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Saturday Spotlight – BFL Round 5

THE GAMES

Saturday, May 1

Barwon Heads vs. Ocean Grove @ Howard Harmer Oval, 2:10pm

Torquay vs. Modewarre @ McCartney Oval, 2:10pm

Drysdale vs. Geelong Amateur @ Mortimer Oval, 2:10pm

Portarlington vs. Anglesea @ Ron Evans Oval, 2:10pm

Queenscliff vs. Newcomb @ Queenscliff Recreation Reserve, 2:10pm

MATCH OF THE ROUND

Modewarre will take a three-match winning streak into an important clash with Torquay. “They’re a quality outfit, they’ve got some really talented players – I think everyone knows that,” Warriors coach Chris Hickey said. “They’re the yardstick of the competition – them and Barwon Heads – and we full understand that. You love a challenge. Our boys are looking forward to it. They’ve got some dangerous players we need to be aware of. But, if we can stick to what we’ve done in the first four weeks, and we can play the way that we expect our players’ play, we’ll give ourselves every chance.”

BACK INTO BATTLE FOR HEADS AND GRUBBERS

The clash between Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove will be the 108th Battle of the Bridge match-up between the two clubs in the BFL era (since 1971). The Grubbers hold sway head-to-head, 59-47, with one draw (Round 14, 2009). However, the Seagulls have dominated recent Battles, winning 11 straight, and 14 of the last 16.

HOGARTH CLOSING IN ON FIRST APPEARANCE

Highly-rated Ocean Grove recruit Riley Hogarth is a chance to make his first appearance for the club in the reserve grade clash with Barwon Heads. Hogarth, who has joined the Grubbers from Banyule, suffered a partial tear of his anterior cruciate ligament and has been undergoing a block of training with strength and conditioning coach Dean Casamento. “The surgeon has said, “give it a go and see what happens”,” coach Pete Davey said.

GRUBBERS FAREWELL A GREAT

Ocean Grove will honour the memory of recently departed club great Jim Saarinen in Saturday’s Battle of the Bridge. Not only will the Grubbers wear black armbands, but they will also don the South Melbourne-style jumper they wore in the last week’s win over Newcomb for a second time. Saarinen was part of the club’s inaugural under-15 team in 1963 and went on to play a then-club record 171 games in red and white before retiring in 1984. He also served on the committee and was a recipient of the Grubbers’ best clubman award. Saarinen was honoured with life membership in 1976.

THE TEAMS

BFL – ROUND 5