Hill Hawks at North Port Oval 10:45am
VFL 1st Preliminary Final
Footscray vs Port Melbourne at North Port Oval 2:10pm (ABC1TV,VFL Radio)

VFL 2nd Preliminary Final
Box Hill Hawks vs Williamstown at North Port Oval 2:10pm (ABC1TV,VFL Radio,3WBC)

Alex Woodward earns Liston Trophy for best and fairest after superb VFL season for Box Hill

From the Herald-Sun
Reported by James Hunter
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Woodward, who played 13 regular season games for Box Hill, polled 20 votes to pip North Melbourne and North Ballarat ballwinner Liam Anthony (17).

Woodward polled in nine matches and was named best on ground four times, averaging 23 disposals and six tackles during the regular season.

His form warranted his AFL debut in Round 18.

The trophy is a just reward for the 21-year-old, whose career has been plagued by injuries including two knee reconstructions.

Woodward finds himself in strong company, with teammate and Hawks premiership captain Sam Mitchell a former winner, also with Box Hill, in 2002.

Western rivals Werribee and Williamstown to meet in VFL semi-final

From The Age
Reported by Brent Dimaond
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Werribee has set up a semi-final showdown against its western arch rival Williamstown after a gutsy 37-point win over North Ballarat in an elimination final at North Port Oval on Sunday.

While the rivalry between the two simmered over the off-season, after the Werribee-contracted Scott Clouston crossed to the Seagulls and was the difference when these two teams last met, the Tigers will be keen to end an 11-game losing streak in a knockout final.

Williamstown's 20-point loss to Footscray has put it in a vulnerable position. The Seagulls, the Foxtel Cup premiers this year, will be forced to earn it if they are to make their first VFL grand final since 2011. If they get past Werribee next week they will face reigning premier Box Hill in the preliminary final.

Werribee, with only three North Melbourne-listed players, was admirable on Sunday, especially because it was down two rotations. It lost its skipper and top ball-winner Jarrad Moore with concussion from the first term and Kieran Harper with a right ankle injury in the third term.

2014 VFL Finals - Week Two

VFL Peter Jackson - Legendairy Finals
North Port Oval - Saturday September 6
Port Melbourne v Sandringham (ABC TV / VFL Radio) - 2.10pm

North Port Oval - Sunday September 7
Williamstown v Werribee (ABC TV/ VFL Radio) - 2.10pm

AFL Victoria Development League

North Port Oval - Saturday September 6
Box Hill Hawks v Port Melbourne - 11am

Collingwood midfielder Kyle Martin is among the favourites for Monday night’s JJ Liston Trophy count

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IT was an oft-asked question among Collingwood supporters this year: why can’t Kyle Martin get a game?

His more vocal fans (some of them attached to his junior club, Noble Park) took to Twitter to express their frustration, pointing out his form in the VFL could not be better.

Martin pushed up for two AFL matches, but before and after he put together a fine season in the state league.

His reward could come at Monday night’s JJ Liston Trophy.

The midfielder will enter the count as one of the favourites after averaging 28 possessions across his 14 VFL games.

He also kicked 27 goals, including a haul of six against Essendon in Round 4.

Collingwood VFL coach Dale Tapping gives his right-footer an excellent chance of claiming the Liston.

“He’d have to be up there because his performances were at a high level,’’ Tapping said.

“He’s dynamic. He’s around the ball, he wins the footy and he finishes, has the ability to hit the scoreboard and kick goals. He’s completing a lot of the work.’’

Why couldn’t he earn more nods from the AFL selectors?

Vale Rex Dooley ....


The Williamstown Football Club is saddened to announce the passing of Life Member Rex Dooley. Rex and his wife Janet have been tireless workers for the Williamstown Football Club over many decades. Rex worked in the canteen and was always selling membership tickets at the start of every football season. Rex had a very friendly and welcoming personality and loved his Sydney Swans and Williamstown Football Clubs.

The Williamstown Football Club would like to extends its deepest sympathies to his wife Janet and children Grant, Craig and Merryl and their extended families.

The funeral for Rex will be held this Friday 29th August at Altona Memorial Park Chapel of Repose, Dohertys Rd, Altona North commencing at 3.30 pm. A wake will take place at the Williamstown Football Ground function centre The Rocks commencing at 5.00pm.

Gulls end Home & Away Season with Big Win


From www.williamstownfc.com.au
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Williamstown won their eighth consecutive game on the weekend, defeating Sandringham by 55 points in their final home and away match of the year.

In what was a closely fought contest for the first three quarters, the Seagulls kicked seven goals to just one behind in the final term to run away with a 17.15 (117) to 9.8 (62) win.

Williamstown were able to claim victory against the in-form Zebras without three of their prime movers in Nick Meese, Peter Faulks and Jack Johnstone, as well as bringing in two youngsters in Damien Bugeja and debutant Jack Walker who both showed plenty of promising signs for the future.

The win also sets up a mouth-watering clash with Footscray in a qualifying final to be played at Whitten Oval this Sunday.

Whilst the Seagulls key forwards have been dangerous throughout the season, it was Williamstown’s smaller brigade who were able to hit the scoreboard most often, with Mitch Banner, Jack Walker, Anthony Anastasio and Kane Lambert kicking nine goals between them.

Port Melbourne’s impressive run continues

From the Port Phillip Weekly Review
Reported by Daniel Paproth
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For the sixth time in seven seasons, Port Melbourne has secured a double chance in the VFL finals series.

With an 18.17 (125) to 9.6 (60) win over Northern Blues on Saturday, the Borough locked away top spot, meaning they will host a qualifying final at North Port Oval in two weeks.

It is a remarkable achievement for the stand-alone club. In an era where AFL clubs put significant resources into their VFL teams, Port Melbourne has continually bucked the trend, building a culture of success despite lacking the facilities, money and full-time environment enjoyed by their AFL-backed rivals.

Only once since 2008 has Port not made the top four. That was last year, when they finished seventh. They were thrashed by 87 points by Williamstown in the semi-final.

Port Melbourne tunes up for VFL finals with thumping win over North Ballarat

From Leader Community Newspapers
Reported by Paul Amy
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PORT Melbourne could hardly have been more impressive or authoritative.

In its final home-and-away match, the minor premier tore fellow finalist North Ballarat to ribbons at North Port Oval, winning by 111 points under blue skies that indicated September is the next click on the calendar.

It was an exemplary performance ahead of this Saturday’s qualifying final, most likely against reigning premiers Box Hill Hawks, who themselves won by a three-figure margin, nailing the Northern Blues by 129 points.

Port and Box Hill have staged some of the VFL’s most compelling finals in the past few years, as Port coach Gary Ayres noted.

“If it’s them we play, they’re going to be a formidable opponent for us,’’ he said.

Workmanlike Werribee Tigers book a finals berth in the Victorian Football League


From www.localfooty.com.au (Wyndham Leader)
Reported by Luke D'Anello
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WERRIBEE snapped a three-game losing streak and secured a spot in the VFL finals after a workmanlike 25-point victory against Frankston on Sunday.

After Geelong defeated Essendon on Friday night, the Tigers ventured to Frankston Oval with the knowledge they had to prevail to book a ticket to the finals.

The visitors led by 15 points at half-time before increasing that advantage to 37 points at the final change.

The Dolphins had the better of the final stanza, but the Tigers claimed a 15.13 (103) to 12.6 (78) victory, their 10th for the season.

Werribee, which finished sixth, will now face North Ballarat in a cutthroat final at North Port Oval on Sunday.

“We went there with an expectation that we would win but Frankston has been super competitive all year,” a relieved Tigers coach John Lamont said.