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From The Sunday Age
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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

From Leader Groups Local Footy
Reported by Luke D'Anello
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FOOTSCRAY coach Ashley Hansen says he plans to unleash Lauchlan Dalgleish in the VFL club’s midfield.

The 22-year-old former Essendon-listed player headlines five new signatures at the Dogs, who progressed to the semi-finals in 2015.

Dalgleish made three senior appearances during his three seasons with the Bombers, but was a key contributor for their VFL team as a defender.

“He’ll be a real asset and I think he has the flexibility to play across all three lines, which we need from our VFL-listed players and which we have a strong philosophy on,” Hansen said.

“He spent a fair bit of time at Essendon down back, but I think his primary role for us will be through the midfield, with his ability to connect inside 50 and use his athletic ability.

“I think he’ll complement what we’ve got already.

Roughead, Roberts to return via VFL

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Key defenders Fletcher Roberts and Jordan Roughead will make their return from injury with Footscray on Saturday, named in the extended squad for the VFL side's Round 18 match at Victoria University Whitten Oval.

Roughead has missed the last three weeks with a foot injury, while Roberts has been sidelined since injury his ankle in the Club's Round 15 win over the Gold Coast Suns in Cairns.

The defensive pair will add significant experience to the Footscray back-six, and have been named to occupy key-posts in defence along with father-son defender Zaine Cordy.

The fourth placed Footscray (10-5) side take on Port Melbourne (6-9), with the standalone VFL side currently sitting just outside the top-eight in ninth position.

A win for Footscray could boost their claims for a top-two place on the VFL ladder, sitting one game behind Wiliamstown and Sandringham.

Footscray have named a squad that will feature 18 AFL-listed players. Father-son prospect Darcy Macpherson has again been named as the 23rd man.

After this weekend, just two rounds remain in the VFL home and away season, before finals beckon, commencing in the first weekend of September.

Saturday's Round 18 VFL between Footscray and Port Melbourne will be broadcast live on Channel 7, with coverage commencing from 12:00pm.

Footscray set for Port battle

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Footscray will take on the ninth-placed Port Melbourne in what is a must-win match to keep the Borough’s final chances alive.

Bulldogs coach Ashley Hansen said that he expected a tough match with Port Melbourne fighting for a finals spot.

“We are expecting nothing less than the Port Melbourne Football Club we have known for the past decade.

“A really proud club with experienced players will always respond to the opportunity to stay in touch with the finals so we will be prepared for that.”

The Bulldogs welcome back senior vice-captain Jordan Roughead who has missed the last three weeks with a foot complaint.

Fletcher Roberts also returns from injury after a four-week layoff and both are expected to take on key defensive roles.

“For both Jordan and Fletcher our main aim for the weekend is to return to playing football and gain significant match fitness and game sense after being out with their respective injuries,” Hansen said.

“Both are valued members of the squad so tomorrow is an important step in their rehab and return for AFL selection in the coming weeks.”

Footscray posted a big result last weekend against the top ranked Williamstown, and Hansen said it’s important for his side to maintain that form and carry momentum.

“The focus each week for our players is to continue to build their games around the role they are assigned and collectively performing as one unit.

“The strength of our team is determined by our actions for one another so that mentality is really important that we sustain after last week.”

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