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From The Age website
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 Returning via the VFL.Star Melbourne onballer Jack Viney will make his much-anticipated return from a foot injury in the VFL.

Viney is yet to play at AFL level this season as he has dealt with ongoing complications associated with a foot stress fracture.

Jack Viney: Returning via the VFL.
Photo: Jason South

The co-captain had been desperate to return on Saturday when the Demons play Gold Coast at the Gabba.

But he will play for Casey against Box Hill on Sunday at Casey Fields.

"He's going to play in the VFL, so it's obviously a slightly cautious approach by us," coach Simon Goodwin told reporters on Wednesday."We want to make sure that we really finish off his rehab and (help) his ability to get back to AFL right.

"It's great that he's back playing, but it will be at VFL and we'll have to wait one more week (for him).

"He's a determined and competitive young man but, ultimately, sometimes we have to make the decision that's in the best interests of him."

The 24-year-old hasn't played at any level since Melbourne's round-21 win last season over St Kilda.

He missed just two games after undergoing surgery last year to relieve plantar fasciitis in his right foot and later admitted he came back to soon.Viney worked through a modified pre-season program, but grappled with ankle and toe niggles - an unintended consequence of a change in his gait.

"Obviously, we want to get him back in the AFL team but we just think that he's been out for nine months," Goodwin said.

"We certainly prepared him to play AFL footy, but we think the best approach is to play him in the VFL to make sure he's 100 per cent ready to go."

Christian Salem is in the mix to play against the Suns after missing last week's win over the Saints with a broken thumb.

Williamstown's premiership defence is over

 

From the Star Weekly
Reported by Lance Jenkinson
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The VFL premiership defence is over for Williamstown.

 

And the all-west VFL grand final that footy fans in this neck of the woods had dreamed of for 24 hours is a non-starter.

The Seagulls were beaten at their own game, receiving a lesson in hard, physical and disciplined football from the Casey Scorpions in a 42-point preliminary final loss at North Port Oval on Sunday.

Williamstown was on the back foot from the outset.

The Seagulls conceded the opening four goals of the game to go into quarter-time with a 29-point deficit.

Williamstown walk off the field after the loss during the VFL preliminary final between Casey and Williamstown at North Port Oval.

On a difficult day for scoring and with intermittent rain falling, it was always going to be tough for the Seagulls to mount a comeback.

In true Seagulls fashion, they never went away and turned the game into an arm wrestle.

But they could not erode the deficit on the scoreboard, which was always comfortably in the Scorpions’ favour.

The Scorpions put a lot of work into limiting the Seagulls’ “big three” midfielders – Liston Trophy winner Michael Gibbons, captain Ben Jolley and Willie Wheeler.

Gibbons had a target on his back and was often the recipient of a bit of extra oomph from the Scorpions tackles.

Caleb Hislop was another of the Seagull midfielders to be hit with brute force on multiple occasions.

That David Fahey and Ben Bese were two of the Seagulls’ best says plenty about the dominance of the Scorpions in key areas of the ground.

Fahey and Bese never stopped trying and saved the scoreboard from being a blow out.

The grand final loss brought to an end an up and down finals series for Williamstown.

The Seagulls started their September campaign with a miserable 46-point loss to Collingwood.

They backed that up with a dominant 46-point win over Sandringham and then fizzled out with the heavy loss to the Scorpions.

Meanwhile, the Box Hill Hawks took out the AFL Victoria Development League premiership after a 105-point win over Casey Scorpions in the grand final at North Port Oval on Sunday.

 

2016 - VFL GRAND FINAL

Sunday 25th of September 2016 - Etihad Stadium

Peter Jackson VFL - Grand Final

Casey Scorpions vs Footscray 3.00PM

Media Coverage:
TV - Channel 7 / 7HD (Freet to Air)
Radio - SEN 1116, 774 ABC, VFL Radio (Online)

 

TAC Cup - Grand Final

Sandringham Daragons v Murray Bushrangers 11:05AM

Media Coverage:
TV - Fox Footy

 

Tickets:
Adults: $20

Pensioners, Concession: $15
Kids 12 & under: Free
Records: $5

From The Sunday Age
Reported by Brent Diamond
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The Casey Scorpions finally broke their finals run of 11 consecutive September losses with a 70-point qualifying final victory over Footscray at Casey Fields on Saturday.

The Scorpions advanced to the preliminary final, just as Collingwood did with their demolition of reigning premier Williamstown at IKON Park.

It is at this time of the year that the Scorpions tend to get the wobbles – they have been knocked out in straight sets in four seasons – and despite a shaky start, they smashed the Dogs to win their first final since 2008.

Admittedly, much of the Scorpions' achievement comes back to affiliate Melbourne's influence – in which this season the Demons have allowed the majority of their developing youngsters to play VFL finals. In contrast, their straight-sets exits in previous seasons have been influenced by the Demons sending players into end-of-season surgery in preparation for the following year.

 Sam Weideman of celebrates after kicking a goal for Casey against Footscray in the VFL qualifying final.

Sting in the tail: Sam Weideman of celebrates after kicking a goal for Casey against Footscray in the VFL qualifying final. Photo: Scott Barbour/AFL Media

From the Herald Sun
Reported by Paul Amy
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THE 2015 VFL season kicks off on Friday with Werribee hosting Geelong under lights. Leader sports editor Paul Amy rounds up each club’s ins and outs.

BOX HILL HAWKS

Coach: Marco Bello

Last year: runner-up to Footscray Bulldogs

In: Cadeyn Williams (Richmond), Jack Sandric (Hobart City), Lochie Adey, James Handley (Blackburn), Matthew Burt, Chris Jones, Liam Kidd, Matthew Traynor (Eastern Ranges), Billy Murphy, Sam Switkowski (Northern Knights), James Sullivan (Tatura), Patrick Dillon (Donvale), Xavier Dimasi (Assumption/Calder Cannons), Ben Fitzpatrick (Korumburra/Bena), Dalton Graham (Sandringham).

Out: Luke Andrews, Callan Burns, Corey Cassidy, Sam Cust, Jackson Eade, Tom Goodwin, Jake Kalanj, Tom Miles, Xavier Murphy, Matt Northe, Nick Papadopoulos, Kalem Post, Michael Thompson, Brandon Wood.

The verdict: the Hawks have lost top-line midfielders in Xavier Murphy and Luke Andrew as well as the emerging Brandon Wood. But they’ve picked up former Tiger Cadeyn Williams and have good young players coming through in support of senior men Sam Iles, David Mirra, Marc Lock and Liam Tobin. Premiers in 2013 and runners-up last year, there’s no reason to think there will be a slackening of standards.

Player watch: Mitch O’Donnell. He’s as hard as a coffin nail and he’ll be granted more opportunity after an excellent pre-season.

Celebrating season 2014 with the Casey Scorpions and A Positive Move

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Justin Plapp appointed coach of Casey Scorpions

From the Cranbourne Leader
Reported by Paul Amy
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THE Casey Scorpions today pulled the first surprise of the VFL pre-season when they installed former St Kilda and Richmond forward Justin Plapp as their new senior coach.

Plapp was named to replace Rohan Welsh, who had completed two years and was keen to continue.

But talks between Casey and Melbourne culminated in a job offer to Plapp yesterday. He accepted this afternoon.

The 37-year-old has had charge of TAC Cup club Sandringham Dragons for the past three seasons.

He was a Development League coach at Box Hill in 2010 and Williamstown in 2011.

Coming out of the Burnie Dockers, Plapp’s stints at Richmond (1998-99) and St Kilda (2000-02) produced 44 games.

Scorpions caught short for finals

From Cranbourne Leader
Reported by Paul Amy
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THEY won by 129 points on Saturday, but all told the losses outweighed the gains for the Casey Scorpions on the weekend.

By Sunday night a combination of injuries, retirements and qualification rules had significantly reduced their pool of players for the VFL finals.

The same happened last year.

It seems to happen every year.

It began when Jesse Hogan hyperextended a knee early in the match against Bendigo at Casey Fields on Saturday, causing the hearts of Melbourne supporters to sink.

He will miss the rest of the season.

From www.localfooty.com.au
Reported by Paul Amy
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THE Casey Scorpions led by 34 points at three-quarter-time against Williamstown on Saturday night at Casey Fields.

Was it enough? That was the question.

Willy were finishing with a wind whistling to the entrance end of the ground. The bulk of the scoring had been done there. Here was a stern test for the Scorpions.

They passed it, so brilliantly they held Willy to two goals, kicked one themselves and won by 23 points to stay unbeaten after four rounds.

Supported by the midfielders, the backline held together in the face of fierce pressure in the first few minutes of the final quarter. Willy attacked relentlessly but scored only points.

From www.localfooty.com.au
Reported by Paul Amy
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THE Casey Scorpions have belatedly installed a senior coach, locking in former Carlton forward Rohan Welsh.

Welsh, 42, was appointed last night, agreeing to a part-time role.

Ironically, the club interviewed the 2006 Oakleigh Chargers premiership coach four years ago, but he was unable to commit to what was then a full-time job.

"It's something I've always wanted to do, get into the VFL system," Welsh said this morning.

"Having had 12 years at TAC Cup level, I saw it as the next progression for me.

"Because I've got my own business (signwriting) it was going to be hard because most of the VFL jobs are full-time these days. I was stuck in between following my passion, which is footy, and looking after my business.

From Herald Sun
Reported by Sam Landsberger and Paul Amy
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EMBATTLED Melbourne could be forced to run its own VFL team next year because its affiliate, Casey Scorpions, is fighting for survival.

A failed pokies venture has left the Scorpions hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt and they are without a senior coach for next season.

Most players haven't been paid since about Round 5.

The Demons, sweating on the outcome of an AFL tanking investigation, would have to find another $400,000 to field a stand-alone VFL team and source a ground to ensure the development of prized youngsters such as Jesse Hogan, Jack Viney and Dom Barry is not compromised.

AFL Victoria chiefs, including chairman Peter Jackson, general manager Grant Williams and operations boss John Hook, held a crisis meeting with Casey officials last night.

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