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Saturday Spotlight – GFL Round 2

THE GAMES

Grovedale (2nd) vs. South Barwon (4th) @ Burdoo Reserve, Saturday, 2:10pm

St Joseph’s (3rd) vs. Geelong West Giants (7th) @ Drew Oval, Saturday, 2:10pm

Newtown & Chilwell (6th) vs. Lara (12th) @ Elderslie Reserve, Saturday, 2:10pm

Bell Park (1st) vs. St Mary’s (10th) @ Hamlyn Park, Saturday, 2:10pm

St Albans (9th) vs. Colac (5th) @ The Gordon TAFE Oval, Saturday, 2:10pm

North Shore (11th) vs. Leopold (8th) @ Windsor Park, Saturday, 2:10pm

MATCH OF THE ROUND

The John Nankervis Shield goes on the line when Grovedale and South Barwon meet in the only clash of opening round winners. The Tigers showed no mercy to an undermanned North Shore, with Werribee listed Hudson Garoni making an immediate impact on the competition with five goals. The Swans didn’t have it all their own way in beating St Albans by 38 points. South spearhead Brett Blair will be missing after accepting a one-week suspension for striking Supersaints youngster Bailey Brogden.

DAVENPORT DEPARTS

North Shore won’t have access to former coach Jason Davenport in 2019. The former Geelong and Port Adelaide midfielder, who is in his second year as a development coach at Carlton, has lodged a clearance to Eastern league club Templestowe. Davenport played 71 games and kicked 122 goals for the Seagulls, coaching the club between 2015-17.

SON OF A GUN TO DEBUT

The teenage son of one Bell Park’s greatest ever players will make his debut in the Dragons’ clash with St Mary’s at Hamlyn Park. 17-year-old Jack Sarcevic, son of Ray, will pull on the No.63 this afternoon after impressing with four goals in a best-on-ground performance in last week’s under-19 win over. Ray was a member of Bell Park’s 1991 premiership team after returning to Geelong from a stint in Queensland in which won three flags at Southport and represented the Maroons at the 1988 Bicentennial Carnival in Adelaide. He also played four matches for Cats across 1984-85 and is the only Dragon to top the ton in the GFL.

AT SELECTION

Former Geelong midfielder Josh Cowan has been named for his first game of the season as St Mary’s travels out to Bell Park. Former Saint Jack Lang is among three inclusions at Newtown & Chilwell, with former Geelong Falcon Baxter Mensch and fellow Cats VFL development player Brayden Helyar included for the Eagles. St Joseph’s will get back Cal Mitchell from Geelong duties but small forward Jackson McLachlan has been called up by the Cats. Ex-Falcon Doyle Madigan will make his debut at South Barwon, while Mitch Rodd looks set to line-up for the Swans after featuring with North Melbourne’s VFL team last week. Leopold captain Sam Hughes has been named in the Lions squad to take on North Shore after serving his one-week suspension for front-on contact during last year’s preliminary final loss.

VFL WATCH

GFL-aligned players named in VFL squads this weekend

Footscray: Ryan Gardner (Bell Park)

Geelong: Aaron Black (St Joseph’s), Campbell Floyd (Colac), Dean Gore (St Mary’s), Jordan Keras (St Joseph’s), Jackson McLachlan (St Joseph’s), Callum Mitchell (St Joseph’s), Ben Reid (St Joseph’s), Nik Rokahr (Bell Park), Luke Smith (Bell Park), James Tsitas (Grovedale), Charlie Wilson (Bell Park),

North Melbourne: Mitch Rodd (South Barwon)

Richmond: Blake Grewar (St Albans)

Werribee: Max Augerinos (St Mary’s), Jack Berry (Leopold), 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)

Williamstown: Cooper Stephens (Colac)

THE TEAMS

GFL – ROUND 2