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Saturday Spotlight – BFL Round 3

THE GAMES

Portarlington (10th) vs. Newcomb (3rd) @ Ron Evans Oval – Friday, 2:10pm

Torquay (6th) vs. Modewarre (7th) @ McCartney Oval – Friday, 5:10pm

Anglesea (4th) vs. Drysdale (1st) @ Alcoa Oval – Saturday, 2:10pm

Barwon Heads (2nd) vs. Geelong Amateur (5th) @ Howard Harmer Oval – Saturday, 2:10pm

Ocean Grove (8th) vs. Queenscliff (9th) @ Ray Menzies Oval  – Saturday, 2:10pm

MATCH OF THE ROUND

We’re not sure if either Ocean Grove or Queenscliff envisaged starting the 2019 season 0-3. But come 5:00 pm Saturday (barring a draw), that’s the situation the Grubbers or Coutas will find themselves in. Ocean Grove then faces Modewarre, Anglesea and Geelong Amateur before the interleague break. Queenscliff’s run is just as challenging, with Barwon Heads, Ammos and the Roos over the following three weeks.

CRUCIAL GOOD FRIDAY FOR

Portarlington. It’s been a tough fortnight to open the year for the Demons, with Jesse Smith managing just a combined six goals as they’ve been handed 100-point hidings by Anglesea and Geelong Amateur. With Newcomb’s significant improvement evident, Portarlington might have to wait another week its first win.

TIGERS LAND FORMER SEAGULL

Former Williamstown star Cam Lockwood will play his first game for Torquay in the Good Friday meeting with Modewarre at McCartney Oval. Lockwood, 30, made 124 VFL senior appearances and was part of the Seagulls’ 2015 premiership team. However, his arrival at the Tigers has been offset by the news key defender Billy Barnes has departed the club for family reasons. Barnes, who made three appearances for Geelong’s VFL team in 2016, has joined Kyabram and District league club Girgarre.

AT SELECTION

Drysdale will have the services of star recruit Jarrod Garth for Saturday’s blockbuster clash with Anglesea at Alcoa Oval after overcoming an ankle injury suffered in the opening round against Queenscliff. Tevan Nofi also returns for the Hawks. The Roos have been forced into a change, with big man Zane Vail reinjuring his groin against Modewarre. Luke Skewes is his replacement. Ash Medallist Matt Dyer (hamstring) will be missing from the Barwon Heads team for the clash with Geelong Amateur. However, the Seagulls will be boosted by the return of big man Tyson Macilwain, defender Dylan Holland and young gun Kai Copland. Ammos have included talented defender James Koroneos. Former Williamstown star Cam Lockwood and veteran Tim Carty have been named for Torquay, which has farewelled Billy Barnes ahead of the second Good Friday meeting with Modewarre. The Warriors have named captain Mitch Fisher, while Cody Grant and Nathan Ablett are emergencies. Ocean Grove will welcome back playing coach Jordan Jones for its must-win meeting with Queenscliff. The Grubbers have also named Geelong Falcon Josh Lange. Spencer Luppino replaces veteran Tom Limb at the Coutas.

THE NUMBER

11. The average margin in the four previous meetings between Torquay and Modewarre, with the Tigers getting the chocolates each time. Beating Torquay was the only mountain the Warriors couldn’t climb on their way to last year’s premiership.

THE TEAMS

BFL – ROUND 3