Langford controls Rodan as Hawks down Casey

Will Langford has spent more time on the sidelines than on the footy field during his three seasons at Hawthorn but the father-son prospect became a notable improver during Box Hill’s rise in its 60-point win over the Casey Scorpions at Casey Fields on Saturday.

Langford, the son of former Hawthorn champion defender Chris, followed his father, playing in defence, but has changed it up as part of the on-ball brigade this season.

Langford’s role on Saturday in quelling the influence of Melbourne veteran David Rodan was one of the many reasons Box Hill got on top in the second quarter.

The Hawks kicked eight unanswered goals before Dom Barry finally gave Casey a reprieve on the scoreboard. It was Box Hill’s most damaging 20 minutes of footy this season with Jed Anderson getting two of those goals.

But Langford, who has had a terrible run with injuries since arriving at the Hawks as a rookie, appears to be finally on the cusp of senior selection after a fine start to the season, according to development coach Damian Carroll.

“I think he’s as close as he’s ever been,” Carroll said.

Meanwhile, Collingwood’s upset 13-point win over Geelong at Victoria Park wasn’t a magic performance, according to coach Dale Tapping.

The win perhaps was a surprise because of the different methods both stand-alone clubs use the VFL format for. The Pies admittedly say that development is their large focus, while the Cats focus more on winning. Former Werribee Tiger Ben Moloney has been one of the X-factors for Collingwood this season and again was best on ground along with Jackson Paine.

In other matches, Port Melbourne won by 12-points over Essendon with Chris Cain following up on last year’s best on ground performance for Victoria. Werribee smashed Coburg by 89 points with Ben Brown and Ben Warren kicking five goals each, Northern Blues won by 44-points over North Ballarat and Sandringham won by 76-points over Bendigo.

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