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VFL Preliminary Final: Match Info

Jack Hutchins goes after the ball in our previous encounter against Essendon (Photo: Adam McFarlane)

CASEY are just one game away from a Grand Final berth, with a Preliminary Final against Essendon this Saturday at Stannards Stadium.

The game will be broadcasted live on Channel 7 into Victoria with the bounce at 2.10pm.

Match Details

VFL Preliminary Final
Casey Demons v Essendon
Saturday September 15, 2.10pm
Stannards Stadium, Port Melbourne (North Port Oval) 


Online: Pre-sale tickets to all VFL Finals games will be available at midday each Monday prior to the weekend's finals. Go to to buy your tickets.

At the ground: Tickets will be available at the gate. With a big crowd expected, make sure you arrive early to avoid the queues and to ensure you don't miss out.

*Please note that Membership of Casey, Melbourne, the VFL or the AFL will not grant you access to VFL finals. Read more here.

Ticket prices

Adults: $15
Concession/pensioners: $10 (please ensure you bring a valid concession or pensioner card)
Kids under 15: Free

Getting to Stannards Stadium

Stannards Stadium (formerly North Port Oval) is located on the corner of Williamstown Road and Ingles Street, Port Melbourne. 

Off-street parking may be available around the ground, however fans are encouraged to take public transport to get to Stannards Stadium.

Tram: Jump on the 109 Box Hill to Port Melbourne tram and get off at the North Port Oval light rail stop. See the timetable and route info here.

Bus: Catch the 235 from the city and get off at the Port Melbourne cricket ground stop. See the timetable and stops here

Social Media

Make sure you're following Melbourne FC and the Casey Demons on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for behind-the-scenes coverage of the Preliminary Final.


TV: Channel 7’s live broadcast into Victoria will start from 2pm, with the first bounce at 2.10pm. If you can’t watch live, a full replay will be available to stream on 7plus.

Radio: Listen live on Aussie digital, the SEN app, online via or the VFL app under Broadcasts. 

Match Preview

After a week off, the Casey Demons will play off against Essendon for a spot in the VFL Grand Final.

Essendon, who finished eighth after the regular season, have defied the odds in their two finals upsetting Collingwood and minor premiers Richmond to reach this stage.

Against the Tigers, they led for most of the contest, before losing the lead late in the final quarter. They avoided heartbreak, with James Stewart kicking a goal deep into the game to see the Bombers win by five points.  

Casey earnt the week off, after a 91-point thumping of Geelong in the Qualifying Final.

In Casey’s previous clash this year with Essendon, the Demons prevailed in a low-scoring affair at RAMS Arena. It was a wet and slippery contest, with Casey holding on for an eight-point win.

The winner will advance to the Grand Final which will be played at Etihad Stadium, against the victor of Sunday’s match between Box Hill and Williamstown.

Make sure you get down to Stannards Stadium to cheer on the boys in their attempt to qualify for the big dance!