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Headache for Devils coach

From The Mercury
Reported by Brett Stubbs

THE unique vagaries faced in leading the Devils are having a detrimental effect on coach Daryn Cresswell's game plan.

In the wake of the Devils' horrible 114-point thrashing at the hands of Werribee on Saturday, Cresswell said the "whole state" approach was causing headaches with his run-at-all-costs blueprint.

While Cresswell's predecessor Mathew Armstrong believed in the centralised system -- getting the majority of his team based in Hobart so the players could constantly train together -- Cresswell wanted to open the Devils up to the entire state by having regional training squads in the South, North and North-West.

This brought in an influx of players from northern Tasmania, but it has not brought results, with the Devils losing their past five games and sitting above last place by percentage only.

"It is pretty hard because obviously with the three regions I am finding it pretty difficult to deal with and it makes it very hard," Cresswell said.

From Geelong Advertiser
Reported by Michael Auciello

THEY say actions speak louder than words.

Yesterday, Steven King was the equivalent of a man making an impassioned speech to say he's not done yet.

The former Geelong captain did everything he was sent back to the VFL to do.

Coach Mark Thompson wanted him to just compete, without fear that any part of his body would break down again.

When he went to full forward in the first quarter, King pulled in two towering overhead marks in the goalsquare.

In the second, he drifted down back to fill any gaps in the Bendigo Bombers' forward line and put his body on the line.

At the start of the third quarter, he'd contest the centre bounce and then sprint straight to the forward line.

His inspired tackle on Simon Rosa late in the term said a lot.

 In between all his work around the ground, he and developing ruckman Trent West controlled the middle.

King finished with four goals in the Cats' 32-point win at Skilled Stadium.

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.



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