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Saturday Spotlight – GFL Round 18

THE GAMES

Lara vs. St Albans @ Bisinella Oval – Saturday, 2:10pm

Grovedale vs. Colac @ Burdoo Reserve – Saturday, 2:10pm

Newtown & Chilwell vs. South Barwon @ Elderslie Reserve – Saturday, 2:10pm

Bell Park vs. North Shore @ Hamlyn Park – Saturday, 2:10pm

Leopold vs. St Mary’s @ Leopold Community Bank Oval – Saturday, 2:10pm

Geelong West Giants vs. St Joseph’s @ West Oval – Saturday, 2:10pm

MATCH OF THE ROUND

All eyes will be on Memorial Park and the clash between Leopold and St Mary’s. Less than 12 months after the two clubs met in a second semi-final, they will feature in a clash that is doubling as an elimination final for the Saints. Assuming Bell Park beats the winless North Shore at Hamlyn Park, St Mary’s will need to beat the Lions to claim fifth spot and book a return meeting with Leopold in an elimination final. The Saints look set to welcome back Jack Blood, while Trent McMullan is a chance to return for his third game of the season. The Lions have rolled in some heavy artillery, including Tom Ruggles, Jai Thompson and Jye Cross.

200 FOR WALKER

If the opportunity to snatch double-chance isn’t motivation enough for Leopold to beat St Mary’s, then Jye Walker’s 200th game should be. Walker, who joined the Lions in 2007 after eight senior games at North Shore, has played 198 of his 199 matches in the green and gold at senior level. He is believed to have become the first Indigenous player to have reached 200 1st XVIII matches in the GFL. In what is a big day for the Walker family, wife Nicole will play her 200th netball match for Leopold.

SHERINGHAM SET TO JOIN SOME GREATS

In what could be Tim Sheringham’s final game as co-coach of Bell Park, he is set to join an elite club of GFL coaches who have posted 100 wins in the competition’s 41-season history. Victory by the Dragons over North Shore will give Sheringham, who has been in charge since 2012, 100 wins from 156 games in charge. St Mary’s co-coach Glenn Keast (141 wins) sits atop the list of most wins in the GFL, with John Fitzgerald, Terry Emond, Gordon Hynes, Kevin Higgins and Terry Bright the others to top the ton.

SIMON SAYS FAREWELL TO TIGERS

Simon Riddoch’s final game charge in of Grovedale brings the end to another chapter in a football story that started in 1977 when he turned out for the Saints in the old North Shore Little League. In all, Riddoch has been involved in more than 600 games as a player, coach or playing coach. Along with South Barwon great Clinton Wells and former North Shore teammate Frank Fopiani, he is one of only three people to have played in eight GFL senior premierships.

THE WHISPER (1)

Which star player at a finals-bound club has rejected overtures from his junior club to stay put in 2020?

THE WHISPER (2)

Which player at a club fighting for a top-five berth has been sounded out for a return to his former GFL club?

VFL WATCH

GFL-aligned players named in VFL squads this weekend

Essendon: Nick Dixon (North Shore)

Geelong: Aaron Black (St Joseph’s), Patrick Dowling (St Mary’s), Dean Gore (St Mary’s), Jackson McLachlan (St Joseph’s), Callum Mitchell (St Joseph’s), Ben Reid (St Joseph’s), Nik Rokahr (Bell Park)

Werribee: Max Augerinos (St Mary’s), Darcy Bennett (Lara), Joel Bennett (Geelong West Giants), Aiden Domic (Bell Park), Hudson Garoni (Grovedale), Keegan Gray (Bell Park), Tom Gribble (Newtown & Chilwell), Jack Henderson (St Mary’s), Timm House (Newtown & Chilwell), Dane McFarlane (Newtown & Chilwell), Joe Maishman (St Mary’s), Michael Sodomaco (St Joseph’s)

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

THE TEAMS

GFL TEAMS – ROUND 18

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