Contributed by: Troy Thompson
Another big week for International players in the VFL as Round 14 was played in good conditions. The standout performances were the ruckwork of Mason Cox and the goal kicking of Shem Tatupu.
Conor McKenna (Ire) was goal-less and had 5 kicks, 9 handballs, 1 mark, 2 tackles in Essendon’s 22 point win over North Ballarat.
An all American ruck contest at Werribee saw Jason Holmes (USA) with 23 hit outs and with the slight statistical advantage over Eric Wallace (USA) with 22. Wallace did hit the scoreboard though kicking 1.1 but it wasn’t enough to put his team in front of Sandringham who won by 13 points.
At Ikon Park the Northern Blues went down to the Casey Scorpions by 47 points. Alex Aurrichio (USA) had 2 kicks, 3 handballs, 7 tackles and 29 hit outs for the Northern Blues. Teammate Ciaran Byrne (Ire) had a quiet day with just 3 kicks, 3 handballs and one mark.
The Bulldogs defeated Geelong at Simonds Stadium with Padraig Lucey (Ire) having just the 6 hit outs and one handball for the Cats
Mason Cox (USA) was impressive again in the ruck for Collingwood as they were big winners over Frankston. He kicked one goal and had 45 hit outs.
Box Hill Hawks were the biggest winners of the round by a massive 100 points to reclaim top spot on the ladder.Shem Tatupu (NZ) kicked four goal for the Hawks – he also finished with 4 kicks, 2 marks, 2 handballs and 4 tackles. Team mate Kurt Heatherley (NZ) playing at centre half-back played a tight defensive game and 10 kicks, 4 marks, 6 handballs and one tackle.
Coburg 8.13 (61) Box Hill 26.5 (161)
Frankston 13.4 (82) Collingwood Magpies 19.9 (123)
Richmond Tigers 14.11 (95) Port Melbourne 13.9 (87)
Geelong Cats 10.9 (69) Footscray 15.5 (95)
Northern Blues 9.4 (58) Casey 15.15 (105)
Werribee 11.9 (75) Sandringham 12.15 (87)
Essendon 15.5 (95) North Ballarat 11.7 (73)
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