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Demons driven out By Nick Creely
VICTORIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
In finals, nothing short of a four quarter effort ensures victory. And for Casey, they learnt the hardest lesson of all on Saturday against Richmond at Fortburn Stadium, going out in straight sets after a second quarter onslaught saw them unable to reel back a match-winning deficit. After taking a narrow two-point lead into quarter time, the signs were positive when Tom Bugg slotted a goal in the opening moments to give the Dees the dream start to the second. But from there disaster struck, and with it came a flurry of Tiger goals courtesy of a zippy small forward line containing names such as Shai Bolton, Connor Menadue, Sam Lloyd and Tyson Stengle, with the Demons conceding eight of the next nine majors to open up a 39-point half time deficit. It took just 15 minutes of the third quarter for Richmond and it’s 18 AFL-listed players to continue on their merry way, booting a further four goals to open up a mammoth 61-point lead. A couple of quick goals courtesy of Declan Keilty - who floated forward on ruckman Ben Griffiths - and Yillber Zijai, saw the Demons gain a little bit of momentum, and with it, the Casey that has graced the field for the majority of 2017 returned to its line breaking best.
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Richmond's Jayden Short runs away with the footy on Saturday. Picture: COURTESY OF ADAM MCFARLANE Slowly chipping away at the deficit, another major to Keilty and a goal to Bugg saw the margin slashed to 37-points, as the Tigers struggled to slow the play down and get the ball into their prime ball movers’ hands. With only minutes remaining on the clock, Billy Stretch instilled a faint flicker of hope into his team-mates, kicking a ripping goal out of a stoppage from 45, before coolly slotting a set shot on the three quarter time siren only moments later to reduce the margin to a gettable 26-points. All-in-all, the Demons had kicked six unanswered goals in stoppage time. After Bugg converted his third of the match early in the third after
taking an uncontested grab only metres from goal, the Tigers managed to stem the flow and defensively stand their ground despite a trio of near misses late in the game weren’t converted. In the end, the deficit was far too great for a side that could only manage three finals-like quarters. “I’m frustrated, I’m annoyed, but at the end of the day you get the double chance for a reason but we just weren’t able to capitalise on it,” Casey coach Justin Plapp said. Despite the result that sees the Demons bundled out of the VFL premiership race, Plapp is proud of his side’s resolve to fight back.
CASEY DEMONS 3.8 5.8 12.8 15.11(101) RICHMOND 4.0 12.5 16.10 19.14(128) CASEY DEMONS GOALS: T. Bugg 3, D. Keilty 2, B. Fritsch 2, B. Stretch 2, Y. Zijai, E. Morris, B. Kennedy, M. Cox, C. Maynard, J. Wagner. BEST: C. Maynard, B. Kennedy, B. Stretch, J. Trengove, J. Wagner, D. Gordon. RICHMOND GOALS: T. Stengle 4, S. Lloyd 3, S. Mannagh 2, B. Lennon 2, C. Menadue 2, B. Griffiths 2, S. Bolton 2, S. Morris, J. Short. BEST: C. Ellis, T. Stengle, A. Miles, S. Hampson, S. Bolton, S. Darley.
unfortunately was unable to attend. Also in line for recognition of their achievements were Joan Heggart as Women’s Club Champion, and Cliff Fothergill as Men’s Club Champion. A special Bowls Victoria Outstanding Service Award was presented to long serving member, Albert Bertoncello, who joined the club in 1967 and has enjoyed many successes on the greens as well as contributing significantly in various ways to the club over the years. After the speeches, teams for the social game were drawn using the sophisticated “lollipop stick” method. Play got underway after the traditional “spider game” where everyone bowled one bowl at the same time to the centre of green 2 in an attempt to get closest to the marker. Unfortunately, in the ensuing mayhem of 150 members crowding
“I’m proud of them,” he said. “They showed character and they competed. “But I think the big learning for these boys is it’s got to become unconditional to win finals ... it’s got to be four quarters. “We just haven’t been at our best.” The season is not over yet for the Demons in the Development League, with the club to play a massive grand final against Williamstown on Sunday.
Berwick Bowling Club members, from left, Jeff Janetzki and Albert Bertoncello with director of Bowls Victoria Marilla Rootsey. around, this reporter failed to record who had actually won. The social game was played in high spirits (and to a fair degree of competitiveness by some) despite the less-than-pleasant weather, after which a sumptuous afternoon
tea was laid on by the still energetic team of volunteers. A few more speeches, quite a number of “fines” imposed for various “offences”, and several lucky draw prizes dished out, and the events for the day were brought to a conclusion.
Top honour goes to Fritsch By Nick Creely Rising Casey Demons forward Bayley Fritsch has capped off an outstanding breakout season in the VFL with recognition at Monday’s VFL Best and Fairest night at Crown Palladium. On Monday night, Fritsch was awarded the prestigious Fothergill-Round Medal as the best young VFL player in the league. The 20-year-old young medium forward was a shining light for the Dees throughout 2017, kicking 42 goals from
19 matches and became one of the best contested marks in the competition. Fritsch was plucked from Division 4 Eastern Football Club Coldstream and has endured two injury ravaged years at Casey before finally making his VFL debut this season. The last nine recipients of the award, including the likes of Michael Barlow, Michael Hibberd, Kane Lambert and Robin Nahas, have all gone on to be drafted to AFL clubs the next season. Fritsch - who will also be
attending this year’s AFL State Combine as AFL clubs take notice - was also named on a halfforward flank in the VFL Team of the Year. The Demons also snared another major award for the evening, with former Sandringham Dragon and now Casey jet Goy Lok taking out the A.Todd Medal as the Development League’s best-and-fairest. Last season former Casey ruckman Oscar McInerney took out the award and was subsequently rookie-listed by the Brisbane Lions.
Falcons aim to break drought By Nick Creely
Service awards at season opener BERWICK BOWLING The official opening of the Berwick Bowling Club for the 2017-'18 season took place on Saturday 2 September. The turnout was impressive with nigh on 150 members attending, most being resplendent in their freshly laundered uniforms. The event was opened with an address by the chair of the Bowls Section, Jeff Janetzki, after which a delicious lunch of barbecue chicken, potato salad and coleslaw was provided by the very organised and hard-working team of volunteers in the kitchen. Board of management chairman, Ed Wilson, then introduced the director of Bowls Victoria, Marilla Rootsey, who presented 90th Birthday certificates to Harold Hack and Rino de Bastiani, both of whom still play regularly and with great commitment. Jim Blewett was also a recipient but
Endeavour Hills and Doveton Eagles will lock horns in what is set to be an epic Picture: ROB CAREW grand final. 167719
Bayley Fritsch capped off a phenomenal season with the Fothergill-Round Medal as the competitions best young player. 168497 Picture: ROB CAREW
Saturday’s Southern Football Division 3 grand final at Jack Barker Oval is set to be a significant milestone in the history of the Endeavour Hills Football Club. Not only will the Falcons play off for their chance at glory against local rivals Doveton Eagles, but the club will be playing for its first piece of senior silverware - ever. Coming into the 2017 season, the Falcons had never played a senior final - let alone book a ticket to the big dance. Senior coach Rob Dipper is trying to keep a lid on things at Barry Simon Reserve despite the obvious excitement, and said that they are trying to approach the massive contest in the same manner they always do. “We haven’t changed too much - we did P3 recovery in Berwick last Tuesday, and the guys just got into the pools and threw the balls around,” he said of the side’s preparation for the biggest game in the club’s history. “This week it’s business as normal - we won’t change our preparation too much I wouldn’t have thought.” The Falcons and Eagles have squared the ledger this season, with both sides tasting success against the other at different stages. Dipper said past results mean nothing now, with finals football a completely different kettle of fish. “Come finals footy it’s a different ball game - if you try and draw something from a homeand-away game it’s probably not going to be the same,” he said. “The first time we played them was early in the season, and they (Doveton Eagles) really did a number on us, and it was about nine-goals, but our side from then is completely different, and when we beat them later in the season we understand they had a few missing - they are a really great side. “We have to be on from the start or they will run all over us - they are a really strong side with big bodies.” Season 2017 has been nonetheless a major success for the club - after finishing third on the ladder, the Falcons defeated Ashwood by 21-points in the qualifying final, before an incredible semifinal win over Hallam saw them earn the week off and direct entry into the biggest game of the season. “We set some rules and standards that we wanted to deliver on this year, and that’s on and off the field - one of our main goals was to play finals, and to finish third on the ladder and to win our first and second finals was probably not where we thought we’d be,” Dipper said. “We were confident we would make finals we feel we’re in a good enough position now and what will be will be (on Saturday). “We’ve played some great footy over the last month, the boys are in good form and we owe it to ourselves to finish off our hard work.“ 12351514-EPJ19-17
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