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The Wash-Up – BFL Round 8

WINNERS

SCOREBOARD – ROUND 8

TIGER TURNAROUND

Torquay produced an 82-point turnaround against Great Ocean Road rivals Anglesea to remain unbeaten after the opening eight rounds of the BFL season. Trailing by 28 points at half-time, the Tigers kicked 14 goals to one after the main break to run out 58-point winners. Torquay coach Dom Gleeson, who didn’t take to the field, says Anglesea caught his team “on the back foot”. He also conceded that the Tigers struggles were in part due to some overcoaching. “At half-time, we just reevaluated,” he said. “As coaches, we probably did the wrong thing in the second quarter and tried to throw bandaids to fix problems, and it just wasn’t working. We were confusing the group, so we stripped it right back, and simplified it, went back to what we know, and the boys really responded.”

TIME FOR A BREAK

Modewarre coach Chris Hickey has questioned the lack of two byes in the BFL season. Lengthy injury lists are the norm across the region, and BFL clubs won’t get a break until after Round 13. Before COVID, AFL Barwon was able to find room for two breaks, with one of those traditionally coinciding with interleague. “It’s not AFL Barwon’s fault, but I think when you have an 18-month layoff, they needed two byes or a split round,” Hickey said. “You’re asking a lot of players who haven’t played for 12 months to step up to the plate and play 13 games straight. And in an even competition like this, and the way the game’s being played, it’s pretty physical at the minute.”

DEBUT TO REMEMBER FOR BAKER

Queenscliff teenager Will Baker won’t forget his first outing in the Coutas’ senior team in a hurry after kicking three goals on debut. Baker, who is still eligible to play under-17s, was given his chance by coach Steve Clark on the same day the club marked 10 years since its drought-breaking 2011 premiership. In front of the majority of that team and coach Heath Jamieson, Queenscliff made it a memorable day for its past stars with a 104-point hiding of the struggling Portarlington.

SCOREBOARD – ROUND 8

THE INTERVIEWS

LADDER – ROUND 8

POS TEAM P W L D FOR AGST % PTS
1 Torquay 8 8 0 0 978 422 231.75 32
2 Modewarre 8 6 2 0 818 514 159.14 24
3 Anglesea 8 6 2 0 740 596 124.16 24
4 Barwon Heads 8 5 3 0 834 563 148.13 20
5 Ocean Grove 8 5 3 0 614 593 103.54 20
6 Drysdale 8 4 4 0 792 641 123.56 16
7 Newcomb 8 2 6 0 660 676 97.63 8
8 Queenscliff 8 2 6 0 650 825 78.79 8
9 Geelong Amateur 8 2 6 0 577 795 72.58 8
10 Portarlington 8 0 8 0 278 1316 21.12 0

LEADING GOALKICKERS – ROUND 8

Player Club Goals
Lucas Anderson Torquay 32
Jordan Erskine Anglesea 31
James Breust Drysdale 30
Andrew Steele Newcomb 24
Cal Currie Torquay 24
Tom Worpel Modewarre 24
James Paterson Ocean Grove 22
Tom Hornsey Modewarre 21
Mat Hebbard Drysdale 18
Nathan Brown Barwon Heads 18

NEXT WEEK – ROUND 9

Saturday, May 29

Modewarre vs. Queenscliff @ Community Bank Oval, 2:10pm

Anglesea vs. Geelong Amateur @ Dave Harding Oval, 2:10pm

Newcomb vs. Barwon Heads @ Newcomb Sand & Soil Oval, 2:10pm

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

Ocean Grove vs. Drysdale @ Ray Menzies Oval, 2:10pm