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BFNL - round one
STRATHFIELDSAYE v EAGLEHAWK
2.20pm, Saturday at Tannery Lane
No better way to start the BFNL season than a clash between the two best teams of the past two years.
It will be interesting to see what changes to game style, if any, new Borough coach Travis Matheson has installed.
Both sides close to full strength on a good deck with warm weather - should be a belter.
Last time: Eaglehawk 19.8 (122) d Strathfieldsaye 11.7 (73).
Head-to-head: Strathfieldsaye 12, Eaglehawk 14.
B: J. Neylon, S. Murphy, L. Gill
HB: S. Geary, B. Curnow, K. Geary
C: J. Shanahan, J. Moorhead, T. Coates
HF: L. Wallace, H. Robertson, H. Lawrence
F: F. Payne, L. Sharp, J. Formosa
R: H. Crone, K. Smith, S. Heavyside
Int: B. Henderson, C. Sheahan, B. Lester, D. Clohesy, H. Conway
B: T. Hill, O. Madden, S. Thompson
HB: L. Atherton, C. Holmes, J. Mullen
C: R. McIvor, R. Gillingham, R. Saunders
HF: J. Pertzel, R. Tibbett, D. Hanley
F: J. Collins, S. Williams, G. Hommelhoff
R: C. McGlashan, B. Collins, B. McPhee
Int: L. Caccaviello, B. Thompson, T. Miles, S. Harper
SOUTH BENDIGO v MARYBOROUGH
2.20pm, Saturday at the QEO
After a host of changes in the off-season it's hard to get a handle on either side.
The most intriguing aspect of the game is how well highly-touted recruits Nathan Horbury (South Bendigo) and Stewart Crameri (Maryborough) play.
Last time: South Bendigo 16.11 (107) d Maryborough 9.10 (64).
Head-to-head since 1995: South Bendigo 37, Maryborough 14.
B: W. Tobin, D. Nalder, C. Taggert
HB: T. Brereton, D. Johnstone, R. Harvey
C: Z. Hare, N. Horbury, K. Blow
HF: J. Swatton, A. Vanheumen, B. Harvey
F: B. Childs, K. Antonowicz, W. Allen
R: C. Crisp, D. McCutcheon, B. Haddow
Int: J. Connolly-Gaunt, C. Balnaves, M. Goodwin, J. Sheahan
B: A. Hare, T. Roughead, B. Lavars
HB: L. Bucknall, B. Malone, C. O'Shea
C: C. Freeman, J. Hooper, D. Vadala
HF: L. Latch, J. Templeton, J. Postle
F: J. Fraser, S. Crameri, M. Bilton
R: L. Crameri, L. Butler, C. Perry
Int: B. O'Donnell, T. Stewart, C. Rowe, M. McClure, D. Lewis, Z. Polinelli
KANGAROO FLAT v SANDHURST
5.30pm, Saturday at Dower Park
Two new coaches - Rob Bennett (Roos) and Ashley Connick (Dragons) - go head-to-head.
The Roos' fortunes in 2019 will hinge largely on the talent of their recruits, while the Dragons' improvement will come from within.
Potential tough start for the Dragons.
Last time: Sandhurst 19.25 (139) d Kangaroo Flat 2.6 (18).
Head-to-head since 1995: Kangaroo Flat 13, Sandhurst 38.
B: L. Barber, K. Brown, R. Turner
HB: D. Klemm, B. Fry, L. Collins
C: D. Rees, H. Pyke, D. Wust
HF: S. Jansen, N. McHugh, C. Greer
F: M. Johnson, M. Despott, T. McInnes
R: N. Lang, M. Clifford, J. Lanyon
Int: T. Verbeek, L. Needs, K. Clark, K. Symons
B: L. Ireland, J. Wilkinson, J. Hann
HB: J. Pallpratt, M. Thornton, I. Ruff
C: J. McLean, A. Parry, A. Wharton
HF: L. Ross, T. Calvert, A. Collins
F: B. Holmes, W. Holt, J. Wharton
R: C. Down, L. Tardrew, N. Stagg
Int: Z. Pallpratt, V. Rodi, J. Rodi, J. Zimmer
KYNETON v GOLDEN SQUARE
5.30pm, Saturday at Kyneton Showgrounds
The Tigers will be looking to put a tough off-season behind them by putting in a competitive performance against the Bulldogs.
Square recruit Liam Barrett has impressed in the pre-season and looks set for a big first season in the BFNL.
Last time: Kyneton 15.14 (104) d Golden Square 7.18 (60).
Head-to-head since 1995: Kyneton 13. Golden Square 34, drawn 1.
B: B. Xiriha, P. McCarthy, T. Kelly
HB: H. Govan, H. Huntley, H. Moore
C: T. Sims, J. Govan, T. Kirk
HF: S. Rooth, J. Orr, L. Chisholm
F: M. O'Sullivan, N. Thompson, J. Conforti
R: D. Harris, C. Fisher, R. Magin
Int: J. Tatti, J. Plowman, N. O'Sullivan, L. Beattie
B: B. Vaz, W. Lee, H. Bynon
HB: J. Coe, L. Barrett, L. Humphrey
C: B. Welsh, J. Geary, J. Thrum
HF: H. Morcom, J. Burke, C. Draper
F: H. McCormick, T. Baird, D. Barrett
R: M. Compston, A. Baird, T. Walters
Int: B. Eaton, S. Brinsmead, R. Hartley, H. Donegan, A. Marklew
CASTLEMAINE v GISBORNE
5.30pm, Saturday at Camp Reserve
Plenty of hpe surrounding the Magpies after the signing of former Essendon and Port Adelaide forward Angus Monfries. His arrival, alongside several players from Melbourne, has the Magpies expecting a big jump up the ladder.
Will they be good enough to defeat a very promising Gisborne side in round one? Doubtful.
Last time: Gisborne 31.19 (205) d Castlemaine 4.8 (32).
Head-to-head since 2000: Castlemaine 8, Gisborne 30.
B: S. Moss, D. Stephens, J. Watson
HB: A. Robins, D. Atkins, R. Pedretti
C: S. Simpson, J. Matera, J. Shea
HF: T. Gavralas, M. Dance, C. Burnett
F: W. Moran, M. Filo, J. Chester
R: B. Blake, A. Monfries, D. Easson
Int: K. Jones, N. Woodman, S. Nettleton, J. Wootton
B: T. Walsh, A. Belcher, L. Rodgers
HB: L. Spear, J. Ferry, T. Crosbie
C: T. Fraser, B. Bernacki, C. Williamson
HF: P. McKenna, J. Conolan, C. Summerfield
F: J. Scanlon, J. Owen, T. Wood
R: J. Grabham, N. Doolan, M. Goodyear
Int: D. Clayton, R. Baker, J. Lynch, E. McKenna
LVFNL - round two
BRIDGEWATER v MAIDEN GULLY YCW
2.15pm, Saturday at Bridgewater
Both teams suffered disappointing results in round one.
The return of Nick Waterson strengthens the Eagles mdifield line and they should have too much class for the young Mean Machine side.
Last time: Maiden Gully YCW 13.20 (98) d Bridgewater 13.9 (87).
Head-to-head since 1995: Bridgewater 23, Maiden Gully YCW 24, drawn 1.
B: Z. Hoiles, J. Wilson, L. Mangan
HB: T. Gill, J. Mayes, M. Bourke
C: A. Powell, M. Whittle, P. Rothacker
HF: S. Banko, A. Banko, T. Mckinley
F: B. Galea, D. Clutton, A. Conway
R: C. Ross, L. Jacques, J. Symons
Int: J. Naughton, M. Collins, C. Mayes, T. Estrada, C. Mulquiny
In: J. Naughton, L. Jacques
Out: H. Booth
Maiden Gully YCW Eagles
B: S. Turner, L. Roberts, C. Rohde
HB: D. Pierce, A. Pearson, H. McCartney
C: N. Waterson, R. Walker, B. Aitken
HF: C. Kekich, M. Gray, L. Ross
F: D. Morris, D. Graham, L. Gray
R: T. Harrington, S. Moyle, G. Munari
Int: R. Strauch, J. Wakefield, J. Crisp, C. Etheredge
In: R. Strauch, N. Waterson
Out: B. Graham, E. Crisp
MARONG v CALIVIL UNITED
2.15pm, Saturday at Marong
Hardest game of the round to tip. The Panthers looked good against inferior opposition last week, while the Demons played good footy for a half against reigning premier Newbridge before falling away in the second half.
If Marong wins this it will contend for fourth and fifth spot later in the year.
Last time: Calivil United 23.10 (148) d Marong 5.8 (38).
Head-to-head since 1995: Marong 10, Calivil United 10.
B: N. Walsh, C. Ling, J. Harris
HB: B. Gregg, H. Graham, J. Salinger
C: J. McCaig, N. Devanny, T. Beard
HF: P. Gretgrix, R. Gretgrix, G. Carter
F: B. McKinley, D. Blume, K. Manley
R: J. Hynes, N. Fall, Z. Turnbull
Int: A. Ward, C. Williamson, W. Gadsden, H. Baker
In: B. Gregg, T. Beard
Out: B. Millar, C. Fleming
From: C. Sanders, N. Oxenham, J. Thompson, C. Smith, B. Rogers, J. Somerville,
S. Demeo, P. Bogers, K. Padula, J. Lea, A. Davis, J. Lawry,
S. Green, L. Moss, B. Richards, D. Reid, D. Thompson, K. Hoggins,
J. Hall, T. Guerra, M. Cooke, B. Haines
In: S. Green, B. Richards, M. Cooke, C. Smith, B. Rogers
Out: L. Begg, B. Wingrave, R. Boland, N. Ryan, S. Pellegrino
MITIAMO v PYRAMID HILL
2.15pm, Saturday at Mitiamo
Clearly the match of the round. The Superoos couldn't have been more impressive in round one, while the Bulldogs have quietly built a side that looks capable of challenging for the top three.
The Bulldogs defeated Superoos at Mitiamo the last time they met.
Last time: Mitiamo 10.11 (71) lt Pyramid Hill 13.5 (83).
Head-to-head since 1995: Mitiamo 31, Pyramid Hill 21.
B: L. Lougoon, B. Bacon, L. Woodward
HB: J. Wiegard, M. Simpson, K. Patten
C: D. Clohesy, T. Reeves, L. Scott
HF: B. Downie, T. Downie, M. Grant
F: J. Rozynski, R. Wellington, M. I'Anson
R: B. Riddell, D. Thomas , L. Matthews
Int: B. McKenry, R. Reeves, J. Falls, B. White
In: B. White, K. Patten
Out: A. Benbow, T. Cocks
B: M. Bateman, D. Morison, A. Murphy
HB: M. Klein-Breteler, T. Barri, A. Dobby
C: B. George, S. Mann, B. Driscoll
HF: J. Woodward, N. Fitzpatrick, S. Gunther
F: J. Willcocks, B. Dickens, B. Dalton
R: A. Holland, G. James, B. Micevski
Int: L. O'Toole, T. Sala, D. Tonkin, B. Gunther
In: B. Driscoll, L. O'Toole
Out: A. McErvale, E. Dorrington
BEARS-LAGOON SERPENTINE v INGLEWOOD
2.15pm, Saturday at Serpentine
Even though we haven't seen the Bears yet this season it's hard to tip against them. Their best footy in 2018 was as good as any in the competition. They just need to make a better start in 2019 so they don't need to play catch-up.
Last time: BL-Serpentine 21.15 (141) d Inglewood 11.10 (76).
Head-to-head since 1995: BL-Serpentine 36, Inglewood 13.
Bears Lagoon Serpentine
B: J. Hartney, S. Williams, J. Essex
HB: S. Egan, B. Mensforth, J. Starr
C: P. McKay, K. Kennedy, N. McNish
HF: S. Barnes, C. McKay, B. Worner
F: L. Sidebottom, J. Cowman, D. Lloyd
R: N. Leach, R. McNish, H. Polglase
Int: N. Wharton, L. Drummond, J. Nevins, C. Cohalan
In: N. Wharton, S. Egan
Out: K. Doran, J. Sheean
HDFNL - round one
LOCKINGTON-BAMAWM UNITED v HEATHCOTE
2.15pm, Saturday at Lockington
Hard not to be impressed by the Cats' demolition job of White Hills in the season-opener last week. The Cats are the real deal.
New era for the Saints under former Sandhurst coach Wayne Primmer. They'll be more competitive this year.
Last time: LBU 20.21 (141) d Heathcote 5.7 (37).
Head-to-head: LBU 27, Heathcote 12.
B: T. Eade, J. Howlett, S. Wolfe
Hb: M. Angove, R. Woodland, B. Phillips
C: L. Main, N. Bacon, N. O'Brien
Hf: J. Bacon, T. Leech, J. Gardiner
F: L. Collins, P. Gardiner, J. Mundie
Foll: T. Phillips, Z. Johnston, F. Monahan
Inter: S. Brentnall, G. Broad, G. Giddings, C. Hinks
B: N. Bake, N. Tobin, T. Tobin
Hb: D. Hardy, L. Bell, B. Klemke
C: K. Cavallaro, C. Price, L. Piccolo
Hf: J. Paisley, J. Brooks, K. Seidel
F: B. Connelly, D. Robinson, D. McLean
Foll: J. Marcroft, A. Romagnano, T. Pain
Inter: J. Cavallaro, J. Kelly, A. McIvor, B. Morgan
NORTH BENDIGO v HUNTLY
2.15pm, Saturday at North Bendigo
The Bulldogs looked very sharp in pre-season matches and, on paper, look a class above the rebuilding Hawks.
As a rule, the Bulldogs just don't lose on their home soil.
Huntly insiders don't expect the Hawks to drop as far down the ladder as many expect.
Last time: North Bendigo 15.6 (96) d Huntly 8.14 (62).
Head-to-head since 1995: North Bendigo 43, Huntly 12.
B: S. Harris, B. Thomson, C. Tardrew
Hb: A. Craig, J. Ford, T. Metherell
C: J. Donat, J. Findlay, B. Robertson
Hf: T. Devereaux, D. Richards, S. Giri
F: Z. Alford, B. Herdman, B. Knight
Foll: R. Gow, J. Hyland, J. Helman
Inter: R. Alford, W. Brohm, J. Collins, J. Lambden
B: J. Harris, M. Jeffries, S. Kairn
Hb: J. Cordy, B. Quin, J. Fox
C: L. Brook, S. Fiske, B. Daley
Hf: J. Gladman, P. Ryan, R. Thorpe
F: J. Daley, B. Chalmers, T. Mercadante
Foll: A. Daniels, J. Cowling, H. Whittle
Inter: P. Andrews, H. Campbell, B. Jones, W. Parsons
ELMORE v COLBINABBIN
2.15pm, Saturday at Elmore
A stern first-up test for the home side.
The Bloods are expected to improve off a low base, but whether that's enough to be competitive with the premiership favourite is the big question.
The Hoppers, under new coach Julian Bull, have arguably the best depth in the competition.
Last time: Colbinabbin 20.27 (147) d Elmore 4.2 (26).
Head-to-head since 1995: Elmore 16, Colbinabbin 36.
B: J. Harney, D. Green, T. Oliver
Hb: N. Brewster, Z. Laffy, H. Summers
C: I. Fuller, R. Healey, J. Laffy
Hf: A. Cuthbert, D. Laffy, J. Harney
F: R. Grenville, D. Brewster, D. Oaff
Foll: J. Atkinson, M. Gilmour, B. Makepeace
Inter: B. Boyack, K. Goldsworthy, N. Page, L. Price
B: J. Barnett, M. McEvoy, T. Hill
Hb: S. Bromley, D. Carmody, N. Knight
C: C. Horsley, S. Vale, A. Van Ruiswyk
Hf: D. Price, M. Riordan, B. Southam
F: R. Hon, D. Connors, N. Nixon
Foll: H. Sirett, T. Clarke, P. O'Brien
Inter: L. Ezard, H. Hamilton, H. McMurtrie
LEITCHVILLE-GUNBOWER v MT PLEASANT
2.15pm, Saturday at Leitchville
The reigning premier Bombers will slide in terms of talent in 2019, but how that correlates to the ladder is the unknown factor.
The Bombers will replace its departed senior premiership players with some highly-talented youngsters.
In the off-season, Mounts set about improving their depth and they've achieved that. If they're going to be a finals contender they must be competitive on Saturday.
Last time: Leitchville-Gunbower 23.7 (145) d Mt Pleasant 9.11 (65).
Head-to-head: Leitchville-Gunbower 14, Mt Pleasant 4.
From: Lee Pollock, Daniel Coates, Joel Donehue, Darcy Bibby, Toby Duncan, Liam Guinan, Hoby Bussey, Tyler Jones, Logan Prout, Matthew Pollock, James Kervin, Ayden Walton, Tom Brereton, Tobias Hore, Luke Pollock, Blake Gelletly, Jake Vandongen, Jack Lunghusen, Brady Hore, Riley Hore, Xavier Colvin, Matthew Hay.
From: Dale Young, Sebastian Spijkerman, Ben Weightman, Luke Marchesi, Zebb Murrell, Charles Trotman, Cameron Moore, Hugo Steinfort, Billy Mahony, Tom Pontell, Cody Green, Daniel Davie, Bryce Hinneberg, Jesse Tuohey, Riley McNamara, Christopher Black, Nicholas Butler, Joe Connelly, Joseph Whiting, Michael Whiting, Mitchell Bennett, Matthew Fitzgerald
North Central teams - round two
WYCHEPROOF NARRAPORT v. BIRCHIP WATCHEM
B: J. Bish, T. Rumbold, C. Burge
HB: D. McLennan, S. Allan, K. McNicol
C: J. White, J. Turner, C. Jones
HF: T. Draffen, B. Brennan, D. Harrison
F: J. Coatsworth, R. Botheras, R. Allan
R: J. White, G. Turner, R. White
Int: Z. Cruse, J. Bish, J. White
In: J. White
Out: B. Bish
B: J. Noonan, L. Foott, A. Noonan
HB: B. Hogan, D. Hinkley, D. Grining
C: B. Lee, F. House, R. Hogan
HF: J. Lindeback, W. Lowe, N. Gordon
F: J. Christie, S. Paulke, S. Pye
R: L. Sirett, J. Reid, S. Simmons
Int: W. Sheahan, R. Vesikuru, J. Lee
ST ARNAUD v. DONALD
B: T. Bertalli, T. Dyke, L. Flanagan
HB: B. Batters, H. Durward, J. Tillig
C: J. Tillig, C. Gunn, W. Jackson
HF: N. Baldwin, J. McNamee, J. Hicks
F: K. Sevallos-Seden , T. Eltringham, M. Egan
R: W. Bertalli, L. Makepeace, N. Birthisel
Int: M. Goode, N. Myers, B. Durward
In: J. McNamee, J. Tillig
Out: B. Tillig, B. Organ
B: J. Bath, N. Witherow, B. Beckham
HB: C. Anderson, D. Pearce, E. Landwehr
C: H. Cashin, D. Cameron, P. de Koeyer
HF: J. Werts, J. Potter, J. Wall
F: R. Leeder, S. Young, D. Harrison
R: M. Coleman, R. McGough, P. Purcell
Int: N. Clark, R. Harberger, T. George
In: E. Landwehr
Out: C. Powell
WEDDERBURN v. BOORT
B: J. Jones, A. Postle, J. DeAraugo
HB: D. Benaim, D. Jackson, J. Guan
C: B. DeAraugo, C. Perry, J. Hogan
HF: R. Tonkin, T. Campbell, J. Hernan
F: J. Hayes, S. Barnes, L. Ritchie
R: J. Hargreaves, L. Holt, C. Lowry
Int: S. Lockhart, L. Holt, R. Holt
In: R. Tonkin, J. Hayes
Out: J. Lockhart, D. Quin
B: C. Mclaughlin , H. Weaver, W. Hill
HB: N. Maw, J. Wilson, J. Kerr
C: Z. Bedford, J. Thompson, M. Baker
HF: D. Johnston, J. Smith, D. Waldron
F: W. Perryman, S. Griffiths, C. O'Rourke
R: M. Buchanan, C. Churchin, J. Kane
Int: R. Murphy, E. Weaver, N. Griffiths
In: W. Hill, M. Buchanan, M. Baker, E. Weaver, C. O'Rourke
Out: M. Kane, K. Wilson, T. Healy, O. Lanyon, L. Malone
CHARLTON v. SEA LAKE NANDALY TIGERS
B: S. O'Connor, D. McKay, J. McKee
HB: R. Thiesz, J. Thompson, T. Cossar
C: T. Watton, K. Robins, B. Walklate
HF: B. Roberts, T. Finlay, J. Thompson
F: D. Thiesz, J. McGrath, A. Judd
R: M. Gleeson, J. Landrigan, B. Orval
Int: Z. Sullivan, C. Fitzpatrick, D. McCallum
In: Z. Sullivan, J. McGrath
Out: B. Dickeson, S. O'Connor
Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers
B: R. Craig, K. Donnan, B. Adcock
HB: M. Elliott, J. Collins, J. Poulton
C: J. Donnan, B. Delmenico , J. McInnes
HF: B. Weir, B. Collins, H. Herben
F: J. Schaper, B. McInnes, W. Donnan
R: R. O'Sullivan, T. Donnan, T. Summerhayes
Int: T. Wemyss, J. Wright, C. Elliott
In: T. Summerhayes, T. Wemyss, B. Collins
Out: T. McKenzie, L. Martin, A. Pollock
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