Essendon has survived a last quarter comeback from Richmond to win their final home-and-away match of the Peter Jackson VFL season at Windy Hill. Leading by 35 points at the final change, the Bombers were in control, but the Tigers kicked the first five goals of the final term to edge within six points before the home side steadied to win 12.8.80 to 9.9.63.
High flyer Kyle Hardingham booted a game-high three goals for the Bombers and Jacob Thompson and Daniel Willis kicked two each, while for the Tigers, Liam McBean booted two, which was enough to share the ‘Frosty’ Miller Medal with Port Melbourne’s Jordan Lisle and Box Hill’s Sam Grimley with 42 for the year, while Matt McDonough (27 disposals) also kicked two.
Casey Scorpions have secured the last place in the Peter Jackson VFL top eight after a 17 point win over Coburg in round 19 at Piranha Park. The win also ended Coburg's late run for a spot in the finals with Nick Carnell (above), the club's longest serving captain, chaired from the field playing his final game at home following the announcement of his retirement at season's end.
Casey led by just four points at three-quarter-time but had the better of the Lions in the last term booting five goals to three to record a 17.9.111 to 14.10.94 win. The Scorpions tall timber providing the firepower up forward with Jake Spencer (19 disposals) and Tim Smith booting four goals each and Mark Jamar three while for Coburg Lachlan Johns kicked three and two each to Daniel Younan and Dion Hill.