VFL exports round seven

By Alex Mitchell

Noah Wheeler and his Northern Blues continued a fantastic start to the VFL season with a 25-point win against Frankston on Saturday.

The Moama product and Echuca-listed talent racked up another 16 disposals and slotted a goal, making it five goals in five VFL games.

Wheeler is averaging 13 disposals a game for the 4-1 side.

For Footscray, Western Bulldogs-listed Mooroopna product Laitham Vandermeer continued to shine, with 19 disposals and a goal in an 11-point win.

Seymour duo Josh Prudden and Josh Schache had 18 disposals each, the latter booting one goal.

For Werribee, former Shepparton United star Michael Barlow racked up 31 disposals and a goal while Shepparton’s Louis Pinnuck had 21 touches.

Deniliquin’s Jack Henderson also booted a goal, while Shepparton-listed Tom Boyd had a quiet day with five disposals.

Rochester’s Steven Stroobants continued to make an impact at VFL level with a goal, but it did not stop his Coburg side falling to Williamstown by 32 points.

Geelong held on to beat Collingwood by seven points with Echuca’s Ben Reid making a serious impact.

The seasoned VFL star had 16 disposals and slotted a goal to help the Cats over the line.

Shepparton’s Luke Smith had 14 disposals, while premiership teammate Nik Rokahr had 11.

●In other state league action, another premiership Bear stood out in a big way as Jordon Butts won the ball for fun for Adelaide.

Only one Crow — 90 AFL gamer Paul Seedsman — had more touches than Butts, who had 22 disposals and 11 marks in the Crows 16-point win.

Deniliquin’s Todd Marshall had 12 disposals and a goal for Port Adelaide in the loss.

And Moama’s Lachie Schultz remained in goal-kicking form, slotting one for the Peel Thunder in a 19-point loss to Claremont.