Northern Blues 12.17 (89) def. North Melbourne 7.10 (52)
Two points separated the Blues and the Roos at three quarter time, but six straight goals from the Northern Blues in the final term saw them finish the game with a 37-point victory over North Melbourne.
Northern Blues’ Will Setterfield returned from suspension this week, providing plenty of strength and experience to the midfield, collecting 22 touches to add to his six tackles. Matthew Kennedy was also damaging in the midfield, finishing with 18 disposals.
The Blues will get to bask in the ambiance of their victory this week, with a bye seeing them return the following week where they will host Frankston Dolphins.
North Melbourne were unable to hold onto the lead as they entered the final term, with wasteful shots in front of goal ultimately leading to their defeat.
Tom Campbell stood up and made his presence heard on Sunday. The ruck recruit finished with an impressive 34 hit-outs, 18 disposals and a goal. Alongside him, Aaron Hall provided plenty of run and carry. The speedster finished with 13 disposals and a goal after being dropped from the senior side this week.
North Melbourne continue to work towards securing their first win, and hope to do so when they face Geelong later this week.
Essendon 13.16 (94) def. Geelong 7.10 (52)
The curtain raiser game saw Essendon dominate Geelong at the MCG. Leading at every break, Essendon continued their reign with a 42 point victory.
Essendon continues their perfect start to the season thanks to the likes of Trent Mynott. The rookie midfielder booted a game-high three goals and collected an equal game-high 21 disposals. Also finishing with 21 possessions, Brayden Ham continued his impressive start to 2019 as he greatly impacted the game and finished with a goal.
Irving Mosquito and Noah Gown also played impressive games, two youngsters scoring a goal each, whilst Jake Long was attacking the ball, earning him 19 possessions.
Essendon looks to remain undefeated as they face Casey Demons in round six of the VFL season.
Whilst the loss was disappointing, Geelong saw the return of two experienced players, Lachie Henderson and Scott Selwood. Selwood (hamstring) returned for only the first half but played well, collecting 12 touches, while Henderson (foot) played out the whole game, finishing with 17 disposals.
Charlie Constable pushes for a recall into the senior side after a stellar performance against the Bombers. The young midfielder led the disposal count with 25 possessions, 19 of which in the first half. Sam Simpson joined Constable in the midfield, also putting on an impressive performance with 23 disposals and a goal.
Geelong will travel to face North Melbourne this weekend, who is also coming off a loss in round five.
Casey Demons 8.11 (59) def. by Footscray 11.10 (76)
A poor second half from Casey saw all their hard work come undone. Footscray capitalised on this and walked away with the four points.
Oskar Baker provided plenty of pressure on the wing for Melbourne. The hard-runner stunned up forward as well, slotting two goals and collected 20 disposals.
Sam Weideman was omitted from the senior side this week, responding with 21 disposals and two goals. Corey Wagner was one of the very few standouts this week, the leading ball getter finished with 25 possessions and five tackles.
Baker, Weideman and Wagner all earned themselves a spot in Casey’s best for their performances.
Casey Demons will have to train hard this week if they wish to win against the undefeated Essendon.
Tom Boyd continues to impress as he gets another game under his belt since his return from a serious back injury. Boyd finished the day with 13 hit-outs and three goals in Footscray’s 17-point victory.
Midfield duo Bailey Williams and Pat Lipinski continue to push their cases for recall, the pair collecting 29 and 24 disposals respectively, whilst Lipinski also scored a goal. Down back, Roarke Smith proved strong, finishing with a game-high 12 marks.
Footscray will come up against Box Hill Hawks this week, who sit just above them on the ladder by two per cent.
Williamstown 4.10 (34) def. by Richmond 12.13 (85)
Holding Williamstown scoreless in the first and third quarters, Richmond were disciplined and composed in their 51-point win.
The win was thanks to multiple goal scorers, with Dan Butler recording an equal game-high three goals. Butler was omitted from the senior side after three rounds, but continues to push for a recall continuing to show off his speed and agility last weekend.
Dangerous in attack, Mabior Chol scored Richmond’s only goal in the second quarter, before scoring another later in the second half.
Richmond looks to continue their perfect start to the season when they come up against Frankston Dolphins this Sunday.
Sandringham 11.12 (78) def. Frankston 12.4 (76)
Despite strong efforts during the game, Frankston was unable to match the pressure Sandringham brought to the contest, handing Sandringham their second win of the season.
Luke Dunstan played the first three matches in the senior AFL side before being omitted, with his response this week in the form of 32 disposals, five tackles and a goal. Just as impressive, David Armitage, who is yet to play in the AFL this season, finished with 25 disposals, nine tackles and a goal. The pair continues to push their cases for senior selection.
Bailey Rice was also fantastic, attacking at the ball and he finished with 15 disposals, six tackles and two goals.
Sandringham hopes to get another win under their belt when they face Collingwood who are fresh from a bye in round five.