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Saturday Spotlight – GFL Round 12


Saturday, June 25

  • Colac vs. St Joseph’s @ Central Reserve, 2:10pm
  • Newtown & Chilwell vs. Bell Park @ Elderslie Reserve, 2:10pm
  • North Shore vs. Lara @ Windsor Park, 2:10pm
  • South Barwon vs. Grovedale @ McDonald Reserve, 2:10pm
  • St Albans vs. St Mary’s @ The Gordon Tafe Oval, 2:10pm

Sunday, June 26

Geelong West vs. Leopold @ West Oval, 2:10pm*

*K rock Broadcast Game


Sunday’s clash between Geelong West and Leopold at West Oval deserves a big crowd for what’s at stake for the two club. After an after-the-siren loss to Grovedale in Round 7, the Lions have strung together four consecutive wins, to catapult themselves into double-chance calculations. Not surprisingly, Leopold’s run has coincided with the return from a serious knee injury of spiritual leader and 2016 premiership captain Jai Thompson and the availability of Werribee-listed Logan Wagener. The Giants will have no shortage of motivation to stay in touch with the top five as club great Scott Frangos makes his 200th open-age appearance for the club. He joins Carlton VFL listed midfielder David Handley, Ethan Liddle and Tannar Stone in being added to the Giants’ squad. A loss for West wouldn’t be fatal to its finals hopes. However, they could find themselves two games and a significant percentage outside of the top five with six rounds remaining. Leopold may have access to Geelong VFL-listed brothers Liam and Marcus Herbert.


The GFL hasn’t had a Round 19 since before Colac joined the competition in 2001. However, that is likely to change as AFL Barwon looks at ways to manipulate the fixture to allow for the grand final to be pushed back a week to September 17 and avoid a clash with the GDFL decider. St Mary’s president John McMahon confirmed to Saturday Spotlight clubs have been given the ability to shift one of its matches between Round 13-17 to the weekend of August 20-21. With the Saints in the mix for the minor premiership, they’re likely candidates to avoid two weekends off before playing a second semi-final. “Whoever finishes top, whether it’s ourselves, Newtown, Leopold, Colac, you don’t two weeks off,” McMahon said. McMahon confirmed St Joseph’s had reached out to the Saints about moving their Round 16 meeting. “All that stuff, you put back to the football department and the netball department … so you get their views on it,” he said.


North Shore and Lara won’t only come together to play football on Saturday, with the clash between the competition’s two most northern clubs will also be used to support the Barwon Health Foundation’s annual Giving Weekend. This year’s aim for the Foundation is to raise $2.5m as part of its Project North initiative. Both clubs will make a contribution, while proceeds from the Seagulls’ match-day raffle will also go to the appeal. Donation tins will be at the canteen and bar. Project North aims to relocate and expand the Corio Dental Service to be co-located with other existing health services at Barwon Health North. For more details or to donate, head to https://www.barwonhealthfoundation.org.au/events/project-north


Some disappointing news for lower-grade players who liked to waste time by booting the ball as far as possible at the northern end of McDonald Reserve.


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