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‘Biffo’ given the boot
Competition reverses unwanted reputation.
For many years, the then VFA was categorised more by the ‘biffo’ than the skill, courage and character of the players. Queues would snake outside VFA House each Tuesday, with the tribunal sitting in up to four rooms to deal with all the reports. This may have been construed as ‘colourful’ in some quarters, but in reality, it did little to showcase a competition that sat just underneath the elite level. Consider the disappointing and damning statistic from 1987, when 311 players were reported in the VFA seniors and reserves, equating to 14.8 players per week. Fast-forward to the 2007 season, when the number of reports will, if the current weekly average of a little over three reports continues, come in under 100 for the fifth successive season. This underscores the important strides the competition has made in many areas, most particularly discipline. Given the increasingly younger lists and the strong link with the TAC Cup, it is apparent that self-control is a key platform of the talented player pathway. As evidenced in a story inside this issue of the VFL Record, the emphasis from coaches and players these days is controlling emotions and channelling aggression at the contest, not at an opponent. Missing games through suspension serves no purpose and only hinders a team. Clubs are all about winning four points rather than a fistfight. Certainly, that professionalism is also evident in the VFL ’s weekly operation, where all matches, including the reserves, are videotaped and scrutinised by the umpiring department. Any off-the-ball incidents or incidents that are not picked up by the umpires on the day are referred to the VFL for investigation, and, if warranted, are then presented to the tribunal. The message is clear: the VFL is a high quality competition that has no place for cheap shots or over aggressive, undisciplined acts. Reports have increased marginally this season, but that is largely as a result of a change to the laws of the game, which now makes front-on contact to a player who has his head over the ball a reportable offence. Penalties issued by the VFL tribunal reflect that the incidents before them are indiscretions of a minor nature. No player this season – seniors or reserves – has been suspended for more than two matches. More and more reported players are acknowledging they’ve committed an indiscretion and are accepting the automatic penalties. Players can also choose to defend themselves at the tribunal, whose integrity and consistency are unquestioned. Unlike other systems, the VFL tribunal is straightforward, with no grey areas. Under the chairmanship of Tim Robinson, it has stood the test of time, playing an important role in a competition that continues to grow. These days, the VFL is renowned as a quick, skilful and highly talented competition, a welldeserved reputation. Martin Stillman General Manager, VFL CONTENTS
Simon Rosa – 100 games TAC Cup graduates VFL tribunal update Round 14 preview Matthew Firman Three Towers Auskick Squads and teams 5 8-9 10-11 14 16 23 25-28

ROUND 14 JULY 14-15, 2007
COVER: Ben Jolley’s Bendigo Bombers face a crucial test against the Bullants this week.

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The complete package
Big V performance highlights Rosa’s class.
Many things were proven in Victoria’s stunning win against Western Australia in the state match at Port Melbourne in late May. Apart from the fact that Victoria has the premier secondtier competition in the country, the game showcased the talent of certain players in the TRUenergy VFL. Frank Johnson medallist Alister Neville is on the radar of several AFL clubs, while Nick Sautner’s haul of nine goals confirmed him as one of the great goalkickers in the history of the VFL. However, another fact that emerged was just how good a player Simon Rosa is. In some respects, the Bendigo Bombers’ captain, who this weekend plays his 100th VFL match, can consider himself unlucky not to have possession of the Frank Johnson medal. Rosa conclusively proved that he is a player of the utmost quality. While the eyebrows of some clubs may have been raised when Rosa was selected for the match, the 24-year-old dispelled any concerns with a sensational performance. Not surprisingly, when asked about the highlight of his VFL career, Rosa immediately nominated the state representative match. Modestly, he pointed out that it was a great day for Victorian football and that he was just pleased to be part of it. “We had a very strong squad. I think everyone played to their max and anyone could have won the medal,” Rosa said. “To get up by such a big margin was great and to have the opportunity to play at that level and prove that I am a good player was fantastic. “I hope to end my career with no regrets and know I’ve given myself every chance to get the best out of myself.” As for reaching the 100 games, Rosa said it was an accomplishment to be treasured. “It’s a great achievement not only for myself, but for the club to have that stability. I’m pretty excited to have played that many games for the Bendigo Bombers.” Rosa is only the second Bomber to reach the 100-game mark (19 with Carlton), following on from Nick Carter, the five-time club captain and triple best and fairest winner who he replaced as captain this season. While he admitted to being a bit nervous when he took over the captaincy this season, Rosa feels he has been lucky to have the ex-skipper as a fallback for any advice he’s needed. “It’s been great to have ‘Carts’ around, and I’ve just tried to earn the respect of the players.” Simon Rosa not only has the respect of his teammates, but that of his peers throughout the VFL community.

Age: 24 Clubs: Carlton (VFL), Bendigo Bombers Games: 99 Goals: 30 Highlights: Bendigo Bombers captain 2007; VFL state representative 2007

Modest star: Simon Rosa



Martin’s rapid rise
Footy greenhorn leapfrogs into VFL ranks.
En route to a match last year, Stefan Martin had to make a stop of necessity – he needed to buy a pair of football boots. It’s not that Martin had forgotten, damaged or lost an existing pair. The truth of the matter is that he had never owned any. You see, Martin had never played competitive football before. During his teenage years he played basketball, playing it well enough to be on the roster for the Nunawading Spectres and represent an Australian secondary school team that toured New Zealand. At 197cm and 95 kg, Martin had plenty to offer basketball, but some school mates also thought he had the physique and athleticism to be good at football. “My friends were keen for me to come down and play socially with them at Old Haileybury,” Martin said. “I turned them down a few times, but I got a bit bored with basketball and wanted something new.” What started out as a casual game with his friends – forget about preseason training or anything like that – has become an extraordinary story. From playing his first match for Old Haileybury under-19s several weeks into the 2006 season, Martin has graduated to play seniors for Old Haileybury, won the competition best and fairest in the under-19s, gained an invitation to train for one week with Melbourne and broken into Sandringham’s VFL seniors.

By his own admission, Martin is blown away by the transition he has made. Martin admitted that last year his skills were rusty and at times he was running around with little knowledge of what he was doing. “I was pretty green,” he recalled. When he arrived at the training sessions with the Demons, Martin was completely overawed to be mixing with players he had seen on TV and read about in the newspapers. “My skills were shocking. I was hoping not to shank the kicks and muck up their drills. It was daunting, but all the players were really friendly and encouraging,” Martin said. “Plus, I was pretty unfit. I hadn’t done any training since I stopped playing with Old Haileybury.” Zebras coach Mark Williams swooped on Martin after his training run with Melbourne and suggested his game could be further developed at Sandringham. A surprised and excited Martin accepted the offer. At best, he thought he might make the Zebras’ list, but viewed season 2007 as one he would play out in the reserves. However, Martin found himself elevated into the defending premier’s senior team in round two and was recently among the best in the Zebras’ losing side to North Ballarat.

Martin hopes there are plenty more chapters to be written in his extraordinary story, culminating in finding himself on an AFL list. But for now, the 20-year-old is looking to play more senior football and be part of the club’s bid for a fourth successive premiership. Boots and all.
Jaw-dropping talent: Stefan Martin


Pinwill embraces Borough
Former Charger among friends at Port Melbourne.
If Toby Pinwill looks as if he’s surrounded by friends at Port Melbourne, he certainly is – and that’s one reason why he’s enjoying himself so much. Pinwill, now in his fourth season at the Borough, is engulfed by an army of mates he came through the Oakleigh Chargers program with, albeit some of them from a couple of years before him. In total, there are 18 ex-Chargers at Port, making up almost one-third of the club’s list. While there is an eight-year spread from Ryan McMahon, the venerable elder statesman of the Chargers’ clan, to Dean Kelly, who graduated from Oakleigh’s premiership side last year, there is a strong sense of camaraderie among the group. “I really enjoy the club,” Pinwill said. “All my best mates are there and I enjoy playing at the highest level I can.” A former Oakleigh captain and best and fairest winner, Pinwill came through the Chargers the same year as Julian Rowe, who is in his first year at Port Melbourne after spending three seasons at Collingwood. While Pinwill was dominant during his time with the Chargers, he’s played more games in Port’s reserves than its seniors. Pinwill would like the ledger to show the reverse, however, he is definitely not complaining, having played the bulk of his 30 VFL games in the past two seasons. Last year, Pinwill played all but two matches, but because of the lack of height in the team, found himself in a key position. “I was playing as a tall back, but I don’t have the height to be a key position player,” the 186cm Pinwill said. While Port did not enjoy a successful season, Pinwill believes the season erased any excuses from among the playing ranks. “You knew if you didn’t make the team it was your own fault, while the year before people would blame other things with the alignment with the Kangaroos,” he said. When Port Melbourne embarked on an exhaustive recruiting drive in the off-season, Pinwill didn’t feel threatened that his opportunities might evaporate. “I looked at it more along the lines that we could be more successful and hopefully get the chance to play finals,” Pinwill said. “If I was able to get a game it would be in a more successful team, which is a lot more enjoyable. I would prefer to play a smaller role in a successful team than a larger role in an unsuccessful team. “I’ve viewed it as a definite positive.” After missing much of the preseason due to overseas travel, Pinwill had to work extremely hard to force his way back into the seniors. However, he has plenty of support to call upon, especially from among the Chargers’ fraternity.

Another Oakleigh graduate: Toby Pinwill



TAC Cup breeding ground
Competition provides strong link to VFL.
Scroll through the recent headline makers in the TRUenergy VFL and you’ll find a common link. It is a connection that began with a trickle, but has now taken on dambursting proportions. While it may have taken 10 years to solidify, there is little doubt that the TAC Cup has become the most furtive recruiting ground for VFL clubs. Sure, ex-AFL players still have plenty of appeal, but rarely these days do you find a Sam Kekovich, Barry Round, Brian Taylor or Donald McDonald playing in the VFL. Occasionally, the champions of the game like Nathan Buckley, Chris Grant and Matthew Richardson find themselves in the VFL spotlight, but they are usually only cameo appearances. The days when the game’s elite stars played out their career in the VFL are becoming a distant memory. Financial remuneration at the top end of the game is causing players to hang on for as long as they can. Bob Dylan’s poignant lyrics from the 1960s, the times, they are a-changin’, pretty much sum up the situation. VFL clubs can only dream of offering, let alone matching, what AFL players take home so, along with the advent of alignments, clubs are looking elsewhere to find their recruits. And they don’t have to look far. Most TRUenergy VFL clubs have an affiliation with a TAC Cup club, and there’s an endless stream of aspiring young players who view the VFL as the competition of choice. It serves these young players on many fronts. For some, it is a second chance, an opportunity to play and perform well against AFL-listed players and rookies to catch the attention of AFL recruiting managers. Hawthorn best and fairest winner Sam Mitchell, his teammate Ben McGlynn, Richmond’s Cam Howat, Collingwood’s Nick Maxwell and Kangaroo Michael Firrito are just a handful who fit that category. Others simply view the VFL as the best competition to test their talent at the highest level on a consistent basis. Put Casey Scorpion Steve Harrison and Port Melbourne’s Luke Cotchett, Ryan McMahon and David Pitt in that category. All four have racked up 100-plus games. Harrison has captained his club, won a record-equalling four best and fairests and represented the VFL. Like Cotchett, McMahon and Pitt, Harrison can reflect proudly on a wonderful career. J.J. Liston Trophy winners David Robbins, a dual winner, and Julian Field came through the TAC Cup program – Robbins with Gippsland Power and Field with the North Ballarat Rebels. Then there’s others like triple Sandringham premiership captain Chad Liddell, who graduated from TAC Cup club the Southern Stingrays (now the Dandenong Stingrays) to Collingwood, but

Former Falcon Michael Rockefeller



Bendigo Bombers Box Hill Hawks Casey Scorpions Coburg Tigers Frankston Geelong North Ballarat Northern Bullants Port Melbourne Sandringham Werribee Williamstown Total

22 33 30 31 36 6 33 28 49 33 35 30 366

45 45 44 42 54 11 50 45 55 45 44 44 524

49% 73% 68% 73% 66% 54% 66% 62% 89% 73% 79% 68% 70%

has also grown by 5 per cent from last year. Port Melbourne had 15 exTAC Cup players from seven different TAC Cup clubs in its round 12 match, while Frankston, the other stand-alone club, had 11 players. Reigning premier Sandringham’s player ranks include 33 ex-TAC Cup players. This is an illuminating analysis of the fabric of the VFL.

has called the Trevor Barker Oval his home for the past nine seasons. ‘Frosty’ Miller medallists Nick Sautner, James Podsiadly and Aaron Edwards all played TAC Cup football, as did Northern Bullants captain Frank Raso and Port Melbourne’s Chris Obst, who sought out the VFL once the curtain fell on their time in the AFL. Such a backdrop provides an insight to the overwhelming number of TAC Cup graduates on VFL lists. It hasn’t happened with a rush, but more of a constant build-up. Last year, a total of 323 or 64 per cent of players on VFL lists had TAC Cup origins. That number has increased by six per cent this year to an extraordinary 366 players, or 70 per cent.

Bendigo is the only VFL club where less than 50 per cent of its list don’t have a TAC Cup background, with demographics having a large say in that. However, the Bombers’ current figure of 49 per cent ex-TAC Cup players has risen by 10 per cent from last year. This is the third largest rise in 2007 behind Werribee, up 20 per cent to 79 per cent, and the Northern Bullants, up 19 per cent to 62 per cent. Port Melbourne, whose link with the Oakleigh Chargers has been forged over many years, leads the way with a staggering 89 per cent of its player list having a TAC Cup association. The Borough’s TAC Cup connection

Ex-Cannon Fortunato Caruso



Coburg sets the standard
Tigers keeping a remarkably clean sheet in ’07.
After 12 rounds this year Richmond’s Jarrad Oakley-Nicholls held an unwanted record at the Coburg Tigers – he was the only player from the club to be reported. Oakley-Nicholls’ indiscretion in the round 12 match against Port Melbourne broke Coburg’s unblemished record, which also extended to the reserves. OakleyNicholls accepted the automatic one-match suspension. Coburg Tigers coach Andy Collins said that incidents can be ignited by spur of the moment rushes of blood, but that his club prided itself on its on-field discipline. Collins feels such self-control is intrinsic in the way Coburg is currently structured. “It’s not only me, but it is my whole environment. I have a couple of vice-principles – what I would call business executive coaches,” Collins said. “I have a really strong leadership team around me and I think everyone realises that discipline is a key element to sport and life. “We try to get that message across, but that is not to say we are never going to get people reported, and last year we had a boy who charged an umpire. “We’ve had moments of inappropriate behaviour in the past, but in general we have been pretty good.” The Northern Bullants have had just the three players reported so far this season – one senior and two

reserves, but coach Barry Mitchell said he did not over emphasise discipline. Mitchell feels that the small number of reports from the Bullants reflected more on his younger group than anything in particular he had said. “We’re not overly aggressive, but I wouldn’t read too much into it,” Mitchell said. “The reserves competition is getting younger and younger and I think the lack of reports is a good thing.” Mitchell noted that emotions were generally channelled into winning the contest rather than engaging in any macho man antics. After not having a senior player reported all of last season, Werribee also stands as the only club in 2007 not to have a player in the seniors reported, but it has had a competition-high three players cited in the reserves for a combined suspension of two matches. Coach Simon Atkins believes that there are times when players have to make a stand, but noted that football had tidied itself up over the past 10 years. He said the umpires were right on top of on-ground behavioural issues, and that players could not afford to stray outside the boundaries. Atkins is surprised that Werribee has not had a senior player reported in the past two seasons.

Hard but fair football is now the focus of VFL clubs.

“These days you have to be smart when you fly the flag, but the control group within the club puts strong values on discipline,” Atkins said. For all that, the number of reports is greater than at the same stage last season, and if the current weekly average of four reported players continues then season 2007 will produce the highest number of reports since 2005, when 79 players were cited. In the past four seasons, there have been an average of three players reported, down from 8.5 in 2001. Striking charges remain the biggest ticket item, running at about 33 per cent of the senior reports lodged.


The next most frequent reportable act is charging, which accounts for 20 per cent of reports, with front-on contact accounting for another 16 per cent. Rough conduct, misconduct, tripping, attempted tripping, wrestling, charging and making contact round out the senior report breakdown. It should be noted that one third of the reports have been found not guilty. But why the increase? AFL Victoria Director of Coaching Kevin Mitchell said this season’s introduction of front-on contact as a reportable offence was a likely explanation for the slight rise in reports. Mitchell backed the AFL’s call to protect the ball winner from receiving front-on contact and potentially suffering serious injury. He said umpires had to carry out their duty when they feel front-on
There has been a dramatic reduction in reportable incidents over the past 15 years.

VFL TRIBUNAL 2007 (Rounds 1-12)
Club Senior Reserve Total Reports Reports Reports Sustained Not Sustained

Bendigo Bombers Box Hill Hawks Casey Scorpions Coburg Tigers Frankston Geelong North Ballarat Northern Bullants Port Melbourne Sandringham Tasmania Werribee Williamstown TOTAL

5 2 3 1 4 4 2 1 1 2 3 0 2 30

2 0 2 0 2 0 2 2 1 1 0 3 2 17

7 2 5 1 6 4 4 3 2 3 3 3 4 47

5 (7 matches, 1 fine) 1 (2 matches) 4 (3 matches, 1 reprimand) 1 (1 match) 5 (2 matches, 2 fines, 1 reprimand) 3 (3 matches, 1 reprimand) 2 (2 matches) 3 (3 matches, 1 fine) 1 (2 matches) 3 (3 matches) 3 (2 matches, 1 fine) 2 (2 matches) 3 (3 matches, 1 reprimand) 36 (35 matches, 5 fines, 4 reprimands)

2 1 1 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 1 11

contact is outside the laws of the game. The new rule stipulates that a player can bump an opponent’s body from side-on, but any contact forward of this is deemed to be

front-on. Any player with his head down in anticipation of winning possession or after contesting the ball is deemed to have his head over the ball. “A front-on bump when a person’s head is over the ball in considered a reportable offence,” Mitchell said. “You can bump the body from the side, but you can’t bump forward of side-on. The rule states that bumping or making forceful contact to an opponent from the front when he has his head over the ball is illegal. “All the reports that have been made in these instances are when a player has had his head down over the football trying to gain possession and the player coming opposite to him has made forceful contact.” Interestingly, the tribunal has not sustained four of the five front-on charges brought before it this season.


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Northern Bullants Coburg Tigers

5.3 3.3

6.5 4.8

7.9 8.11

8.14 10.14

(62) (74)

Geelong Sandringham Williamstown Coburg Tigers North Ballarat Port Melbourne Casey Scorpions Werribee Bendigo Bombers Northern Bullants Frankston Box Hill Hawks Tasmania

12 11 12 12 13 12 12 11 12 12 11 12 12

9 9 7 8 8 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 1

3 2 3 4 5 6 6 6 7 7 7 8 11

0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

1385 1241 1225 1207 1347 1166 1145 1202 1210 955 895 903 922


142.93 36

1000 124.10 36 1036 118.24 32 1091 110.63 32 1355 1153 99.41 99.31 32 22 1150 101.39 22 1075 111.81 20 1092 1107 1057 1239 1479 110.81 86.27 84.67 72.88 62.34 20 20 16 16 4

GOALS: Northern Bullants - Austin 3, Blackwell, Ackland, Boundy, J. Houlihan, Jo. Bannister. Coburg Tigers - Schulz 3, Kingsley 2, Farrelly, Shelton, Gazzo, Hartigan, Connors. BEST: Northern Bullants - Iacobucci, Blackwell, Austin, Jo. Bannister, Ja. Bannister, J. Houlihan. Coburg Tigers - Neville, Hartigan, Farrelly, Moore, Connors, Silvester. Tasmania Sandringham 3.1 2.6 5.3 10.11 11.5 16.16 14.8 19.20 (92) (134)

GOALS: Tasmania - Derbyshire 4, Ross 2, Adams 2, Hall, Stephens, Moles, Ling, Hansen, Moran. Sandringham - Poyas 4, Crowe 4, Holland 3, Ferguson 2, Valenti 2, Neaves, Summers, Pickett, Jamar. BEST: Tasmania - Stephens, Thurley, Koulouriotis, Street, Moran, Adams. Sandringham - Holland, Crowe, Poyas, C. Liddell, Valenti, Garland. North Ballarat Bendigo Bombers 4.5 0.3 5.7 5.10 8.9 7.14 14.11 11.19 (95) (85)

Andrew Williams Nicholas Sautner Dean Limbach Justin Berry Jeremy Dukes Todd Grima Justin Sweeney Adam Derbyshire Michael Newton Rob Gregg James Podsiadly Matthew Little Jack Riewoldt
Williamstown Sandringham Williamstown Frankston Port Melbourne Geelong

(PROGRESSIVE) 33 32 31 30 30 30 29 29 29 28 27 25 23 (3) (-) (-) (2) (1) (1) (2) (4) (-) (4) (-) (1) (-)

GOALS: North Ballarat - Gregg 4, Thomas 2, Whyman 2, Edwards, Burchell, Sansbury, Urch, Roach, Hardy. Bendigo Bombers - Monfries 3, Bradley 2, Maddern, Bowe, Bolton, Lovett-Murray, Houli, Gumbleton. BEST: North Ballarat - Sharkey, Stephenson, Sansbury, Gregg, Searl, Chester. Bendigo Bombers - Camporeale, Chartres, Cloke, Flaherty, Hocking, Heffernan. Frankston Geelong 1.0 8.4 5.1 9.5 7.2 13.8 10.4 17.9 (64) (111)

Casey Scorpions Tasmania Sandringham North Ballarat Werribee Box Hill Hawks Coburg Tigers

GOALS: Frankston - Dore 2, Berry 2, Marigliani, Collins, Conroy, Burns, Whelan, Krakouer. Geelong - Gardiner 3, Gamble 2, Playfair 2, Byrne 2, Prismall, West, King, Grima, Hogan, Firman, Davenport, Byrnes. BEST: Frankston - Pollard, Kirkwood, Roberts, Winterton, Collins, Conroy. Geelong - Gardiner, J. Hunt, Spencer, Byrne, Gamble, D. Johnson. Williamstown Casey Scorpions 1.2 3.3 5.5 6.5 5.7 9.7 5.10 12.8 (40) (80)

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Round 15 Tasmania v Frankston Round 16 Sandringham v Bendigo Bombers Round 17 North Ballarat v Box Hill Hawks

GOALS: Williamstown - Williams 3, R. Cook, Bryan. Casey Scorpions - Watts 5, Birss 3, Sweeney 2, Harrison, Armitage. BEST: Williamstown - Davies, R. Cook, Picken, Stretton, Lonie, Williams. Casey Scorpions - Birss, Watts, Wall, Brooks, Makepeace, N. Carmody. Box Hill Hawks Port Melbourne 3.4 1.4 4.10 2.8 8.13 4.12 11.16 5.14 (82) (44)

GOALS: Box Hill Hawks - Shore 3, Gibson 2, Dowler, Renouf, Kennedy, Little, Crook, Muston. Port Melbourne - Langford 2, Robbins, Smith, Dukes. BEST: Box Hill Hawks - Shore, N. Smith, Tuck, Kennedy, Breese, Hill. Port Melbourne - Rowe, Obst, Hazell, Baird, Cotchett, Livingston.



Northern Bullants Coburg Tigers

0.1 7.5

2.3 15.7

2.3 27.11

3.4 35.17

(22) (227)


GOALS: Northern Bullants - Allingham, Murray, Carlyle. Coburg Tigers - Casserly 4, Liddle 4, Dowd 4, F. Caruso 4, Trajkovski 3, De Sousa 3, Anderson 3, Robertson 2, Bowden 2, Morgan 2, Lynch, Smith, Hill, Rayson. BEST: Northern Bullants - Micevski, Dobby, Meese, Hampson, Nanni, Z. Vansittart. Coburg Tigers - Liddle, F. Caruso, Robertson, Casserly, De Sousa, Dowd. North Ballarat Bendigo Bombers 6.8 1.1 8.16 3.3 16.18 3.3 18.21 3.7 (129) (25)

Port Melbourne Coburg Tigers Werribee Williamstown Box Hill Hawks Frankston North Ballarat Sandringham Casey Scorpions Bendigo Bombers Northern Bullants

12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 13 11 11

10 10 8 7 6 6 5 5 2 2 2

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 6 11 9 9

1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

1309 1060 123.49 42 1573 819 192.06 40

1352 1170 115.56 34 1288 1073 120.04 30 1221 1095 111.51 26 1195 1120 950 1030 893 797 979 1115 1134 1477 1339 1466 122.06 100.45 83.77 69.74 66.69 54.37 24 20 20 8 8 8

GOALS: North Ballarat - Doyle 5, J. Spolding 4, Micallef 3, Head, N. Spolding, Horbury, McDougall, Clark, Searle. Bendigo Bombers - Weeks 2, Bowles. BEST: North Ballarat - McDougall, J. Spolding, Head, Doyle, Taylor, Drew. Bendigo Bombers - Weeks, Cole, Coghlan, S. Plummer, Crameri, T. Plummer. Frankston Werribee 1.2 7.6 6.8 11.11 10.11 15.17 16.15 18.22 (111) (130)

GOALS: Frankston - Dickson 5, Clark 3, Barnes 2, Barker 2, Murray 2, Manson, Bosward. Werribee - Tiller 4, Furfaro 2, Moloney 2, Hill 2, McDougall 2, Garth 2, Robinson 2, Batchelor, Gardiner. BEST: Frankston - Ulms, Barnes, Stanley, Bosward, Dickson, Clark. Werribee - Tiller, Eddy, O’Shea, McCormack, Robinson, Chisholm. Williamstown Casey Scorpions 3.3 3.5 7.12 5.6 8.15 9.11 11.20 12.12 (86) (84)

Andrew Gilham Tory Dickson Kurt Batt Jarrod Garth Nicholas Lynch Ramez Dagher Dean Kelly Curtis Barker Stephen Tiller Aaron Murray Adrian Gileno Paul Colbert Grant Weeks Cameron Pedersen Adam Cook
Port Melbourne Frankston Box Hill Hawks Werribee Coburg Tigers Coburg Tigers Port Melbourne Frankston Werribee Frankston Sandringham Northern Bullants Bendigo Bombers Box Hill Hawks Williamstown 35 31 30 27 26 23 22 19 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 (1) (5) (4) (2) (1) (-) (-) (2) (4) (2) (-) (-) (2) (2) (3)

GOALS: Williamstown - A. Cook 3, Cravino 3, Keddell 2, Boyd, Clark, Lyons. Casey Scorpions - Silvagni 5, McGrath 3, Dunne 2, McDonald, Waite. BEST: Williamstown - Cravino, Georgiadis, Gotch, Foley, Chiu, Miller. Casey Scorpions - Taylor, Unsworth, McGrath, Galvin, Howard, Raymond. Box Hill Hawks Port Melbourne 1.1 4.5 4.2 7.8 9.3 10.12 13.4 11.16 (82) (82)

GOALS: Box Hill Hawks - Batt 4, Buchanan 2, Pedersen 2, Cook 2, Marguccio, Barker, Neil. Port Melbourne - Bloomfield 2, Pearce 2, Bonaddio 2, Carroll, Allan, Sutcliffe, Monteath, Gilham. BEST: Box Hill Hawks - Markovic, Bull, Seehusen, Neil, Barker, O’Sullivan. Port Melbourne - Dwyer, Bonaddio, Peel, Monteath, Carroll, Thomas.

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Port, Frankston face off
Sides battle to keep finals ambitions alive.
Stand-alone clubs Port Melbourne and Frankston face a moment of truth when they square off in round 14 of the VFL this weekend. The stakes are high for both sides, as they are precariously poised with the home and away season entering its business end. Each team is riding a losing streak, something that must be arrested sooner rather than later if finals participation is to become a reality. Defeat for Frankston will all but erase the Dolphins from the finals equation, as it would leave them two-and-a-half matches behind the sixth-placed Borough with just six matches remaining. For Port Melbourne, the season is fast losing its gloss after three successive losses see it now teetering on the brink of the eight. After kicking 26 goals in a stunning victory against Werribee in round 10, Port Melbourne has managed a combined 21 goals in the past three matches. The Coburg Tigers host Williamstown in a match that has top-four ramifications. After topping the ladder after round 11, the Seagulls have dropped to third, just ahead of Coburg on percentage. Williamstown was dreadful at home last week, but its only away loss this season was against reigning premier Sandringham. Look for the Seagulls to rebound. The Bendigo Bombers and Northern Bullants meet in another match with definite implications for September. Both teams have five wins, but the

Is Williamstown on the slide?

there has been more to like about Bendigo’s form in recent weeks and with captain Simon Rosa playing his 100th game, it should provide enough inspiration to propel the Bombers to victory. The Box Hill Hawks, also pressing for the finals, can keep alive their flickering fortunes by inflicting a 12th successive loss on Tasmania. While the Devils were better last week, it is hard to see them defeating the Hawks, who posted their first win at home for season 2007 last Sunday. The Casey Scorpions have rocketed into the eight on the back of four wins in the past five matches, none more impressive than their win against Williamstown

at Point Gellibrand. The Scorpions host Geelong, whose inspirational skipper James Byrne racked up 40-plus possessions last week. If the Scorpions are to have any chance, they must nullify his dominance. Werribee is coming off the bye, but the sobering news is that it must travel to Trevor Barker Oval to face Sandringham. While the Zebras only fielded nine Melbourne players last week, Werribee’s main concern will be shutting down the likes of Liddell, Crowe, Poyas, Summers and Valenti. However the fact that it only failed by only two goals when they met in round two will give the Tigers some heart, especially as they are now playing much better football.


VFL Tipsters
Paul Amy
Leader Newspapers

Ross Booth

Phil Cleary

Bendigo 22pts Box Hill 13pts Geelong 10pts Port Melbourne 7pts Coburg Tigers 9pts Sandringham 23pts

Bendigo 25pts Box Hill 40pts Casey Scorpions 15pts Port Melbourne 10pts Coburg Tigers 5pts Sandringham 20pts

Bendigo 20pts Box Hill 30pts Geelong 18pts Port Melbourne 5pts Williamstown 11pts Sandringham 18pts




Sean Cusick
The Age

Adrian Dunn
Herald Sun

Clinton Grybas

Bendigo 1pt Box Hill 12pts Geelong 13pts Port Melbourne 20pts Coburg Tigers 13pts Werribee 1pt

Bendigo 10pts Box Hill 12pts Geelong 8pts Port Melbourne 6pts Williamstown 9pts Sandringham 10pts

Bendigo 15pts Box Hill 20pts Casey Scorpions 15pts Frankston 5pts Coburg Tigers 25pts Sandringham 1pt




Daniel Harford


Tony Leonard

Geoff Poulter
Herald Sun

Northern Bullants 19pts Box Hill 43pts Geelong 8pts Port Melbourne 4pts Coburg Tigers 14pts Sandringham 26pts

Bendigo 13pts Box Hill 1pt Geelong 12pts Frankston 5pts Coburg Tigers 10pts Sandringham 9pts

Bendigo 12pts Box Hill 24pts Geelong 12pts Port Melbourne 6pts Coburg Tigers 6pts Sandringham 18pts




Peter Schwab
AFL Victoria CEO

Martin Stillman
General Manager, VFL

Geoff Poulter Adrian Dunn Ross Booth Sean Cusick Paul Amy 52 50 48 46 44 Phil Cleary 43 Daniel Harford 41 Clinton Grybas 39 Tony Leonard Peter Schwab 39 39

Bendigo 12pts Box Hill 34pts Geelong 8pts Port Melbourne 10pts Williamstown 18pts Sandringham 11pts

Bendigo 3pts Box Hill 28pts Geelong 18pts Port Melbourne 2pts Coburg Tigers 4pts Sandringham 12pts

Martin Stillman 46



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Firman bounces back
Former Bomber settles at Geelong after delisting.
When push came to shove last year, Matthew Firman quickly discovered how brutal football could be. After his first season on the rookie list for Essendon, in which he played all 18 games for the Bendigo Bombers and featured in the best players five times, Firman was looking to season 2007 to stake his claim for elevation to the senior list. Instead, Essendon released Firman unexpectedly. “I thought I had a good year, but there is always room for improvement,” Firman said. “It was disappointing to get delisted after what I felt was a reasonable season.” From what Firman understands, it came down to the one spot between himself and Adam Ramanauskas. Apparently, on list lodgement day a decision still hadn’t been made. “Essendon ended up delisting us both, but they said if the AFL approves it, they would put Ramanauskas on the rookie list.” Firman took up Essendon’s offer of preseason training in a bid to win a spot on the list, but it didn’t eventuate. The 21-year-old took the setback hard and initially didn’t want to play in 2007. “At the time I wasn’t interested in football, but I had good support from my family and my girlfriend – and Dean Wallis and David Calthorpe were good mentors,” Firman said. “They both said ‘don’t waste a year when you can achieve something’. They sat me down, asked me what I wanted to do and called in a few contacts. “They really helped me out. Dean spoke to Leigh Tudor (Geelong’s VFL coach) and gave me a bunk up.” When he finally came to terms with what had unfolded, Firman decided to continue playing in the VFL with Geelong. Much of the decision was centred on convenience; Skilled Stadium was close to where he lived, university wasn’t far either, and all the other boxes came up ticked. “It all fell into place at the right time,” Firman said. Given that Geelong is the sole AFL club with a stand-alone team in the VFL, Firman knew that he would not get a game if the AFL Cats had a clean bill of health. However, he was comfortable with such a scenario. “I thought I could still make it in a good team,” he said. “You have to back yourself from that sense and say ‘if they are completely injury-free then I’m going to have to deal with it’, but it’s unlikely that there won’t be any injuries.” Firman has subsequently played every match for the VFL Cats, and although he’s been asked to sacrifice his own game, he’s been reasonably satisfied with his form. “I don’t mind playing a team role – we’re winning and we look like playing finals; who knows where that will take me,” he said.

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TRUenergy community programs
In 2007, the Victorian Football League is again being supported by premier partner TRUenergy. As with previous years, TRUenergy’s commitment and support of grass roots footy will see a number of new initiatives introduced while maintaining previously established programs. All initiatives aim to recognise and reward clubs, volunteers and supporters within the community.
Raising suicide awareness: the Pascoe Vale Football Club and president Bob Cannon. Photo: Robert McKechnie, Leader Newspapers

TRUenergy Club Assistance Program
The TRUenergy Club Assistance Program has now closed. The program was an initiative by TRUenergy in conjunction with the VFL, designed to assist clubs to purchase equipment and services they may not have otherwise been able to afford. Under the program, up to $100,000 per annum is to be allocated by TRUenergy and the VFL to community football clubs. The offer was open to all non-AFL Victorian-based clubs and was conditional on applicants contributing at least 50 per cent of the total cost of the equipment or service for which it had applied (with the condition that TRUenergy and the VFL’s contribution did not exceed $2000 per application). All applicants will be notified in writing.

Club Achievement Award
The Pascoe Vale Football Club in the EDFL is the round 14 winner of the TRUenergy Community Club of the Week Award.

A coach who lost three under-18 players from one EDFL team to suicide is leading a state-wide push to get young men talking about depression. President Bob Cannon, 60, coached a Panthers’ team that lost three players to suicide about 20 years ago as well as three former teammates to the problem. Cannon started thinking about his legacy when his wife of 28 years, Dawn, died of emphysema in 2001. “When I lost my wife, I learned a lot of compassion through that,’’ Mr Cannon said. “You see all the people in the hospital and you wonder how you can make a difference.’’

He contacted Moreland Council and several local businesses seeking sponsorship of a suicide awareness session at the club before AFL Victoria and the Essendon District Football League took on the idea. AFL Victoria and Beyond Blue ran the first 70-minute session teaching junior footballers about where to go for help to deal with the ‘black dog’ at the Pascoe Vale Football Club on July 3. The program included a DVD featuring Kangaroos player and depression sufferer Nathan Thompson, which is compulsory viewing for every under-16 and


under-18 EDFL player this season. There are plans to take the program across the state next year. AFL Victoria Club Development Manager Wayne Holdsworth has set up links with national depression initiative Beyond Blue and organised funding, but noted that Cannon should take all the credit for the program. “It’s solely because of his drive, energy and initiative – he’s totally responsible for it,’’ Holdsworth said. The AFL Players’ Association has taken 14 of its 16 clubs through a similar depression workshop this year, an extremely necessary step considering the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show there were 2101 suicides in Australia in 2005. Those needing assistance can call the Suicide Help Line Victoria on 1300 651 251 or Lifeline on 13 11 14. Has your club gone that extra mile to promote the game? If so, clubs may nominate themselves or leagues can nominate a club. Nominations can be emailed to Wayne Holdsworth, AFL Victoria’s Club Development Manager, at All winners will be in the running for the TRUenergy Community Football Club of the Year Award, which will be announced at the TRUenergy VFL Grand Final luncheon.

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TRUenergy VFL TV game mascots
During each TRUenergy VFL match of the day broadcast, a junior supporter from each club will be chosen to be the TRUenergy VFL TV game mascot. He or she will receive a club guernsey to wear and keep. Each week, a lucky supporter at a TRUenergy VFL match will be chosen from photos taken by our competition photographers. The photos will be featured the following week on TRUenergy’s website, If you are the face in the crowd, contact Jennifer Pryor at AFL Victoria on (03) 8663 3007 to arrange collection of a brand new Sherrin footy from your nearest VFL club. announced during half-time of the TRUenergy VFL match of the day broadcast on ABC TV. A TRUenergy bag of balls is up for grabs for the lucky Auskick clinic, with last week’s winner being Moama in the Central Murray Region.

Volunteer of the Month Award
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TRUenergy ‘Face in the Crowd’
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The Dolphin Bistro is open at every home game from midday-2pm, offering a beautiful three-course luncheon for only $18 per person, or $15 for senior card holders. Bookings advisable on (03) 9783 7888. Our Annual past players and officials reunion is being held in the clubrooms on Sunday, July 29 after the match against Williamstown. The focus this year is on the 90s, and in particular the reserves 1997 premiership. If you have details of people you think should be included on our database, please call the club on (03) 9783 7888 and speak to Bryan or Tina.

club website and on match days in the social rooms. The Williamstown Football Club would like to thank all of its loyal sponsors for their continued generous support and looks forward to long and prosperous partnerships in the future.


The last president’s luncheon for the year will be held on Sunday, July 22 for the game against Sandringham, with the special guest speaker being Melbourne FC president Paul Gardner. Cost is $40 for a two-course meal and complimentary drinks. The annual auction is set for Saturday, August 4 at the Yarraville Club. The night will be full of entertainment, including main, silent and Dutch auctions, a live band and trivia competitions throughout the night. Cost is $35 per head, and for any bookings or further information, please call Brendan Curry or Trent Mosbey on (03) 9390 0611, or email Club merchandise is on sale on the

Luncheons are on at all home games and include a complimentary drink on arrival, a delicious two-course meal as well as some home made delights at half-time, all for just $30. The last home game against the Box Hill Hawks will be on Saturday, July 21 so come along. Bookings are essential as there are no walk-ins. Contact Tracey at the club on (03) 9354 8228. In 2007, official Coburg merchandise is on sale at all of our home games, with match day specials at each clash. Check out all the great gear on offer and show your true colours. Don’t forget to visit the CFC website at to be up to date on everything that’s happening at the club.

Coburg Tigers

him a spot in the VFL representative side against WA. Off the field, Simon contributes greatly to the success of the club. The Bendigo Bombers Football Club would like congratulate Simon on his well deserved milestone. Tickets for the clubs major raffle are still available at $50, with only 200 to be sold. First prize is an LCD television valued at $ 3,399; second prize is a $1,500 travel voucher, while third prize is a signed and framed Tony Lockett record breaker piece, including a certificate of authenticity. Tickets are available at the Bendigo Bombers office during business hours and are on sale at the ground today.


Bendigo Bombers

Playing his 100th VFL game this week against the Northern Bullants, Bendigo Bombers captain Simon Rosa has achieved a great amount in his football career. This year Simon continues to display fantastic onfield skills and leadership, earning

The social club will be serving a two-course lunch at all home games throughout the year. Cost is $22, and bookings are essential on (03) 9598 8629. If you are interested in holding your next celebration or event at the Zeb Bar and function centre, please contact the club for more information. Auction night is on July 28 at the Dingley International Hotel, with bargains galore and donation of items welcome. Contact the club for further information. A business lunch is set for Friday, August 3 at the SFC social club, featuring former St Kilda coach Grant Thomas as a guest speaker. Cost is $60 per


person and bookings essential on (03) 9598 8629.

Brighton from 7pm-midnight. Cost is $85 per person, all inclusive.

Port Melbourne

The super draw will be held on Sunday, July 29 from midday in the social rooms at TEAC Oval. Only 250 tickets available at $50 each, and event includes a buffet luncheon, entertainment and prizes. A premiership players’ night is set for Saturday, August 4 at International Receptions, Brighton from 7.30pm-12.30am. All-inclusive cost is $120.00 per person, and all former premiership players will be honoured with a medallion, so come and meet the champions of yesteryear. The club’s annual presentation night will be held on Friday, October 12 at International Receptions,

Northern Bullants

The Bullants are holding a ladies’ day next Saturday at NAB Oval from midday-4pm. Ladies will receive drinks, finger food and a gift bag. If you are interested in attending, please call the Bullants office on (03) 9470 2224. The club is also holding a comedy night following the August 12 match against Frankston at the Comics Lounge. The club is also having a Bullants boys’ day on Sunday, August 26. Watch this space or keep an eye on the club’s website at for more details. This is another reminder that the club is holding a past players

day on August 12 at the match versus Frankston at NAB Oval. All former players of all eras are invited, so please spread the word. Call the Bullants’ office for more information.

Box Hill Hawks

The club’s dinner auction is set for Friday, August 10 at Hawthorn Receptions. Tickets are just $80, which includes a three-course meal, drinks, bidding and entertainment. A vast array of items, including holidays, corporate hospitality, unique experiences, memorabilia and more will be available on the night. Best of all, as items are donated very few will contain a reserved price, which means bargains galore. Please contact the office on (03) 9890 9442 to donate an item or make a booking for this fantastic event.


TRUenergy VFL fixture 2007
Round ONE
SATURDAY, APRIL 7 Sandringham 23.11 (149) vs. Geelong 20.19 (139) Bendigo Bombers 11.14 (80) vs. Tasmania 16.14 (110) Williamstown 17.15 (117) vs. Werribee 9.10 (64) Casey Scorpions 12.18 (90) vs. North Ballarat 20.15 (135) SUNDAY, APRIL 8 Frankston 18.14 (122) vs. Port Melbourne 13.15 (93) Coburg Tigers 12.10 (82) vs. Northern Bullants 21.17 (143) Box Hill Hawks - BYE

Representative Match
SATURDAY, MAY 26 VFL 25.11 (161) vs. WAFL 5.12 (42)

SATURDAY, JULY 14 Bendigo Bombers vs. Northern Bullants QE Oval (ABC TV) 1:10pm Box Hill Hawks vs. Tasmania Box Hill City Oval 2pm SUNDAY, JULY 15 Casey Scorpions vs. Geelong Casey Fields 2pm Port Melbourne vs. Frankston TEAC Oval 2pm Coburg Tigers vs. Williamstown Coburg City Oval 2pm Sandringham vs. Werribee Trevor Barker Beach Oval 2pm North Ballarat - BYE

SATURDAY, JUNE 2 Werribee 21.15 (141) vs. Casey Scorpions 10.8 (68) North Ballarat 18.15 (123) vs. Sandringham 13.10 (88) Northern Bullants 10.15 (75) vs. Geelong 15.13 (103) Tasmania 14.12 (96) vs. Port Melbourne 18.14 (122) Box Hill Hawks 10.10 (70) vs. Williamstown 16.10 (106) SUNDAY, JUNE 3 Bendigo Bombers 19.10 (124) vs. Coburg Tigers 10.12 (72) Frankston - BYE

Round TWO
SATURDAY, APRIL 14 Williamstown 13.15 (93) vs. Port Melbourne 13.1 (93) Tasmania 10.12 (72) vs. Geelong 21.13 (139) SUNDAY, APRIL 15 Coburg Tigers 17.13 (115) vs. North Ballarat 14.13 (97) Northern Bullants 13.18 (96) vs.Bendigo Bombers19.5 (119) Casey Scorpions 28.13 (181) vs. Box Hill Hawks 7.10 (52) Werribee 13.16 (94) vs. Sandringham 16.10 (106) Frankston - BYE

SATURDAY, JULY 21 Tasmania vs. Frankston Bellerive Oval (ABC TV) 1:10pm Coburg Tigers vs. Box Hill Hawks Coburg City Oval 2pm Northern Bullants vs. North Ballarat Preston City Oval 2pm SUNDAY, JULY 22 Williamstown vs. Sandringham Burbank Oval 2pm Bendigo Bombers vs. Werribee QE Oval 2pm Port Melbourne vs. Geelong TEAC Oval 2pm Casey Scorpions - BYE

Round NINE
SATURDAY, JUNE 9 Geelong 12.20 (92) vs. Werribee 15.17 (107) SUNDAY, JUNE 10 Williamstown 18.25 (133) vs. North Ballarat 13.15 (93) Frankston 17.13 (115) vs. Northern Bullants 15.12 (102) Casey Scorpions 14.19 (103) vs. Port Melbourne 12.7 (79) MONDAY, JUNE 11 Bendigo Bombers 22.10 (142) vs. Box Hill Hawks 12.8 (80) Coburg Tigers 12.6 (78) vs. Sandringham 15.17 (107) Tasmania - BYE

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 Geelong 13.6 (84) vs. Frankston 6.12 (48) Port Melbourne 15.17 (107) vs. Box Hill Hawks 10.8 (68) Werribee 9.7 (61) vs. Coburg Tigers 19.8 (122) SUNDAY, APRIL 22 Bendigo Bombers 14.11 (95) vs. Sandringham 15.12 (102) North Ballarat 18.12 (120) vs. Tasmania 13.13 (91) Casey Scorpions 15.15 (105) vs. Williamstown 15.15 (105) Northern Bullants - BYE

SATURDAY, JULY 28 Sandringham vs. Bendigo Bombers Trevor Barker Beach Oval (ABC TV) 1:10pm SUNDAY, JULY 29 Tasmania vs. North Ballarat Aurora Stadium* 9:50am Frankston vs. Williamstown Frankston Oval 2pm Casey Scorpions vs. Coburg Tigers Casey Fields 2pm Werribee vs. Northern Bullants Bartercard Oval 2pm Box Hill Hawks, Geelong, Port Melbourne - BYE

Round TEN
SATURDAY, JUNE 16 Port Melbourne 26.12 (168) vs. Werribee 13.10 (88) North Ballarat 16.13 (109) vs. Casey Scorpions 14.11 (95) SUNDAY, JUNE 17 Geelong 14.14 (98) vs. Tasmania 3.8 (26) Williamstown 16.20 (116) vs. Northern Bullants 5.6 (36) Coburg Tigers 13.12 (90) vs. Frankston 10.5 (65) Sandringham 8.20 (68) vs. Box Hill Hawks 12.11 (83) Bendigo Bombers - BYE

Round FOUR
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 Box Hill Hawks 7.14 (56) vs. Coburg Tigers 20.9 (129) SATURDAY, APRIL 28 Northern Bullants 12.7 (79) vs. Werribee 11.10 (76) Port Melbourne 15.14 (104) vs. Bendigo Bombers 9.10 (64) Tasmania 7.8 (50) vs. Frankston 15.12 (102) SUNDAY, APRIL 29 Geelong 18.17 (125) vs. North Ballarat 9.11 (65) Sandringham 21.18 (144) vs. Casey Scorpions 10.5 (65) Williamstown - BYE

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 Geelong vs. Coburg Tigers Skilled Stadium* 10.40am North Ballarat vs. Box Hill Hawks AUSTAR Arena (ABC TV) 1:10pm Port Melbourne vs. Casey Scorpions TEAC Oval 2pm SUNDAY, AUGUST 5 Frankston vs. Werribee Frankston Oval 2pm Sandringham vs. Northern Bullants Trevor Barker Beach Oval 2pm Bendigo Bombers, Tasmania, Williamstown - BYE

SATURDAY, JUNE 23 North Ballarat 16.16 (112) vs. Coburg Tigers 13.14 (92) SUNDAY, JUNE 24 Bendigo Bombers 8.8 (56) vs. Casey Scorpions 10.12 (72) Port Melbourne 10.13 (73) vs. Sandringham 20.19 (139) Northern Bullants 15.11 (101) vs. Tasmania 8.12 (60) Werribee 12.14 (86) vs. Williamstown 14.9 (93) Box Hill Hawks 9.11 (65) vs. Frankston 14.12 (96) Geelong - BYE

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11 North Ballarat vs. Geelong AUSTAR Arena 2pm Tasmania vs. Casey Scorpions Bellerive Oval 2pm SUNDAY, AUGUST 12 Bendigo Bombers vs. Williamstown QE Oval 2pm Northern Bullants vs. Frankston Preston City Oval 2pm Werribee vs. Port Melbourne Bartercard Oval 2pm Box Hill Hawks vs. Sandringham Box Hill City Oval 2pm Coburg Tigers - BYE

Round FIVE
SATURDAY, MAY 5 Casey Scorpions 11.6 (72) vs. Geelong 22.21 (153) Tasmania 12.10 (82) vs. Box Hill Hawks 13.17 (95) SUNDAY, MAY 6 Williamstown 15.15 (105) vs. Bendigo Bombers 14.18 (102) Frankston 10.8 (68) vs. Sandringham 14.8 (92) North Ballarat 10.10 (70) vs. Werribee 26.14 (170) Northern Bullants 10.8 (68) vs. Port Melbourne 15.12 (102) Coburg Tigers - BYE

SATURDAY, JUNE 30 Frankston 11.12 (78) vs. North Ballarat 22.13 (145) Williamstown 14.12 (96) vs. Geelong 19.15 (129) Tasmania 7.7 (49) vs. Bendigo Bombers 22.13 (145) Werribee 16.19 (115) vs. Box Hill Hawks 11.8 (74) SUNDAY, JULY 1 Coburg Tigers 15.10 (100) vs. Port Melbourne 7.17 (59) Casey Scorpions 18.19 (117) vs. Northern Bullants 4.5 (29) Sandringham - BYE

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18 Casey Scorpions vs. Bendigo Bombers Casey Fields 2pm Frankston vs. Box Hill Hawks Frankston Oval 2pm Port Melbourne vs. Williamstown TEAC Oval 2pm Sandringham vs. North Ballarat Trevor Barker Beach Oval 2pm Werribee vs. Geelong Bartercard Oval 2pm SUNDAY, AUGUST 19 Tasmania vs. Coburg Tigers Aurora Stadium* 9:50am Northern Bullants - BYE

Round SIX
SATURDAY, MAY 12 Box Hill Hawks 13.9 (87) vs. Northern Bullants 13.15 (93) Werribee 31.14 (200) vs. Tasmania 12.14 (86) Port Melbourne 18.14 (122) vs. North Ballarat 19.13 (127) SUNDAY, MAY 13 Williamstown 19.17 (131) vs. Frankston 8.18 (66) Bendigo Bombers 16.8 (104) vs. Geelong 20.16 (136) Coburg Tigers 16.14 (110) vs. Casey Scorpions 13.19 (97) Sandringham - BYE

SATURDAY, MAY 19 Geelong 9.22 (76) vs. Box Hill Hawks 14.7 (91) Tasmania 16.12 (108) vs. Coburg Tigers 22.11 (143) North Ballarat 8.8 (56) vs. Northern Bullants 10.11 (71) Sandringham 16.16 (112) vs. Williamstown 13.12 (90) SUNDAY, MAY 20 Frankston 10.11 (71) vs. Bendigo Bombers 13.16 (94) Casey Scorpions, Port Melbourne, Werribee - BYE

SATURDAY, JULY 7 Northern Bullants 8.14 (62) vs. Coburg Tigers 10.14 (74) Tasmania 14.8 (92) vs. Sandringham 19.20 (134) SUNDAY, JULY 8 Williamstown 5.10 (40) vs. Casey Scorpions 12.8 (80) Frankston 10.4 (64) vs. Geelong 17.9 (111) North Ballarat 14.11 (95) vs. Bendigo Bombers 11.19 (85) Box Hill Hawks 11.16 (82) vs. Port Melbourne 5.14 (44)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25 Box Hill Hawks vs. Werribee Box Hill City Oval 2pm Casey Scorpions vs. Frankston Casey Fields 2pm Port Melbourne vs. Northern Bullants TEAC Oval 2pm Sandringham vs. Coburg Tigers Trevor Barker Beach Oval 2pm Tasmania vs. Williamstown Bellerive Oval 2pm SUNDAY, AUGUST 26 Geelong vs. Bendigo Bombers Skilled Stadium* 10.40am North Ballarat - BYE
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Building community bridges
Inner city Auskick program kicks goals for kids.
A new Auskick program is kicking life goals for disadvantaged inner city youth. AFL Victoria, together with the Richmond Football Club, has been running special Three Towers Auskick sessions on Thursday nights at Punt Road Oval. The name Three Towers is derived from the neighbouring Richmond, Collingwood and Fitzroy estates. The sessions have a real community feel, with Grenda supplying buses to transport the children from the estates to Punt Road. Local police and Xavier College students are also supporting the program, while Richmond volunteers take the clinics. The sessions, which kicked off in June, are set to run for 11 weeks, focussing on the various basic skill components of football such as kicking, marking and handballing. For many of the 90 kids involved in the Three Towers Auskick program, Australian Football is an alien concept. The children, aged between five and 12 years, are drawn from diverse ethnic backgrounds, with participants of Sudanese, Malaysian and Vietnamese descent, many of whom have experienced difficult upbringings. Tigers in the Community Foundation program development manager Nathan Lange said the program grew legs after a visit by Richmond footballers to the estates. “We heard that a lot of the Sudanese kids were coming to the North Richmond estate,” Lange said.
Helping hand: Local police have jumped on board the Three Towers Auskick program.

“The players went out there and saw that a lot of them showed some real natural ability for the game. “Their parents are not as familiar with Aussie Rules, and mostly don’t know about the local Auskick programs.’’ For the migrant families who settled at the estates, the Three Towers Auskick program was their first real taste of Australia’s indigenous game. “It’s all about getting out, having a kick and having some fun,’’ Lange said. “The parents are happy to see their kids enjoying themselves.”

After strong turnouts in the initial weeks, Lange hopes that the program’s success continues for not only the remainder of the year, but also in the years to come. AFL Victoria Auskick manager Trevor Robertson agreed the Three Towers program was vital. “It is fantastic that we have been able to reach a pocket of the community not normally predisposed to our great game,” Robertson said. “Aside from teaching football skills, the program is an essential aide in driving community integration.”


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