VFL Round 5 Tips and Preview - Port Melbourne and Footscray meet in heavyweight clash

Dale Fenney 12 May 2017
  • Port Melbourne and Footscray set for a big heavyweight Channel 7 TV clash
  • Two teams remain unbeaten whilst two teams remain winless

The first month of VFL Football has flown by and for teams the pressure cooker heats up with important clashes over the weekend in Round 5.

Essendon and Geelong will collide in a big AFL affiliate clash at Windy Hill to kick off this weekend's round of football. Geelong currently sit 8th on 2-2 while Essendon are placed 10th on 1-3. After an impressive start to the game last week, Essendon faded and were overran by Port Melbourne in tough conditions at Frankston Oval. Meanwhile Geelong were also overran by the Box Hill Hawks at home.

North Ballarat are hoping to turn their season around when Williamstown visits this Saturday afternoon at Eureka Stadium. Williamstown are coasting at the moment with a 50/50 record whilst the Roosters find themselves dead last and without a win. North Ballarat were gallant last weekend fighting back from a 30-point deficit to get within eight points early into the last quarter before Sandringham held onto the win. Williamstown kicked 20 goals in their 88-point win over Coburg which included an amazing 11-goal third term.

Werribee Tigers and Collingwood find themselves in unfamiliar territory with a clash at Norm Minns Oval in Wangaratta. Werribee have steered their season back on track with back-to-back wins whilst Collingwood have fallen below the pack with three straight losses. After trailing by 17 points in the third term, Werribee kicked the final five goals of the game to claim a 13-point win over the Casey Demons. Collingwood suffered a narrow 13-point loss also to arch-rivals Northern Blues.

This weekend's Channel 7 TV Game sees Port Melbourne host Footscray this Saturday at North Port Oval. The game will get underway at 2:10pm. The Borough are having a stellar unbeaten season to be 4-0 after the first month. Footscray are also going well and sitting 3rd with a 3-1 record. After a slow start, Port Melbourne fired after quarter time and a four-goal-to-one final quarter sealed the four points against Essendon. Footscray pinched victory from Richmond after trailing by 12 points at three quarter time, Lukas Webb kicked the go-ahead goal in the 30th minute of the final term.

The VFL's second unbeaten side, Box Hill Hawks, are back at home taking on the Richmond Tigers this Sunday. Richmond boast a 2-2 record after the first month of football while Box Hill can't be beaten with a 4-0 start. Box Hill took a nine-point lead into the final quarter against Geelong but five unanswered goals in the first 15 minutes of the last saw the Hawks take a 42-point win. Richmond played a see-sawing clash with Footscray with the lead changing several times in the final minutes before Lukas Webb kicked the final go-ahead goal in the 30th minute.

Coburg will meet Sandringham Zebras this Sunday at home (Piranha Park) at 2:00pm. Coburg are still searching for their first win after starting the season 0-4, Sandringham have had a good start with three wins and one loss. Williamstown was too much for Coburg with the Lions having their third goalless opening term for the season en route to their 88-point defeat. Sandringham had to hold off a fast-finishing North Ballarat but it was another four points for the Zebras in their strong opening to the season.

Northern Blues will face fellow AFL affiliate Casey Demons in the final game of the round at Preston City Oval. The Northern Blues haven't made finals since changing their name from the Northern Bullants in 2012, but their 2017 season is on track after a 3-1 start. Casey Demons have struggled early after key injuries in the Melbourne AFL side leaving the Demons with limited AFL experience. Casey are 1-3. After an even first term, the Blues set up their win kicking seven goals to one across the second and third terms against nemesis Collingwood. Casey leaked the final five goals of the game to be overran by Werribee after only managing five behinds in the last quarter.   

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