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Saturday Spotlight – GFL Round 17

THE GAMES

Saturday, August 6

  • Bell Park vs. Grovedale @ Hi Sushi Oval – Hamlyn Park, 2:10pm
  • Lara vs. Colac @ Bisinella Oval, 2:10pm
  • Leopold vs. South Barwon @ Leopold Memorial Park, 2:10pm*
  • North Shore vs. St Albans @ Windsor Park, 2:10pm
  • St Joseph’s vs. Geelong West @ Drew Oval, 2:10pm

Sunday, August 7

  • St Mary’s vs. Newtown & Chilwell @ Anthony Costa Oval, 1:10pm*

*K rock Broadcast Matches

MATCH OF THE ROUND

Expect a big crowd at Anthony Costa Oval as St Mary’s and Newtown & Chilwell go toe-to-toe for the second time in seven rounds. The Saints snatched victory by five points in a thriller at Elderslie Reserve in Round 11 thanks to an ice-cool finish from Zak Sherman. However, the final result was overshadowed by a collision between Mathieson medalists Harry Benson and Matt McMahon less than 90 seconds into the contest. Benson suffered a broken jaw, and McMahon was offered a two-week suspension by AFL Barwon’s Match Review Panel. However, McMahon challenged the finding at the tribunal and was cleared. Benson won’t play this week, but St Mary’s could see him as soon as next week’s trip to Grovedale. A win for the Saints means the minor premiership is all but theirs. However, a loss could open the door for the Towners or Colac to grab top spot. A quad injury will see St Mary’s without captain Jack Blood, while Matt Keast has been recalled by VFL club Werribee.

SEAGULL JOINS ELITE CLUB

Much-loved North Shore player Tim Ivermee will join an elite club at Windsor Park when he runs out for Saturday’s reserve grade clash against St Albans. He will become just the seventh player in the Seagulls’ almost 100-year history to make 300 open-age appearances in blue and gold. The 36-year-old joins legendary North Shore names Bob Jane, John Albon, David McDonald, Simon Riddoch, Dale Purcell and Brad McDougall in reaching the mark. “It’s a huge honour to play 300 games,” Ivermee, a two-time winner of the Allthorpe Medal as GFL reserve grade best-and-fairest. With the old man (Ken) playing only 117 games, I thought I better play as long as I can.” Ivermee, who will retire at the end of the season, said it’s humbling to be mentioned in the same breath as the other 300 gamers. “Especially the like of John Albon, Dave McDonald, Simon Riddoch – these guys played and coached a lot of premierships,” he said. With games against the Supersaints and Leopold to come, Ivermee will be hoping to add to the Seagulls’ four 12 o’clock wins from this year. “We’ve been a lot more competitive – I wanted to finish on a good year,” he said.

TIGERS UNVEIL LEGENDS

Three loyal servants of Colac have been elevated to legend status at Central Reserve. Leo Ferry, Paul ‘Jock’ Brady and the late Maggie McMahon were honoured at a function last Saturday night. Ferry’s involvement started in the late 1950s as boundary umpire with Coragulac before its merger with the Tigers. Brady is one of the most recognisable faces at Colac after also starting his football journey at Coragulac. McMahon was was the inaugural president when Colac was formed in 1949 and gave the best part of 50 years service before her death in 1999.

McCARTNEY RULES OUT GFL MOVE

We can put to bed the rumours that Brendan McCartney would be bobbing up coaching a GFL club in 2023. Linked to Bell Park due to his association with the sports program at the adjacent Western Heights College, the former Western Bulldogs and Geelong Falcons Girls coach, Geelong assistant and four-time Ocean Grove premiership-winner confirmed to Saturday Spotlight he will remain in the top job at Ballarat league powerhouse North Ballarat for at least another year.

YOUNG SUPERSAINTS GET VFL TRAINING CHANCE

With Geelong’s VFL  team forced to find alternative venues to train, the Cats headed to The Gordon TAFE Oval on Wednesday night. That provided a trio of St Albans young guns an opportunity to train with Geelong. GFL Rookie of the Year contender Sam Donegan and fellow midfielders Brock McDonald and Jacob Russell were given a taste of training at the next level.,

FROM THE SOCIALS

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Fair to say, South Barwon has won social media among local clubs this week with an animation of its selected team for today’s clash with Leopold.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

THE TEAMS

ROUND 17