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Saturday Spotlight – GFL Round 12

THE GAMES

Colac (4th) vs. St Mary’s (3rd) @ Central Reserve, Saturday 2:10pm

St Joseph’s (2nd) vs. Newtown & Chilwell (7th) @ Drew Oval, Saturday 2:10pm

Bell Park (6th) vs. Geelong West Giants (10th) @ Hamlyn Park, Saturday 2:10pm

South Barwon (5th) vs. Grovedale (8th) @ McDonald Reserve, Saturday 2:10pm

St Albans (11th) vs. Leopold (1st) @ The Gordon TAFE Oval, Saturday 2:10pm

North Shore (9th) vs. Lara (12th) @ Windsor Park, Saturday 2:10pm

MATCH OF THE ROUND

There may still be seven rounds remainng, but if Colac can’t beat St Mary’s at Central Reserve, then the Tigers chance of sneaking into the top three are just about cooked. With Leopold and St Joseph’s both expected to registers wins on Saturday, if Colac can’t beat St Mary’s, it will be two games and a decent chunk of percentage behind the Saints.

CRUCIAL DAY FOR

With Bell Park ready to pounce, South Barwon needs to take care of Grovedale to remain a game clear inside the top five. The Swans have been smashed by injuries, but first-year coach Dave Farrell has been able to expose some youngsters to GFL senior football. They will need to step up on Saturday.

THE FUNDING

A couple of GFL venues have been allocated master plan funding by the City of Greater Geelong in its 2018-19 budget. $500,000 will be spent at Herne Hill Reserve (St Joseph’s), which will include the removal of decrepit buildings, construction of netball courtside facilities including public toilet, and cricket net storage. The master plan also includes a number of proposed improvements, including a significant refurbishment and extension of the pavilion. Meanwhile, $100,000 will be spent on detailed design and cost testing for improvements at West Oval (Geelong West Giants), with the proposal including construction of a two-storey multi-use club and community building, new entrance from Weddell Road, enhanced seating, and new infrastructure including coaches’ boxes and interchange areas to meet AFL standards.

THE MATCH-UP

Zach Zdybel (Colac) vs. Tom Lang (St Mary’s). Zdybel’s star continues to rise after impressing in Vic Country’s win over Vic Metro. The former Geelong Falcon will be made to work hard for his possessions by Lang.

THE CHANGE

Both Colac and St Mary’s look set to benefit from the health of Geelong’s list. The Cats have named 19 AFL players in its VFL squad for Sunday. If all play, that means only four spots will be available to VFL-listed players. One of those belongs to St Joseph’s Curtis McCarthy who will play as 23rd man. Campbell and Ethan Floyd have been named for the Tigers, while Sam Dobson and Jack Blood are in the Saints squad. St Mary’s also looks set to have access to Sam Siggins, who played eight games at Geelong before getting injured in mid-June, for the first time.

THE WHISPER

Which club is rumoured to be looking to appoint a full-time coach for 2019? And, no, it’s not St Joseph’s.

THE NUMBER

11. The average number of wins a team has needed to play finals since the GFL returned to a 12-team competition in 2001. That means nobody is safe yet, while Bell Park and Newtown & Chilwell would need five and six wins respectively in the final seven rounds to be part of September action.

SOCIAL

VFL WATCH

GFL-aligned players named in VFL squads this weekend

Geelong: Tom Atkins (St Joseph’s), Jack Blood (St Mary’s), Sam Dobson (St Mary’s), Campbell Floyd (Colac), Aiden Grace (St Mary’s), Jordan Keras (St Joseph’s), Luke Kiel (Bell Park), Jackson McLachlan (St Joseph’s), Sam McLachlan (Colac), Callum Mitchell (St Joseph’s), James Tsitas (Grovedale)

 

Werribee: Max Augerinos (St Mary’s), Joel Bennett (Geelong West Giants), Jack Berry (Leopold), Keegan Gray (Bell Park), Tom Gribble (Newtown & Chilwell), Jordan Henderson (St Mary’s), Dane McFarlane (Newtown & Chilwell), Ben McNamara (St Joseph’s), Joe Maishman (St Mary’s), Ethan Petterwood (Grovedale), Brenton Rees (St Joseph’s), Michael Sodomaco (St Joseph’s)

THE QUOTE

“I’ve always wanted to be one that would go early rather than go late, so I think now’s the perfect time.” – Outgoing St Joseph’s coach Heath Jamieson.

THE TEAMS

GFL TEAMS – ROUND 12