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From the Moonee Valley Leader
Reported by Tim Michell
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IT WOULD have surprised no one if Marcus Marigliani woke with leather poisoning on Monday.

The Essendon VFL captain had the ball on a string in his side’s 32-point VFL win over Collingwood on Sunday at Windy Hill, gathering 33 disposals and 13 marks.

The Magpies had no answer for Marigliani’s dominance as the Bombers skipper helped his side lead at every change in an 11.9 (75) to 5.13 (43) victory.

“(It was) really important,” Marigliani said.

“It was a bit of a funny vibe we had against Sandringham, but it just felt on the weekend like we were back to the way we were playing our practice matches.

“If we’re winning the contested and inside footy we back ourselves to win the game and that’s what it felt like all game.”

VFL Round 3

Richmond vs Geelong at Punt Road 11am
Coburg vs Frankston at Piranha Park,Coburg 12:12pm(Channel 7)
(Development League Match follows at 3:10pm)
Collingwood vs Footscray at Victoria Park 1pm
North Ballarat vs Williamstown at Eureka Stadium 1pm
Port Melbourne vs Werribee at North Port Oval 2pm
(Development League Match at 11am)

Essendon vs Casey Scorpions at Windy Hill 12pm(Casey Radio)
Sandringham vs Northern Blues at Trevor Barker Oval,Sandringham 2pm(VFL Radio)
(Development League Match at 11am)

VFL Bye: Box Hill Hawks
Development League Byes: Box Hill Hawks,Casey Scorpions,Williamstown

VFL Round 2 (ANZAC Centenary weekend)

Werribee vs North Ballarat at Avalon Airport Oval 2pm(VFL Radio)
(Development League Werribee vs Casey Scorpions at 11am)
Port Melbourne vs Northern Blues at North Port Oval 2pm
(Development League match at 11am)
Frankston vs Richmond at Frankston Park 2:15pm

Essendon vs Collingwood at Windy Hill 11:42am(Channel 7)
Footscray vs Casey Scorpions at Whitten Oval 12pm(Casey Radio)
Box Hill Hawks vs Coburg at Box Hill 2pm(3WBC)
(Development League match at 10:45am)
Williamstown vs Sandringham at Burbank Oval 2pm
(Development League match at 11am)

VFL Bye:Geelong
Development League Bye: Frankston

From the Maribyrnong Leader
Reported by Mark Smith
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THE Footscray Bulldogs will kick off its 2015 VFL campaign this weekend with a rematch against last year’s grand final opponent the Box Hill Hawks.

The club will unfurl its 2014 VFL premiership flag ahead of the round 1 clash on Saturday, April 18 at Whitten Oval.

Bulldogs president Peter Gordon urged Bulldogs supporters to make it down to the game.

“We don’t unfurl a premiership flag at the Whitten Oval that often,” he said.

He said the day would include a host of children’s activities and was being marketed as a family event.

It will be the first of nine home matches at the ground this season.

The club’s decision to field a stand alone VFL side under the Footscray name for the first time since 1996 has proved a popular one with fans in the west.

From the Herald Sun
Reported by Paul Amy
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THE 2015 VFL season kicks off on Friday with Werribee hosting Geelong under lights. Leader sports editor Paul Amy rounds up each club’s ins and outs.


Coach: Marco Bello

Last year: runner-up to Footscray Bulldogs

In: Cadeyn Williams (Richmond), Jack Sandric (Hobart City), Lochie Adey, James Handley (Blackburn), Matthew Burt, Chris Jones, Liam Kidd, Matthew Traynor (Eastern Ranges), Billy Murphy, Sam Switkowski (Northern Knights), James Sullivan (Tatura), Patrick Dillon (Donvale), Xavier Dimasi (Assumption/Calder Cannons), Ben Fitzpatrick (Korumburra/Bena), Dalton Graham (Sandringham).

Out: Luke Andrews, Callan Burns, Corey Cassidy, Sam Cust, Jackson Eade, Tom Goodwin, Jake Kalanj, Tom Miles, Xavier Murphy, Matt Northe, Nick Papadopoulos, Kalem Post, Michael Thompson, Brandon Wood.

The verdict: the Hawks have lost top-line midfielders in Xavier Murphy and Luke Andrew as well as the emerging Brandon Wood. But they’ve picked up former Tiger Cadeyn Williams and have good young players coming through in support of senior men Sam Iles, David Mirra, Marc Lock and Liam Tobin. Premiers in 2013 and runners-up last year, there’s no reason to think there will be a slackening of standards.

Player watch: Mitch O’Donnell. He’s as hard as a coffin nail and he’ll be granted more opportunity after an excellent pre-season.

Celebrating season 2014 with the Casey Scorpions and A Positive Move

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