Essendon have trounced Collingwood in an impressive display in round three of Peter Jackson VFL before a good crowd at Victoria Park in their Anzac Day eve clash. Many had ventured to the Magpies spiritual home to catch a glimpse of out-of favour forward Travis Cloke (above) who was playing his ninth VFL game spanning a 12-year AFL career.
He booted Collingwood's first two goals but it was all the Bombers after that as they took complete control running away with an emphatic 85-point victory 20.13.133 to 7.6.48.Former Fremantle Docker, Ryan Crowley, was in everything for the Bombers booting a game-high four goals and gathering 30 disposals while another top-up player, ex-Hawk, Jonathan Simpkin, had 32 possessions and kicked two goals.
North Ballarat has begun their first year back as a stand-alone club in the VFL with a thrilling 6-point win over Coburg in round one at Piranha Park. The Roosters, under new coach and club games record holder, Marc Greig, fielded a young team with 3 debutants; ex-Rebel Rowan Marshall in just his seventh game booting home the winning goal 25 minutes into the last quarter to see the Roosters home – 12.9.81 to 11.9.75.