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Saturday Spotlight – BFL Round 18

THE GAMES

Saturday, August 6

  • Modewarre vs. Drysdale @ Community Bank Oval – Mt Moriac Reserve, 2:10pm
  • Newcomb vs. Anglesea @ PlasterCom Oval – Grinter Reserve, 2:10pm
  • Ocean Grove vs. Geelong Amateur @ Ray Menzies Oval, 2:10pm
  • Portarlington vs. Barwon Heads @ Ron Evans Oval, 2:10pm
  • Queenscliff vs. Torquay @ Queenscliff Recreation Reserve, 2:10pm

MATCHES OF THE ROUND

Usually, this column focuses on one match each week. However, with four of the five matches impacting the make up of the top five, we thought we’d take you through some of the scenarios.

Let’s start with the Queenscliff-Torquay meeting. For the Tigers, it’s simple. Win, and they’ll start their finals campaign out of a second semi-final. Lose, and Drysdale beats Modewarre, then Torquay will face Barwon Heads in a qualifying final. The Coutas remain alive for a top-five berth. However, they need to upset the Tigers and have Ocean Grove roll fifth-placed Geelong Amateur to sneak into an elimination final with just seven-and-a-half wins.

Next is Ammos meeting with the Grubbers. If Amateur wins, it will play Modewarre in the elimination final. Lose, then they would need Queenscliff and Anglesea to lose to Torquay and Newcomb, respectively, to stay fifth. Ammos have to contend not only with Ocean Grove on-field but also with the emotion surrounding Pete Davey’s last game in charge and the backing expected from the reunion of the six senior premierships.

The match-up between the Power and Roos at PlasterCom Oval is the least straightforward. An Anglesea win is only worthwhile if both Ammos and Queenscliff lose.

Finally, Drysdale is resigned to playing Barwon Heads in a qualifying final. The only way they avoid that is if the Coutas beat Torquay. Modewarre can’t move from fourth.

TIGHT IN THE TWOS

If you thought the fight for fifth spot in the seniors was hard to dissect, then the battle in the reserves competition is just as intriguing. Geelong Amateur sits fourth on 40 points, a game and 35 per cent behind final round opponent Ocean Grove. However, they’re only a game clear of Modewarre and Barwon Heads, who have a superior percentage to Ammos. If Ammos lost to the Grubbers, they would need second-placed Drysdale to roll the Warriors as the Seagulls should take care of the winless Portarlington. It is also possible Ammos, Modewarre and Barwon Heads all win, and the Warriors would be looking on due to an inferior percentage.

ROOS PARTNERSHIP TO CONTINUE

The coaching combination of Jordan Keras and Paul Nigro will continue at Anglesea in 2023. The original plan was for Nigro to transition the reins to Keras for next year. However, the star midfielder has confirmed Nigro will extend his tenure at Ellimatta  Reserve. “We’re really happy with how we’ve worked together this year,” Keras said. “He’s been great for me. and I think I’ve been good for him. He’s really enjoyed himself this year despite the challenges we’ve had. Hopefully, we can continue that next year.”

DOUBLE TON UP FOR BOCCA

Much-loved Modewarre veteran Brendan Wemyss will join the 200 clubs at Modewarre when he runs out for this afternoon’s final round clash with Drysdale at Community Bank Oval. Affectionately known as ‘Bocca’, the one-time BFL representative has had an impressive season across half-forward for the finals-bound Warriors. “Intent and effort are paramount in footy, and you get that in spades with Bocca,” coach Chris Hickey said. “He has been a good player for a long time.” Meanwhile, a change of game day for Geelong’s VFL team will see Aaron Black in action for Modewarre today.

LAST TIME AT THE BOWL FOR ROSCOE?

Will this afternoon be the last time BFL followers will get to see evergreen Torquay midfielder Roscoe Holmes ply his trade on the hallowed turf of the Couta Bowl? Holmes became an immediate fan favourite when he arrived at Queenscliff in 2009, where he played 94 games, including being a key part of the Coutas’ hat-trick of flags between 2011-13. After coming out of retirement ahead of the Tigers’ premiership-winning 2017 season, the 39-year-old has played 58 matches.

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