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Saturday Spotlight – GFL Round 4

THE GAMES

Saturday, April 30

  • Colac vs. Leopold @ Central Reserve, 2:10pm
  • Geelong West vs. Lara @ West Oval, 2:10pm
  • Grovedale vs. St Joseph’s @ Burdoo Reserve, 2:10pm
  • North Shore vs. Bell Park @ Windsor Park, 2:10pm
  • St Albans vs. Newtown & Chilwell @ The Gordon Tafe Oval, 2:10pm

Sunday, May 1

  • South Barwon vs. St Mary’s @ McDonald Reserve, 1:10pm

MATCH OF THE ROUND

It is very rare a match at Windsor Park has been granted Match of the Round status by Saturday Spotlight, especially when it involves two teams with 1-2 win-loss records. However, the clash between North Shore and Bell Park might prove pivotal in both clubs’ seasons. The Seagulls have won plenty of admirers through the opening three rounds, making both St Joseph’s and St Mary’s sweat in games either side of Easter. The Dragons matched Colac for a half before being overrun. North Shore will have to defy history if it is to improve to 2-2. The Seagulls haven’t beaten Bell Park since Round 17, 2008 – 16 consecutive wins for the Dragons. After battling Nick Nott last week, young North Shore ruckman Kobe Annand gets another test when he faces Luke Goetz this week.

SAINTS CLOSING IN ON SEAGULLS RECORD

We’re fudging the term a bit, but St Mary’s is closing in on the longest unbeaten streak in GFL history. The all-conquering North Shore team of the late 1990s won its last four matches of 1997 before going through the 1998 season unbeaten in the competition’s only championship year. The streak was halted at 24 when 1998 grand final opponent South Barwon reversed the result of the decider in the opening round of 1999. The Saints, who meet the Swans at McDonald Reserve on Sunday, are 22 matches without a loss. The streak started in R15 2019, with their only blemish a draw with Newtown & Chilwell in Round 6 after Eagle Sam Nichols kicked truly after the final siren to level the scores.

LONG-AWAITED DEBUT FOR RECRUIT

We first reported on Keanu Lee-Feeney joining Lara from Northern Territory club Southern Districts in early 2020. Finally, after a pandemic in his first year at the Snakepit and a badly broken arm on the eve of the 2021 season, Lee-Feeney will make his senior debut for the Cats in the clash with Geelong West at West Oval. He is one three inclusions for Lara, with Riley Dixon and James Goette returning.

LIONS HOLD BACK THOMPSON

Leopold premiership captain Jai Thompson will spend another week in the reserves after returning from a knee reconstruction against St Albans last week. “We’re excited he got through the game, first and foremost,” coach Garry Hocking told krockfootball.com.au during the week. “Now, it’s just sorting out what we need. Do we bring him back in? We’ll have conversations with him over the next few days. It doesn’t have to be 100 per cent game time. (But) it’s a big ground, so we’ve got to be aware of that.”

CELEBRATION OF A GREAT

Sunday’s South Barwon-St Mary’s clash will double as a celebration of the life of former Swans star Greg Sizer. Sizer, who started his football journey at McDonald Reserve when it was home to the Belmont Blues, died last June in his adopted Tasmania. Sizer, who played VFA with Geelong West, managed one VFL game in 1986 with Melbourne. Sister Bronwyn and former teammate Darren Morgan are among the organisers of the gathering that will start at 1pm. For more details click HERE 

GUESS WHO?

Which multiple premiership-winning coach is returning to the region? Wonder how long it takes for his phone to start ringing.

THE TEAMS

ROUND 4