Six Things we learned from the weekend’s action in Victoria’s #1 ranked local football league..
1) Unstoppable Sam
Sam Dobson is simply the best player in the GFL right now, and it could be argued he is the best-state league listed player still playing at local level in the whole country at the moment. How Dobson can’t find a way into the Geelong VFL side staggers belief, further heightened by a seven goal haul in the 24-point win over reigning Premier Leopold on Saturday. The star forward has now kicked 19 goals in three weeks post-Interleague, and takes him to second on the goal kicking tally with 29.
2) Colac steely in overcoming toothless Tigers
Colac further staked its claim on a top four finish with a hard fought win against Grovedale at Burdoo reserve. Colac now sits third, a game clear of fourth placed Bell Park. They need more games with the steely reserve shown on Saturday however, with the fourth and fifth spots up for grabs with Leopold still lurking in sixth. Colac was inaccurate throughout, finishing with 10.21 and it nearly came to bite them, thanks to a fast finish from Grovedale. The home side kicked 4.5 in a wasteful final term where they had a lot of ascendancy, but Kane Leerson’s men held their nerve to be 11-point winners.
3) Eagles come out on top in battle of the youngsters
Newtown faced a North Shore side on the weekend brimming with confidence after a drought breaking win over South Barwon last week. Coming into the game Newtown were a win adrift of the Seagulls, and that trend looked to continue with a 21-point half time deficit. However, in a match where both sides boasted talented up and coming youngsters, Newtown clicked into gear in the third quarter to level the scores, before kicking away to pull away 15-point winners. One of those youngsters, Darcy Troop, was the unlikely hero kicking four goals after just seven in his eight previous senior appearances.
4) Final term surge leaves Giants in log jam
An incredible final term burst from the Geelong West Giants led Andy Viola’s men to their third win of the season over St Albans. The SuperSaints did a lot right in searching for their second win of the season, leading at every change before a final quarter fade out. The Giants slammed home eight goals to two in the final quarter. Chris Moreland made it 11 goals in two weeks with another haul of four, while Paddy Eastman and Jayden Symes were a significant combination throughout. Incredibly the Giants are now only a game off the five in a three-way logjam with North Shore and Newtown, and with a winnable game against North Shore next week, who knows?
5) Dragons will push for top three
Bell Park quietly went about their work in their 15-point win over South Barwon which didn’t fully tell the tale of the Dragons superiority. It was their fifth win of the season, and the club which prides itself on its consistency is once again motoring. Missing Jackson Sheringham, Zane Vail and Ben Johnson, the Dragons held firm amongst a late comeback from the Swans. Currently sitting fourth a game off Colac in third, the Dragons will fancy their chances of a double chance with Colac’s draw about to get tougher, and have key forward Jarrod Garth in impeccable form (36 goals).
6) Future is bright at Drew Reserve
While we all know St Joseph’s current situation means their short term future is in safe hands, we got a closer look at the long term on Saturday. With no disrespect to Lara, who are at different stage of development to the Joeys, Saturday’s outing against the Cats gave St Joseph’s a chance to look at some youth. With a strong reserve’s side and countless players missing out on a game each week such is their depth, the ladder topping side handed senior debut’s to Matt Bird and Tom Kingston. Bird, a Joey’s junior kicked two goals on debut while Kingston played his first senior game after 33 with Geelong West between 2013-14. Josh Hill reappeared in the seniors after playing in round 15 last season, while the returns of Jacko McLachlan (rested), James Allen (concussion) and Paul Dreher’s second senior outing of the season made it six changes in all. It mattered little, with Joeys romping the Cats by 145 points.
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