1) A BRIDGE TOO FAR
The biggest rivalry in BFL football fizzed out on Saturday afternoon, with Barwon Heads hammering Ocean Grove to the tune of 60 points at Ray Menzies Oval. For such a big rivalry with huge billing, the game failed to live up to expectations. As this column mentioned last week- Saturday was the big test for the Grubbers to see where they stand after a big recruiting off season. However, the home side could only manage 2 goals for the entire afternoon in a sorry day for Paul Lynch’s men. Lynch himself labelled his side “mid-range” and lamenting his side’s ability to defend. They now sit three wins behind the flying Seagulls who sit atop the BFL ladder.
2) AMMOS HAVE STARTED TO TICK
Much like their reigning premier counterpart in the GFL in the form of Leopold, Geelong Amateur had a scratchy start to their Premiership defence, dropping two games in their opening three rounds. However, Saturday’s 67-point victory over Drysdale cemented their fourth win of the season, to leave them sitting in third spot on the ladder two games adrift of Barwon Heads and Torquay- the two games Ammos have dropped this year. Matthew Walsh outscored the Hawks himself up forward, bagging six goals against the now 1-5 Hawks.
3) MODDA MAKING IT’S MOVE
Modewarre have moved themselves into fourth spot on the ladder after being made it work for its 33-point win over lowly Newcomb. Last year’s grand finalists have lost to Barwon Heads convincingly, but were ultra-competitive against Torquay, who along with the Seagulls, are the two stand out sides of the competition. They have Drysdale and Ocean Grove in the next two rounds, and if the Warriors can get to 6 wins in the fortnight after the bye, look out. Luke Forbes and ex-Anglesea forward Josh Bouwman loom as big inclusions after the bye.
4) ROOS OFF THE PACE
Not all is well at Alcoa oval after losing their fourth game in six games, this time to Queenscliff away from home. Saturday’s clash loomed large for both sides, with a loss condemning the loser to falling well behind the eight-ball, and that has what happened to Anglesea. First year coach Paul Carson inherited a side that finished fourth in 2016, and despite playing some youth this season, the performances in the opening six rounds would be below their expectations. It doesn’t get any easier, with the reigning Premier and Barwon Heads their next two fixtures, where 2-4 could become 2-6.
5) NO RAIDME, NO WORRIES?
Despite Torquay’s impressive 61-point victory over Portarlington, that is not quite the case for the Tigers. All the talk in the lead up was the season-ending loss of star captain Ben Raidme to an ACL, but his loss didn’t stop the Tigers roaring on. Portarlington are not in the same ball park as Torquay however, and neither are last placed Newcomb. A team who is though, is Barwon Heads- the matchup between them and the Tigers on June 10 is a mouth-watering one. It is then we will find out how much the Tigers miss their superstar midfielder.