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Saturday Spotlight – GDFL Round 11

THE GAMES

Saturday, June 25

  • Bannockburn vs. East Geelong @ Victoria Park, 2:00pm
  • Inverleigh vs. Winchelsea @ Morton Power Oval, 2:00pm
  • Geelong West vs. Thomson @ West Oval, 2:00pm
  • Corio vs. Anakie @ VIVA Energy Oval, 2:00pm
  • Belmont Lions vs. Werribee Centrals @ Winter Reserve, 2:00pm
  • Bell Post Hill vs. North Geelong @ Myers Reserve, 2:00pm

MATCH OF THE ROUND

In a weekend of defining matches, the match-up between Bannockburn and East Geelong at Victoria Park holds the most importance. The Tigers and Eagles enter the contest holding an 8-2 record, with Bannockburn’s superior percentage (216.26 to 187.05) almost worth an extra game. The winner could snatch top spot from Inverleigh if the Hawks can’t overcome the vastly improved Winchelsea. Victory would also make a finals berth a near-certainty if Werribee Centrals were to upset Bell Post Hill. That would mean a 12-point gap on the sixth-placed Panthers with seven rounds to play. Eagle Tim McLennan has stamped himself as the competition’s premier ruck. Bannockburn is likely to use a combination of Kieran Fulton and Ben Cole to limit his influence. East Geelong looks set to welcome back forward Jake Watson-Serle from injury.

150 FOR AGELESS DEVIL

The year was 1990. Bob Hawks was Prime Minister, interest rates were at 17.5 per cent, Geelong financial institution Pyramid was on the brink of collapse, and a baby-faced ruckman made his debut as a 17-year-old for Corio. 32 years later, in a good enough career to see him play at AFL reserves and SANFL level, Mark Stewart will bring up game 150 in the red and white in today’s clash with Anakie. The 49-year-old has no intention of letting up, with 600 matches and playing a game at the age of 50 two milestones he’s keen to tick off in 2023. Stewart has also played with GFL clubs St Joseph’s and St Albans, Newcomb in the Bellarine League, Colac and District side Colac Imperials, and Dunnstown in the Central Highlands competition. He won the Whitley Medal in 1992 as a 19-year-old and a Mathieson Medal with St Albans in 1998. A regular GFL and Vic Country representative, he earned All-Australian honours in 1996.

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ROOS TWO FLY THE FLAG AT ANAKIE

In what has been another tough year for Anakie’s senior team, the Roos’ reserves are at least giving the stalwarts at DeMotts Road something to smile about. They sit inside the top five with eight rounds remaining and should maintain their position with victory over the winless Corio today. “One thing I’ve noticed over my years as a player and a coach, when you do rebuild a club, it’s the twos that do benefit first,” senior coach Daniel Bunworth said. “From the depth we have started to build, the twos have been able to get a few wins on the board, and it will be fantastic if they can play some finals football.”

MAGPIES REUNITE

North Geelong mark the anniversaries of several premierships through various grades as part of its Past Players and Supporters Reunion during next Saturday’s clash with old rivals East Geelong at Keith Barclay Oval. 13 flags in total will be recognised, including senior successes in 1951-52, 1990, 1992 and 2022. The 1951-52 flags were part of one of local football’s great dynasties, with the star-studded Magpies claiming seven consecutive Evelyn Hurst titles from 1949-55. The function starts at 1pm and continues until the final siren of the senior match.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

THE TEAMS

GDFL – ROUND 11