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From Footygoss.com.au

Despite another impressive display in the second half of Saturday's thrilling match at Medibank Stadium, East Perth ruckman Llane Spaanderman has been dropped from the WA State squad to take on Victoria in Melbourne on Saturday.

Spaanderman and Subiaco's Mark Haynes have been left out of the squad that will have three training sessions in Perth this week before flying to Melbourne on Friday morning.

Here is the 29-man squad.

CLAREMONT - Michael Warren, Jaxon Crabb, Ben Colreavy, Daniel Bandy, Anthony Jones, Chad Jones

EAST FREMANTLE – Shane Woewodin, Andrew Foster, Theo Adams, Jamie McNamara, Andrew McCarrey

PEEL THUNDER – Daniel Haines, Hayden Ballantyne

PERTH – Chris Bossong

SOUTH FREMANTLE – Adam Hay, Andrew Siegert

SUBIACO – Darren Rumble, Aidan Parker, Marc Webb, Allistair Pickett, Jarrad Schofield, David Mapleston, Luke Newick, Todd Holmes

SWAN DISTRICTS – Adam Lange, Josh Roberts

WEST PERTH – Dion Fleay, Jason Salecic, Troy Longmuir

Bombers hit target after slow start

From The Age
Reported By Sean Cusick

BENDIGO overcame a sluggish start yesterday to outclass the Dolphins by 23 points at Frankston Oval. Boosted by some quality talls, including Kepler Bradley, Courtney Johns and Jason Laycock, the Bombers didn't gel as a team until midway through the second quarter.

Goalless and trailing by 23 points at the first break, the inaccurate Bombers allowed the Dolphins to extend the margin to 28 points before finally clicking into gear.

Bendigo suddenly switched from frustrating to fantastic. It kicked seven goals in a row to take the lead, and was good enough to maintain a three-goal buffer for practically the rest of the match. On the other hand, Frankston, which had looked dangerous early, struggled to match the Bombers for height and was let down by some average delivery into its forward 50.

Bendigo captain Simon Rosa did a fantastic job containing Frankston livewire Justin Berry. The Dolphin forward has been in superb touch but struggled to make an impact as Rosa wore him like a glove. Berry finished with three goals, but two of those came in the final quarter when the contest was all but over.

Bombers break drought

From Bendigo Advertiser

THE Metricon Bendigo Bombers yesterday halted their four-game VFL losing streak in what coach Matthew Knights labelled one of the most significant wins in his time at the club.

The Bombers defeated Frankston 13.16 (94) to 10.11 (71) at Frankston as the side finally got some reward for its good month of football.

The win – just their second in five visits to Frankston – lifted the Bombers (2-5) into ninth position on the ladder after seven rounds.

"Today's win was huge, and it was one of the team's biggest since I have been coach," said Knights, who has coached the Bombers since 2005.

"If we had copped another loss, you start to go too far back in the pack and it's a long way back.

"What we have done today is given our group a belief that we're going to have a strong second half of the year.

"That is no more prevalent than in the fact our last month of footy has been pretty damn good, without getting our just rewards," he said.

Roosters under threat

From Ballarat Courier

AFL Victoria chief executive Peter Schwab believes North Ballarat's status in Australia's top state-based football competition is under threat.

Schwab said with some AFL clubs wanting to return of an AFL reserves competition, the survival of the Victorian Football League was far from secure.

Schwab said AFL Victoria wanted the VFL to retain its status, but admitted it would not be without change - a view shared by the Roosters.

"The biggest issue Victorian football has got at the moment is the second tier review," Schwab explained.

"The VFL is under extreme pressure because the AFL clubs are looking at whether they should revamp the reserves competition," he said.

"That decision will have huge ramifications, not only for the VFL, but for how they restructure the TAC Cup (under-18) system as well.

"AFL clubs want total control of their players and the only way they believe they can get that control is if they run their own team.

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