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The 5: Must-watch BFL matches

ROUND 1: Torquay vs. Modewarre @ Spring Creek Reserve

History will be created when Torquay hosts Modewarre at Spring Creek Reserve in the BFL’s first ever Good Friday Match. The Tigers will unfurl their drought-breaking premiership flag before taking on the Warriors. The contest was always going to draw a crowd, but confirmation of the arrival of Nathan Ablett at Modewarre will take that to a new level if he is in the side. It also looms as Torquay star Ben Raidme’s return from a serious knee injury suffered early in the 2017 season.


ROUND 12: Drysdale vs. Queenscliff @ Mortimer Oval

If AFL Barwon had a real sense of theatre they would have fixtured Drysdale and Queenscliff at Mortimer Oval in Round 1. However, with the governing body committed to playing games in coastal locations over Easter, ex-Hawks star Ben Carmichael will have to wait until the second half of the season to make his return to his former home. Mystery surrounded Carmichael’s departure from Drysdale to Leopold in the month before the 2016 season. It paid off for ‘Binga’, playing in the Lions’ maiden GFL flag.


ROUND 3: Torquay vs. Geelong Amateur @ Spring Creek Reserve (T)

A twilight meeting that should draw a massive crowd at Spring Creek Reserve as last year’s grand finalists go head-to-head for the first time since Torquay beat Geelong Amateur to claim their first premiership since 2006. Both teams will have a different look about them. The Tigers have lost five members of their premiership team, while a number of Ammos greats called time following last year’s decider.


ROUND 13: Modewarre vs. Anglesea @ Community Bank Oval

A nice little rivalry is starting to develop between the Surf Coast Shire clubs. An undermanned Anglesea caused one of the upsets of 2017 in Round 13 when it snatched a 16-point win from Modewarre at Community Bank Oval. The Warriors have again asked to play the Roos on the Sunday before the July break. Both teams have added plenty of star power and should be jockeying for spots inside the top five come the final third of the season.


ROUND 9: Drysdale vs. Newcomb

If Newcomb is to avoid finishing in the bottom two and potential relegation from the BFL at the end of the season, four wins is it likely target. Having rolled Portarlington to snap a four-season losing streak in the middle of last year, the Power will be keen to roll the Demons twice in 2018. However, that is unlikely to be enough to climb to eighth spot. That makes the two meetings with Drysdale the likely targets for coach Rory Nicol to find the extra two wins.