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Saturday Spotlight – BFL Round 12

THE GAMES

Anglesea vs. Ocean Grove @ Alcoa Oval – Saturday, 2:10pm

Barwon Heads vs. Queenscliff @ Howard Harmer Oval – Saturday, 2:10pm

Drysdale vs. Portarlington @ Mortimer Oval – Saturday, 2:10pm

Newcomb vs. Geelong Amateur @ Newcomb Sand & Soil Oval – Saturday, 2:10pm

Modewarre vs. Torquay @ Community Bank Oval – Sunday, 2:10pm

MATCH OF THE ROUND

One only has to look at the battle for finals spots to understand how important the second meeting of the season between Modewarre and Torquay is. A loss for the Warriors is likely to see them four points and percentage behind Barwon Heads ahead with six rounds remaining. However, if the reigning premier claims its eighth win of the season, and other results go against the Tigers, they could drop out of the top five only a fortnight after sitting atop the ladder.

SPRAGUE QUALIFIED FOR FINALS

Barwon Heads has received a boost in its quest to end a 26-year premiership drought, with Charlie Sprague now qualified for finals after playing his third game in the Seagulls’ win over Modewarre last week. Sprague remained on the Geelong Falcons list as a 19-year-old after going undrafted in 2018. However, with the Falcons restricted in how many 19-year-olds they can play, Sprague has been able to pull on the light blue. “He’s in really good form, so I’m sure they’d love to have him back,” Barwon Heads co-coach Mitch Herbison said.

ORR-MEESEN FUTURE

Discussions surrounding the coaching future of Modewarre duo Seamus Orr and John Meesen are expected to ramp over the next fortnight. Orr, who replaced Josh Finch heading into the 2019 season, and Meesen are both uncontracted for next year. “We’ve got a two-week schedule, in terms of John and myself and (president) Mick Fitzgerald to sit down and start to look at options for next year. Originally it was a one-year commitment after Josh stepped down. John lives in Melbourne and makes a huge commitment three, sometimes four, times a week.”

LAVARS TO LEAVE MARYBOROUGH

Former Geelong Amateur captain Ben Lavars will step down as coach of Bendigo league club Maryborough at the end of the season. The Magpies could muster just one win during Lavars’ first year in charge in 2018 and finished only percentage clear of the bottom-placed Castlemaine. 2019 has been more fruitful, with Maryborough climbing to sixth spot after 10 rounds after posting four wins. Former Essendon, Western Bulldogs and Geelong forward Stewart Crameri has kicked 17 goals from five appearances.

TON UP FOR GORDYN

Saturday’s clash with Geelong Amateur will be game 100 at Newcomb for Peter Gordyn. Gordyn, who arrived at Newcomb Sand & Soil Oval ahead of the 2014 season, has played 93 of those games in the seniors. The other six have come in the reserves, which means he has only missed two matchdays in that time.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ‘BULL’

One of local football’s great identities, Drysdale legend Brian ‘Bull’ Bennett will celebrate his 80th birthday as part of Life Member’s Day at Mortimer Oval on Saturday. Bennett remains the No.1 ticket holder of the BFL and the medal for the Bellarine’s best-on-ground in interleague games is named after him.

BFL icon Brian “Bull” Bennett. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Arj Giese)

SOCIAL

Fair to say Drysdale produced some exceptional social media around its 140th-anniversary celebrations, including these interviews with club greats played at last Saturday night’s function.

THE TEAMS

BFL TEAMS – ROUND 12