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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

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