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VFL Round 2 Tips and Preview - Essendon and Collingwood clash in ANZAC game

Dale Fenney 21 Apr 2017
  • Northern Blues host Williamstown in the Channel 7 TV Game
  • Super Saturday with six games to be played
  • Traditional Essendon v Collingwood ANZAC game on Sunday

This weekend will see the competition show the ANZAC spirit as we remember and it is set to be yet another big weekend of VFL Football with a 'Super Saturday' and the traditional Essendon v Collingwood game.


The opening game of the round will see Geelong host Port Melbourne at Simonds Stadium on Saturday. Both sides head into the game following victories in the opening round as they both pursue a 2-0 start. Port Melbourne defeated the Northern Blues by 29 points as Jordan Lisle kicked seven goals. The Cats held off Werribee with a final-term shoot-out – booting seven goals to six – to take a 25-point victory.

Box Hill Hawks will take on the Coburg Lions in the first of the six games on Saturday at Box Hill City Oval. Box Hill clinched a thrilling two-point victory last week, while Coburg suffered a heart-breaking two-point loss. Box Hill hung onto a momentum swinging contest against Footscray as the lead chopped and changed throughout the final term but it was the Hawks who had enough to hold on for the win. After retaking the lead late in the game, Coburg leaked a late goal as Collingwood clinched a thriller at Piranha Park.

The next of the Saturday afternoon games sees Sandringham play host to Richmond at Trevor Barker Beach Oval. Sandringham and Richmond both had winning starts to their season as they look to better it this weekend. Sandringham held off a fast-finishing Essendon to take a seven-point victory with Darren Minchington having 28 possessions and kicking four goals for the Zebras. Richmond picked up a huge percentage-boosting victory defeating North Ballarat 33.21 (219) to 4.7 (31). The Tigers boasted 13 individual goalkickers as North Ballarat failed to get any run against the 14 AFL-listed players.

Northern Blues will take on Williamstown in the Channel 7 TV Game with the first bounce at 2:40pm. Williamstown secured a huge Easter Monday victory, while Northern Blues dropped their opening game of the season as they suffered a 29-point defeat away to Port Melbourne. Williamstown knocked off 2016 grand finalists Casey Demons by 23 points at home with four unanswered goals in the third term proving decisive.

Werribee Tigers and Footscray will clash in a twilight contest at Whitten Oval with the game starting at 5:00pm. Both Werribee and Footscray are looking forward to this game after suffering defeats in Round 1. Inaccuracy proved costly for Werribee after a 2.14 first half before settling into the game with 8.1 in the second. Footscray were edged by two points in a Good Friday thriller with Box Hill after a topsy turvy final quarter.

Casey Demons will host North Ballarat under the lights on Saturday at Casey Fields. Casey Demons will be looking to notch their first win of the season after falling to Williamstown on Easter Monday. North Ballarat will have everything to play for as they look to avenge last week's embarrassing defeat to Richmond.

The sole Sunday game this weekend sees the traditional ANZAC clash between Essendon and Collingwood at Windy Hill. The Bombers and Pies both played nailbiters in Round 1. Essendon kicked seven of the last 11 goals in the game to fall short by just seven points against Sandringham. Collingwood kicked a late goal to clinch a two-point thriller against Coburg in the Channel 7 TV game. After a dominating first term, Collingwood failed to go on with the momentum as Coburg stayed in their all game before the Pies held onto the win.


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VFL Round 2 Tips and Preview - Essendon and Collingwood clash in ANZAC game

This weekend will see the competition show the ANZAC spirit as we remember and it is set to be yet another big weekend of VFL Football with a 'Super Saturday' and the traditional Essendon v Collingwood game.

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