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SWEET SIXTEEN by KC from Casey 

The game was an uneven match up from the very beginning. The Casey Demons, representing an alignment between the reigning premiers Melbourne and the outer southeastern expansion area centred around a sprawling Cranbourne with its rapid population growth and the stand alone Northern Bullants from the inner north who sit at the foot of the VFL table. With 14 AFL listed players and a couple more having experience at the elite level opening with the breeze at their backs, the result was inevitable. The game ended with a whopping 91 point win to the Casey Demons who wrapped up the competition’s minor premiership a month early with their sweet 16th consecutive win for the season. 

Luke Dunstan got leather poisoning with 41 touches and 2 goals to go with them while young key forward Jacob Van Rooyen came away with a 5 goal haul. However, from go to whoa this was a supreme team effort with individuals dominating and pulling together to achieve the desired outcome.  

They were naturally at their most dangerous with the wind at their backs. The Demons piled on six goals to nil in the first and third terms and, while the Bullants offered strong resistance in the second, the home side maintained its stranglehold with four goals to one at the end - a tribute to the strong defence led by Adam Tomlinson, Daniel Turner and Jake Bowey who were capably assisted by Casey listers Corey Ellison and Matthew Buntine.

The swirly winds weren’t conducive to sizzling displays of skill but the Demons mastered the elements as much as was physically possible, The midfield was led by the masterful Dunstan and his assistant Jimmy Munro who took full advantage of the strength in the ruck of the returning Josh Smith who had a great duel with his Bullants counterpart. There was plenty of support in the engine room including from skipper Mitch White and improving youngster Riley Baldi.

Demon fans would have seen a lot to like from players of the future, notably Van Rooyen who showed special talent with his solid marking in the difficult conditions and his boundless enthusiasm and attack on the football. Bailey Laurie, Blake Howes and Taj Woewodin are also names that can be earmarked for 2023 and beyond. The fact that they can be developed in a successful environment at Casey will be of immense benefit to the players and the club when the time comes for them to step up to the next level.

A lot can also be said for small forward rivals Toby Bedford and Kade Chandler who kicked five classy goals between them and though he was subdued, Andy Moniz-Wakefield managed an awesome goal in a moment of magic.

Mitch Brown was as always at this level a dangerous foil up forward with three goals and Joel Smith had some pleasing moments up playing forward on his return from a long lay off with injury.

The only annoyance for this team is the fact that it has another bye coming up in the lead up to the last month before the opening of its finals campaign.

CASEY DEMONS 6.3.39 8.7.55 14.12.96 18.17.125

NORTHERN BULLANTS 0.1.1 4.3.27 4.3.27 5.4.34 

Goals 

Casey Demons Van Rooyen 5 Bedford M Brown 3 Chandler Dunstan 2 Laurie Moniz-Wakefield White 

Northern Bullants Boyd Honey Kolar Murphy Nikolovski

Best 

Casey Demons Dunstan Munro Van Rooyen Bedford Tomlinson White Baldi

Northern Bullants Mackie Velissaris Murphy King

Statistics 

Oskar Baker 1 behind 12 kicks 3 handballs 15 disposals 4 marks 2 tackles 63 dream team points
Ryan Baldi 1 behind 10 kicks 10 handballs 20 disposals 3 marks 2 tackles 69 dream team points
Toby Bedford 3 goals 1 behinds 9 kicks 7 handballs 16 disposals 2 marks 5 tackles 86 dream team points
Jake Bowey 18 kicks 8 handballs 26 disposals 5 marks 3 tackles 94 dream team points
Mitch Brown 3 goals 8 kicks 5 handballs 13 disposals 5 marks 3 tackles 79 dream team points
Matt Buntine 9 kicks 5 handballs 14 disposals 4 marks 1 tackles 50 dream team points
Kade Chandler 2 goals 1 behind 9 kicks 8 handballs 17 disposals 4 marks 2 tackles 77 dream team points
Luke Dunstan 2 goals 2 behinds 18 kicks 23 handballs 41 disposals 4 marks 2 tackles 135 dream team points
Corey Ellison 10 kicks 5 handballs 15 disposals 3 marks 2 tackles 57 dream team points
Blake Howes 7 kicks 5 handballs 12 disposals 4 marks 3 tackles 52 dream team points
Bailey Laurie 1 goal 6 kicks 13 handballs 19 disposals 6 marks 1 tackles 70 dream team points
Andy Moniz-Wakefield 1 goal 3 kicks 2 handballs 5 disposals 3 marks 25 dream team points
James Munro 14 kicks 15 handballs 29 disposals 4 marks 6 tackles 107 dream team points
Aiden Quigley 6 kicks 3 handballs 9 disposals 4 marks 3 tackles 44 dream team points
Miles Shepherd 7 kicks 4 handballs 11 disposals 4 marks 41 dream team points
Joel Smith 1 behind 7 kicks 5 handballs 12 disposals 4 marks 41 dream team points
Josh Smith 6 kicks 2 handballs 8 disposals 4 marks 4 tackles 24 hit outs 74 dream team points
Adam Tomlinson 19 kicks 10 handballs 29 disposals 11 marks 110 dream team points
Daniel Turner 1 behind 15 kicks 6 handballs 21 disposals 8  marks 82 dream team points
Ryan Valentine 4 kicks 4 handballs 8 disposals 2 marks 2 tackles 8 hit outs 40 dream team points
Jacob Van Rooyen 5 goals 8 kicks 4 handballs 12 disposals 4 marks 1 tackles 7 hit outs 68 dream team points
Mitch White 1 goals 3 behinds 10 kicks 19 handballs 20 disposals 3 marks 69 dream team points
Taj Woewodin 9 kicks 5 handballs 14 disposals 4 marks 3 tackles 61 dream team points

 

 

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7 minutes ago, JimmyGadson said:

JVR is a good young player but he wasn't dominant yesterday. The team was and his goals came on the back of that.

I actually prefer him as a defender, I think he's not a natural forward.

We'll see though.

Why do you prefer him as a defender Jimbob?

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1 hour ago, Engorged Onion said:

Why do you prefer him as a defender Jimbob?

I just believe his attributes are better suited to that of a key defender.

He was drafted as a swingman who played both forward and back but I don't see any standout forward craft qualities. He's competitive and can take a contested grab. But his goal kicking and forward craft isn't the same as someone like Cadman's.

I just think going forward we're better off drafting a natural key forward. That's why Cadman is someone I'd love from this years draft.

JVR may well play end up staying as a forward but I think he'll end up being more of a Brody Mihocek type. 

A solid second/third tall who competes hard.

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30 minutes ago, JimmyGadson said:

I just believe his attributes are better suited to that of a key defender.

He was drafted as a swingman who played both forward and back but I don't see any standout forward craft qualities. He's competitive and can take a contested grab. But his goal kicking and forward craft isn't the same as someone like Cadman's.

I just think going forward we're better off drafting a natural key forward. That's why Cadman is someone I'd love from this years draft.

JVR may well play end up staying as a forward but I think he'll end up being more of a Brody Mihocek type. 

A solid second/third tall who competes hard.

I've had similar thoughts as well. Watching him last year I reckon he looks more comfortable as a defender and his aggression even goes up a notch. Wouldn't surprise me to see him start his career forward but move to defence down the track, perhaps when May is on the way out.

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16 hours ago, Vipercrunch said:

Joel Smith played forward.  He didn’t especially stand out but after such a long lay off and playing forward for the first time since (as a guess) late 2018, I doubt much was expected of him.  Possibly the coaches are considering him as a forward option in the seniors if required.  Right now, he’d be behind Tomlinson and Turner for a big back position.

Didn’t see much of Howes unfortunately.

This is the reason why I wouldn't hold my breath on TMc returning for the finals campaign. Happy to be proven wrong though 

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If JVR can take a contested mark, and has some grit, I’d say he should continue to be developed as a forward. We have defence covered, but no one who can take a contested mark up forward. 
Similarly, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Joel smith play in round 23 if he can have one more solid hit out before then. We desperately need some more marking prowess forward of the ball in the finals imo. Going to be too much of an as for TcDonald, surely. 

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5 hours ago, homsar said:

If JVR can take a contested mark, and has some grit, I’d say he should continue to be developed as a forward. We have defence covered, but no one who can take a contested mark up forward. 
Similarly, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Joel smith play in round 23 if he can have one more solid hit out before then. We desperately need some more marking prowess forward of the ball in the finals imo. Going to be too much of an as for TcDonald, surely. 

For sure Homsar. Give Smith one more run and then maybe unleash him, would love to see him be a bit of an ace in the pack.

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With BBB and TMc hitting 30 best to develop JvR as a forward IMO.  At this stage he reads the play well for a tall forward,, can mark well and has enough pace. Doubt he will be a crash and bash forward but that is ok.

Probably can play forward and back like TMc. I think we have a good player in JvR.

 

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On 7/31/2022 at 11:59 AM, Nascent said:

I've had similar thoughts as well. Watching him last year I reckon he looks more comfortable as a defender and his aggression even goes up a notch. Wouldn't surprise me to see him start his career forward but move to defence down the track, perhaps when May is on the way out.

Quite obviously star forwards are harder to recruit and when you have a world class defence with Disco  and Bowsa still not regulars ( how long till though!! ) and JVR is tracking nicely with all the other Weids BBB Tmac etc either in a possible time warp or confidence crisis let's leave him as a potential star goal kicker. 

JVR has many good qualities that will Make him develop into a fine footballer and let's see a star light up the G to go with our 6/7 year champion mids in their match winning ways for us to rejoice. Leave the future to Disco etc.down back. 

PS we can always swing Harry Petty  up forward and JVR down back to change things up!! 

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Does anyone have the dates to the VFL finals? Is there bye? What’s the format? You can’t find it anywhere.

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7 minutes ago, Doug Reemer said:

Does anyone have the dates to the VFL finals? Is there bye? What’s the format? You can’t find it anywhere.

Yeah what gives? Is it a floating fixture or something?

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23 minutes ago, layzie said:

Yeah what gives? Is it a floating fixture or something?

Appears to be?

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