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Saturday Spotlight – BFL Round 17

THE GAMES

Saturday, July 31

  • Barwon Heads vs. Newcomb @ Howard Harmer Oval, 2:15pm
  • Geelong Amateur vs. Anglesea @ KFC Oval, 2:15pm
  • Torquay vs. Portarlington @ McCartney Oval, 2:15pm
  • Drysdale vs. Ocean Grove @ Mortimer Oval, 2:15pm
  • Queenscliff vs. Modewarre @ Queenscliff Recreation Reserve, 2:15pm

MATCH OF THE ROUND

Only one match is really capturing the imagination, and that’s the virtual elimination final between Drysdale and Ocean Grove at Mortimer Oval. With the balance of probabilities saying Anglesea should beat Geelong Amateur, and Barwon Heads will have the better of Newcomb, the Hawks’ season is on the line. A loss to the Grubbers, coupled with wins by the Roos and Seagulls, will effectively end Drysdale’s season, and see its finals drought stretching back to 2013 continues. However, a Hawks win will see it replace Ocean Grove inside the top five. With crowds banned from attending, AFL Barwon is providing a live stream of the match. Click HERE for the link.

TIGERS TOP-UP

Torquay’s quest for a second premiership in four seasons has received a boost with coach Dom Gleeson and key defender James Saker returning to the lineup ahead of the finals. 38-year-old Gleeson played the last of his four games of the season against Queenscliff in Round 7. 32-year-old Saker’s most recent appearance was the win over Drysdale in Round 3. Both have overcome Achilles issues in a timely fashion for the minor premier.

PORT PAVILION UPGRADE ON THE CARDS

A major upgrade of the 40-year-old main pavilion is part of the draft master plan for the Portarlington Recreation Reserve released by the City of Greater Geelong earlier this week. $1.157m has been allocated for improvement to the reserve, which is also home to the town’s netball, cricket and tennis clubs, and agricultural society. “We want the reserve to be a place that everyone in the Portarlington community can enjoy for the long term,” deputy mayor Trent Sullivan said. “It’s a beautiful venue but many of the existing facilities are in need of upgrade, while there are opportunities to make use of the space to expand the reserve’s use further.”

STARTING TIMES

AFL Barwon has slightly adjusted starting times for this weekend’s BFL matches to allow for a greater gap between the reserves and seniors. The seconds have been brought forward to an 11:45 bounce, while the firsts have been pushed back to 2:15pm.

THE TEAMS

BFL – ROUND 17