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VFL: Footscray fightback to down Blues.

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Footscray have put a severe dent in the finals aspirations of the Northern Blues following their come-from-behind win in round sixteen of the VFL at Ikon Park. The Bulldogs trailed by 26 points at the final change but booted six goals to nil in the final quarter to win 12.8.80 to 10.7.67.

 

After a fine start to the season the Blues have now lost seven of their last eight games and face top eight teams in their final three matches of the season. Former Blue, Billy Gowers, kicked three goals for Footscray, two of them in the first quarter, and provided headaches all day for the Blues defenders. Fletcher Roberts, normally found in defence, was pivotal in the Bulldogs win booting two last quarter goals from strong pack marks.

VFL: Collingwood in a thriller over Richmond.

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Collingwood are within one game of the top eight after winning a thriller against an in-form Richmond in round fourteen of the VFL season at Punt road. Both sides traded blows in a tense final quarter before Lachlan Tardrew snapped a long range goal with only minutes remaining on the clock to see the Pies home, 14.20.104 to 16.6.102. In further bad news for the Tigers, bigman Ben Griffiths was helped from the field early into the second quarter with a shoulder injury and didn’t reappear.

Tom Phillips was the best for the Pies with three goals and 40 disposals around the ground while ruckman Mason Cox (2 goals, 24 disposals, 47 hitouts) was instrumental in the air around the ground in a fine duel with Richmond counterpart, Ivan Maric. Josh Smith (34) worked hard in defence and Jackson Ramsay (26) and Callum Brown (19) also figured in the Magpie’s best. The Tigers had many fine contributors including Tyson Stengle with a game-high four goals, Taylor Hunt (3 goals) was dangerous floating through half-forward while Maric and Jacob Townsend (2 goals) provided plenty of endeavour.


VFL: Werribee back in top eight.

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An accurate Werribee have moved back into the top eight after a thrilling come-from-behind win over Port Melbourne in round fifteen of the VFL season at Rams Arena in Craigieburn. Trailing by 29 points late in the third quarter, Werribee hit the lead at the final change but again trailed midway through the final term before they regained the lead thanks to a goal from Cameron Zurhaar at the 25-minute mark to see them hang on winning 17.3.105 to 15.11.101.

 It was the Borough's third loss in a row and they now sit outside the top four in a very even season. North Melbourne ruckman, Todd Goldstein, was best-a-field for Werribee with a fine display around the ground collecting 56 hitouts, 17 disposals and two goals while Kangaroo teammate, Lindsay Thomas (15 disposals, 5 marks) was dangerous booting four goals and Ryley Barrack (14, 4 marks) continued his good form down back.

 

VFL: Box Hill back on top.

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The Box Hill Hawks have regained top spot on the VFL ladder after a comfortable 49-point win over North Ballarat in round thirteen at a cold Box Hill City Oval. The Hawks booted five goals to nil in the first term which set up their win and despite the Roosters showing plenty of heart in stopping the margin from blowing right out they eventually went down 18.13.121 to 9.18.72.

Anthony Brolic kicked a game-high three goals for the Hawks, while Dallas Willsmore, Chris Jones, Nelson Lane and Tyrone Vickery each kicked two while the only multiple goal kicker for North Ballarat was Hayden Walters with two. The much talked about Vickery worked hard in the ruck for the majority of the match to figure in the Hawk’s best along with Willsmore who picked up 35 touches and Brendan Whitecross with 34 disposals in defence was also a fine contributor.

 

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