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Falcons impress in school clash

Euriah Hollard starred with four goals in Geelong College’s 23-point win over St Joseph’s College. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

EURIAH Hollard has been among several Geelong Falcons listed players to impress as he helped Geelong College to a 23-point win over fellow Newtown-based school St Joseph’s College.

16-year-old Hollard, who is a boarder at College, kicked four goals in Saturday’s 14.5 (89) to 10.6 (66) victory at College.

From Albury-Wodonga, the 16-year-old proved too hard for Joeys to handle.

“Euriah played mainly as a forward and showed his class in many one-on-one contests,” coach Luke Primus said.

“His forward craft made him a really difficult match-up for the opposition.”

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Fellow Falcons Noah Lever, who was named captain of College prior to the game, Sam Witherden and Toby Conway were also influential, while Charlie Lazzaro featured among the goalkickers.

“He set the scene for the team playing as an inside mid,” Primus said.

“His work at the stoppages set up many clearances, and his hard running allowed him to get out in general play and he was rewarded with a couple of goals.”

Hunter Locke and Baxter Bingham, who both play club football with Torquay, kicked three goals apiece for College.

St Joseph’s College star Cam Fleeton gets his kick away despite pressure from Geelong College’s Harry Faull. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

Forward Mitch Langan kicked three goals and was named St Joseph’s best, while Falcons co-captain Cam Fleeton, Charlie Ham, Lachie Kidd and Ollie Henry also battled hard.

“Mitch worked hard up and down the ground all day, providing hit-up leads and taking contest marks all over the ground,” Joeys co-coach Tom Cashin said

“He was also able to provide some strength and class around the contest when pushing onto the ball.

“His leadership, skill and determination led to a clear best-on-ground performance.”

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Co-coach Sam Hughes was a massive rap for Fleeton’s performance.

“Cam’s marking ability overhead is as good as I have seen from someone his age,” Hughes said.

“Seeing the playing unfold is a real strength of Cam. Combined that with his aerial ability saw plenty of intercept and contested marks in the defensive half.”

Joeys, who traditionally play in the mid-week Associated Catholic Colleges competition, were missing several first-choice selections due to club commitments in the AFL Barwon under-17 competition, including Rory Diamond, Oscar Morrison, Angus Codd and Caleb Ezard.

Noah Gribble (knee) also missed a final chance to represent his school.

St Joseph’s was due to play Geelong Grammar on Saturday, with APS rivals Grammar and College to do battle the following week ahead of the start of the NAB League season for county teams.

However, with the return to Stage 3 restrictions in Victoria, those matches won’t go ahead.

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GEELONG COLLEGE  14.5 (89)

ST JOSEPH’S COLLEGE 10.6 (66)

Goals: Geelong College: E. Hollard 4, B. Bingham 3, H. Locke 3, N. Lever 2, M. Thacker, C. Lazzaro

St Joseph’s College: M. Langan 3, O. Henry 2, X. Huxtable, L. Neate, C. Law, Q. Taylor, L. Kidd

Best: Geelong College: N. Lever, E. Hollard, N. Evans, H. Locke, M. Thacker, S. Witherden, T. Conway

St Joseph’s College: M. Langan, C. Fleeton, C. Ham, B. Clark, X. Huxtable, L. Kidd, O. Henry, S. King