Portarlington (10th) vs. Drysdale (5th) @ Ron Evans Oval – Thursday, 2:10pm
PORTARLINGTON will be looking to replicate its first half against Newcomb on Good Friday for all of its traditional Anzac Day meeting with Drysdale. The Demons, who had been on the end of consecutive 100-point losses to open the season, led the Power by 13 points at half time, keeping the ladder leaders to just two goals in the first half. However, Portarlington was unable to go the distance with Newcomb and suffered a 36-point loss to remain winless. The Hawks produced a disappointing performance against Anglesea at Alcoa Oval as they were thumped by 77 points. Co-coaches Daniel Jull and Luke Matthews will have decisions to make on whether they bring back off-season recruits Jarrod Garth (ankle), Lauchie Dalgleish (calf) and Jesse Lothian (hamstring) or wait until the Round 5 meeting with Torquay.
Last time they met: Round 15, 2018: Drysdale 10.13 (73) def. Portarlington 7.8 (50) @ Ron Evans Oval
Prediction: Drysdale by 42 points
Geelong Amateur (4th) vs. Newcomb (1st) @ KFC Oval, Queen’s Park – Saturday, 2:10pm
CAN Newcomb’s impressive start to the season continue when it heads to KFC Oval for a meeting with a full-of-confidence Geelong Amateur? The Power overcame a slow start to beat Portarlington by 36 points, with fours goal from Andrew Mead-Harding and another impressive midfield performance from James Hussey proving vital. Unbelievably, last year’s wooden spooner is the only undefeated team after three rounds. Ammos did what many teams won’t do in 2019, and that is win at Howard Harmer Oval. Star forward Mitch Day played the hero when he kicked a goal after the siren to give the visitors a two-point win. Youngster Wade McSparron was also crucial in arguably his best game for the club.
Last time they met: Round 12, 2018: Geelong Amateur 23.17 (155) def. Newcomb 11.6 (72) @ Queen’s Park.
Prediction: Geelong Amateur by 17 points
Torquay (7th) vs. Anglesea (2nd) @ McCartney Oval – Saturday, 2:10pm
WHAT supply Jordan Erskine receives from the Anglesea midfield could go a long way to determining Saturday’s result. The Roos spearhead has kicked 23 goals in the opening three rounds– including eight in the 77-point demolition of Drysdale – to move 14 clear of his nearest rivals on the BFL goalkicking table. Torquay let a golden opportunity to continue its recent hold over Modewarre slip on Good Friday. Leading by 27 points at half time and 14 points at three-quarter time, the Tigers were swamped by the Warriors in the final term, with the visitors piling on eight goals to just the one behind. One positive for Torquay was the debut of Williamstown premiership player Cam Lockwood, who kicked three goals.
Last time they met: Round 14, 2018: Anglesea 21.9 (135) def. Torquay 10.12 (72) @ Alcoa Oval
Prediction: Anglesea by 11 points
Queenscliff (8th) vs. Barwon Heads (3rd) @ Queenscliff Recreation Reserve – Saturday, 2:10pm
TWO teams who were on either side of the ledger in close finishes meet in a crucial clash for both. Queenscliff was able to hold off a fastfinishing Ocean Grove to open its 2019 account, while Barwon Heads was in front when the final siren sounded against Geelong Amateur, only to see Ammos spearhead Mitch Day calmly slot a goal from 40m out to give the visitors a two-point win. The Coutas will be hoping to get back talented young ruckman Michael Randone from a concussion, but club great Tom Limb is likely to miss another week with a hamstring issue. The Seagulls had the better of Queenscliff in both meetings last year, including a 100-point hiding in Round 5.
Last time they met: Round 11, 2018: Barwon Heads 9.19 (73) def. Queenscliff 8.8 (56) @ Queenscliff Recreation Reserve
Prediction: Barwon Heads by 37 points
Modewarre (6th) vs. Ocean Grove (9th) @ Community Bank Oval – Sunday, 2:00pm
A LONG-term injury suffered by co-coach Seamus Orr has taken some of the shine off Modewarre’s come-from-behind win over Torquay on Good Friday. The quality defender underwent surgery last Saturday night after suffering a dislocated wrist during the third quarter at McCartney Oval. The Warriors will be chasing a third consecutive win when they host Ocean Grove in AFL Victoria’s Game of the Month. Unfortunately, when the match was given that moniker, no one expected the Grubbers would be winless after suffering their second four-point loss in the opening three rounds. Trailing Queenscliff by 19 points, Ocean Grove kicked 2.6 in the final term at Ray Menzies Oval. Former Geelong Falcon Logan Taylor was a standout with three goals.
Last time they met: Round 16: Modewarre 16.14 (110) def. Ocean Grove 8.6 (54) @ Ray Menzies Oval
Prediction: Modewarre by 22 points