GDFNL Morris Seniors’ Previews – Round 8

GDFNL Morris Seniors’ Previews – Round 8

Winchelsea vs. East Geelong 
(Live on 94.7fm the Pulse this Saturday)
For the second time in three weeks we have the second placed Eagles playing off against the eighth placed side in the match of the round. A fortnight ago the commentary team watched on as the Eagles dismantled the Giants 16.10 (106) to 1.12 (18) and then captured a 97-point win over Anakie last Saturday. This one will be closer.
The Blues also look in great form, rectifying a 1-5 start to the season with a 109-point win against the Panthers last week.
This match will be decided on East Geelong’s scoring end. The positional switch of Austin Mulvahil up forward has been a success after the former Falcon opened the season with a five-goal haul in a losing game and enters this clash with 23 from seven games. When he was limited last week, Zac Smith slotted six against the Roos to bring his tally to 14 from four games while Caleb Ezard has also booted six of his 11 in the past fortnight.
Though Winchelsea started the season 0-3 and currently sit eighth with a 2-5 they are ranked fourth defensively (they have only conceded 18 more points than ladder leader Belmont Lions). This may just be the match of the month!
Last time they met – Round 14, 2023. Winchelsea 7.9 (51) defeated by East Geelong 14.8 (92).

Inverleigh vs. Anakie 
If you were to select a starting 22 of the league’s top blokes than Casey Meehan would make a start and we anticipate a big Inverleigh win in his 150th senior match. The Hawks returned to the winners’ list last week against Geelong West, now they need to claim their first home win for season 2024. The line-up has been strengthened by the return of skipper Jack Fiolet, Toby Manganelli, Scott Condy and Ryan Robertson while Matt Tyquin is in Whitley medal winning form after a 52-disposal game in Round 7.
Michael Crossett was Anakie’s shining light last week with 25 disposals and six inside-50s. They will need a full team performance to end their three-game losing streak.
Last time they met – Round 14, 2023. Anakie 4.5 (29) defeated by Inverleigh 28.20 (188).

Belmont Lions vs. North Geelong

The return of Sam Jones was enough for the Lions’ to claim a record 7-0 start to the season when celebrating a nail-biting 10-point lead against the Tigers at Victoria Park. 
Big name inclusions Harry Thompson and Mikali Harrison have taken the attention off the debuts of Daniel Brockett and Jake Clark. Very hard to tip against the Lions. If successful, they should only need to win four of their next six games to end their nine-year finals drought. Their June fixture: Werribee Centrals (away), Bell Post Hill, East Geelong (away) and Inverleigh (away).
The Magpies commenced the season with a 2-1 record yet have only celebrated a one-point win against Thomson. Multiple changes to the line-up this afternoon put the visitors in the box seat for an upset win.

Last time they met – Round 13, 2023. North Geelong 11.8 (74) defeated by Belmont Lions 12.11 (83).

Corio vs. Geelong West
The spotlight was cast on Toby Bennett, Matt James and Jack Hall to fill the on field void left by playing coach Joel Bennett and, as a result, Logan Dixon stepped up to the plate with a 29 disposal (20 contested) performance against Thomson. A win today keeps the Devils in the finals’ race.
The Giants welcomed back Harry Fraser and Aaron Hutchison in an improved performance against the Hawks last week. They’ll need a big win this afternoon to recover from a 2-5 start to the season.

Last time they met – Round 14, 2023. Geelong West Giants 14.17 (101) defeated Corio 11.10 (76).

Bell Post Hill vs. Bannockburn
The Tigers may sit seven spots ahead of the home side on the ladder yet the return of Panthers’ skipper Jack Yates means we will have a much closer match-up.
The return of Leigham Elzinga was timely for the Tigers yet it was stalwarts Connor Jervies and Kieran Fulton who stood up when it mattered against the ladder leader last week. Elzinga will be absent this week (Geelong Falcons’ duties) so the Tigers’ have gone big with the inclusion of St Albans recruit Preston Pedron.
Lockdown defender Daniel Bannister has ticked all boxes over the fortnight but will be unavailable on this occasion therefore Panther Daniel Maher may get the job on Fulton.

Last time they met – Round 14, 2023. Bannockburn 12.15 (87) defeated Bell Post Hill 7.12 (54).

Werribee Centrals vs. Thomson
Whether this is a grand final preview, preliminary final preview or even just a top match, most will be tracking the scores of this match.
The Tigers enter the clash with a 4-3 record, missing key names in their defeats to East Geelong (Round 2), Belmont Lions (Round 4) and North Geelong (Round 6). The additions of Sam Jacka, Jackson MacLeod and champion goal-kicker Jacob Knight (making his club senior debut) will inject an estimated 650 senior games of experience. More importantly, they will take the pressure off of Darcy Troop up forward. Next month the Tigers will play Geelong West, Anakie, Bell Post Hill (away) and Winchelsea (away).
The Centurions bounced back from their Round 3 defeat to the Roos with four wins against Bell Post Hill (16 points), Winchelsea (10), Bannockburn (60) and North Geelong (29). They’ve won games without Rhyce Prismall, Bradley Carlton and Tyler Crennan therefore with eight of their final 11 games at home the aim is to avoid another disappointing finish to the season.

Last time they met – Round 14, 2023. Thomson 14.21 (105) defeated Werribee Centrals 14.5 (89).

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