Casey Scorpions News

Justin Plapp appointed coach of Casey Scorpions

From the Cranbourne Leader
Reported by Paul Amy
Full article - Click here

THE Casey Scorpions today pulled the first surprise of the VFL pre-season when they installed former St Kilda and Richmond forward Justin Plapp as their new senior coach.

Plapp was named to replace Rohan Welsh, who had completed two years and was keen to continue.

But talks between Casey and Melbourne culminated in a job offer to Plapp yesterday. He accepted this afternoon.

The 37-year-old has had charge of TAC Cup club Sandringham Dragons for the past three seasons.

He was a Development League coach at Box Hill in 2010 and Williamstown in 2011.

Coming out of the Burnie Dockers, Plapp’s stints at Richmond (1998-99) and St Kilda (2000-02) produced 44 games.

Scorpions caught short for finals

From Cranbourne Leader
Reported by Paul Amy
Full Story
Click Here

THEY won by 129 points on Saturday, but all told the losses outweighed the gains for the Casey Scorpions on the weekend.

By Sunday night a combination of injuries, retirements and qualification rules had significantly reduced their pool of players for the VFL finals.

The same happened last year.

It seems to happen every year.

It began when Jesse Hogan hyperextended a knee early in the match against Bendigo at Casey Fields on Saturday, causing the hearts of Melbourne supporters to sink.

He will miss the rest of the season.

Reported by Paul Amy
Full Story
Click Here

THE Casey Scorpions led by 34 points at three-quarter-time against Williamstown on Saturday night at Casey Fields.

Was it enough? That was the question.

Willy were finishing with a wind whistling to the entrance end of the ground. The bulk of the scoring had been done there. Here was a stern test for the Scorpions.

They passed it, so brilliantly they held Willy to two goals, kicked one themselves and won by 23 points to stay unbeaten after four rounds.

Supported by the midfielders, the backline held together in the face of fierce pressure in the first few minutes of the final quarter. Willy attacked relentlessly but scored only points.

Reported by Paul Amy
Full Story
Click Here

THE Casey Scorpions have belatedly installed a senior coach, locking in former Carlton forward Rohan Welsh.

Welsh, 42, was appointed last night, agreeing to a part-time role.

Ironically, the club interviewed the 2006 Oakleigh Chargers premiership coach four years ago, but he was unable to commit to what was then a full-time job.

"It's something I've always wanted to do, get into the VFL system," Welsh said this morning.

"Having had 12 years at TAC Cup level, I saw it as the next progression for me.

"Because I've got my own business (signwriting) it was going to be hard because most of the VFL jobs are full-time these days. I was stuck in between following my passion, which is footy, and looking after my business.

From Herald Sun
Reported by Sam Landsberger and Paul Amy
Full Story
Click Here

EMBATTLED Melbourne could be forced to run its own VFL team next year because its affiliate, Casey Scorpions, is fighting for survival.

A failed pokies venture has left the Scorpions hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt and they are without a senior coach for next season.

Most players haven't been paid since about Round 5.

The Demons, sweating on the outcome of an AFL tanking investigation, would have to find another $400,000 to field a stand-alone VFL team and source a ground to ensure the development of prized youngsters such as Jesse Hogan, Jack Viney and Dom Barry is not compromised.

AFL Victoria chiefs, including chairman Peter Jackson, general manager Grant Williams and operations boss John Hook, held a crisis meeting with Casey officials last night.