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Saturday Spotlight – GDFL Round 6

THE GAMES

Saturday, May 14

MATCH OF THE ROUND

Second and third do battle in a crucial clash at Morton Power Oval between Inverleigh and East Geelong. The Hawks sit second with a perfect record, while the Eagles are one win behind in third. If Inverleigh can hold off East not only will it extend its club-record winning streak to 18, it will give Adam Donohue’s men a two-game buffer on the visitors in the fight for the double-chance. Victory for Ben Boseley’s charges will draw them level with the Hawks. East will be boosted by the return of Team of the Year ruck Tim McLennan (concussion) and star midfielder Tom Maas (ankle). Inverleigh gets back the experienced Mick Grozdanovski.

RARE AIR FOR GIANTS

Geelong West has a chance to do something it hasn’t done since the return of the GDFL to a single division in 1996. The Giants – and Cheetahs before them – have never been able to string together six consecutive wins. However, West has that chance against Belmont Lions this afternoon. The Giants have won the past two meetings with the Lions, including by 97 points in Round 2 last year thanks to an eight-goal haul from the now-departed Alex Blair.

500 FOR LIONS SHARP-SHOOTER

Some at last week’s GDFL clash between Corio and Belmont Lions at VIVA Energy Oval might have wondered why Lions goalsneak Brent Jacques was chaired from the field. It was the club’s way of honouring Jacques’ 500th goal in open age football. The only is PlayHQ might have its faults, but it does give good access to a player’s history outside of the competition they are competing in. Jacques has previously played at Heathcote, Inglewood, Euroa, North Shore, and Bannockburn, where he featured in the Tigers’ upset premiership win in 2019. He arrived at Winter Reserve ahead of the 2021 season. He’s given outstanding service to the Lions. After 50 goals from 12 games last year, he already has 18 in the opening five rounds in 2022.

BANNO TO HONOUR DECADE’S BEST

Bannockburn will unveil its Team of the Decade for 2010-19 at a function at Victoria Park tonight . It was a decade that started with a semi-final appearance and finished with a premiership under Peter Riccardi. From 196 matches, the Tigers had 129 wins and 67 losses. They played finals seven of the ten years, including each season under Riccardi, including a grand final appearance in 2016.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 

THE TEAMS

GDFL – ROUND 6