TOMORROW’S Bendigo Football Netball League action could provide the most intriguing round of the season, with three games set to have an influence on September.
Gisborne’s clash with Kangaroo Flat is the exception to the rule as the second half of the season begins, with the Dogs heavy favourites against the struggling Roos.
The headline act is the top-of-the-table clash between Eaglehawk and Strathfieldsaye at Tannery Lane, with the Storm out to exact revenge for their round one loss to the Hawks.
Golden Square hosts Sandhurst at Wade Street in a battle of fourth versus fifth in another match that could shape the finals race.
In the other two matches, South Bendigo welcomes Kyneton to the QEO in a bid to ressurect its September hopes and Maryborough faces Castlemaine in a battle of the cellar dwellers.
Meantime, a group of 10 Bendigo Football League players have been selected in the Vic Country senior and Under-19 squads for next month’s match against the Victorian Amateurs at Ballarat.
Five senior and five under-19 players have been picked by Vic Country selectors ahead of the clash on July 8.
Perennial Vic Country representative Jack Geary is among the contingent after leading Bendigo against Warrnambool in interleague last month.
Adam Baird, the Derrick Filo Medal winner as Bendigo’s best interleague player, has also been picked in the 42-man squad. Baird has been named in Square’s best in six of eight games this season and has kicked 11 goals.
Eaglehawk’s Brodie Collins joins the Golden Square duo in the initial squad, along with Gisborne key defender Jack Reaper and Sandhurst coach Andrew Collins. Sandhurst’s Collins did not play in Bendigo’s interleague match against Warrnambool due to a quad injury but was picked in the squad.
Collins isn’t alone among ex-AFL players in the Vic Country squad, with former Geelong defender Tom Ruggles also named.
Strathfieldsaye Storm dominates the U19 ranks, with three players named in the training squad of 54. Midfielders Lachlan Wallace, Lachlan Gill and swingman Bailey Henderson have all been selected, as has Gisborne big man Jack Scanlon and South Bendigo forward Braydan Torpey.
The U19 squad will look to claim its fifth consecutive win over VAFA, after securing a tight four-point win last year.
The Vic Country vs Vic Metro showdown will be held at Ballarat’s Mars Stadium on Sunday, July 8, with the U19 challenge kicking off at 11.30am, followed by the seniors at 2pm.
– Joel Peterson