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Saturday Spotlight – GDFL Finals Week 1

THE GAMES

Qualifying Final: Bannockburn (2nd) vs. Werribee Centrals (3rd) @ The Gordon TAFE Oval – St Albans Reserve – Saturday, 2:10pm

Elimination Final: Inverleigh (4th) vs. East Geelong (5th) @ The Gordon TAFE Oval – St Albans Reserve – Sunday, 2:10pm

FRESH LOOK TO FINALS

Werribee Centrals and East Geelong give a different look to the make-up of top five after ending small finals droughts. The Centurions last appeared at St Albans Reserve in 2013 when they were bundled out in an elimination final by Winchelsea. Current captain Blake Quarrier is the only survivor from that team that will line-up for Centrals on Saturday. The Eagles most recent finals appearance came in 2014. After beating the Blues in the elimination final, they appeared on track for a preliminary final berth when they held a 43-point half-time lead over Sunday’s opponent Inverleigh in the first semi-final. However, they were outscored 12 goals to two by the Hawks in the second half to suffer a 17-point loss. Chris Warwick is the only current Eagle to have played in that game lining-up on Sunday.

MEEHAN MAKES A TIMELY RETURN

Casey Meehan has been rushed straight back into the Inverleigh team for Sunday’s elimination final clash with East Geelong. Meehan, who has been overseas, last appeared in the Hawks’ win over Geelong West in Round 11. At that stage, he led the club goal kicking with 27 majors. Only playing coach Adam Donohue, who now has 31 for the season, has overtaken him.

GREEN NAMED TOP ROO

Daniel Green has capped a fine first year at Anakie by winning the Roos’ best-and-fairest. The Lara recruit finished ahead of fellow midfielder Brad Gerrard, with Jake Butcher third.

TIGERS TAKE TRAINING ON THE ROAD

Minor premier Thomson will train at Drysdale on Saturday morning. Mortimer Oval is familiar territory for Tigers’ coach Reece Holwell and senior assistant Brent Taylor, who are both two-time premiership players at the BFL club, with Taylor skipper when they claimed the 2009 and 2010 flags.

THE WHISPER

A player at which GDFL club suffered a broken collarbone during Silly Sunday celebrations?

THE TEAMS

GDFL TEAMS – FINALS WEEK 1

BFL: SPOTLIGHT – FINALS WEEK 1
GFL: SPOTLIGHT – ROUND 18