Port Melbourne forward Dean Galea. Photo: Darren Howe
Port Melbourne forward Dean Galea kicked seven goals to bag his second ''Frosty'' Miller Medal for the most goals kicked in the competition in the 35-point win over Coburg on Sunday.
Galea, who came into the match with an ankle injury, monstered Richmond-listed defender Matt Dea in the second half to finish with 7.2 and leap past Frankston's Michael Lourey on the goalkicking tally by one goal, on 55 goals.
Coach Gary Ayres said it was a credit to Galea. ''He's missed games with injury this year and we haven't been the same team as we've been in other years. So it's a real credit to him that he's been able to do his part,'' Ayres said.
AFL draft prospect Chris Cain, who revealed that Fremantle had been in contact with him, said he was not ''getting my hopes up [to be drafted]. I'm old enough now to not get too excited, but I think I've had one of my better seasons''.
Cain said the playing group was confident that they could challenge for a third consecutive grand final appearance. ''We've been improving over the last few weeks, we've played some pretty good teams and got really close to Geelong last week,'' he said.
Meanwhile, Richmond midfielder Robin Nahas could return to Port Melbourne next season. The out-of-contract goal sneak was being sounded out by Ayres after Sunday's match. Coburg coach Tim Clarke said Nahas and Sam Lonergan, each with 28 touches, needed to be ready in case they were called up for AFL finals.
In other news, Essendon has been named to play in an elimination final against Werribee on Sunday, but may have its place taken by ninth-placed Northern Blues if a sanction is put in place by the AFL for the supplements saga on Monday.
VFL finals - Week 1
Friday 1st qualifying final: Geelong v Casey, 7pm, Simonds Stadium
Saturday 2nd qualifying final: Box Hill v Williamstown, 2pm, Box Hill City Oval
2nd elimination final: Collingwood v Port Melbourne, 2.10pm, North Port Oval
Sunday 1st elimination final: Werribee v Essendon, 2.10pm, North Port Oval