VFL Round 15 Tips and Preview - Williamstown and Footscray clash in top-four blockbuster

Dale Fenney 28 Jul 2017
  • Williamstown and Footscray set to collide in a blockbuster top-four Channel 7 TV Game
  • Rival clashes throughout the weekend

Round 15 of the Peter Jackson VFL sees some thrilling clashes with a blockbuster Channel 7 TV Game on Saturday afternoon as top-four rivals Williamstown and Footscray collide.

The opening game of the round will see the Northern Blues clash with the Geelong Cats in an all AFL affair at IKON Park on Saturday afternoon. The Northern Blues are on a slide after six straight losses saw them fall to 10th, but they are still within a chance of finals if they rediscover form. Geelong are 12th on 20 points and two games outside the top-eight, this clash almost becomes do-or-die for the Cats with limited chances left this year. The Blues couldn't overcome a 26-point quarter-time deficit to the Roosters last week which effectively became the final result. Geelong dropped an important home clash to Sandringham by 27 points at Simonds Stadium.

Williamstown and Footscray will clash in a mouth-watering top-four game on Saturday at Burbank Oval. Williamstown are 2nd on the ladder with a 10-3 record, whilst reigning premiers Footscray sit 3rd with a 9-5 record. Williamstown held on for a thrilling three-point win over Port Melbourne at North Port Oval, hile Footscray kicked six goals in the opening term before piling on nine unanswered goals in the third to put Coburg away by 60 points at home.

North Ballarat will host Richmond in a morning clash at Mars Stadium on Sunday. North Ballarat broke their hoodoo last week with a big confidence boosting victory at home. Richmond's five-game winning streak, meanwhile, came to an end with a two-point defeat to the Pies. North Ballarat kicked four unanswered goals to establish a 26-point lead at the first change – a gap that ultimately proved to be the game’s final margin. After trailing by 27 points early in the third, Richmond kicked seven unanswered goals to end the term with a 16-point lead. The Magpies kicked the first two goals of the final term to draw within three points, then hit the front after a string of behinds. Taylor Hunt regained the lead for Richmond at the 27-minute mark before Lachie Tardrew kicked the sealer for Collingwood before the Magpies defended their lead.

Collingwood will take on arch-rivals Essendon at Victoria Park on Sunday. The Pies are 11th and sit one game outside the top-eight whilst Essendon sit 6th and in the hunt for a vital top-four spot. The Pies hung onto a nail-biting two-point win to defeat Richmond last weekend after multiple lead-changes. Essendon were restricted to just three goals after quarter-time to fall to a 16-point defeat to Casey Demons last Saturday night at Casey Fields.

Sandringham have rose up the ladder and are now a genuine finals chance, they will take on the ladder leaders Box Hill Hawks at home in a big test on Sunday. Box Hill are 10-2-1 and are having a spectacular season whilst Sandringham won their third out of four games to jump to ninth. The Zebras booted 10 goals to four in the second and third terms to race away with a 27-point win against the Cats. Box Hill were too strong for Werribee, overcoming the Tigers by 45 points at home.

Casey Demons will host the Coburg Lions at Casey Fields on Sunday afternoon with a vital four points on the line. The Demons are undefeated at home in season 2017 and will be hoping to extend that record. Coburg's decline continued with a 1-12 record thus far. Trailing by four points at the last change, Casey was powered to victory by a burst of three goals in the first nine minutes of the final term – two to Bayley Fritsch – while keeping the Bombers to just three goals after quarter time. Coburg were no match for last season's premiers Footscray, losing by 60 points.

Werribee Tigers and Port Melbourne will collide in a top-eight clash at RAMS Arena on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers sit eighth with a 7-6 record whilst Port Melbourne remain in the top-four with an 8-4-1 record. Werribee couldn't match the ladder leaders last weekend when losing by 45 points to the Box Hill Hawks away from home. Port Melbourne fell in a thriller to arch-rivals Williamstown losing by three points. The Borough reeled off four straight goals to hit the lead 20 minutes into the final term, but Michael Gibbons answered shortly after with the major that put the Seagulls in front for good.

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VFL Round 15 Tips and Preview - Williamstown and Footscray clash in top-four blockbuster

Preview of Round 15 of the Peter Jackson VFL including some thrilling clashes with a blockbuster Channel 7 TV Game on Saturday afternoon as top-four rivals Williamstown and Footscray collide.

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