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MAGIC BY THE BAY by KC from Casey

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The honour of tossing the coin to start the much anticipated Round 7 match up at between VFL neighbours Frankston and Casey at SkyBus Stadium was given to former Melbourne star Brett Lovett who coached at both clubs and whose son Jake played with Casey before joining the Dolphins this year.
 
And for the game's opening 15 minutes, it seemed as if Lovett had put a magical spell on the home team which played as if inspired by the occasion. The Dolphins were back in the competition after a year’s recess, they were winning games having already taken scalps in North Melbourne and Coburg and they were running rings around the Demons. But for their inaccuracy – they led 1.6.12 to 0.1.1 with a slight  breeze at their backs – they were seemingly in control of the game and on course for one of the season’s biggest upsets to date. 
 
It was at this point however, that Casey’s strong marking forward, Cam Pedersen, stepped up to the plate and, with two goals in the space of a little over two minutes, the Demon train was back on the rails and the Dolphin resistance was over for the day.
 
Frankston fought manfully but it simply didn’t have the fire power. The stand alone team was virtually cobbled together in the off season and even contains a handful of former Casey listed players who moved across to Kars Street in search of a senior game after the abolishment of the Development League at the end of last year. They were always going to struggle against a Demons' team with 15 AFL listed players, and that’s exactly what happened with Casey kicking 19 goals to three after quarter time.
 
The win was set up by a seven goal unanswered second term in which Pedersen and Tom Bugg were dominant and the rampage continued into the second half, rounded off with an eight goal last quarter that ended with Pedersen (6), Bugg (5) and Angus Scott (3) as Casey’s multiple goal kickers. 
 
Frankston was held to its lowest score of the season and even that was helped by a late goal in junk time just seconds before the final siren. 
 
Pederson was simply unstoppable, booting 6.1, taking ten marks, effecting eight crunching tackles, picking up 21 disposals and labouring as a backup in a losing ruck. It was a dominant display, almost matched by partner in crime Bugg who had the same number of touches and booted five majors.
 
Despite the weak opposition on the day, Casey can point to a team performance in achieving its big win. When the team was under pressure early in the game, the defence stood firm and hustled the Dolphin forwards into error, contributing to their inaccuracy. 
 
There  were winners everywhere with Sam Frost, Jayden Hunt and Jeff Garlett shining and youngsters Oskar Baker and Harry Petty showing great promise for the future. Mitch White, Jay Lockhart and the ever-reliable Angus Scott were all major contributors on the day with the former relishing his role around the ground and finishing off the game with a goal.
 
After two wins in a row, Casey is back in the running for a top four placing and have a big game coming up against Port Melbourne at Fortburn Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
 
PETER JACKSON VFL 2018
 
Casey Demons 2.2.14 9.7.61 13.8.86 21.13.139
 
Frankston Dolphins 1.6.12 1.7.13 3.8.26 4.9.33
 
Goals
 
Casey Demons Pedersen 6 Bugg 5 Scott 3 Baker Balic Garlett Lewis, Lockhart Munro White
 
Frankston Dolphins  Fordham Grace Rich Williams 
 
Best
 
Casey Demons Pedersen Frost Lockhart White Garlett Hunt
 
Frankston Dolphins Fordham Pierce Scagliarini Gill-Renouf McCarthy Mock
 
Statistics 
 
Oskar Baker 1 goal 7 kicks 14 handballs 21 disposals 4 marks 3 tackles 80 dream team points 
Harley Balic 1 goal 1 behind 8 kicks 7 handballs 15 disposals 3 marks 3 tackles 65 dream team points 
Tomas Bugg 5 goals 12 kicks 9 handballs 21 disposals 5 marks 9 tackles 139 dream team points 
Jake Di Pasquale 1 behind 4 kicks 1 handballs 5 disposals 2 marks 2 tackles 26 dream team points   
Lachlan Filipovic 1 kicks 5 handballs 6 disposals 2 tackles 11 hit outs 27 dream team points 
Sam Frost 7 kicks 4 handballs 11 disposals 5 marks 44 dream team points 
Jeff Garlett 1 goal 1 behind 7 kicks 11 handballs 18 disposals 4 tackles 63 dream team points 
Jayden Hunt 18 kicks 6 handballs 24 disposals 7 marks 81 dream team points 
Dion Johnstone 3 kicks 1 handballs 4 disposals 1 mark 3 tackles 20 dream team points 
Declan Keilty 6 kicks 2 handballs 8 disposals 5 marks 1 tackles 41 dream team points 
Jay Kennedy Harris 1 behind 10 kicks 10 handballs 20 disposals 3 marks 10 tackles 99 dream team points 
Mitchell Lewis  1 goal 7 kicks 5 handballs 11 disposals 4 marks 5 tackles 69 dream team points
Jay Lockhart 1 goal 4 kicks 10 handballs 14 disposals 5 tackles 55 dream team points 
Goy Lok 2 behinds 10 kicks 4 handballs 14 disposals 6 marks 3 tackles 70 dream team points 
James Munro 1 goal 6 kicks 10 handballs 16 disposals 5 marks 7 tackles 79 dream team points 
Cameron Pedersen 6 goals 1 behinds 15 kicks 6 handballs 21 disposals 10 marks 8 tackles 8 hit outs 165 dream team points 
Harrison Petty 8 kicks 6 handballs 14 disposals 5 marks 2 tackles 57 dream team points 
Angus Scott 3 goals 1 behinds 13 kicks 6 handballs 19 disposals 12 marks 4 tackles 120 dream team points 
Joel Smith 6 kicks 10 handballs 16 disposals 5 marks 5 tackles 73 dream team points 
Billy Stretch 1 behind 4 kicks 13 handballs 17 disposals 2 marks 6 tackles 63 dream team points 
Corey Wagner 10 kicks 4 handballs 14 disposals 3 marks 7 tackles 75 dream team points
Josh Wagner 14 kicks 5 handballs 19 disposals 1 marks 4 tackles 71 dream team points 
Mitchell White 1 goal 1 behind 12 kicks 3 handballs 15 disposals 2 marks 8 tackles 5 hit outs 92 dream team points

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