VFL Saturday recap: Round 3
The story of Saturday’s Round 3 Peter Jackson VFL action was the mighty performance of Frankston, which fought back from a big early deficit to beat Richmond by 13 points and break a run of 24 consecutive losses.
The day’s other winners were the Box Hill Hawks, who broke Coburg hearts by snatching an eight-point victory at the death, Port Melbourne over the Northern Blues by 19 points, Sandringham over Footscray by 28 points and Williamstown over the Casey Scorpions by 44 points.
On Friday night, Geelong accounted for North Ballarat to the tune of 74 points.
GEELONG 16.15 (111) d NORTH BALLARAT 5.7 (37)
Streak: Geelong - B L W / North Ballarat - W L L
Telling facts: The Cats set up their first win for 2016 in the opening term at Eureka Stadium, kicking eight unanswered goals and establishing a 50-point lead at quarter time.
Leading goalkickers: Bates 2, Tudor 2 (Geelong) / all singles (North Ballarat)
FRANKSTON 14.15 (99) d RICHMOND 13.8 (86)
Streak: Frankston – L L W / Richmond – L W L
Telling facts: Frankston recorded its first victory since Round 16, 2014 with a performance full of heart against the Tigers. In front of a loyal home crowd at Frankston Oval, the Dolphins fought back from a 29-point deficit at quarter time to hit the lead for the first time in the opening seconds of the final term and kept going with the job to also log their first win in Patrick Hill’s time as senior coach.
Leading goalkickers: Gardiner 4, Wilson 3, Wood 3 (Frankston) / Chol 4, Scott 3 (Richmond)
BOX HILL HAWKS 13.8 (86) d COBURG 11.12 (78)
Streak: Box Hill Hawks – W W W / Coburg – L L L
Telling facts: Just like their AFL counterparts Hawthorn did against Adelaide on Friday night, Box Hill snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against the Lions at Piranha Park. The Hawks trailed by eight points deep into the last quarter but used their strength and experience to conjure the final three goals of the game and keep an undefeated start to 2016 going.
Leading goalkickers: Fitzpatrick 2, Miles 2, Stewart 2 (Box Hill Hawks) / Saad 5, McEvoy 2 (Coburg)
PORT MELBOURNE 10.15 (75) d NORTHERN BLUES 8.8 (56)
Streak: Port Melbourne – L W W / Northern Blues – L W L
Telling facts: Momentum seemingly shifted with the wind at Preston Oval and the Borough made best use of the conditions in the second quarter to set up victory no.2 in 2016. After a slow start to the match, Port Melbourne slammed on six goals to Northern’s solitary behind in the second stanza, opening up 34-point half-time advantage that the Blues couldn’t overcome.
Leading goalkickers: Cook 2 (Port Melbourne) / Jaksch 3, Silvagni 2 (Northern Blues)
SANDRINGHAM 18.9 (117) d FOOTSCRAY 12.17 (89)
Streak: Sandringham – L B W / Footscray – W L L
Telling facts: The Zebras got themselves in the winners’ column for 2016 in a pressure-packed but entertaining clash with the Bulldogs at Trevor Barker Beach Oval. The first half was a see-sawing affair that saw several lead changes, but Sandringham made the decisive move with an eight-goal-to-four third quarter to set up victory.
Leading goalkickers: Kreymborg 4, Curren 3, Shenton 2, Pierce 2, Membrey 2 (Sandringham) / Redpath 3, Grabowski 2 (Footscray)
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WILLIAMSTOWN 17.12 (114) d CASEY SCORPIONS 11.4 (70)
Streak: Williamstown – W L W / Casey Scorpions – W W L
Telling facts: Fans were treated to a goal-for-goal contest early on under lights at Casey Fields before Williamstown put the foot down, five second-quarter goals to two setting up a 26-point half-time advantage that Casey couldn’t overcome. It meant the Scorpions dropped their first match for 2016 while the Seagulls rebounded from a loss to the Box Hill Hawks.
Leading goalkickers: Siposs 4, Anastasio 2, Dunell 2, Cordy 2, Conway 2 (Williamstown) / Hulett 4, Trengove 2, Weideman 2, King 2 (Casey Scorpions)
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