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The Casey Demons continued their winning run against Footscray on Sunday to make it nine in a row after a hard fought battle in a wind affected game at Casey Fields The winning result was however, not as easy and straightforward as one would have anticipated especially after some withdrawals from the team through injuries. At half time, the Demons were staring at defeat for the first time in two and a half months after the Bulldogs took full advantage of the northerly wind blowing down the ground, kicking four goals in time on to take a 20 point lead into the sheds at the main break. But it is not for nothing that the Demons are sitting in second place on the VFL premiership ladder and they showed their class by holding the Dogs scoreless in the premiership quarter while they piled on five goals four behinds of their own and then they narrowly outscored their opponent in the last to win by 15 points. Footscray, which is battling with a log jam of teams for a finals berth were never one to be taken lightly, given that they are one of only two clubs this season to have beaten ladder leaders Richmond. So while the home team scored the first goal through James Munro, the determined Doggies defended strongly against the wind and held them to a lead of only a goal. After an arm-wrestle for much of the first half of the second term, Footscray edged ahead to lead by 26 points in the shadows of half time before a handy Angus Scott major against the run of play gave the Demons some breathing space. Sam Weideman who had been a little off target in the first half came to the fore with the first goal after the main break and two more in the last quarter. That was enough to see the team home particularly as our friend the wind decided to moderate a little and the Bulldogs' legs seemed to tire as well and the game came to a spluttering halt with the Dees well in control. When the heat was on, Casey was well served in defence by Jay Lockhart, Declan Keilty and the Wagner brothers and skipper Jack Hutchins. Cam Pedersen was strong throughout and Dom Tyson had far too much skill and ball winning ability in the middle for the Demons. Aaron vandenBerg backed up his excellent first up return game with another solid performance and will be challenging soon for a place in the Melbourne senior side. Next up for Casey is an away game against Geelong VFL at GMHBA Stadium when second place and a home final could well be determined. Peter Jackson VFL 2018 Casey Demons 4.1.25 6.2.38 11.6.73 13.10.88 Footscray VFL 3.1.19 9.4.58 9.4.58 11.6.72 Goals Casey Demons Weideman 4 Munro 2 Baker Lok Pedersen Scott T Smith vandenBerg C Wagner Footscray VFL Greene 4 Young 2 Hamad Porter Smith Webb William Best Casey Demons Lockhart C Wagner Weideman Tyson J Wagner Munro Footscray VFL Greene Webb Porter Olsson Sullivan Hayes Statistics Oskar Baker 1 goal 9 kicks 3 handballs 12 disposals 2 marks 2 tackles 50 dream team points Tomas Bugg 6 kicks 6 handballs 12 disposals 2 marks 5 tackles 54 dream team points Lachlan Filipovic 2 kicks 7 handballs 9 disposals 2 marks 1 tackle 16 hit outs 44 dream team points Mitch Gent 6 kicks 4 handballs 10 disposals 1 mark 29 dream team points Jack Hutchins 8 kicks 6 handballs 14 disposals 1 mark 1 tackles 43 dream team points Declan Keilty 5 kicks 6 handballs 11 disposals 3 marks 34 dream team points Dean Kent 11 kicks 4 handballs 15 disposals 6 marks 4 tackles 70 dream team points Mitchell King 4 kicks 4 handballs 8 disposals 2 marks 2 tackles 32 hit outs 55 dream team points Jay Lockhart 1 behind 11 kicks 5 handballs 16 disposals 5 marks 4 tackles 67 dream team points Goy Lok 1 goal 9 kicks 5 handballs 14 disposals 3 marks 1 tackle 53 dream team points Pat McKenna 7 kicks 5 handballs 12 disposals 2 marks 2 tackles 42 dream team points Corey Machaya 1 behind 4 kicks 7 handballs 11 disposals 1 mark 4 tackles 43 dream team points James Munro 2 goals 8 kicks 8 handballs 16 disposals 4 marks 9 tackles 96 dream team points Cameron Pedersen 1 goal 17 kicks 8 handballs 25 disposals 7 marks 4 tackles 110 dream team points Harrison Petty 3 kicks 8 handballs 11 disposals 2 marks 1 tackle 36 dream team points Angus Scott 1 goal 10 kicks 6 handballs 16 disposals 3 marks 3 tackles 63 dream team points Tim Smith 1 goal 2 behinds 6 kicks 3 handballs 9 disposals 4 marks 4 tackles 2 hit outs 57 dream team points Corey Stockdale 4 kicks 4 handballs 8 disposals 8 tackles 46 dream team points Dom Tyson 12 kicks 13 handballs 25 disposals 4 marks 12 tackles 121 dream team points Aaron vandenBerg 1 goal 7 kicks 13 handballs 20 disposals 1 mark 8 tackles 82 dream team points Corey Wagner 1 goal 18 kicks 7 handballs 25 disposals 2 marks 17 tackles 149 dream team points Josh Wagner 9 kicks 8 handballs 17 disposals 3 marks 2 tackles 60 dream team points Sam Weideman 4 goals 1 behind 10 kicks 7 handballs 17 disposals 6 marks 3 tackles 7 hit outs 104 dream team points
In a tight contest played on a cold night and in slippery conditions when the lead never stretched beyond the final 13 point margin, a little known Casey footballer was one of only two on the ground to score multiple goals. It was journeyman Yilber Zijai's three goals that made all the difference in the VFL 2016 grand final replay against Footscray to make it four wins in a row for the rapidly rising Demons at Casey Fields on Saturday night. Zijai who previously played 27 VFL games for the Sandringham Zebras over a four-year period moved to Eastern FL club Noble Park last year and was recruited to the Demons along with the returning Mitch Gent at the start of this year. He injured a calf in the opening match of the season and this was only his second senior game for the club. His third goal, kicked at the fourteen minute mark of the final term, helped break the deadlock between the teams in a tense period of play. Seven minutes later, first gamer Mitch Cox made the game safe for the home side with a goal after a fifty metre penalty. It was a fine effort because the Doggies had 16 AFL-listed players while Casey's team was a far cry from the one that won the minor premiership and contested last year's finals. Gone are the likes of Lynden Dunn, Jack Grimes, Matt Jones, Viv Michie, Ben Newton, and Dean Terlich while Colin Garland is out injured and some of the younger players are now at AFL level. The Demons did gain from some significant contributions of players on the cusp of an AFL recall, especially given the circumstances of the club's multiple six day breaks at this time. Jack Trengove is one "veteran" of last year's campaign who continues to provide inspirational leadership. His 29 disposals through the middle were huge. Jay Kennedy-Harris was again impressive with his work rate continuing a superb run of form in recent weeks. He was on from the beginning, kicked the game's opening goal and amassed 33 disposals and nine tackles. Billy Stretch was in fine touch and all class with 24 possessions and Josh Wagner also put his hand up for recall. Rookie Corey Maynard looks a likely type who has made great strides in the transition from NBA to VFL. On current form, further promotion beckons at some time in the future while James Munro was once again solid and prolific in his ballwinning efforts. Now holding down sixth place on the ladder, Casey faces a challenging encounter with top-of-the-ladder Box Hill Hawks away from home next Saturday afternoon, especially given the likelihood of some players being rested in a rotation to cover Melbourne's interstate trip of a second six-day break. The game will be telecast by Channel 7. Peter Jackson VFL 2017 Casey Demons 2.3.15 5.8.38 8.12.60 10.15.75 Footscray VFL 3.1.19 4.3.27 8.5.53 9.8.62 Goals Casey Demons Zijai 3 Cox Fritsch Hulett Kennedy-Harris Morris Weideman White Footscray VFL Smith 2 Campbell English Lipinski Mullenger-McHugh Redpath Tweedie Webb Best Casey Demons White Stretch Collis Maynard Kennedy-Harris Fritsch Footscray VFL Young Campbell Collins Boyd Jamieson Webb Statistics Liam Hulett 1 goal 4 kicks 2 handballs 6 disposals 1 mark 3 tackles 1 hit out 38 dream team points Dion Johnstone 5 kicks 5 handballs 10 disposals 1 mark 3 tackles 41 dream team points Declan Keilty 3 kicks 6 handballs 9 disposals 6 tackles 47 dream team points Jay Kennedy-Harris 1 goal 1 behind 19 kicks 14 handballs 33 disposals 4 marks 11 tackles 148 dream team points Dean Kent 21 kicks 6 handballs 27 disposals 3 marks 2 tackles 90 dream team points Mitch King 1 kicks 5 handballs 6 disposals 1 mark 3 tackles 8 hit outs 36 dream team points Corey Maynard 2 behinds 7 kicks 16 handballs 23 disposals 4 marks 4 tackles 84 dream team points Jake Spencer 1 behind 4 kicks 8 handballs 12 disposals 2 tackles 19 hit outs 58 dream team points Billy Stretch 12 kicks 12 handballs 24 disposals 2 marks 8 tackles 99 dream team points Jack Trengove 21 kicks 8 handballs 29 disposals 8 marks 7 tackles 131 dream team points Josh Wagner 16 kicks 12 handballs 28 disposals 7 marks 2 tackles 101 dream team points Sam Weideman 1 goal 4 kicks 7 handballs 11 disposals 4 marks tackles 3 hit outs 55 dream team points Mitch White 1 goal 15 kicks 9 handballs 24 disposals 6 marks 1 tackle 88 dream team points The Development League team had a bye.