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The Demons and the Cats met once more at GMHBA Stadium 24 hours after their AFL counterparts saw Melbourne meekly capitulate in the final quarter. This time, the VFL version of the story was a vastly different one.

The Casey Demons have been going through a rough trot as of late but this time they took control and established themselves after an early arm wrestle and had the opposition by the scruff of the neck at half time.

Josh Schache kicked the opening goal and the Cats responded to briefly hold the lead before three quick goals to Ben Brown, Mitch White and Bailey Laurie had them a handy 19 points in front at the first break.

The second term was a repeat of the first — four goals to one in favour of the visitors with Jake Melksham coming to the fore with two majors. Ben Brown was having a good game, marking strongly and picking up plenty of possession around the ground and up forward. Adam Tomlinson had a point to make to the senior match committee and made it well, dominating possession. James Harmes and Jake Bowey, likewise.

With a 40 point lead at the main break and a number of players putting their hands up for a trip to the country’s red centre next week, a funny thing happened. The team must have decided to do an impersonation of the AFL Demons from the final quarter of the night before. They released the pressure valve, made the same mistakes, fumbled and were uncertain but to their good fortune, the VFL Cats failed to emulate their senior counterpart’s accuracy in kicking for goal. Two goals for a term in which they dominated and kept the reigning premiers to a single point wasn’t enough to steal the momentum away.

A couple of goals in the early stages of the last by Jake Melksham was all it took to snuff out the opposition and the skipper scored his second to restore the Demons 40 point ascendancy at the end. 

The Casey victory was the result of the return of hard nosed footy and the fundamentals of playing to the conditions. Harmes and Jimmy Munro led the way. Tomlinson made his point. Bowey and Daniel Turner was impressive and Taj Woewodin had his moments. 

Next week’s challenge is a vital match up at Casey Fields against close competitors, the GWS Giants who sit in eight place, a game behind the Demons with a game in hand.

CASEY DEMONS 4.4.28 8.8.56 8.9.57 11.14.80

GEELONG VFL 1.3.9 2.4.16 4.9.33 5.10.40

GOALS 

CASEY DEMONS Melksham 4 Brown Schache White 2 Laurie

GEELONG VFL Byrne 2 Dempsey Neale Quick 

BEST

CASEY DEMONS Harmes Melksham Tomlinson Bowey D Turner Munro

GEELONG VFL Dempsey Knevitt Clohesy Van De Heuvel Herbert Parfitt

Statistics 

Jed Adams 7 kicks 1 handballs 8 disposals 4 marks 1 tackle 31 dream team points
Jake Bowey 21 kicks 6 handballs 27 disposals 12 marks 5 tackles 126 dream team points
Ben Brown 2 goals 1 behind 16 kicks 2 handballs 18 disposals 9 marks 1 tackle 1 hit out 95 dream team points
Luke Dunstan 11 kicks 10 handballs 21 disposals 7 marks 1 tackles 72 dream team points
George Grey 9  kicks 6 handballs 15 disposals 4 marks 3 tackles 60 dream team points
James Harmes 16 kicks 11 handballs 27 disposals 9 marks 10 tackles 135 dream team points
Blake Howes 8 kicks 11 handballs 19 disposals 6 marks 3 tackles 76 dream team points
Matt Jefferson 1 behind 5 kicks 4 handballs 9 disposals 2 marks 31 dream team points
Bailey Laurie 1 goal 2 behinds 10 kicks 10 handballs 20 disposals 3 marks 3 tackles 77 dream team points
Jake Melksham 4 goals 1 behinds 10 kicks 4 handballs 14 disposals 6 marks 3 tackles 95 dream team points
Andy Moniz-Wakefield 5 kicks 11 handballs 16 disposals 4 marks 1 tackle 50 dream team points 
Ned Moodie 3 kicks 3 handballs 6 disposals 2 marks 2 tackles 21 dream team points
James Munro 12 kicks 11 handballs 23 disposals 5 marks 7 tackles 95 dream team points
Josh Schache 2 goals 2 behinds 9 kicks 6 handballs 15 disposals 5 marks 1 tackle 11 hit outs 81 dream team points 
Oliver Sestan 3 kicks 4 handballs 7 disposals 2 marks 20 dream team points
Deaykin Smith 6 kicks 6 handballs 12 disposals  8 marks 49 dream team points
Charlie Spargo 1 behind 11 kicks 9 handballs 20 disposals 7 marks 2 tackles 73 dream team points 
Roan Steele 8 kicks 5 handballs 13 disposals 4 marks 7 tackles 77 dream team points
Adam Tomlinson 25 kicks 2 handballs 27 disposals 9 marks 2 tackles 114 dream team points
Daniel Turner 18 kicks 2 handballs 20 disposals 14 marks 2 tackles 109 dream team points
Will Verrall 1 kick 5 handballs 6 disposals 1 mark 5 tackles 23 hit outs 59 dream team points
Mitch White 2 goals 2 behinds 9 kicks 5 handballs 14 disposals 4 marks 6 tackles 87 dream team points
Taj Woewodin 11 kicks 10 handballs 21 disposals 3 marks 3 tackles 74 dream team points

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