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Saturday Spotlight – GDFL Round 14

THE GAMES

Saturday, July 31

  • North Geelong vs. Bannockburn @ Keith Barclay Oval – Osborne Park, 1:00pm
  • Anakie vs. Belmont Lions @ Anakie Reserve, 2:15pm
  • Inverleigh vs. Thomson @ Inverleigh Reserve, 2:15pm
  • Werribee Centrals vs. Winchelsea @ Symal Oval – Galvin Park, 2:15pm
  • Corio vs. East Geelong @ VIVA Energy Oval, 2:15pm
  • Bell Post Hill vs. Geelong West @ Myers Reserve, 2:15pm

MATCH OF THE ROUND

The only match-up featuring two teams inside the top five is the battle at Myers Reserve between Bell Post Hill and Geelong West. The Panthers sit third, half-a-game clear of the fifth-placed Giants. A win for Bell Post Hill will go close to guaranteeing Justin Tarr’s men the double-chance, with match-ups against Anakie and Winchelsea to round out the home-and-away season. West has the toughest run home of any of those still battling for a finals berth, with sixth-placed East Geelong and likely minor premier Inverleigh to come. The Giants defeated the Panthers by ten points in their previous meeting at West Oval in Round 3.

GIANTS OUT TO DEFY HISTORY

Geelong West will have to defy two decades of history if it’s to beat Bell Post Hill at Myers Reserve. The Giants haven’t won at the Panthers home ground since the start of the millennium when they were still known as Geelong West Cricket & Football Club. The closest the Cheetahs/Giants have come is when a rain-affected match in Round 2, 2017 was declared a draw after players were unable to return to Myers Reserve after half-time.

BELMONT BACK IN BISSET

Belmont Lions have shown their faith in the direction Nathan Bisset is leading the club after re-signing him as coach for 2022. Bisset guided the Lions to three wins in the opening four rounds of the season. However, a touch stretch through the middle of the season has the Lions looking to snap a seven-game losing streak when they travel out to Anakie.

PIES MAKING PROGRESS IN COACH SEARCH

North Geelong is making good progress in its search for a replacement for outgoing coach Ayden George. A panel headed up by former Geelong captain Andrew Bews, who was a Magpies junior, is overseeing the hunt. “The panel has reported back to me, with the loosening of COVID restrictions, we can start interviewing candidates,” North president Jason Habib said. “We’re hoping by late August or early September to have someone in place. We know it doesn’t always work out that way. But, hopefully, from a club point-of-view, and for the players, we have someone appointed pretty early.”

CHANGE IN START TIMES

The start time of all GDFL senior matches, except the North Geelong-Bannockburn clash, has been pushed back 15 minutes to 2:15pm to allow for rooms to be cleaned between reserves matches and the main game. As a result, the twos will commence at 11:45am.

THE WHISPER

Is a lowly GDFL club planning to speak with one of the region’s most prolific spearheads about his plans for 2022?

THE TEAMS

GDFL – ROUND 14