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Saturday Spotlight – GFL Round 10

THE GAMES

Lara vs. Bell Park @ Bisinella Oval – Saturday, 2:10pm

St Joseph’s vs. St Mary’s @ Drew Oval – Saturday, 2:10pm

Newtown & Chilwell vs. Geelong West @ Elderslie Reserve – Saturday, 2:10pm

Leopold vs. Colac @ Leopold Community Bank Oval – Saturday, 2:10pm

St Albans vs. South Barwon @ The Gordon TAFE Oval – Saturday, 2:10pm

North Shore vs. Grovedale @ Windsor Park – Saturday, 2:10pm

MATCH OF THE ROUND

The grand finalists of the previous two years clash for the second time in 2019. St Joseph’s unbeaten start to the season was brought to a shuddering halt by Colac to the tune of 42 points last week. On the other hand, St Mary’s has put itself back in finals contention after a 0-3 start to the season with four consecutive wins. However, with three of those victories coming against teams that will finish outside the top five, the jury remains out on the Saints, who face Bell Park next week.

CRUCIAL DAY FOR

South Barwon already sits one game outside the top five as we enter the second half of the season. The Swans face a tricky trip across the breakwater for a return meeting with St Albans, which received a massive confidence boost in handing North Shore a 138-point hiding last week. When the two teams met in Round 1, the Supersaints led early in the second half before South Barwon kicked away with the last seven goals of the game for a 38-point win. Expect this one to be closer.

CARSON GIVES COUNTRY BLESSING

St Joseph’s coach Paul Carson won’t have an issue if any of the four Joeys named in the initial Vic Country squad for next month’s clash with VAFA are selected in the final team despite it clashing with a potential top-of-the-table clash against Newtown & Chilwell. Cam Tudor, Brenton Rees, Riley Ferguson and Curtis McCarthy have all been key parts of an impressive first half of the season from the two-time reigning premier.  “I’m probably more an advocate of this level of footy than the interleague,” Carson said. “If they can play Vic Country, well they have my blessing and the footy club’s; we’d be proud of that. Who we play that weekend at local level becomes irrelevant. Time will tell who gets selected there if any. We’ll see what happens.”

LIONS TO MARK FIRST FLAG

Leopold will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its first senior premiership during Saturday’s crucial clash with Colac at Memorial Park. The Lions, who were in the Bellarine League from 1971-1991, claimed the 1979 premiership with a nine-point win over Newcomb at Torquay’s McCartney Oval, 18.12 (120) to 17.9 (111). With six goals, Hugh Crawford was the star for Leopold, which was captain-coached by former Geelong player David Barkley. Interestingly, the Lions had been handed a 73-point hiding by the David Harris-coached Dinosaurs in the second semi-final before overcoming reigning premier Portarlington by six points in the preliminary final.

VFL WATCH

GFL-aligned players named in VFL squads this weekend

Geelong: Aaron Black (St Joseph’s), Dan Capiron (St Joseph’s), Patrick Dowling (St Mary’s), Campbell Floyd (Colac), Jackson McLachlan (St Joseph’s), Callum Mitchell (St Joseph’s), Ben Reid (St Joseph’s), Nik Rokahr (Bell Park), Luke Smith (Bell Park), James Tsitas (Grovedale),

Werribee: Max Augerinos (St Mary’s), Darcy Bennett (Lara), Jack Berry (Leopold), Tom Gribble (Newtown & Chilwell), Jack Henderson (St Mary’s), Dane McFarlane (Newtown & Chilwell), Joe Maishman (St Mary’s), Michael Sodomaco (St Joseph’s)

Williamstown: Ollie Tate (Leopold)

THE TEAMS

GFL – ROUND 10