K rock Football

Saturday Spotlight – GFL Round 6

THE GAMES

Lara (10th) vs. North Shore (12th) @ Bisinella Oval, Saturday 2:10pm

Grovedale (7th) vs. Geelong West Giants (8th) @ Burdoo Reserve, Saturday 2:10pm

Colac (6th) vs. Newtown & Chilwell (9th) @ Central Reserve, Saturday 2:10pm

Bell Park (5th) vs. St Joseph’s (1st) @ Hamlyn Park, Saturday 2:10pm

Leopold (3rd) vs. St Albans (11th) @ Leopold Community Bank Oval, Saturday 2:10pm

South Barwon (4th) vs. St Mary’s (2nd) @ McDonald Reserve, Saturday 2:10pm

MATCH OF THE ROUND

South Barwon will get another chance to gauge its improvement when it hosts the unbeaten St Mary’s. After falling to St Joseph’s on Anzac Day, the Swans have bounced back to beat North Shore and Newtown & Chilwell, giving rise to hope they could snap a five-year finals drought. The Saints have swept all before them in the opening five rounds, including dispatching fellow premiership contender Leopold by 10 goals before the interleague break.

CRUCIAL DAY FOR

Newtown & Chilwell. Yes, the Eagles have had a tough draw. But it’s the manner of the losses that coach Damien McMahon would be worried about, with their opponents able to get on a run that takes the game away from Newtown & Chilwell. If the Eagles make a slow start against Colac, they will struggle to get back into the contest against a Tiger team looking to keep touch with the top three.

DOOMSDAY SCENARIO

North Shore fails to open its account against Lara. The Seagulls are holding up the GFL ladder after the opening five rounds. With restructure on the cards, the league’s most successful club could be headed for the BFL if it can’t roll the Cats.

THE RETURN

Talented St Mary’s youngster Max Augerinos will make his return from a second knee reconstruction via the Saints reserves. A member of Werribee’s list, Augerinos played nine VFL games in 2017 before being struck down on June 24 against Footscray. We wish him well.

THE MATCH-UP

Sam Darley (North Shore) vs. Tony Armstrong (Lara). If the two teams line-up as announced, with Darley at half forward and Armstrong at half back, we could get a cracking battle of playing coaches.

THE CHANGE(S)

Bell Park will debut Werribee listed Jack Brauman and Geelong’s Luke Kiel in the massive clash with St Joseph’s, while the reigning premier has access to 2017 Rookie of the Year Jackson McLachlan, who has been squeezed out of the Cats team.

THE NUMBER

100. Lachie Patten will bring up a century of games in green and white against St Joseph’s this afternoon. Recruited from Drysdale, Patten has played 88 of his 99 games in the senior side, kicking 79 goals.

YOUNG GUNS

Five GFL players with VFL alignments have been named in the second AFL Victoria Young Guns game. Jack Blood (St Mary’s/Geelong), Cooper Stephens (Colac/Williamstown), Cassidy Parish (Grovedale/Werribee), Aiden Domic (Bell Park/Geelong) and Keegan Gray (Bell Park/Werribee) will represent the Country team at Port Melbourne. Brandon Ryan (Geelong West/North Melbourne) is sidelined through injury, while Ethan Floyd (Colac/Geelong Falcons) has been rotated out.

VFL WATCH

GFL-aligned players named in VFL squads this weekend

Geelong: Tom Atkins (St Joseph’s), Sam Dobson (St Mary’s), Paddy Dowling (St Mary’s), Campbell Floyd (Colac), Jordan Keras (St Joseph’s), Luke Kiel (Bell Park), Harry Kol (St Mary’s), Sam McLachlan (Colac), Sam Siggins (St Mary’s) James Tsitas (Grovedale)

Richmond: Blake Grewar (St Albans)

Werribee: Joel Bennett (Geelong West), Jack Berry (Leopold),  Tom Gribble (Newtown & Chilwell), Jordan Henderson (St Mary’s), Dane McFarlane (Newtown & Chilwell), Joe Maishman (St Mary’s), Isaac Miller (St Mary’s) Ben Moloney (St Joseph’s), Ethan Petterwood (Grovedale), Brenton Rees (St Joseph’s), Michael Sodomaco (St Joseph’s)

THE TEAMS

GFL TEAMS – ROUND 6