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Williamstown's premiership defence is over


From the Star Weekly
Reported by Lance Jenkinson
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The VFL premiership defence is over for Williamstown.


And the all-west VFL grand final that footy fans in this neck of the woods had dreamed of for 24 hours is a non-starter.

The Seagulls were beaten at their own game, receiving a lesson in hard, physical and disciplined football from the Casey Scorpions in a 42-point preliminary final loss at North Port Oval on Sunday.

Williamstown was on the back foot from the outset.

The Seagulls conceded the opening four goals of the game to go into quarter-time with a 29-point deficit.

Williamstown walk off the field after the loss during the VFL preliminary final between Casey and Williamstown at North Port Oval.

On a difficult day for scoring and with intermittent rain falling, it was always going to be tough for the Seagulls to mount a comeback.

In true Seagulls fashion, they never went away and turned the game into an arm wrestle.

But they could not erode the deficit on the scoreboard, which was always comfortably in the Scorpions’ favour.

The Scorpions put a lot of work into limiting the Seagulls’ “big three” midfielders – Liston Trophy winner Michael Gibbons, captain Ben Jolley and Willie Wheeler.

Gibbons had a target on his back and was often the recipient of a bit of extra oomph from the Scorpions tackles.

Caleb Hislop was another of the Seagull midfielders to be hit with brute force on multiple occasions.

That David Fahey and Ben Bese were two of the Seagulls’ best says plenty about the dominance of the Scorpions in key areas of the ground.

Fahey and Bese never stopped trying and saved the scoreboard from being a blow out.

The grand final loss brought to an end an up and down finals series for Williamstown.

The Seagulls started their September campaign with a miserable 46-point loss to Collingwood.

They backed that up with a dominant 46-point win over Sandringham and then fizzled out with the heavy loss to the Scorpions.

Meanwhile, the Box Hill Hawks took out the AFL Victoria Development League premiership after a 105-point win over Casey Scorpions in the grand final at North Port Oval on Sunday.


From localfooty.com.au and the Maribyrnong Leader
Reorted by Luke D’Anello
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The 18-year-old nephew of Essendon great Michael bagged six goals, including five in the second half, in the Dogs’ thumping 119-point victory at North Port Oval.

DRAFT prospect Ben Long showcased his potential as a merciless Footscray hammered Collingwood in the VFL preliminary final on Saturday.

Footscray’s Lukas Webb and Collingwood’s Lachlan Ferguson clash on Saturday. Picture:Wayne Ludbey

The 176cm Long played in defence for the Allies in the AFL Under-18 National Championships earlier this year and has scored an invite to the state combine.

Long’s ability to swiftly adapt to life in the forward half — he has booted 11 majors from six VFL senior games this year — combined with his versatility should make him an attractive option for AFL recruiters.

“These young boys have these breakout games, where they have those moments within quarters or within matches where they probably realise they belong at the level,” Footscray coach Ashley Hansen said.

“I thought (Long’s) forward-half pressure was unreal. That really set up a lot of our play early on in the match.

“Then for him to capitalise with some goals late in the game was good reward for his hard work.”

The free-wheeling Dogs displayed unrelenting pressure mixed with run and carry and a splash of panache.

It proved too much for the stunned Magpies, who conceded nine unanswered goals in the first half as Footscray established a 41-point lead at the main break.

But the rampaging Dogs piled on 11 consecutive majors in the second half and kicked 10 goals to one in the final half-hour to record a 27.19 (181) to 9.8 (62) triumph.

They will meet either Casey Scorpions or Williamstown in Sunday’s decider at Etihad Stadium as they chase a second flag in three seasons.

Footscray and Collingwood players tangle on Saturday. Picture:Wayne Ludbey

“We executed the plan really well,” Hansen said.

“I guess playing against Collingwood three weeks previously gave us a really good idea of how to go about it.

“Certainly the first quarter of that previous match highlighted what you can’t do against them, which is let them control the ball and give them time and space, particularly in the back half.

“To the boys’ credit, they were just sensational. Their intensity over the four quarters, the exclamation mark to turn it into a 119-point victory really showed a strong desire for their behaviours to carry over to next week.”

Lukas Webb was influential in the middle and iced his performance with three goals, while Mitch Honeychurch and Koby Stevens also starred.

Ever-consistent skipper Jordan Russell and Brad Lynch controlled the back half, while Tom Campbell and Will Minson combined strongly in the ruck.

The Dogs experienced an indifferent start to the campaign, winning one of their opening four games.

But with the club’s AFL list now healthier, Hansen’s side is peaking at the right time.

“With a lot of injury brings a lot of opportunities for our VFL-listed players and we could explore their potential,” Hansen said.

“Our whole squad has contributed to our team making the grand final and it is going to be really tough at selection this week.”

Hansen said midfielder Nathan Hrovat, who has battled ankle and shoulder complaints this year, would be given “every chance” to take to the field in the decider.

“Obviously at Etihad, with his ball use and creativity, he will be an important player for us if he’s right for selection,” he said.

Williamstown and Casey Scorpions will contest the other preliminary final today.

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The Darebin Falcons have cemented their status as the preeminent team in women’s footy, winning their fourth consecutive flag in beating Melbourne Uni in the Women’s VFL Grand Final at Coburg City Oval.

Darebin controlled the game in front of a bumper 4000+ crowd, leading by 13 at half time and 32 at three quarter time.

Darcy Vescio — set to be Carlton's marquee in the national competition next year — was named best on ground for her work, including kicking the sealer, while Katie Brennan was also influential for the Falcons; her goal after the three quarter time siren drew the margin beyond five goals.

The Mugars mounted a late comeback through skipper Ellie Blackburn, but it was too late and only served to lend the scoreline an element of respectability.

The win meant completed an undefeated season for the Falcons, with the flag being Darebin’s ninth in the last 12 seasons — a record that even Hawthorn could only dream of.



Sunday 25th of September 2016 - Etihad Stadium

Peter Jackson VFL - Grand Final

Casey Scorpions vs Footscray 3.00PM

Media Coverage:
TV - Channel 7 / 7HD (Freet to Air)
Radio - SEN 1116, 774 ABC, VFL Radio (Online)


TAC Cup - Grand Final

Sandringham Daragons v Murray Bushrangers 11:05AM

Media Coverage:
TV - Fox Footy


Adults: $20

Pensioners, Concession: $15
Kids 12 & under: Free
Records: $5

Former Melbourne Storm boss Ron Gauci says Frankston Dolphins Football Club can survive.ormer Melbourne Storm boss Ron Gauci says Frankston Dolphins Football Club can survive.

THE Frankston Dolphins Football Club can survive its dire financial woes and kick on in the VFL, a packed meeting has been told.

“We are not putting mission impossible on the table. It’s all doable,” former Melbourne Storm boss Ron Gauci said.

Speaking to supporters, members and players at Frankston Park last night, Mr Gauci — who has

been called in to help save the club — said it was essential the right people were put in the right positions.

He noted that community support was vital for the club, which is about $1.5 million in debt, to continue.

In a passionate speech, coach Pat Hill said players and coaching staff wanted to see more support.

“If everyone stands up behind us, we are all on board,” he said.

He made the comment after several people questioned whether players would stick with the club or quit.

Several Dolphins legends including former president Alan Wickes said it was essential supporters showed the same spirit that enabled the club recover from a grave financial position in 1977 before going on to win the Division 2 premiership the following year.

Administrators last night outlined a plan for the club to survive including boosting membership by 25 per cent and increasing sponsorship by $100,000.