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Saturday Spotlight – GDFL Round 17

THE GAMES

Saturday, August 6

  • Bannockburn vs. Thomson @ Victoria Park, 2:00pm
  • Bell Post Hill vs. Corio @ Myers Reserve, 2:00pm
  • Winchelsea vs. North Geelong @ Eastern Reserve, 2:00pm
  • Geelong West vs. Belmont Lions @ West Oval, 2:00pm
  • East Geelong vs. Inverleigh @ Richmond Crescent, 2:00pm
  • Anakie vs. Werribee Centrals @ Anakie Reserve, 2:00pm

MATCH OF THE ROUND

A cracking penultimate round of the season in the GDFL provides us with four games with a direct impact on the top five. However, all eyes will be on Richmond Crescent and the meeting between East Geelong and Inverleigh, which will determine the minor premiership. The ladder-leading Hawks, who are coming off an after-the-siren loss to Bell Post Hill, have a one-game break on the second-placed Eagles, which would become two and a guaranteed second semi-final berth. East has the superior percentage, which means it would take top spot with victory. Ben Boseley’s men then face Corio in the final round, which makes claiming a first minor premiership since 2009 a mere formality. The Eagles came out on top in an eight-point thriller in Round 6.

WEST’S TRIBUTE TO AILING FORMER CAPTAIN

Geelong West’s must-win meeting with the enigmatic Belmont Lions will take on extra meaning at West Oval this afternoon. The Giants will wear the Geelong West Cricket & Football Club heritage strip it ran out in earlier this year, with co-captain Josh Viney to switch from his usual no.21 to no.29 in honour of former Cheetahs captain and long-serving player Chris Doyle. Affectionately known as ‘Maggie’, Doyle, who played more than 150 games for Blue West, is now living in Canada, where he is battling MND.

MAGPIES COMMIT

North Geelong might be on the hunt for a new coach to replace Mark Hounslow, who parted company with the club last month. However, the Magpies have had no issues getting a commitment from some key players for the 2023 season. Putting pen to paper on new deals are Jackson Bews, Todd Smith, Tom Davis, Zac Schwennesen and Charlie Smith. Former Geelong captain and North Geelong product Andrew Bews will remain in an off-field role. He is currently assisting interim coach Jarrod Bryant.

ROOS ROOMS A STEP CLOSER

Work is due to start next week on the long-awaited upgrade of the social rooms at Anakie Reserve after the tender for the works was awarded. Local firm Rendine Constructions will undertake the $2.5m build, which will complement the recently completed changeroom upgrade at the De Motts Road venue. As well as social space, the facility will feature a kitchen, gym, bar, cool room, unisex accessible amenities, a timekeepers space and an administration office. It is hoped works will be completed before the start of the 2023 GDFL season.

TRAV’S LAST HURRAH

Bell Post Hill great Travis Fursland has been granted a farewell senior game in this afternoon’s meeting with Corio. The six-time premiership star hasn’t played at senior level since 2019, but has been named on the bench in what will be his 299th open-age appearance for the Panthers. With Bell Post Hill to fall short of the reserves finals, it will be 300 and out for Fursland against Geelong West next Saturday.

EX-TIGER MAKING AN IMPACT IN THE SOUTH WEST

2019 Whitley medalist Reece Holwell has made an immediate impact after joining Warrnambool and District league premiership contender Nirranda before the June 30 clearance deadline. The 38-year-old midfielder, who coached Thomson to the 2018 premiership, has made four appearances for the Blues and featured in their best on three occasions. Fellow former Tigers Jack Spokes and Jeremy Stacey are also playing at Nirranda.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

THE TEAMS

ROUND 17