CASEY Scorpions suffered their first loss of Rohan Welsh’s reign, going down to Port Melbourne by three points in a hard-fought VFL clash at North Port Oval on Saturday.
The Scorpions led by four goals at the final change but the Borough came out full of running to win 15.11 (101) to 14.14 (98).
Welsh said the Borough had been impossible to stop in the opening 10 minutes of the final term when they eroded the Scorpions’ lead with a brilliant style of play.
“We just couldn’t stop them . . . we tried but they got on top,” he said. “I don’t think we played at our best, but I don’t think they did either and you can probably put that down to pressure from both sides.
“I think [Port Melbourne coach Gary Ayres] Ayresy would agree.”
The Scorpions’ usual suspects were prolific with James Magner gathering 32 touches while highly rated youngster Jimmy Toumpas gathered 26 disposals in his best performance at VFL level.
Boom 17-year-old Jesse Hogan didn’t play after failing to overcome a corked knee, opening the door for recruit Chris Dawes to get more opportunity in attack.
Dawes moved freely and booted three goals and will soon come into contention to make his long-awaited debut for the Demons.
Jack Fitzpatrick was again impressive for the Scorpions in attack to also finish with three goals. Luke Tynan provided plenty of drive off half-back.
Sam Blease responded well to being dropped from Melbourne’s line-up to gather 32 possessions, but in the end the experience of players like Jon Baird and Sam Pleming was telling for the Borough.
Scorpion Tom Gillies suffered a hamstring injury in the second term and will miss several weeks. Mitch Clisby was knocked out in the third term but should be OK for the Scorpions’ next game. The VFL has a general bye this weekend because of VFL’s state game against the WAFL.
Casey Scorpions clash with Box Hill Hawks at Casey Fields from 1.10pm on Saturday, May 18.