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The Wash-Up – GDFL Round 13

WINNERS

GDFL SCOREBOARD – ROUND 13

THE RESULT

Werribee Centrals caused one of the upsets of the season in beating Inverleigh to keep its finals hopes alive. The Centurions are back to within half-a-game of the top five ahead of an expected win against Corio before the bye. They then face Geelong West, Anakie, Winchelsea and Bannockburn in a big final month of Nick Smith’s first season in charge.

THE TALKING POINT

Just when we thought the top five was going to be set by the weekend’s results, Werribee Centrals and Geelong West score upset wins to stay in touch with fifth-placed Bannockburn, while Winchelsea drops a match everyone expected it to win against Anakie. All of a sudden, the Blues are vulnerable, especially with meetings against Thomson and Bannockburn after the bye that could determine whether Winchelsea finishes with the double-chance or misses the finals altogether together.

BIG WINNER

Thomson became only the second team in the past decade to beat Bell Post Hill twice in the home-and-away season (the other was Bannockburn in 2016) with a 27-point victory in at times tough conditions at Myers Reserve. The Tigers have joined Inverleigh on 11 wins, with the Round 17 potentially deciding the minor premiership.

THE NUMBER

$150. The GDFL has reimbursed families of players from the competition’s 12 clubs the $150 it costs to be involved in Geelong Football Club’s Next Generation Academy. President Neville Whitley made the announcement at half time of the Geelong West Giants-Bannockburn clash, while vice-president Andy Barrett did similar at the Bell Post Hill-Thomson match.

GDFL president Neville Whitley with Next Gen Academy members from Geelong West and Bannockburn.

BIG DAY FOR BIG MAN

Inverleigh big man Seb Loader and young gun Jye McEwan were late inclusions after star forward Jak Kennedy Hunt and Chris Jones were both late withdrawals from illness. McEwan came into the loss to Werribee Centrals fresh, but Loader, who turns 43 next month, had already played a half in the reserves before being told he was running out at 2 o’clock – his first senior game since Round 2

LOOKS WHO’S BACK FOR BELMONT 

Belmont Lions received a welcome boost when it quietly snuck Mikali Harrison into its team for the win over East Geelong. Harrison, who has spent the past year-and-a-half with GFL club North Shore, lodged his clearance to return to Winter Reserve on June 28. However, it was only Friday night that the Seagulls released him. Harrison wasted no time making an impact, named as the Lion’s best in a 75-point win.

ON POINT

Anakie: 39/44
Bannockburn: 34/40
Bell Post Hill: 29/40
Belmont Lions: 45/45
Corio: 41/48
East Geelong: 42/43
Geelong West: 41/43
Inverleigh: 31/40
North Geelong: 32/40
Thomson: 38/42
Werribee Centrals: 31/45
Winchelsea: 39/43

THE INTERVIEW(S)

 

LADDER – ROUND 13

POS TEAM P W L D FOR AGST % PTS
1 Inverleigh 13 11 2 0 1707 668 255.54 44
2 Thomson 13 11 2 0 1279 886 144.36 44
3 Bell Post Hill 13 10 3 0 1279 837 152.81 40
4 Winchelsea 13 9 4 0 1324 805 164.47 36
5 Bannockburn 13 8 5 0 1388 874 158.81 32
6 Geelong West 13 8 5 0 1095 920 119.02 32
7 Werribee Centrals 13 7 5 1 1203 1008 119.35 30
8 North Geelong 13 4 9 0 944 1228 76.87 16
9 Anakie 13 3 9 1 873 1314 66.44 14
10 Belmont Lions 13 3 10 0 1079 1355 79.63 12
11 East Geelong 13 3 10 0 691 1344 51.41 12
12 Corio 13 0 13 0 547 2170 25.21 0

LEADING GOAL KICKERS – ROUND 13

Player Club M G
Jayden Ettridge Bell Post Hill 12 44
Jak Kennedy Hunt Inverleigh 7 40
Nathan Mayes Inverleigh 12 40
Nick Costello Bell Post Hill 11 36
Brent Jacques Bannockburn 13 35
Brayden Mitchell Geelong West Giants 13 34
Will Ford Winchelsea 10 34
Simon Seddon Inverleigh 10 31
Tom Mathieson North Geelong 13 30
Patrick Knott Bannockburn 9 29

NEXT WEEK – ROUND 14 (PART 1)

Werribee Centrals vs. Corio @ Galvin Park, Saturday 2:10 pm

Belmont Lions vs. Inverleigh @ Winter Reserve, Saturday 2:10 pm

Bell Post Hill vs. East Geelong @ Myers Reserve, Saturday 2:10 pm