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Saturday Spotlight – BFL Round 8

THE GAMES

Anglesea (2nd) vs. Barwon Heads (1st) @ Alcoa Oval, Saturday 2:10pm

Modewarre (6th) vs. Torquay (7th) @ Community Bank Oval, Saturday 2:10pm

Portarlington (10th) vs. Newcomb (9th) @ Ron Evans Oval – Portarlington Recreation Reserve, Saturday 2:10pm

Queenscliff (5th) vs. Geelong Amateur (3rd) @ Queenscliff Recreation Reserve, Saturday 2:10pm

Ocean Grove (4th) vs. Drysdale (8th) @ Ray Menzies Oval – Shell Road Reserve, Saturday 2:10pm

MATCH OF THE ROUND

Anglesea will look to stop Barwon Heads opening a season 8-0 for the second straight year in what should be a blockbuster meeting at Alcoa Oval. The BFL’s three leading goalkickers – Seagull recruit Mitch Phelps and Roos duo Jordan Erskine and Dale Carson – will be worth the price of admission alone. Expect this game to be tight, with Anglesea’s two losses for the season both coming by less than 10 points. While it may only be Round 8, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility these two will cross paths in the finals. Amazingly, despite Barwon Heads being a foundation member of the competition and Anglesea entering two years later in 1973, the Seagulls and Roos have never met in a final.

CRUCIAL DAY FOR

Modewarre and Torquay become the first two teams to have their return meeting for 2018, and it comes with both holding 3-4 win-loss records. The Warriors are yet to beat a team above them, while the Tigers beat Modewarre in a scrappy Good Friday clash. While defeat wouldn’t be fatal to the finals chances of the losers, they would find themselves two games adrift of the top five if Queenscliff gets over Geelong Amateur.

DOOMSDAY SCENARIO

Will the relegation card be stamped for the loser of the clash between Portarlington and Newcomb?

THE MATCH-UP

Jordan Erskine and Dale Carson (Anglesea) vs. Ed Mitchell and Dylan Holland (Barwon Heads). Holland returns from injury in time to take on either Erskine or Carson. That means Mitchell will get the other star Roo.

THE CHANGE

Queenscliff gets back star recruit Ben Carmichael for the crucial clash with Geelong Amateur. He missed the loss to Ocean Grove prior to the interleague break.

THE NUMBER

5. The number of times Barwon Heads has held its opponent to one goal in the opening term through the first first seven rounds. Only Geelong Amateur (3.1) and Drysdale (4.0) have kicked more than a single major against the unbeaten Seagulls.

THE QUOTE

“They’ve beaten everyone thus far, so we feel like we get a bit of a free hit.” – Anglesea coach Paul Carson ahead of the clash with unbeaten ladder leader Barwon Heads.

THE TEAMS

BFL TEAMS – ROUND 8