In a one sided display on Friday night at Simonds stadium, the Geelong Cats VFL side beat a depleted Casey Scorpions by 49 points in wet and windy conditions.
The first half was a closely contested one with Geelong holding a 15 point lead at the main break. Accompanying the two teams running out at half time was a heavy downpour of rain.
This did not deter the 6,500 faithful Geelong supporters as they got behind their side.
Geelong came out strong, kicking 5 third quarter goals to the Scorpions 1. From this point on, the damage was done as Geelong was able to win the final quarter and the game, keeping their back to back VFL flag dream alive.
Geelong VFL 14.16 – 100 def Casey Scorpions 8.3 – 51
The best players for Geelong were Jackson Sheringham, Mitch Brown, George Horlin-Smith, Josh Hunt and Shane Kersten.
Jackson Sheringham was the best player for the Cats, providing a lot of runs through the midfield; although he only had 16 disposals, they were effective as his defensive role was also largely effective.
Mitch Brown played a big role defensively for the Cats. Not only was he able to defend from centre half back and stop Casey scoring, he was also able to gather 19 disposals for himself, accompanied by 9 marks and 3 tackles.
George Horlin-Smith had the most disposals for the Cats with 22. He impacted the game from the midfield as was also able to go forward and kick a goal.
Josh Hunt showed he has what it takes to play a high standard of football. He gathered 14 disposals and 5 tackles from the back line and an intercept mark saw him go inside 50 and kick a goal.
Shane Kersten was the major goal scorer for the game as he kicked 4 goals from his 13 disposals.
With only 7 listed players for Melbourne venturing down to Simonds stadium, the Scorpions were always going to be the underdogs going into the match.
Cam Pederson was the best for the Scorpions as he gathered a game high 29 disposals, 7 marks, 17 hitouts and also kicked a goal in a game where he was everywhere for the Scorpions.
Pederson was the only real standout for the Scorpions but accompanying him as AFL listed that had an impact were Tom Gilles, who was able to kick 2 goals and in a return game for Tom Couch, he was able to gather 22 disposals from the midfield.
The win sees Geelong having a week off and through to the preliminary final the following week as they edge closer to back to back VFL glory.
The loss for the Scorpions sees them play in a semi final this Sunday against Werribee Tigers at Port Melbourne.
Results from other finals matches.
2nd Qualifying Final – Box Hill Hawks vs. Williamstown
Box Hill Hawks took on Williamstown on Saturday at Port Melbourne in 2nd vs. 3rd matchup that would see the winner in a VFL preliminary final.
The game was a closely contested one with Williamstown coming out strong in the first and came out with the lead at quarter time. From that time on, the game was back and forth as Box Hill was able to take a lead into the main break and three quarter time.
Williamstown was in the game for three quarters but lost it in the last as Box Hill was able to kick 5 unanswered goals and win by a convincing 30 points.
Box Hill Hawks 13.8 – def Williamstown 7.14 – 56
Sam Grimley was the major player for the Hawks in the last having 3 last quarter goals and joined Liam Tobin (3 goals) at the top of the goal scorers list.
Other major contributors for the Hawks were Kyle Cheney with 25 disposals and 8 marks, Michael Osborne with 21 disposals and 5 tackles and Jonathon Simpkin with 23 disposals and 1 goal.
The best players for Williamstown were Michael Talia with 27 disposals and 12 marks, Jack Johnstone with 21 disposals and 1 goal and Ben Jolley with 29 disposals and 4 tackles.
The win sees Box Hill have the week off and through to the preliminary final the following week.
The loss for Williamstown sees them play in a semi final this Saturday against Port Melbourne at Port Melbourne.
1st Elimination Final – Werribee Tigers vs. Essendon VFL
Werribee Tigers took on Essendon VFL on Sunday at Port Melbourne in 5th vs. 8th matchup that was an elimination final which would see the loser’s season end.
At a windy Port Melbourne on Sunday there was strong breeze that led to a goal kicking end.
Essendon had the breeze in the first and was able to hold a commanding 28 point lead at quarter time, but Werribee kicked 8 unanswered goals in the second term to take a 4 goal lead into the main break.
Essendon was again able to use the breeze well in the third, kicking 4 goals but the Tigers played smart football going the other way and kicked 3 goals to keep a lead at three quarter time. The lead was strong enough to hold Essendon off in the last, although they were able to kick 5 goals so were the Tigers who came up victorious by 19 points in the end.
Werribee Tigers 17.14 – 116 def Essendon VFL 15.7 – 97
The best players for Werribee were Luke McDonald, Ben Ross, Jordan Gysberts and Ben McKinley.
Luke McDonald was best for the Tigers with 26 disposals and 1 goal, Ben Ross managed 25 disposals and 1 goal, Jordan Gysberts was influential with his 24 disposals and 7 inside 50s while Ben Mckinley was strong up forward with 4 goals.
The best players for Essendon were Matthew Firman, Cory Dell’olio, Will Hams and Zac O’Brien.
Matthew Firman was best for Essendon with 23 disposals and 4 tackles, Cory Dell’olio was influential up forward for Essendon with a game high 5 goals from 11 disposals, Will Hams had 20 disposals and 2 goals and Zac O’Brien had the most disposals for Essendon with 25.
The loss sees Essendon eliminated from the finals and the win for Werribee sees them play Casey Scorpions on Sunday at Port Melbourne.
2nd Elimination Final – Collingwood VFL vs. Port Melbourne
Collingwood VFL took on Port Melbourne on Sunday at Port Melbourne in 6th vs. 7th matchup that was an elimination final which would see the loser’s season end.
In a do or die clash for Collingwood and Port Melbourne, the game was always going to be a hard matchup. Collingwood took form against Port Melbourne going into the match but a quick start from Port saw them carry a 27 point lead into quarter time thanks to a 3 goal quarter from Port Melbourne’s Julian Rowe (4 for the game)
The game was played on Port Melbourne’s terms for most of it but a late comeback from Collingwood saw them get within 7 points. But with another three goal haul in a quarter to a Port Melbourne player, Heath O’Farrell was able to do the damage on the scoreboard and give Port the win by 25 points.
Port Melbourne 16.9 – 105 def Collingwood 12.8 – 80
Alongside Rowe in the best players for Port Melbourne were Toby Pinwill with 26 disposals and 4 tackles, Nathan Batsanis with 25 disposals and 1 goal and Wayde Skipper with 12 disposals and 23 hitouts.
The best players for Collingwood were Jack Hellier, Tim Broomhead and Kyle Martin.
Jack Hellier gathered 23 disposals and 1 goal, while Tim Broomhead topped the possessions getters with 26 joined alongside was Kyle Martin who also had 26 disposals but kicked 2 goals.
The loss sees Collingwood eliminated from the finals and the win for Port Melbourne sees them play Williamstown on Saturday at Port Melbourne.
Development Squad Finals
1st Elimination Final – Casey Scorpions vs. Northern Blues
The first elimination final of the development squad finals was the Casey Scorpions vs. The Northern Blues.
The Blues were far too strong for the Scorpions beating them by a huge 113 points.
Northern Blues 21.19 – 145 def Casey Scorpions 5.2 – 32
The loss sees Casey Scorpions eliminated from the finals and the win for Northern Blues sees them play Box Hill Hawks in a preliminary final on Sunday at Port Melbourne.
2nd Elimination Final – Frankston Dolphins vs. Port Melbourne
The second elimination final of the development squad finals was the Frankston Dolphins vs. Port Melbourne.
The game was a closely contested one but a convincing lead of 29 points saw Port Melbourne look in trouble at half time. Port Melbourne played a massive second half kicking 8 goals to Frankston’s 1 which won Port the game by 11 points.
Port Melbourne 11.12 – 78 def Frankston Dolphins 8.19 – 67
The loss sees Frankston eliminated from the finals and the win for Port Melbourne sees them play Williamstown in a preliminary final on Saturday at Port Melbourne.
Make sure you get down to the VFL to watch some very good players and teams in what till be a tightly contested finals series over both leagues.
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