VFL Round 13 Tips and Preview - Essendon and Northern Blues collide in big game

Dale Fenney 14 Jul 2017

VFL Football rolls into the 13th week of the season with two teams resting with the bye and a big channel 7 clash.

Collingwood will take on Williamstown at Victoria Park on Saturday afternoon to kick start the weekend of action. The Pies are just one game outside the eight with a 5-6 record in 11th position whilst Williamstown sit comfortably in third with an 8-3 record. The Magpies recorded their fourth win in five matches with a 26-point win over Geelong. Collingwood kicked five goals to two after the main break to secure the vital win. Williamstown beat ladder leader Box Hill with a comprehensive 45-point win. Williamstown kicked six unanswered goals to start the second term, finishing the quarter with eight majors and a 24-point half-time lead. A seven goal to four second half ensured the Seagulls are just two points off top spots at the end of Round 12.

It will be the battle of the Tigers when Werribee and Richmond clash in a blockbuster at Frankston Oval on Saturday afternoon. Richmond sit 5th with a 7-5 win-loss record whilst the Werribee Tigers trail just one spot behind in six with a 7-4 record. Werribee arrested a two-match losing run with a comeback victory at Piranha Park last weekend. Coburg held a 23-point lead 10 minutes into the third quarter but the Tigers booted seven of the last eight goals of the game. Richmond won their fourth consecutive match defeating the Casey Demons by 28 points in Beaconsfield.

Port Melbourne will be looking to extend their stay on top of the ladder when Sandringham Zebras visit this Saturday at North Port Oval. The Borough jumped into top spot last week whilst Sandringham sit third last but just one win outside the top eight. Port Melbourne opened up a 20-point lead at quarter-time and never looked back clinching a 23-point win over the Northern Blues. Sandringham leaked nine goals to two in the second half to lose by 49 points against Footscray.

Bitter rivals Essendon and Northern Blues will clash in a blockbuster Channel 7 TV Game this Saturday at Windy Hill. The Bombers are seventh with a 6-6 record and passed the Northern Blues (8th) who are 6-5 last week after the Blues losing streak continued. The Northern Blues dropped their fourth consecutive game last week when losing to Port Melbourne whilst Essendon recorded a convincing 54-point win over North Ballarat at Eureka Stadium.

Geelong will take on Footscray on Saturday night at Simonds Stadium at 7:00pm under the lights. Footscray are fourth on the ladder and will be hoping to keep their double-chance spot whilst Geelong need a win sitting in 10th with a 5-6 record and one game outside the finals positions. The Cats couldn't secure their third successive win when Collingwood kicked five goals to two after half-time to win by 26 points. Footscray ran away with the game in the second half kicking nine goals to two, including a three-goal unanswered third term to defeat Sandringham.

The final and sole Sunday game sees Box Hill Hawks host the North Ballarat Roosters at Box Hill City Oval. Box Hill were kicked off top spot last weekend and will be hoping a big win against the Roosters puts them back there. North Ballarat are still searching for that elusive win with a 0-11 record. Box Hill led by 13 points at quarter time before Williamstown controlled the remainder of the game to win by 45 points. After an even first half – with just a goal the difference – Essendon powered away in the second half with nine goals to two as North Ballarat lost by nine goals.

The Casey Demons and Coburg Lions will have the bye this round.

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