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Saturday Spotlight – GFL Round 17

THE GAMES

St Mary’s vs. Grovedale @ Anthony Costa Oval – Saturday, 2:10pm

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

Newtown & Chilwell vs. Bell Park @ Elderslie Reserve –  Saturday, 2:10pm

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

Geelong West Giants vs. St Albans @ West Oval –  Saturday, 2:10pm

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

MATCH OF THE ROUND

If you only see one home-and-away game of the GFL season, make it St Joseph’s and Colac in what looms as a grand final preview as well as a minor premiership playoff. After a mid-season stumble, Joeys have strung together six consecutive wins. The Tigers have strung together 11 consecutive wins, having not lost since being on the end of a 32-point defeat by Newtown & Chilwell at Elderslie Reserve in Round 5. Among those victories was a 42-point result against St Joseph’s in Round 9. On that day, veteran forward Jake McGuane slotted five goals and former skipper Ryan Monaghan and veteran ruck Lochie Veale dominated.

KNEE ISSUE SLOWS MICHAEL

Star St Albans big man Sam Michael is unlikely to play again in 2019 as he continues to battle a knee issue suffered representing Vic Country in mid-July. “He suffered a knee knock in the VCFL game, so to go on and win the medal with a crook knee, he did a great job,” Supersaints co-coach Chris Carlon said. “Unfortunately, for us, that’ll mean he’ll probably miss the rest of the season. We’re just going to assess it week-by-week.” Carlon says Michael has avoided surgery. “It’s a bit of a medial tweak and he pinched a bit of cartilage,” Carlon said. “The bloke that he is, I’m sure he’ll try and get back. But we’ll definitely go conservative.” In better news, Jake Watson-Serle will return from an ankle injury. He’ll replace the suspended Andy Higgins.

STAR LIONS TO MISS LARA CLASH

Leopold will be without star duo Jai Thompson and Tom Ruggles for the clash with Lara. Thomson will miss with an arm injury, while Ruggles is battling an ear infection. Lucas Boyd, who sits second on the GFL goalkicking table and Werribee-listed ruckman Jack Berry are among the likely inclusions for the Lions. A big win for Leopold and a loss for Newtown & Chilwell to Bell Park could see last year’s minor premier jump into third spot with one round remaining.

VFL WATCH

GFL-aligned players named in VFL squads this weekend

Essendon: Nick Dixon (North Shore)

Geelong: Aaron Black (St Joseph’s), Alex Cincotta (Newtown & Chilwell), Patrick Dowling (St Mary’s), Dean Gore (St Mary’s), Cooper Jones (Bell Park), Jackson McLachlan (St Joseph’s), Kyle O’Connor (Bell Park), Ben Reid (St Joseph’s), Nik Rokahr (Bell Park), James Tsitas (Grovedale)

North Melbourne: Mitch Rodd (South Barwon)

Richmond: Blake Grewar (St Albans)

Williamstown: Cooper Stephens (Colac), Ollie Tate (Leopold)

THE TEAMS

GFL TEAMS – ROUND 17