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VFL: Roosters down Pies in stirring win

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North Ballarat have ended Collingwood's unbeaten run at home with a stirring come-from-behind win in round 18 of the Peter Jackson VFL. It was the Magpies first home-and-away loss at Victoria Park since round 11 last year and they now face an uphill battle to make the top four.

Trailing by 25 points at the final change, the Roosters piled on seven goals to two in the final quarter to win 17.15.117 to 17.7.109. Small forward Andrew Hooper finished with a game-high five goals and Nick Couch booted four while North Melbourne listed trio Ryan Bastinac (44 disposals, 18 contested), Trent Dumont (36) and Brad McKenzie (28) starred in the win.

VFL: Bulldogs down Bombers to move into top four

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Footscray have replaced Essendon in the Peter Jackson VFL top four after accounting for the Bombers by 22 points in round 16 at the VU Whitten Oval. In a tight contest played in blustery conditions the Bulldogs responded after a slow start to wear down the Bombers winning 11.10.76 to 7.12.54.


High profile forward Tom Boyd (above) booted three goals including two into the wind in the third quarter when the Bulldogs managed to give the Bombers the slip. Lin Jong (26 disposals) and Jordan Kelly (20) worked hard through the midfield while Jordan Russell (34) and Roarke Smith (21) in defence cleaned up many of the Essendon attacks.


VFL: Werribee upset Essendons top four plans

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Werribee have put a dent in Essendon's top four hopes while improving their own with a 28-point win over the Bombers at Windy Hill in round 17 of the Peter Jackson VFL. In a crucial clash for both sides Werribee burst the match open in the second quarter booting seven goals to two and despite the loss of Scott Sherlock and Brayden Norris to injuries, went onto win 15.13.103 to 11.9.75.

Majak Daw booted three for the winners, all in the second term, Dylan Reid, Eric Wallace, Josh Porter and Matthew Munro all kicked two while for the Bombers, Kyle Hardingham kicked three. Positions in the top eight are up for grabs and both sides started the contest with the intensity required for finals footy - fast paced and hard at the football.




VFL: Magpies close in on top four

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Collingwood have continued their unbeaten run at Victoria Park with 23-point win over fellow finals contender the Casey Scorpions in round 15 of Peter Jackson VFL. Injury plagued Ben Reid played a full game booting three goals, while former Hawk, Clinton Young, sparked the Pies with two third-quarter goals as they kicked clear to win 12.11.83 to 9.6.60.


The win lifts Collingwood into fifth place, level with Essendon in fourth. with only percentage separating the pair. It was a hard fought win by the Pies who were missing key players in Patrick Karnezis, Brenden Abbott and Michael Still, with all three having been major goalkickers for the team this season.



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