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Rd 18: Pushing for a call-up

Kyle Langford produced another quality performance in the Bombers win over the Bulldogs. Photo: Ben Johnstone.

For the second straight week, the VFL Bombers knocked off a top four opponent.

The five point win over the Bulldogs sees the side move to sixth on the ladder with one home and away match remaining.

Paul Corrigan’s side on the weekend featured 12 AFL listed players and 11 players from the Club’s VFL list.

Here are some of the standouts from the win over the Dogs:

Brent Stanton

The veteran was everywhere during the side’s win over the Bulldogs. He finished with 31 possessions and 13 marks.

It was Stanton’s last quarter that was particularly impressive. When the game was on the line he stood up with a game-high eight last quarter disposals and five marks.

He picked up his possessions deep in defence but then ran forward and joined in the attack as the ball transitioned up the field.

Jordan Ridley

The first year player spent time in the forward half during the match against Footscray.

His ability to read the play remained despite the change of scenery and he finished with 17 possessions, ten marks and a goal.

Ridley could have had a second goal when he showed a nice burst of speed to run away from an opponent but his shot at goal hit the post.

He’s only played nine games so far this season, but he’s looked impressive on each occasion.

Kyle Langford

The 20 year old’s development as a fully-fledged midfielder appears to be at the finishing stages, at least at state-league level after another polished display.

Langford was one of the best players on the ground and ended the match with 30 possessions, eight marks, four tackles and two goals.

He possesses a ‘shrug of the hips’ and a neat side step that can throw opponents off course and he can also go forward and hurt teams on the scoreboard.

A feature of Langford’s game against Footscray was his ability to take possession across half back and then deliver sharp 40 metre passes into the middle of the ground to break down the Dogs defensive line and create overlap opportunities for the Bombers.

Kobe Mutch

He slipped through to number 42 in the draft and could have been a Giant because of his Academy ties, but the acquisition of Kobe Mutch is looking better by the week for the Bombers.

The midfielder just goes about his work with a minimum of fuss.

He’s efficient, works hard and is strong in the air.

Mutch showed all of these traits in his 27-disposal, eight-mark and two-tackle effort against the Bulldogs.

He’s averaging 21 possessions per game this season.

From the VFL…

Nick O’Brien

The Essendon Captain showed why he’s such a highly sought after player at state league level with an excellent four quarter performance.

He finished with 40 possessions (nine more than any other player on the ground), nine marks and a clutch goal from the boundary that put the Bombers back in front after the Dogs had taken the lead midway through the last quarter.

Nick Hind

While O’Brien’s goal put the Bomber in front, Hind’s goal moments later sealed the deal.

The ball was in dispute about 30 metres out from goal. Hind started level with his opponent but out sprinted him to collect the ball and kick the goal from the goal square.

It capped an excellent performance from the State squad representative. He finished with 20 possessions, seven marks and four tackles.