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Round 16: South Warrnambool vs North Warrnambool Eagles Highlights


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2022 GWV Rebels VLine Cup Squads Announcement


The AFL Commissions of Goldfields, Western District & Wimmera Mallee, in conjunction with the GWV
Rebels are delighted to announce the girls and boys squads to be considered to compete in the 2022
VLine Cup in Shepparton.

The VLine Cup will take place between Monday 19 th Sept and Tuesday 20 th Sept 2022 in Shepparton. The
GWV Rebels VLine Cup squad was selected from club, representative and trial games held across all 3

The coaches of both the girls and boys squads are very excited with the assembled talented players that
have been selected in the initial squads.

Training sessions will occur Monday 29 th August, Monday 5 th & 12 th September at Alexandra Oval in

Head Coaches:
Girls: Chris Brown
Boys: Tim Beacham

Team Managers:
Girls: Loretta Kearney
Boys: Jock Whiting

Any further enquiries to: Jason Muldoon or 0417133990

Roos set to throw caution to the wind in search of finals berth


HAMILTON Kangaroos skipper Brady Hicks admits his side has slightly lost control of its season’s destiny but remains adamant they still have time to make a late charge towards finals.

The Roos suffered a nail-biting one point loss to Warrnambool in the round before last weekend’s bye, with the result dropping the former four points and percentage behind the fifth-placed Blues with seven rounds to play.

“We knew coming into that game that it was a match we had to win to still be in control of our season and we still are to a certain point,” Hicks said.

“We went into that game and gave it everything we had and just unfortunately we didn’t have our kicking boots on that day.

“I think we kicked 8.18 for the day and 1.7 in the last (quarter) so it was on us at the end of the day. To lose by a point, the feeling wasn’t too crash hot in the rooms afterwards as you could expect.”

With some bumper clashes ahead starting with Portland at Hanlon Park this Saturday, Hicks said every game was now almost like a mini-final for his club.

“We just take it week-by-week now and know we literally have nothing to lose so we’ll be throwing everything at it and giving ourselves the best shot of getting into the finals for our senior side’s first time,”

“The feeling is still good around the club and we’re certainly not out of it (finals contention) I know, but coming up against Portland we always have good games against them except for Anzac Day last year.

“On Anzac Day this year it was all pretty similar stats-wise and I think they might have beaten us by 23 points at home but we’ve got a chance to return the favour to them in Portland on Saturday and like I said we’ll throw everything at it and see how we end up after the game.

“We know what their strengths are and know what ours are but we’ll just go head-to-head and hopefully come away with the four points and give ourselves the best shot of playing finals.”

Meanwhile, North Warrnambool will host Warrnambool at Bushfield Recreation Reserve in the Hampden League Live Match of the Round.

The fourth-placed Eagles are coming off a 33 point loss to Koroit and need to win to remain in touch with the top three, while the Blues are looking to consolidate their position in the five.

In other matches this weekend, arch-rivals Cobden and Camperdown square off at Cobden Community Bank Recreation Reserve, Terang Mortlake hosts Koroit at Ridley Recreation Reserve and South Warrnambool welcomes Port Fairy to Friendly Societies Park.

Around the Grounds with Hilly


It was another successful Good Friday clash between South Warrnambool and Koroit last week, with an extremely strong crowd witnessing the top of the table clash. Whilst this specific clash is only two years old, I believe it has to be a permanent fixture as it is a terrific showcase of our league. 

All of the pre-season talk around the teams to beat this season mainly featured North Warrnambool and Koroit, after seeing South Warrnambool first-hand last weekend, they are the real deal and certainly have to be discussed as a major contender. Whilst a lot of their system is very similar to last season, one notable improvement area is their forward line-structure with the addition of Jack Dye, Dylan Weir and second-year Rooster Ricky Handerson. The Roosters looked extremely dangerous in this area and not as predictable as previous seasons with Shannon Beks having to shoulder a significant load. A lot to like about the Roosters in 2022.

We might be only two games into the season for most, already I have been extremely impressed and excited by the amount of underage players making the step-up to senior football. The Hampden League is so fortunate to have a number of great coaches, which is helping some great young talent being fast-tracked and given the opportunity to play at the highest level. Some names I think clubs should be excited to see include Paddy O’Sullivan and Jack Block (Koroit), Reggie Mast and Ethan Boyd (Warrnambool, Hamish Cook (Hamilton), Tate Porter (North Warrnambool, Ryley Hutchins and Xavier Vickers (Terang Mortlake), Oscar Pollock (Port Fairy), Max Irving and Jonah Maher (South Warrnambool), Nick Jones and Ash Royal (Camperdown), Jack Walsh and Kade Lovell (Portland) and Tyler Humphrey and Henry Robertson (Cobden). So much great talent to enjoy this season.

Another big round of matches in the Hampden Football Netball League this weekend, including a Super Saturday clash and an ANZAC Day battle at Melville Oval. My tips:

Port Fairy vs South Warrnambool – Port Fairy face a tough assignment with the Roosters firing early. Another great test but lack the experience to overcome South Warrnambool.

Warrnambool vs North Warrnambool – Warrnambool will be looking to play four solid quarters of football against prime opposition. The Blues have been great in patches and will enjoy another run on the Reid Oval. The Eagles have some injury concerns with a few top-liners, a tight contest with North Warrnambool to get over the line.

Camperdown vs Cobden – An epic battle of two young sides coming up at the Leura Oval. A really hard game to tip but I think the Magpies are always dangerous at home and they have the Sam Gordon factor.

Koroit vs Terang Mortlake – With some key players to return over the coming weeks, the Saints young depth has stood up to the challenge. I like Koroit’s flexibility across the ground and they will be hard to beat, despite the Bloods being very impressive in round two.

Hamilton vs POrtland – What an ANZAC Day Clash coming up, with both teams in good form. I like the Tigers in this game, as they have a deep midfield, some great key backs and a flexible and mobile forward line. The Kangaroos are extremely fit but lack some height. Portland just for me.

I hope everyone gets out and supports their team over the weekend, it’s been a great start to the season with some exciting games and results already. 

See you at the footy.

Eagles, Saints shaping up for early season blockbuster


HAMPDEN Football Netball League fans could be in line for a potential grand final preview when heavyweights North Warrnambool Eagles and Koroit meet in the Hampden League Live Match of the Round this weekend.

The two clubs, which both recorded comfortable victories in the opening round, will meet in one of the most anticipated home and away clashes in recent years at Bushfield Recreation Reserve.

The Eagles made a big statement in its clash against Port Fairy, with the Adam Dowie-coached side kicking 37 majors in a 202 point rout of the Seagulls.

Reigning Maskell Medallist Jett Birmingham was best on ground, while a fit and firing Dylan Parish (seven goals), former West Coast Eagle Nathan Vardy (six goals) and small forward Jarryd Lewis (six goals) combined for more than half of the side’s goal tally.

Koroit, still defending its 2019 premiership which seems a lifetime ago, produced a clinical performance in its 88 point win over Hamilton Kangaroos.

Midfielder Liam Hoy was the Saints best performer, while Will Couch (four goals), recruit Jyron Neave (three goals) and ruckman Jeremy Hausler were also standouts.

Saints mentor Chris McLaren knows there will be plenty of hype around the pair’s clash but believes his club has a point to prove following some struggles in previous games against the Eagles.

He added the six-time reigning premier was often challenged early throughout its campaigns, adding this year would be no different given North’s off-season addition of talent and experience.

“We’ve been pretty disappointing the way we’ve played against North at North the last couple of times,” McLaren said.

“I know the players are pretty keen to play better and give ourselves a good chance at knocking them over which will be a challenge for sure.

“I think in previous years we’ve dropped a game or two along the way… there’s always two or three or four good sides and a couple of those sides have got us each year no doubt about that.

“But we just play each game on its merit and we’ll go out on the weekend and if we play as well as we can, we think we can win.”

McLaren expects the Eagles, along with South Warrnambool to be among the competition’s leading contenders in 2022.

He knows the Saints will need to rise to the challenge given they face both sides in consecutive weeks, but it’s a period he expects his players to relish.

“We’d like to think a North and a South that we’ll meet them three, potentially four times throughout the year… and to think we could beat them four times in a year, those quality sides would be a big ask,” McLaren said.

“We won’t be knocking back a victory if it’s on the table but we’ll just go out and play and if we win, we win, and if we don’t, we’ll move on and look at areas to get better (in) the next time we play them.”

McLaren forecast a strong defensive effort would be required for the Saints to triumph, given Parish, Vardy, Lewis and co had started the season strongly.

But he also tipped his forward line, headlined by Sam Dobson, to cause Dowie some headaches come Saturday afternoon.

In the other matches this weekend, South Warrnambool will host Camperdown at Friendly Societies Park, Portland welcomes Cobden to Hanlon Reserve for a Super Saturday encounter, Hamilton Kangaroos take on Warrnambool at Melville Oval and Terang Mortlake faces Port Fairy at Ridley Recreation Reserve.

Around the grounds with Hilly


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It was an unusual feeling last weekend in the Hampden League. For time first ever crowds were not allowed to attend games, the atmosphere was certainly missed at all games, even though it was nice to be back playing. Crowd caps have been extended this round and I have no doubt, that volunteers and supporters will be flooding through the gates on Saturday.

I mention players all the time, but last round we (Hampden League Live team) witnessed a goal-kicking exhibition from Camperdown’s Sam Gordan. He kicked nine goals without any scoreboard blemishes. He is a terrific player to watch and keeps you guessing all time. His marking skills high and low are strong whilst his set shot goal kicking is precise and he can kick goals out of nothing. If I was selecting a team of the year side at the moment, he’s a lock alongside Koroit’s Sam Dobson in the forward 50.

Terang Mortlake playmaker Joey Arundell lines up in his 100th game this weekend. He burst onto the senior scene with lots of excitement and renowned for having quite a few party tricks. Over the last few seasons, he has been one of the Bloods most consistent performers. Congratulations on the great milestone Joey.

A great of matches this weekend, and some important games in relation to teams keeping their top 3 and top 5 aspirations alive.

Portland vs Camperdown – The Tigers will be hard at home but who will shut down Sam Gordan – Magpies just.

Cobden vs South Warrnambool – Cobden in good form but Roosters too strong.

Port Fairy vs Warrnambool – I think Warrnambool a little too much power in the F50.

Terang Mortlake vs North Warrnambool – The Eagles will continue their winning form.

Hamilton vs Koroit – No Levi Dare hurts their height stocks, the Saints for me.

See you at the footy!


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