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Garrard and Brauman meet again

Inverleigh co-captain Ryan Garrard. (krockfootball.com.au/Al Packer)

RYAN Garrard will play against Jack Brauman for the first time since the Inverleigh co-captain broke the jaw of the Tiger midfielder when the two teams meet in their Anzac Day clash at Inverleigh Reserve.

Garrard served a six-week suspension for the incident during the 2017 GDFL preliminary final, costing himself a spot in the Hawks’ first grand final in 25 years the following week.

The match was Brauman’s last for the Tigers until Round 1 this year after spending 2018 with VFL club Werribee and GFL team Bell Park.

“What happened in the past happened, and I copped my right whack for it,” Garrard said.

“You try to move on pretty quickly. I’m definitely not proud of how it all played out and what happened.”

Garrard says he won’t actively seek out Brauman before the game but will shake his hand if they cross paths.

“… absolutely, I’ll shake his hand,” he said.

“As I said when it first happened, I’ve got no issues with Jack at all,” he said.

“We’d crossed paths before it all happened, and we haven’t since, but he’s very close with a few players that I’m close with at Inverleigh and speaking to them, he’s got no grudges, and I’ve definitely got no grudges.”

SPOTLIGHT: ANZAC DAY

More critical for Garrard is Inverleigh continuing its unbeaten start to the season under new coach Adam Donohue.

“We sat down at the start of the season said ‘we’ve got West, Anakie away, Bannockburn on Anzac Day and then Winch, so we’re going to get a good indication of where we’re at’,” he said.

“We’ve passed the first two, and it’s a step up again with Bannockburn. They’ve recruited well, it’s a massive rivalry, and we’ll see where we’re at after Thursday.”

For Bannockburn, it’s another chance to gauge where it sits in the GDFL pecking order after wins over Belmont Lions and Bell Post Hill.

“We weren’t quite at full strength last week, but hopefully come Thursday we will be, and we’ll go from there,” co-captain Linc Peters said.

“There’s always room for improvement, but once we’re at full strength, we can challenge anyone and be right up there.”

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