VFL Round 8 Tips and Preview - Friday night football returns

Dale Fenney 8 Jun 2017
  • Friday Night football returns
  • Casey Demons host Collingwood in blockbuster Channel 7 TV Game
  • Four teams have the bye

There will be the return of Friday Night football this weekend along with some big games on Saturday afternoon in VFL Round 8.

Reigning premiers Footscray will kick off this weekend's matches when they collide with Essendon at Whitten Oval on Friday night. This is set to be a blockbuster game with Essendon (4-4) and Footscray (4-3) both locked in a tight battle for a top-four spot. Footscray had the bye last round and will come into this clash with a big four points on their minds. On the other hand Essendon were 38-point winners against North Ballarat at Windy Hill as their tall-timber proved too much for the Roosters with AFL experience also giving them the edge.

Williamstown will once again be at home when they clash with Sandringham on Saturday afternoon at Burbank Oval. Williamstown are traveling strongly with a 5-2 record has them sitting in 3rd spot on the ladder. Sandringham have an even 4-4 record which has them sitting just on the knife edge in 8th spot. Williamstown demolished Geelong last weekend by 53 points. There was 15 goals kicked in a frantic final quarter and Williamstown kicked 11 straight to run away with the game. Sandringham lost a thriller to the Pies at Victoria Park.

Northern Blues will host the Coburg Lions at Preston City Oval on Saturday afternoon. Coming off the bye last week the Northern Blues will be full of run come Saturday afternoon. With just six games played the Blues sit healthy in fourth with a 5-1 record. Despite being close on occasions, Coburg sit second bottom with a 0-7 record and will need a lot to go right on Saturday to defeat the AFL heavy Blues. Coburg battled gallantly all day last weekend to fall by just 18 points to the Casey Demons at home.

The Channel 7 TV game will see a blockbuster clash between Casey Demons and Collingwood this Saturday at Casey Fields. Last year's grand finalists Casey Demons were plagued by injuries early in the season but after back-to-back victories they find themselves just a game outside the top 8 with a 3-4 record. Collingwood are still two games outside the eight at 2-5 which makes this clash important for the two sides to get a victory and vital four points. Casey were tested for most of the afternoon last weekend against Coburg but they held strong to win by 18 points on the road. Collingwood snapped a hefty losing streak to defeat Sandringham by 14 points at home. Kayle Kirby helped lead Collingwood to its second win of 2017 with a six-goal performance.

The sole Sunday game this weekend sees the unbeaten Box Hill Hawks travel to Eureka Stadium to take on the hosting North Ballarat Roosters in a top of the ladder v bottom of the ladder game. North Ballarat sit last with a 0-7 record and odds will be against them when the Hawks visit. Box Hill are at the top with a 6-1-0 record after last week's thrilling draw. The Hawks drew 108 all in a classic thriller against Port Melbourne. It was a topsy turvy clash with the lead changing numerous times before the draw was settled. North Ballarat's slow start cost them with Essendon running away with a 38-point win.

Four teams have the bye this week, Port Melbourne, Geelong, Werribee and Richmond.

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VFL Round 8 Tips and Preview - Friday night football returns

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