Internationals in Round 12 VFL action
Thursday, July 09 2015 @ 09:25 pm ACST
Contributed by: Troy Thompson
It was a big week in the VFL last weekend for the Internationals.
Box Hill had both their Hawthorn Kiwi international rookies in the senior side. Shem Tatupu (NZ) made his senior VFL debut after kicking 6 goals in the development league the week before. In this game he made a promising start with two goals for the match. Kurt Heatherley (NZ) continued his good form in the backline for the Hawks and was named in the best players with 10 kicks, 6 marks and 6 handballs.
There was also some speculation this week that other AFL clubs could be chasing his services as a key defender if the Hawks fail to resign him. Despite that he still looks a long shot to make his AFL debut this year with Hawthorn’s continued good form. The top of the ladder Box Hill easily defeated Frankston by 65 points.
It was Fourth of July celebrations of a footy kind at Victoria Park as Mason Cox (US) and Jason Holmes (US) went head to head. Collingwood won the day by 10 points and Mason Cox was named best for the Pies. Cox had 29 hitouts, 8 kicks, 4 marks and 7 tackles. Holmes kicked one goal for Sandringham and had 30 hitouts, 3 kicks, 5 handballs, 2 marks and 2 tackles.
Eric Wallace (US) amassed 39 hitouts was named in the best for Werribee as they had a solid win over Coburg and Alex Aurrichio’s (US) Northern Blues went down to Footscray by a massive 103 points (no stats available).
Conor McKenna (Ire) was Essendon’s top goalscorer with 3 and named in the best as the Bombers beat Williamstown by 44 points. McKenna had 3 kicks, 5 handballs and 3 marks to go with his goal haul.
Padraig Lucey (Ire) was quiet on his return from a mid-season trip back to Ireland with just 3 kicks, 3 handballs, two marks and one tackle. The Cats went down by 48 points to the Casey Scorpions.
Joe Baker-Thomas played his ninth match for Sandringham Development team this year as his team had a 29 point win over Casey Scorpions.
Werribee 15.18 (108) Coburg 7.8 (50)
North Ballarat 6.7 (43) Richmond 11.9 (75)
Box Hill 15.12 (102) Frankston 5.7 (37)
Casey 14.9 (93) Geelong 6.9 (45)
Collingwood 11.12 (78) Sandringham 10.8 (68)
Footscray 21.15 (141) Northern Blues 5.8 (38)
Williamstown 20.8 (128) Essendon 13.6 (84)