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From localfooty.com.au - Reported by Paul Amy
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HAVING lost its past three matches, the VFL is out to restore its standing in the state leagues when it hosts the WAFL at North Port Oval on Saturday.

Here are the players the Vics are leaning on to defeat the best of the west.

RELATED: WAFL chases first win on Victorian soil

Sam Switkowski (Box Hill Hawks): much improved player who has established himself in a strong Hawks team. There isn’t much of him but there is no better tackler in the VFL, a feature of the pressure he bears as a small forward.

Nick Rippon tackles Richmond's Nathan Drummond. Picture: Michael Klein

Nick Rippon (North Ballarat): consistent and classy wingman who won the JJ Liston Trophy in 2015. Went forward to slot three goals against the SANFL last year.

Tom O’Sullivan (Port Melbourne): crafty onballer who uses his hands with the dexterity of a pickpocket. The son of long-time Carlton official and former VFA player Shane.

Nick Hind (Essendon): been a surprise package for the Dons this season and richly deserved his squad selection. The pacy defender/onballer joined Essendon from Ballarat club East Point last year.


VFL Round 6


(Dev League) Williamstown vs Werribee at Burbank Oval,Williamstown 11am

North Ballarat vs Werribee at Eureka Stadium 1pm

Coburg vs Essendon at Piranha Park 1pm

(Development League Coburg vs Box Hill Hawks at 9:30am)

Northern Blues vs Sandringham at Preston 2pm

(Development League Match at 11am)

Footscray vs Geelong at Whitten Oval 2:10pm (Channel 7)

Collingwood vs Box Hill Hawks at Holden Centre 3:45pm (3WBC)

Casey Demons vs Port Melbourne at Casey Fields 7pm (Casey Radio)

(Development League Match at 4pm)


Williamstown vs Richmond at Burbank Oval,Williamstown 2pm (VFL Live)



From the Ballarat Courier

Reported by Brendon Wrigley

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The North Ballarat Football Club says it gave the City of Ballarat five months’ notice of its intention to stage a night Victorian Football League fixture this weekend, which has since been rescheduled.   

 Skyline Drone Imaging.

Confusion: The North Ballarat Football Club says it indicated its intention to play a night match at Eureka Stadium against Williamstown to the City of Ballarat in December. Picture: Skyline Drone Imaging.

The Roosters were originally set to take on Williamstown under lights at Eureka Stadium on Friday night, however the fixture was shifted to Saturday afternoon after the council told the club last week the facility, which is still under construction, was not fit for a night match.  

In a statement the club said all VFL fixtures were completed prior to Christmas, however City of Ballarat director of community development Neville Ivey said council indicated to the club back in 2016 that night games should not be scheduled during the construction phase. 

“We made it clear to the club that scheduling any night games during the construction phase wouldn’t be wise,” Mr Ivey said.  “Pretty much from day one when we said we were going to build a stadium we’ve shared that (night games) really shouldn’t be an option.”  


While eight new lights were installed around the oval last year, further lighting will be constructed on the two stands to help visibility on the ground. 

“We never stated we would be ready (to hold night fixtures) by this time.”  

The confusion comes after the club indicated it would likely challenge the compensation offer of $5.5 million for the compulsory acquisition of the Eureka Stadium precinct.   


VFL Round 5


Essendon vs Geelong at Windy Hill 12pm

Werribee vs Collingwood at Norm Minns Oval,Wangaratta 2pm

(TAC Cup Murray Bushrangers vs Sandringham Dragons at 11:45am)

North Ballarat vs Williamstown at Eureka Stadium 2pm

Port Melbourne vs Footscray at North Port Oval 2:10pm (Channel 7)

(Development League Port Melbourne vs Williamstown 10:45am)


Box Hill Hawks vs Richmond at Box Hill 12pm (3WBC)

(Development League Box Hill vs Werribee 9am,VFL Women Box Hill vs Western Spurs 3pm)

Northern Blues vs Casey Demons at Preston 2pm (VFL Live)

(Development League match at 11am)

Coburg vs Sandringham at Piranha Park 2pm (Casey Radio)

(Development League match at 11am)