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Sandringham too strong for Port Melbourne

From The Age
Reported by Brent Diamond
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Sandringham had the answers when it mattered most against Port Melbourne to win an intense elimination final by 45 points at North Port Oval on Sunday.
 
Dylan Weickhardt of Sandringham handballs during the VFL elimination final match between Port Melbourne and Sandringham.

 

Dylan Weickhardt of Sandringham handballs during the VFL elimination final match between Port Melbourne and Sandringham. Photo: Graham Denholm/AFL Media

 

The Zebras, who meet reigning premier Williamstown in next Saturday's semi-final at North Port Oval, appeared galvanised after a turbulent finish to the home and away season, in which they lost six of their last seven matches.

VFL Finals Week 2

(All games at North Port Oval)

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10

VFL 2ND SEMI FINAL

Williamstown vs Sandringham 11:40am (Channel 7,VFL Radio)

DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE PRELIMINARY FINAL

Casey Scorpions vs Williamstown 2:40pm

 

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 11

VFL WOMENS PRELIMINARY FINAL

St Kilda vs Melbourne Uni 12noon

VFL 1ST SEMI FINAL

Footscray vs Essendon 2:40pm (Channel 7,SEN 1116)

From The Sunday Age
Reported by Brent Diamond
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The Casey Scorpions finally broke their finals run of 11 consecutive September losses with a 70-point qualifying final victory over Footscray at Casey Fields on Saturday.

The Scorpions advanced to the preliminary final, just as Collingwood did with their demolition of reigning premier Williamstown at IKON Park.

It is at this time of the year that the Scorpions tend to get the wobbles – they have been knocked out in straight sets in four seasons – and despite a shaky start, they smashed the Dogs to win their first final since 2008.

Admittedly, much of the Scorpions' achievement comes back to affiliate Melbourne's influence – in which this season the Demons have allowed the majority of their developing youngsters to play VFL finals. In contrast, their straight-sets exits in previous seasons have been influenced by the Demons sending players into end-of-season surgery in preparation for the following year.

 Sam Weideman of celebrates after kicking a goal for Casey against Footscray in the VFL qualifying final.

Sting in the tail: Sam Weideman of celebrates after kicking a goal for Casey against Footscray in the VFL qualifying final. Photo: Scott Barbour/AFL Media

Geelong hoping to get reserves ready for AFL finals

From The Age
Reported by Brent Diamond
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Geelong will attack Saturday's elimination final against Essendon with a double-edged sword, as they look to get some game time into Nakia Cockatoo and Jed Bews in the lead-up to next Friday night's qualifying final against Hawthorn at the MCG.

From the Moonee Valley Leader and www.localfooty.com.au
Reported by 
Tim Michell
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 Richard Serong.

Aaron Heppell gets a kick away under pressure from Northern Blues Tim Jones. Picture: Richard Serong.

 
ESSENDON stamped its VFL finals ticket after dominant second-half display propelled the Bombers to a 19.17 (131) to 8.10 (58) victory over Northern Blues at Windy Hill on Saturday.
 

Needing a win to stay ahead of Richmond and hold onto eighth spot, the Bombers started nervously and trailed by seven points at quarter-time.

The sides traded blows in the second term, Essendon briefly hitting the front after Sam Heavyside expertly roved a pack and snapped truly.

But the Blues answered straight back through Zach Ballard and reclaimed the lead when American big man Matthew Korcheck goaled.

Bombers on-baller Aaron Heppell had the final say for the half, bouncing through a classy goal to level the scores at 42 apiece at the main break.

It was all Essendon in the opening minutes of the third quarter, Will Hams making the Blues pay after they coughed up a 50m penalty.

Shaun Edwards stretched the margin to 14 but Northern hit back again through Glenn Strachan to stay in touch.

Only seven points separated the teams when Harry McKay missed at the 24-minute mark, with little sign of what was about to come.

Ryan Crowley slipped a Billy Gowers tackle two minutes later and opened the floodgates.

 

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