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Future focus for Falcons

Geelong Falcons coach Luke Daffy addresses his players during last week’s loss to Gippsland Power. (Geelong Falcons Image/Brian Barlett)

GEELONG Falcons will unveil two more 17-year-olds as debutants in Sunday’s NAB League match-up with Oakleigh Chargers at Werribee’s Avalon Airport Oval as it starts to look towards the 2020 season.

Macklan Lord (Gisborne/Geelong Grammar), the grandson of Geelong great and 1962 Brownlow medallist, Alistair, and Noah Lever (St Joseph’s/Geelong College) will take to 53 the number of players used by the Falcons this year.

The Falcons, who have just one win and a draw for the season, have at least five matches remaining.

They would need to win a wildcard game to progress to an unlikely finals berth.

“We go out each week to pick our best side, but we will have a bit of a focus on our 17-year-old talent, too,” coach Luke Daffy said.

“The more games we can get into them this year, the more beneficial it will be for them next year.

“But, we’re really going to reward those players who have really invested in the program, are really committed, and doing everything right, too.”

The versatile Lever has been in good form for Geelong College in the Associated Public Schools competition, while small forward Lord – who was recommended to the Falcons by former coach Andy Allthorpe – has just returned from a fractured collarbone.

19-year-old duo Harry Whyte and Charlie Sprague have also been recalled following the Futures rounds, with Sprague in impressive form for Bellarine club Barwon Heads.

“He’s had a fantastic month playing senior footy in a variety of roles, so he should come back to NAB League really confident,” Daffy said.

“We really hope that he can put together some consistent form, which has probably been an area he’s struggled with; he’s been playing well in patches.

“But I think the last month playing against men will be a real advantage for him when he rolls back for us.

Will Kilpatrick, Jack Grigsby, Sheldon Ham and Lachie Lloyd have been omitted from the side that lost to Gippsland Power by four points, the Falcons fourth loss by less than 10 points in 2019.

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Avalon Airport Oval – Werribee

Sunday, July 7, 11:30am