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There’s not very much that can be said of the lacklustre performance of the Casey Demons at Avalon Airfield Oval against the Werribee Tigers on Saturday other than that it was woeful. There were however, a few small rays of hope for Demon fans, the main one being the display of defender Steven May from injury and to a lesser extent, Kade Kolodjashnij’s return after two months recovering from the effects of concussion. May was in stellar form down back, taking intercept marks, disposing of the ball meticulously and bringing teammates into the game. He finished with 22 disposals and 9 marks. The Demons gave away a lot to get the former Gold Coast skipper and it would be a surprise if he didn’t return to the AFL this weekend against Collingwood. His former teammate Kolodjashnij was less spectacular but he showed some flashes of the brilliance of the early years of his career up north. The other Queensland connection was provided by Corey Wagner who picked up 25 possessions and worked hard all day. Jim Munro is having an excellent season and he was one of the few who didn’t let his team down. His strength and his tackling were a feature. Congratulations to veteran Mitch Gent who played his 100th game and has been a real stalwart of the club. The game also saw the debut of Melbourne mid-season draft pick Kyle Dunkley who started slowly but showed some very good signs for the future. However, there was little else about which to be enthused by the Casey Demons’ 7.11.53 to the Werribee Tigers 13.10.88. That score line flattered Casey which never looked like getting close after the home side stamped themselves on the game in the latter stages of the first quarter and kept the Demons to one goal in each of the second and third terms. Casey’s next assignment is against traditional rival Collingwood at Casey Fields on Sunday. 2019 Hard Yakka / Totally Workwear VFL Casey Demons 2.2.14 3.4.22 4.8.32 7.11.53 Werribee Tigers 4.3.27 7.4.46 9.8.62 13.10.88 Goals Casey Demons Bedford Chandler Keilty Kolodjashnij Lefau Munro Quigley Werribee Tigers Augerinos 3 Henderson Riccardi 2 Barlow Bennett Brew Clayton Maishman Munro Best Casey Demons May C Wagner W Collis Chandler Munro Werribee Tigers Brew Coughlan Hanson Augerinos Hebron Clayton Statistics Toby Bedford 1 goal 3 kicks 3 handballs 6 disposals 2 marks 4 tackles 35 dream team points Heath Briggs 5 kicks 4 handballs 9 disposals 2 marks 1 tackles 33 dream team points Jaxon Briggs 1 behind 3 kicks 5 handballs 8 disposals 2 marks 4 tackles 43 dream team points Kade Chandler 1 goal 7 kicks 2 handballs 9 disposals 5 marks 3 tackles 56 dream team points Wayne Collis 9 kicks 1 handballs 10 disposals 4 marks 2 tackles 46 dream team points Kyle Dunkley 2 behinds 9 kicks 2 handballs 11 disposals 3 marks 3 tackles 51 dream team points Tom Freeman 5 kicks 2 handballs 7 disposals 4 marks 2 tackles 33 dream team points Mitch Gent 10 kicks 6 handballs 16 disposals 3 marks 4 tackles 64 dream team points Jack Hutchins 6 kicks 4 handballs 10 disposals 3 marks 3 tackles 38 dream team points James Jordon 8 kicks 4 handballs 12 disposals 2 marks 7 tackles 66 dream team points Declan Keilty 1 goal 1 behind 4 kicks 4 handballs 8 disposals 3 marks 2 tackles 7 hit outs 31 dream team points Kade Kolodjashnij 1 goal 8 kicks 4 handballs 12 disposals 5 marks 5 tackles 74 dream team points Mykelti Lefau 1 goal 1 behind 4 kicks 1 handballs 5 disposals 2 marks 24 dream team points Nick Lowden - 3 dream team points Steven May 16 kicks 6 handballs 22 disposals 9 marks 1 tackles 92 dream team points James Munro 1 goal 1 behind 9 kicks 9 handballs 18 disposals 2 marks 14 tackles 114 dream team points Braydon Preuss 1 behind 7 kicks 2 handballs 9 disposals 3 marks 1 tackle 43 hit outs 76 dream team points Aidan Quigley 1 goal 5 kicks 3 handballs 8 disposals 3 marks 4 tackles 52 dream team points Cory Stockdale 7 kicks 3 handballs 10 disposals 2 marks 3 tackles 43 dream team points Anthony Vella 8 kicks 8 disposals 1 mark 1 tackle 31 dream team points Corey Wagner 1 behind 20 kicks 5 handballs 25 disposals 8 marks 10 tackles 130 dream team points Liam Wale-Buxton 1 kick 1 disposal 1 tackle 17 hit outs 18 dream team points Mitchell White 17 kicks 4 handballs 21 disposals 5 marks 6 tackles 100 dream team points
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 Tigers Gribble Moloney Corbett Nott Hanson McFarlane Statistics Oskar Baker 8 kicks 4 handballs 12 disposals 3 marks 2 tackles 46 dream team points Harley Balic 1 goal 8 kicks 6 handballs 14 disposals 1 mark 6 tackles 64 dream team points Jaxon Briggs 5 kicks 1 handballs 6disposals 2 marks 3 tackles 45 dream team points Lachlan Filipovic 1 kicks 3 handballs 4 disposals 1 tackle 16 hit outs dream team points Mitch Gent 9 kicks 6 handballs 15 disposals 2 marks 6 tackles 67 dream team points Jayden Hunt 1 goal 14 kicks 5 handballs 19 disposals 3 marks 2 tackles 73 dream team points Dion Johnstone 1 behind 5 kicks 2 handballs 7 disposals 1 mark 7 tackles 48 dream team points Declan Keilty 3 kicks 5 handballs 8 disposals 1 mark 1 tackle 26 dream team points Jay Kennedy-Harris 1 behind 12 kicks 8 handballs 20 disposals 3 tackles 60 dream team points Mitch King 1 goal 5 kicks 6 handballs 11 disposals 3 marks 4 tackles 35 hit outs 93 dream team points Mitchell Lewis 5 kicks 2 handballs 7 disposals 2 marks 1 tackle 29 dream team points Jay Lockhart 7 kicks 4 handballs 11 disposals 2 tackles 35 dream team points Corey Maynard 1 goal 1 behind 14 kicks 7 handballs 21 disposals 1 mark 6 tackles 85 dream team points James Munro 5 kicks 7 handballs 12 disposals 1 mark 11 tackles 70 dream team points Cameron Pedersen 2 goals 4 kicks 6 handballs 10 disposals 4 tackles 49 dream team points Harrison Petty 3 kicks 1 handballs 4 disposals 1 mark 15 dream team points Angus Scott 2 goals 8 kicks 5 handballs 13 disposals 1 mark 2 tackles 55 dream team points Joel Smith 7 kicks 7 handballs 14 disposals 4 marks 1 tackle 49 dream team points Timothy Smith 1 goal 1 behind 10 kicks 2 handballs 12 disposals 9 tackles 74 dream team points Billy Stretch 13 kicks 9 handballs 22 disposals 1 mark 5 tackles 82 dream team points Corey Wagner 11 kicks 2 handballs 13 disposals 2 marks 8 tackles 1 hit out 77 dream team points Samuel Weideman 1 goal 1 behind 5 kicks 6 handballs 11 disposals 3 marks 2 tackles 13 hit outs 65 dream team points Mitchell White 9 kicks 7 handballs 16 disposals 3 marks 1 tackle 54 dream team points