By Quinn De Luca
When and where:
Sunday 1st August, 2pm
Piranha Park, Coburg
Last time they met:
Sunday, March 28, 12pm.
Coburg 9.14 (68) def Williamstown 9.8 (62)
The last we faced off against our fellow standalone rivals Williamstown, we came away with a narrow six-point win in a practise match at Deakin University. After trailing by three points at three quarter time, Coburg kicked two goals in the last quarter to claim victory. Marcus Lentini was a standout on the day, leading the team in disposals with 27 possessions. Luke Nelson was also critical in the win, kicking three majors at critical times and leading our goal scoring for the day. With only five minutes remaining in the match, Nelson snapped at goal to put Coburg in front and seal the win.
Post Covid Break :
After weeks of having no VFL football in Victoria due to another state wide COVID lockdown, footy is finally back in the State. This will be an important clash for Coburg on the weekend as we look to claim our fourth win for the season and gather some confidence at the pointy end of the VFL fixture. Williamstown are sitting in ninth spot on the ladder and will no doubt be up for a fight as they’re looking to stay within finals contention. Averaging more in disposals, clearances and hitouts this year, the Lions will no doubt be looking to use this as an advantage against Williamstown to try and gain centre bounce supremacy and set up more scoring opportunities.
Players to watch:
During Williamstown’s last outing, Liam Hunt played a pivotal role in the contest for the Seagulls as he collected 29 disposals for the game. This will no doubt give the prolific ball winner confidence in his ability to attack the contest despite having some time off due to the lockdown.
Despite only having 5 games of VFL experience to his name, the Seagull’s 203cm giant has the ability to cause a lot of havoc for opposition teams. Having played nine games with the GWS Giants, he also featured in their 2016 NEAFL Premiership side during his 6 seasons at the Club. Downie also took out the Premier B Best & Fairest award at VAFA level whilst playing for Scotch. He kicked two goals in his last game for Williamstown and will be looking to do the same when he comes up against Coburg this Sunday.
Coming off a huge 4 goal performance, Coburg’s Co-Captain has been a star for the Lions in 2021. Having kicked 20 goals thus far in a shortened season and averaging 2.2 goals a game, McEvoy is undoubtedly a big threat. It’s not just his goal kicking that makes him dangerous however. Having 61 marks and averaging 6.8 a year, his marking prowess is also bound to cause any opposition grief.
Undoubtedly a natural goal kicker, Josh has an outstanding ability to read the play and not only kick goals but bring his teammates into the game. Having not played due to injury since our Round 4 clash against Collingwood, JD will no doubt be chomping at the bit to run back out with his teammates and have a damaging effect on the scoreboard.
Sadly, with crowds not allowed under the COVID restrictions still in place across the state, Coburg members and supporters are encouraged to tune the livestream on the VFL/VFLW Youtube page (Link Below) or by tuning into Casey Radio for it’s live VFL game coverage, so you don’t miss a minute of the action!
Stay Safe, Stay United & Remember,
Carn The Lions!