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The Casey Demons moved another step closer to top spot on the ladder with a comprehensive 91-point victory over the Northern Blues at Casey Fields on Sunday. The Demons won the toss, kicked with the advantage of the strong northerly breeze and used it to the utmost benefit as goal after goal flowed with regularity from Sam Weideman within the first minute. By the time the siren blared to end the first term, the home side almost nine goals in front. The Blues regrouped after the break and opened their account early in the second quarter but the Demons fought back and went almost goal for goal till the main break so that their opponent had barely made any inroads. Casey piled on the goals in the early part of the third term but the Blues tightened their game midway through the quarter and played their best football to keep the Demon lead to 75 points at three quarter time. The home side maintained control despite kicking against the breeze in the final term adding four goals to one to run out 15 goal winners. One of the highlights of the game from the perspective of the Casey Demons was the contribution of the VFL listed contingent. Former Kangaroo Corey Wagner was outstanding picking up 26 disposals, executing 10 tackles and booting 4 goals 3 to be clearly best on ground. Not far behind was former Tasmanian Jay Lockhart who hasn’t missed a beat playing all 15 games since coming to the club at the beginning of the year. He picked up 25 touches, eight tackles and kicked two goals. Lively Cory Machaya is in his third season at the club but this year, he is fit, healthy and firing. He played his best game yet against Northern Blues racking up 27 disposals along with his two goals. Former AFL-listed Demon Mitch White was in sublime form on comeback from injury, scoring three goals. Casey was well served by veteran Cam Pedersen who picked up 24 possessions and marked everything that came his way when in defence and also chipped in with a goal. He had great support from Declan Keilty who was also excellent whether in attack or defence while Sam Weideman also performed strongly with early goals and then exerting himself in the ruck when Mitch King went down with what appeared to be a knee injury. Tim Smith was also good chipping in to help out at the ruck contests. Whilst not outstanding, Jayden Hunt did enough in his comeback game from injury to raise hopes of an imminent return to the Melbourne team with another week or two at this level. Oskar Baker was full of run until an injury in the third quarter ended his day and Mitch Hannan did well, particularly early in the day. The team sits in second place to Richmond, with 11 wins on end and a game in hand over the Tigers who have a bye coming up in a fortnight. Casey is at home next Saturday to 11th placed Sandringham. Casey Demons 8.5.53 11.5.71 16.7.103 20.9.129 Northern Blues 0.0.0 4.2.26 4.4.28 5.8.38 Goals Casey Demons C Wagner 4 White 3 Keilty Lockhart Machaya Weideman 2 Baker Gent McKenna Pedersen Stockdale Northern Blues Kerr 2 Fisher Myers Palmer Fisher Best Casey Demons C Wagner Lockhart Pedersen Machaya Keilty White Northern Blues Palmer Kerr Fisher Hill De Koning Schumacher Statistics Oskar Baker 1 goals 6 kicks 3 handballs 9 disposals 3 marks 5 tackles 53 dream team points Tomas Bugg 8 kicks 5 handballs 13 disposals 6 marks 7 tackles 74 dream team points Lachlan Filipovic 1 kick 1 handball 2 disposals 2 tackles 2 hit outs 7 dream team points Mitch Gent 1 goals 14 kicks 12 handballs 26 disposals 6 marks 3 tackles 103 dream team points Mitch Hannan 1 behind 10 kicks 8 handballs 18 disposals 4 marks 1 tackle 64 dream team points Jayden Hunt 10 kicks 11 handballs 21 disposals 2 marks 7 tackles 89 dream team points Jack Hutchins 6 kicks 7 handballs 13 disposals 3 marks 1 tackles 46 dream team points Dion Johnstone 3 kicks 4 handballs 7 disposals 2 marks 6 tackles 47 dream team points Declan Keilty 2 goals 5 kicks 9 handballs 14 disposals 2 marks 3 tackles 60 dream team points Mitch King 1 kick 1 handballs 2 disposals 4 tackles 14 hit outs 35 dream team points Jay Lockhart 2 goals 13 kicks 12 handballs 25 disposals 3 marks 8 tackles 118 dream team points Pat McKenna 1 goal 8 kicks 6 handballs 14 disposals 3 marks 51 dream team point Cory Machaya 2 goals 9 kicks 18 handballs 27 disposals 4 marks 4 tackles 98 dream team points James Munro 12 kicks 9 handballs 21 disposals 3 marks 62 dream team points Cameron Pedersen 1 goal 24 kicks 7 handballs 31 disposals 11 marks 124 dream team points Harry Petty 8 kicks 7 handballs 15 disposals 3 marks 3 tackles 60 dream team points Tim Smith 1 behind 13 kicks 8 handballs 21 disposals 3 marks 8 tackles 13 hit outs 109 dream team points Will Stephenson 2 behinds 5 kicks 2 handballs 7 disposals 1 mark 5 tackles 47 dream team points Cory Stockdale 1 goal 1 behind 6 kicks 8 handballs 14 disposals 3 marks 5 tackles 70 dream team points Corey Wagner 4 goals 3 behinds 17 kicks 9 handballs 26 disposals 3 marks 10 tackles 142 dream team points Josh Wagner 12 kicks 11 handballs 23 disposals 1 mark 11 tackles 103 dream team points Sam Weideman 2 goals 9 kicks 15 handballs 24 disposals 7 marks 2 tackles 7 hit outs 108 dream team points Mitch White 3 goals 13 kicks 3 handballs 16 disposals 2 marks 9 tackles 107 dream team points
The Casey Demons all but booked their berth in the Peter Jackson VFL finals series for 2017 and kept their top four aspirations well and truly alive with an emphatic 37-point victory over the Northern Blues at Casey Fields. On a blustery wind affected day, the Demons were quick out of the blocks and virtually sealed the game with five goals to a couple of points in the opening term. They continued to dominate in the second and at one stage had kicked the game's opening seven goals. By half time they held a commanding 46 point lead at half time. The Demons tapered off after half time as the Blues rallied in the third quarter but they remained well in control of the match right until the final siren thanks in part to the visitors' poor kicking for goal. Casey's tenth win for the season must have been highly satisfying for senior coach Justin Plapp after starting the season with only one win in the first five games before winning nine of the next 11. The victory was even more meritorious because it was set up by the goal kicking exploits of two dangerous forwards in Casey-listers Bayley Fritsch and Yilber Zijai who, between them, booted seven goals and they way in which the young VFL players have blended in with the AFL contingent is a credit to his coaching. On Saturday he also got good service from Mitch Gent and Ben Giobbi, both more mature players who help make it all work. This was just as well because Plapp only had ten Melbourne list members at his disposal with Sam Frost and Corey Maynard held over for the game against St Kilda. One of his best was a player who started as a Casey player before his drafting to the Melbourne Football Club. Declan Keilty's season to date has not been as good as last year but his form has been building lately and against the Blues he was in outstanding form as the intercepting defender picking up 22 disposals and taking 11 marks. He was capably backed up in defence by Jack Trengove who had 31 touches for the day. Plapp also had some potency in the midfield with Ben Kennedy, Jay Kennedy-Harris, Billy Stretch and Christian Salem whose outstanding form was overshadowed by a clash with the Blues' Liam Sumner that saw his name entered in the report book. The Blues' player left the ground with concussion. With injuries mounting the Demons simply cannot afford to lose more players, especially with a big game coming up against top-of-the-ladder Williamstown. Peter Jackson VFL 2017 Casey Demons 5.1.31 9.3.57 11.4.70 16.6.102 Northern Blues 0.2.2 1.5.11 4.9.33 8.17.65 Goals Casey Demons Fritsch 4 Kennedy Zijai 3 Ferreira Hulett Kennedy-Harris Morris Salem Watts Northern Blues Palmer Wilson 2 Declase Gallucci Korcheck Thorpe Best Casey Demons Keilty Kennedy Trengove Salem Stretch Zijai Northern Blues Russell Palmer Stevens Byrne O'Shea Korcheck Statistics Liam Hulett 1 goal 1 behind 10 kicks 2 handballs 12 disposals 2 marks 3 tackles 58 dream team points Dion Johnstone 5 kicks 6 handballs 11 disposals 2 marks 4 tackles 44 dream team points Declan Keilty 11 kicks 11 handballs 22 disposals 11 marks 1 tackle dream 89 team points Benjamin Kennedy 3 goals 2 behinds 17 kicks 18 handballs 35 disposals 3 marks 3 tackles 122 dream team points Jay Kennedy-Harris 1 goal 11 kicks 16 handballs 27 disposals 5 marks 6 tackles 110 dream team points Mitch King 2 kicks 2 handballs 4 disposals tackles 26 hit outs 51 dream team points Christian Salem 1 goal 1 behind 17 kicks 11 handballs 28 disposals 4 marks 9 tackles 117 dream team points Billy Stretch 11 kicks 18 handballs 29 disposals 2 marks 6 tackles 99 dream team points Jack Trengove 26 kicks 6 handballs 32 disposals marks tackles 112 dream team points Jack Watts 1 goal 2 behinds 8 kicks 14 handballs 22 disposals 6 marks 6 hit outs 86 dream team points The Development League team suffered a setback when they narrowly went down to the Blues - an unexpected result on their home turf. AFL Vic Development League 2017 Casey Demons 2.0.12 4.3.27 4.8.32 5.9.39 Northern Blues 3.2.20 5.4.34 6.6.42 7.7.49 Goals Casey Demons Allsop Di Pasquale Gardiner Lefau Vander Haar Northern Blues Corboy 4 Maibaum 2 Walson Best Casey Demons Cox Hillard Freeman Collis Byers Allsop Northern Blues Jones Costigan Glover Strachan Corboy Adam