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Werribee Tigers v Casey Scorpions - VFL Round 2

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Well done Casey! 

And a massive thank you to those giving running updates , muchus gracias ✌???

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Apparently Wagner was very good. Casey radio also giving big wraps to the second half of King and Pedders

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Keilty’s last quarter was great

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9 minutes ago, Mickey said:

Apparently Wagner was very good. Casey radio also giving big wraps to the second half of King and Pedders

Wagner is in for a big weekend. Isn't he having a run against the Hawks tomorrow?

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9 minutes ago, Clint Bizkit said:

Werribee are part-time footballers?

and we can always count on a negative comment from Clint.

Just remind me who won the VFL last year

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1 minute ago, Farmer said:

Wagner is in for a big weekend. Isn't he having a run against the Hawks tomorrow?

His brother I presume. Both have blonde hair. 

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http://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=124983435&c=1-118-0-477472-0&pool=1

The Dees won a tight and hard fought contest by 16 points

CAPTAIN: White

IN: GENT, MUNRO, BRIGGS

OUT: BRAYSHAW, HANNAN, SPARGO

J.SMITH: Started on the bench. He got out marked in the goal square 3 times but he did take a speccy on the wing. Still struggling to find his feet after coming back from injury.

KEILTY: A dour defender doesn't do a lot but what he does is good.

HUNT: BOG but his kicking did let him down a bit. Kicked a beautiful goal in the pocket.

PETTY: Was injured not sure what was wrong with him.

BAKER: Started on the bench. He was quiet but did a few good things in the last quarter.

STRETCH: Got plenty of the ball but doesn't do enough with the ball.

MAYNARD: Heavily tagged by 26 and was well beaten but he did get into the game in the last quarter. Kicked a nice goal.

BALIC: Pretty quiet but kicked a nice goal.

PEDERSEN: Had a terrible first half but improved after half time. Kicked 2 goals one was running 50 metres into an open goal where he almost lost control of the ball the other was to seal the game.

JOHNSTONE: Gave away a 50 metre penalty to give Werribee their first goal and that was about all he done. He doesn't seem to be at VFL level ATM.

WEIDEMAN: Thank god he's not playing on Sunday. Really quiet first half improved as the game went on. Took a nice mark and goal to get us in front.

T.SMITH: Kicked a goal due to a Werribee player dropping a mark, other than that he was ordinary.

KING: I like the look of him. Dominated the ruck and did a few good things around the ground. Took a good contested mark in the goal square and kicked a goal for our first for the game.

KENNEDY HARRIS: Like Stretch he just doesn't do enough. I think he is a better midfielder than forward.

FILIPOVIC: Pretty quiet but he doesn't really get the opportunity to dominate due to both King Weideman doing plenty of ruck work.

Wagner and White also played very well for Casey.

We are currently on top of the ladder GO THE MIGHTY DEES

 

 

 

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Walk Out to Winter - DemonDave
So the Indian Summer that was experienced at Pirahna Park last week was one of those early season abberations, and heading to
Werribee was a stark reminder of that. Extreme winds and heavy thunderstorms punctuated the earlier parts of the day, it was only a late afternoon burst of sunshine that convinced me to make the trek down. Luckily in the end it was worth it!

This game had special significance for the home side, their first home game of the season in their new standalone guise, and it was also the unveiling of their new multi-million dollar new facility. The stand itself looks fantastic,  when leaving the social club area a peek in the window into the home changerooms revealed a very state of the art looking warmup area, and the social club itself with a huge screen showing the AFL game and full flowing bar in the welcoming warmth was most impressive.
The stand was comfortable and offered a good vantage point of the game, albeit the dugouts are quite high and the bay behind them has clearly had the seats installed too low, the first two rows would not be able to see a thing! The floodlights are on a par with Caseys, ie. very poor, there were so many black pockets out there on the outer where if I didnt have binoculars would've had no idea who of our players had the ball. The home team lined up for a team photo, both teams lined up for the national anthem sung with the sort of gusto that suggested this was a final in September. 

Onto the onfield action, the home team were clearly wanting to keep the goodwill of the locals going, and were all over us in the opening stanza. Their desperation was evident, the ball was falling their way and so inevitably was the scoreboard after a bout of sustained forward pressure. Smothers, tackles, a massive but fair hit on Jayden Hunt and our poor delivery to a too tall forward line left the Tigers with a handy and deserved lead at the first break. Mitch White was a rock early on, providing spoiling nous and rebound run. Stretch on a wing was handy, and Jayden Hunt was absolutely running his headband off from a half back flank in this term. This is the kind of form I expected from him last week but I thought he was very underwhelming against Coburg.

The 2nd quarter was more of the same, they looked more desperate and moved the ball quicker than us into their forward line. It wasnt high scoring, but they were clearly the better team.

After half time, Tim Smith was moved onto the ball, Hunt moved up forward and halfway through the third quarter momentum shifted and we started swamping the packs, forcing the ball forward, all of a sudden a previouslydormant Pedo was influencing the game in all corners of the ground, setting up and giving off goals and we were flying. All it needed was for us to get our noses in front before the 3/4 time siren, and that was achieved thanks to a huge pack mark from Weideman who duly converted from 30 out. Momentum and the scoreboard were now tipped our way. The coach knew it too, his emphasis on singling out superb individual efforts lifted the huddle, lots of back slapping and encouragement. Goodwin prowled around the fringes intently, you could sense we were on.

The last quarter was more of the same, albeit a lot more open, with both teams kicking long to more open forward lines, but we all of a sudden seemed stronger around the packs and quicker than them. Another long quarter finally eneded, and we were 2 from 2. Also a nod to Casey for allowing the fans into the rooms after the players to witness the singing of the song. Is this a regular occurence, or did we just luck out? Either way it left me buzzing as I left the ground. 

Without seeing the official best or stats, my best were: White, Hunt, Stretch, T Smith, King, Pederson

White - As mentioned he rebounded well and spoiled well all day, the pick of our defenders. He also stood
out with his white long sleeves.
Hunt - Firmly back in the selection mix after that performance. A few passes still missed their targets, and one
final quarter kick in dig land in an opponents lap 25 out dead in front, but he ran, chased, gained meterage and
generally got back to something approximating the Hunt of old. On this he's close to selection for the Anzac Day Eve.
Stretch - A fine four quarter performance on the wing, his ability to take a couple of quick steps, find space and
look for a teammate in a better position was a standout tonight. He's always tidy, rather than damaging with his
posessions but he's a very smart player.
T Smith - His pressure when he was in the forward line was very good, and in the second half he moved into an onball
role and was very influential. Not a typical Smith game because of that, but nonetheless it was a very good game.
King - He doesnt seem to have a presence as a big man, but the longer this game went on the more he stood out as 
the best big man around the ground. Not for his ruckwork per se, but taking marks, puting his body in the middle of
packs to put off opponents, little things like that tell me he may well make it as an AFL ruckman in a few years time.
Pederson - Was almost invisible for mine in the first half, but he was the one that turned the momentum of the match
our way with a purple patch in the 3rd qtr, 2 goals and an assist to Hunt got us back into it. From there he was great.
Weideman- Like his other key forwards was very quiet early, but got more involved up the ground with long leads or when
relieving King in the ruck. Took a nice mark in front of the grandstand wing, but instead of kicking along the line 
centred it to a 1 on 3, which was duly turned over for a  Werribee score. But conversely he showed with that pack 
mark and a good last half what he can do.
Maynard- Was busy in and under and niggling all night, gave away a needless 50 metre penalty for a goal too. Wasnt one
of his better nights, but not a bad one. 
Balic- Was never going to beat his debut game of last week. Started the opening bounce in the centre this week and
played a fair bit of time onball, given this weeks team was minus Brayshaw, Hannan and Spargo who all rotated through
there last week. Looked ok at times, but other times I wondered if he was still on the ground, he's a bit of an anonymous
workhorse type of midfielder like Maynard but did go forward to get a crucial goal in the final term.
JKH- Another nothing game, his kicking lacks penetration, he's not quick he just seems to go ordinarily most times I see
him. To be fair he was busy enough, just not damaging.
Joel Smith-Took two hangers in the 3rd term on the opposite wing which were the highlights of his night, and was OK
otherwise.
Johnstone-Another who doesnt get involved enough in the game, forward pocket can be a feast or famine position, but he's 
not having enough impact when its in his area. May struggle to hold his spot with Spargo back next week.
Keilty- Was again solid down back without being spectacular, his last quarter was good though
Petty- Didnt notice him too much tonight, and he may have spent a chunk of the second half on the bench?
Filipovic-Started in the ruck, but was quickly usurped by King, and for the sake of balance spent time on the pine rather
than resting up forward in the 2nd half. Is some way behing King in terms of game craft.
Baker-I like his football smarts, he started running to the right spots later in this game where he could use his evasiveness
and footskills to advantage. Still some way off senior footy but promising signs.

Special mention to Casey listed Gent, Wagner and Scott who were all very good, as was Munro. I just realised White is Casey
listed now too, but his description can stay up there as he was BOG for me.

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TAMING THE TIGERS - PART ONE by KC from Casey

The Casey Demons spoiled the Werribee Tigers’  party last night when they came away from the newly refurbished Avalon Airport Oval with a hard fought 17 point victory.

The home side was returning to their millions of dollars state-of-the-art home after 18 long months and was hoping to mark the historic occasion with a win. 

And that definitely seemed to be on the cards after ten minutes into the third term when the Tigers opened up a three goal lead in what was up until then a dour, low scoring affair. The Tigers had made all the running in a truly gutsy performance for the club which is now completely stand-alone after North Melbourne severed ties with it at the end of last year.

With several of their “unknown” brigade combining well together under the lights,  keeping a tight rein over the opposition and their key position players dominating the marking duels at either end, the prospects of a boilover win were as high as the Tiger spirits. 

Enter Cam Pedersen and the Demon runners whose superior fitness turned the situation on its head when they finally managed to open up the game. The next 15 minutes saw a complete change of direction as Casey piled on three quick goals to get themselves back into the game and eventually, they took the lead by two points at the final break and went on to win by 16 at the end of the day. 

Such was their dominance that in the last quarter and a half they scored 7.5.47 to 2.1.13 with the majority of play constantly in the Demons’ forward line. Pedersen directed proceedings and Jayden Hunt returned to form and with Billy Stretch revelling on the wing, provided run and fed the Casey forwards enough of the ball to stop Werribee in its tracks.

Play was congested all night and, as a consequence, the Demons were constantly prevented from playing the attacking style of game evident last week at Coburg. Later in the game however, the tiring Tigers were never going to win the game with their defensive tactics despite a very honest performance from their players.

Max King put in his best game in the ruck and around the ground and he had good support on the ball from Lachlan Filipovic, Sam Weideman and occasionally, Pedersen.

Jay Lockhart showed class in defence and Corey Wagner gave great support. Earlier in the game, Angus Scott was the danger man up forward with two of his team’s first half goals. 

Casey’s next assignment will be much tougher - a trip to Richmond’s Swinburne Centre at Punt Road next Sunday and more Tigers to tame await.

Peter Jackson VFL 2018

Casey Demons 2.1.13 3.5.23 7.8.50 10.11.72 

Werribee Tigers 3.1.19 5.4.34 7.6.48 8.7.55

Goals

Casey Demons Pedersen Scott 2 Balic Hunt King Maynard T Smith Weideman

Werribee Tigers Corbett 3 Barrack Gribble Hooper Munro Robinson

Best

Casey Demons Hunt White King Lockhart Stretch T Smith

Werribee Gribble Moloney Corbett Nott Hanson McFarlane

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Hunt in for Monday night ANZAC bblockbuster for sure.

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Great write ups Demon Dave, Werridee and of course the Demonland.  

I thought White was unlucky to be delisted and I think he might be one still in the mix to be redrafted.  Would be handy pickup as a mid backman for some teams. 

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10 hours ago, Pennant St Dee said:

and we can always count on a negative comment from Clint.

Just remind me who won the VFL last year

It was a genuine question, I know they used to be alligned with North Melbourne, wasn’t sure if that changed.

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Seconding Spirit of Norm Smith.... great write ups guys

Love the background colour provided by Demon Dave .. just needed the culinary report and it would have been six stars.

Werribee did run Geelong reserves close the previous week so they are certainly no bunnies.

Next match is against Richmond at the Punt Road Oval on Sunday 22 April at 2pm. Should be a great game.

Not sure if I have ever been to the Punt Road oval ...

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thanks heaps for the reports.

I think we would have dropped that game last year.

Maybe the wheel is turning for our club and we're going to win more of the tight ones now.

Great win. Go Dees

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12 hours ago, DemonDave said:

Look far too top heavy tonight and our forward line far too crowded and disorganised..

Sounds like we could have done with a couple of talls in the AFL team against Whorethorn, to me. 

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11 hours ago, Diamond_Jim said:

Pedo goals and now 11 points down

got it on 60 and ran through to the ten metre line and goaled

Weid now in the ruck

Pedo you little ripper, once again. Going down in history, this bloke.

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14 minutes ago, Deemania since 56 said:

Pedo you little ripper, once again. Going down in history, this bloke.

Going down in history as what? Seems a strange comment to me. 

Cheers for the updates and reports everyone. Much appreciated. 

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1 hour ago, Diamond_Jim said:

Seconding Spirit of Norm Smith.... great write ups guys

Love the background colour provided by Demon Dave .. just needed the culinary report and it would have been six stars.

Werribee did run Geelong reserves close the previous week so they are certainly no bunnies.

Next match is against Richmond at the Punt Road Oval on Sunday 22 April at 2pm. Should be a great game.

Not sure if I have ever been to the Punt Road oval ...

Wonder how many we'll hold over for Tuesday and even the Essendon game. Given the short turn around I wouldn't mind if we made 4 or 5 unforced changes over the next 2 weeks, cause it seems like we've got a few in form at Casey

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8 minutes ago, Red and Blue realist said:

Wonder how many we'll hold over for Tuesday and even the Essendon game. Given the short turn around I wouldn't mind if we made 4 or 5 unforced changes over the next 2 weeks, cause it seems like we've got a few in form at Casey

As you mention the match after Richmond is against the Bombers at Docklands. Under the roof it is a good opening for adding a tall.. either Weid or Pedersen.

On the bigger question of playing resting/rotation the jury seems to favour playing your best but I am not sure that it works every time. Would like to see it trialed especially for games like the Darwin and WA games ... suspect it is most applicable to the midfield and for players such as Lewis and Vince.

On the other hand Gold Coast stayed over in the west last week and it didn't do them any good against the Eagles last night.

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