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VFL: Williamstowns winning ways continue in battle of the west

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Williamstown remain at the top of the Peter Jackson VFL ladder following their 39 point win over reigning premier Footscray in round eight at a windswept VU Whitten Oval. An inaccurate Seagulls handled the gale like conditions far better than their opponents, kicking away in the final quarter with four goals to two, winning 9.22.76 to 5.7.37, and celebrating Cameron Lockwood's (above) 100th game in style.

With goals hard to come by in the conditions Williamstown trio, Mitch Banner with three and Andrew Gallucci and Lockwood with two each, were the only multiple goal kickers on the ground. Footscray opened with what seemed a five goal advantage with a howling wind blowing to the Geelong road end. However they failed to capitalise, missing targets forward with poor delivery as Williamstown defenders Sam Dunnell, Peter Faulks and Brad Mangan continually got in the way.

 

 

VFL: Bombers move into top 8

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Essendon have moved into the top eight after a come-from-behind win to defeat the Northern Blues by eight points at Preston City Oval in round six of Peter Jackson VFL. The Blues led by 25 points at half-time but a seven goal to two last half enabled the Bombers to overtake the Blues winning 11.10.76 to 9.14.68.

 

Former Adelaide Crow Shaun McKernan with 20 disposals including seven clearances and two goals was instrumental in the Bomber’s win along with defender James Gwilt, who nullified Northern’s Matthew Watson for the majority of the game. Gwilt received good support from Ariel Steinberg and the improving Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti who had the job of minding the Blue's small forwards.

 

 

VFL: Collingwood back in the eight

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Collingwood jumped back into the Peter Jackson VFL top eight after defeating Coburg by 39 points in front of a good crowd at Piranha Park in round seven.The Pies were always in control and a blow-out threatened when their lead got out to 53 points late in the third quarter but Coburg fought the match out eventually going down - 18.13.121 to 11.16.82.

 

Pie’s full forward Michael Still booted a game-high four goals for the third week in a row, receiving good support from busy pair Tim Broomhead (41 disposals) and Patrick Karnezis (31) who each kicked three goals while Ben Kennedy (38) and Ben Moloney (27) provided plenty around the packs. Coburg was well served by Nathan Blair who battled hard in defence; Tom Gleeson (19) was lively around half-forward with two goals while Errol McConnell (8 tackles) and Daniel Venditti (35) worked tirelessly till the end.

 

 

VFL: Hawks back on the winners list

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Box Hill has returned to the winners list after a 23-point win over Essendon in round five of Peter Jackson VFL at Windy Hill. Just three points separated the sides at three-quarter-time before the Hawks slammed on six goals to the Bombers two in the last term to edge clear, the final score 18.10.118 to 14.11.95.

The Bombers had their chances late in the match but failed to capitalise booting four behinds in a row. Hawk's skipper David Mirra led the way in defence along with Sam Collins while Jed Anderson was dangerous with a game-high four goals and Liston Trophy winner, Alex Woodward, continues to put his hand up for AFL selection.

 

 

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