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Saturday Spotlight – GFL Round 7

THE GAMES

Lara vs. St Mary’s @ Bisinella Oval – Saturday, 2:10pm

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

Bell Park vs. Newtown & Chilwell @ Hamlyn Park – Saturday, 2:10pm

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

South Barwon vs. North Shore @ McDonald Reserve – Saturday, 2:10pm

St Albans vs. Geelong West Giants @ The Gordon TAFE Oval – Saturday, 2:10pm

MATCH OF THE ROUND

A massive clash between Leopold and St Joseph’s at Memorial Park. The Lions are unbeaten since Round 1 and will consider themselves unlucky to share the points in the Pride Cup clash against Newtown & Chilwell. Joeys were made to work for their 45-point win over Grovedale and are keen to test themselves against another premiership contender. Leopold will be without its spiritual leader Jai Thompson (finger) and Mitch Patten (hamstring). They join the likes of Tom Gordon (knee), Kevin Bourke (groin) and captain Sam Hughes in missing the clash with the two-time reigning premier.

SCHULZ SIDELINED

North Shore will be without Jay Schulz for at least a fortnight after suffering a calf injury early in the third quarter of last week’s loss to Lara. The former Port Adelaide and Richmond spearhead will leave a massive void inside forward 50 for the winless Seagulls. “We’re under-resourced for talls in our forward line, so it’s just another challenge for us to work how we’re going to enter the forward line with no real tall players up forward,” coach Mark McDowell said. “It’s a challenge for the group to find a way and adapt to those circumstances.”

SWANS TO UNVEIL DEBUTANT

South Barwon has confirmed youngster Patrick Cunningham will make his debut in Saturday’s clash with North Shore at McDonald Reserve. A product of the Swans’ junior program, Cunningham has earned his chance after some good form in the reserves. “It’s great to see Patty get his chance at 2pm this week,” South Barwon backline coach Tim Sherman said. “He has worked as hard as anyone on our list since October and he deserves his spot. It’s always extra special to see a kid made his debut that has progressed from Auskick through to our senior team. The Cunningham name is synonymous with South Barwon, and I’m sure Patty will do it proud for many years.

KEAST CLIMBING IN GAMES COACHED

St Mary’s co-coach Glenn Keast will move into a share of third spot for the most games coached at GFL level when St Mary’s travels out to Lara in search of consecutive wins for the first time in 2019. Keast will join former St Albans and Leopold coach Steve Clark on 185 games. Terry Bright (208 games across St Mary’s, Newtown & Chilwell & Geelong West-St Peter’s) and Terry Emond, who coached the Saints to the inaugural GFL premiership in 1979, among 193 games that also included stints at St Albans and Grovedale are the only men ahead of Keast.

SOCIAL

VFL WATCH

GFL-aligned players named in VFL squads this weekend

AFL Victoria Young Guns: Darcy Bennett (Lara), Alex Cincotta (Netwown & Chilwell), Aiden Domic (Bell Park), Adam Garner (Colac), Cooper Jones (Bell Park), Kyle Reid (St Mary’s)

Essendon: Nick Dixon (North Shore)

Geelong: Dan Capiron (St Joseph’s), Mitch Diamond (Newtown & Chilwell), Patrick Dowling (St Mary’s), Campbell Floyd (Colac), Jackson McLachlan (St Joseph’s), Ben Reid (St Joseph’s), Nik Rokahr (Bell Park), Luke Smith (Bell Park), James Tsitas (Grovedale)

Richmond: Blake Grewar (St Albans)

Werribee: Max Augerinos (St Mary’s), Joel Bennett (Geelong West Giants), Jack Berry (Leopold), 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 – ROUND 7