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Brave Bombers tumble

From Bendigo Advertiser

GEELONG yesterday proved why it is one of the favourites to win this year's VFL premiership after defeating the Metricon Bendigo Bombers by 32 points at Skilled Stadium.

The star-studded Cats won their fifth straight game, leading from start to finish in a 20.16 (136) to 16.8 (104) victory to leave the Bombers with just one win after six rounds.

Bendigo found itself behind the eight-ball from the outset as the Cats had kicked 3.3 inside the first 13 minutes before the Bombers had scored.

All six of Geelong's early scoring shots came from marks inside 50, while around the ground, Cats ruckman Steven King was giving his on-ballers an arm chair ride.

Like they would do all throughout the game though, the Bombers rallied, kicking three consecutive goals of their own, including two to Kyle Reimers, to draw within three points at the 25-minute mark.

However, Geelong answered with two late goals to King, who was resting at fullforward, to push the Cats' lead out to 15 points at quarter-time.

The Bombers would get no closer for the rest of the match, despite gaining control of the contest during periods in each of the second, third and final terms.

From Herald Sun
Reported by Geoff Poulter

JACK Riewoldt moved closer to an AFL debut for Richmond with five goals to help Coburg fend off the Casey Scorpions yesterday.

With recruit Kent Kingsley managing just one goal, Riewoldt was the star in the Tigers' 13-point win.

"He is just getting better and better isn't he," Coburg coach Andrew Collins said of Riewoldt, who showed class and looked hungry for the ball.

Kingsley's effort was more workman-like, but Collins said the former Cat was cleary on the improve after a long injury layoff.

"He is getting better, he is very smart," Collins said.

"I don't think we will have him for very long, but while we have got him we might as well utilise him."

The Tigers finally slipped into gear in the last quarter with the aid of a strong breeze to get a grip on fourth position on the ladder with their fourth straight win.

"It was pretty rugged out there," Collins said.

"We knew it was going to be a tough day, hard game.

"We were struggling to find run but to the credit of the boys in the last quarter, in particular, we got a few players come through the lines.

"There was a really strong breeze out there. We were glad we were kicking with it in the last quarter."

From The Age
Reported by Sean Cusick

Coburg has edged out a determined Casey Scorpions outfit by 13 points in a rugged encounter at Coburg City Oval. The Scorpions showed plenty of fight, but appeared to tire in the final quarter as a classy Jack Riewoldt came to the fore in his best VFL performance to date.

The prized Richmond recruit finished with five goals, including the sealer from a mark 35 metres out deep into time-on after the Scorpions had dragged the margin back to seven points.

Kent Kingsley, playing his first senior VFL match since crossing to Richmond, had little impact on the match. He kicked one goal, the result of a holding-the-ball free kick in the goal square, and was outplayed by Max Hudghton for most of the day.

Tigers coach Andy Collins wouldn't be drawn on whether his club was talking up a top-four finish to the home-and-away season. "I don't worry about that . . . we're going well, we're a team that's won four and one, so it's good," he said.

Dolphins smashed by Seagulls

From Frankston FC Website
Reported by Michael Robinson

It was a warm day at Williamstown and the Dolphins were hoping to get off to a good start but lead by just 2 points at quarter time after kicking an inaccurate 2.7 in the 1st quarter.

From the start of the 2nd Quarter the Seagulls started to dominate with Andrew Williams dominating up forward with 4 goals and the Seagulls jumped out to a 29 point half time. Aaron Murray limped with a serious ankle injury and Matthew Burns did not play after half time with a concussion which left the Dolphins with 2 on the bench for the 2nd half.

This continued in the 3rd Quarter as the Seagulls piled on another 6 goals to the Dolphins 2 to lead by 52 points at the final change.

Despite trying hard in the final quarter the Dolphins only manged 3.5 to the Seagulls 5.6 as Williamstown ran out comfortable 65 point winners.

Bedevilled by a thrashing

From Sunday Tasmanian
Reported by Brett Stubbs

THE Devils wore their white away jumper for the first time yesterday, and then flew the white flag.

A pathetic, uncompetitive Devils were belted and humiliated to the tune of 114 points by Werribee, 31.14 (200) to 12.14 (86).

Werribee had never been defeated by the Devils and kicked their highest score against Tasmania -- and only 33 points less than its highest VFL score -- as it inflicted their third heaviest defeat in the Devils' history.

After winning their opening game, the Devils have now lost their past five. But yesterday's performance was clearly the worst and left new coach Daryn Cresswell struggling to find answers for the lack of fight in his listless side.

Passion and pride was for so long the trademark of this team, and factors which kept fans coming back even in defeat. But yesterday those factors were decidely absent.

When asked if the players were hurting after the game, Cresswell said: "No, I don't believe they are.

Big VFL squad for WA clash

From Herald Sun
Reported by Geoff Poulter

THE VFL will name a squad of 40 players on Monday for its interstate clash against Western Australia at Port Melbourne on Saturday week.

VFL team coach Mark Williams said the full squad would train on Tuesday.

Williams, coach of Sandringham, said the squad would be cut to 25 the following Monday.

There would then be further training sessions on the Tuesday and the Thursday before the match.

Williams would not be drawn on whether selectors would focus more on young players than veteran VFL performers and ex-AFL players, saying they would pick "the best possible side".

Young Hawks step up

From Herald Sun
Reported by Geoff Poulter

BOX Hill Hawks have won only one match, but coach Damien Christensen is optimistic about their prospects for the rest of the season.

The Hawks had to wait until last weekend's Round 5 before breaking the ice but Christensen says they are well on the way to overcoming early problems and should gradually develop into a solid combination.

Apart from the standout teams - last season's grand finalists Sandringham and Geelong - Christensen sees no reason why Box Hill can't match the rest.

The Box Hill coach is particularly excited about draftee Mitch Thorp, named to to play his first game today at home against the Northern Bullants.

The Tasmanian teenager, taken at No .6 in last year's national draft, has been a late starter, but has been training strongly for several weeks after recovering from a hip problem.

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