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Saturday Spotlight – GDFL Round 4

THE GAMES

Saturday, May 1

Anakie vs. Bell Post Hill @ Anakie Reserve, 2:00pm

Inverleigh vs. Corio @ Inverleigh Reserve, 2:00pm

North Geelong vs. Thomson @ Keith Barclay Oval, 2:00pm

Werribee Centrals vs. Bannockburn @ Symal Oval – Galvin Park, 2:00pm

Geelong West vs. East Geelong @ West Oval, 2:00pm

Winchelsea vs. Belmont Lions @ Eastern Reserve, 5:30pm

MATCH OF THE ROUND

It will be a face-off of unbeaten teams at Galvin Park as Werribee Centrals host Bannockburn. The Centurions have had the better of three opponents they would have expected to beat in the opening three rounds, giving them their best start to a season since their most recent grand final appearance in 2010. The Tigers have made light work of Winchelsea, Thomson and North Geelong during April, with the reigning premier wasting no time clicking into gear despite significant departures from the team that lifted the cup in September 2019.

200 FOR ‘YOOG’

The Schwennesens will become the second father-son combination in North Geelong history to play 200 games when Brent takes to the field for the clash with Thomson at Keith Barclay Oval. Brent’s Dad Tim made 235 appearances for the Magpies, in which ‘Scap’ won four premierships and claimed three best-and-fairest awards. Clive (Wonder) and Peter (Chicken) Waugh are the other father-son combination in the 200 club. “Our family ties with my uncle, my dad and my brothers, and we’re pretty close with the Waughs, so it’s awesome,” Brent said. “Hope the brothers (Zac and Tom) come up and get to 200 as well because they’re going all right. Debuting in 2008, Brent played around 180 consecutive games, including the 2013 grand final win over Bell Post Hill. “All my best mates were in the 2013 (team), so it was awesome,” he said.

CENTURIONS TAKE IT SLOW WITH SMITH

Werribee Centrals won’t rush Jackson Smith’s return to the senior team. Smith, who finished third in the 2018 Whitley Medal, made his return to football after nearly two years on the sidelines in the reserve grade clash against Anake in Round 2. “He’s just trying to get his legs back under him,” Centurions co-coach Nick Smith said of his son. “It’s amazing how he trained for a bit and felt OK, but the game just bombed him. He’s found it pretty hard to adjust to playing again, so we’re just going to take it real easy with him. He might end up playing twos for half the year until he gets a bit of confidence.”

TRIBUTES FOR DYLAN

Corio and Inverleigh will pay tribute to former Devil Dylan Bond between the seniors and reserves games at Inverleigh Reserve. Bond died in a stabbing incident in Thomson earlier this week. Corio will also wear black armbands, as will East Geelong, where Bond spent some of his junior years.

THE TEAMS

GDFL – ROUND 4