Breaking down the GFL draw

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Updated: December 15, 2015
GFL Draw breakdown

GFL Draw breakdown

Newtown & Chilwell and Leopold will meet just once in the 2016 GFL home and away season. Picture: VICKI KING

The GFL fixture has been finalised for 2016.

Here’s who your team plays once and what impact the draw will have.

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BELL PARK

Bell-Park-Dragons

 

 

 

 

 

 

Play once: Round 1: South Barwon (a), Round 15: North Shore (h), Round 16: St Albans (a), Round 17: St Mary’s (h).

Verdict: A tough draw for the Dragons. Meet the other four members of the 2015 top five, as well as sixth-placed Leopold twice. Tough run from Round 2 until the Interleague break.

COLAC

Colac-Tigers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Play once: Round 7: South Barwon (h), Round 15: Grovedale (a), Round 16: Lara (h), Round 17: North Shore (a)

Verdict:
Last year’s preliminary finalists will have three returns meetings with the top five, playing fifth-placed Grovedale just once. A trip to West Oval followed by meetings with Newtown & Chilwell, Bell Park and reigning premier St Joseph’s make for an interesting opening month for the Tigers.

GEELONG WEST-ST PETER’S

Geelong-West-St-Peters

 

 

 

 

 

 

Play once: Round 6: St Albans (a), Round 10: Grovedale (h), Round 11: Newtown & Chilwell (a), Round 17: St Joseph’s (h)

Verdict: A draw the Roosters should be happy with. Colac and Bell Park are the only finalists they meet twice. Would give themselves a chance of being 3-1 at the end of April with a home meeting against Colac to open the season following by clashes with South Barwon, St Mary’s and North Shore.

GROVEDALE

Grovedale-Tigers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Play once: Round 9: St Mary’s (a), Round 10: GWSP (a), Round 15: Colac (h), Round 17: Newtown & Chilwell (h)

Verdict:
Only meet reigning premier St Joseph’s and Bell Park twice from the 2015 top five and avoid a trip to Colac. Return meetings against Lara and North Shore is also a bonus.

LARA

Lara-Football-Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

Play once: Round 4: Newtown & Chilwell (h), Round 5: South Barwon (a), Round 16: Colac (a), Round 17: Leopold (h).

Verdict: After a horror 2015, Lara won’t find it any easier in 2016. The Cats will play three of the top five twice, including an opening round meeting with reigning premier St Joseph’s, while it’s only meeting with Colac is down the highway.

LEOPOLD

Leopold-Football-Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

Play once: Round 3: Newtown & Chilwell (a), Round 9: St Joseph’s (h), Round 14: North Shore (h) Round 17: Lara (a)

Verdict: There’s a nice symmetry about Leopold’s fixture. The Lions, who missed the finals by under a goal, play grand finalists St Joseph’s and Newtown & Chilwell and bottom two Lara and North Shore just once. Consecutive home games gives to start the season is an added bonus, a luxury only afforded to the Lions and Geelong West-St Peter’s.

NEWTOWN & CHILWELL

Newtown-Chilwell-Football-Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

Play once: Round 3: Leopold (h), Round 4: Lara (a), Round 11: GWSP (h), Round 17: Grovedale (a)

Verdict:. Have paid for their grand final appearance with return meetings against reigning premier St Joseph’s and fellow finalists Colac and Bell Park. Just one home game in the opening month of the season, however the away games include winnable clashes with North Shore and Lara.

NORTH SHORE

North-Shore-Football-Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

Play once: Round 3: St Albans (h), Round 14: Leopold (a), Round 15: Bell Park (a), Round 17: Colac (h)

Verdict:
For a club so used to success, it is now more than a decade since the Seagulls last played finals. A tough draw for Jason Davenport’s men in which they cop grand finalists St Joseph’s and Newtown & Chilwell twice. Rivalry with Lara gives them two cracks at the Cats. Avoid a trip to Colac.

SOUTH BARWON

South-Barwon-Football-Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

Play once: Round 1: Bell Park (h), Round 5: Lara (h), Round 9: St Albans (a), Round 11: St Mary’s (a)

Verdict: The Swans face a tough ask if they’re to avoid missing the finals for a third straight year. Will play four of the top five from 2015 twice and only meet Lara once. South Barwon are the only club to play every club once before a return meeting.

ST ALBANS

St-Albans-Football-Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

Play once: Round 3: North Shore (a), Round 6: GWSP (h), Round 16: Bell Park (h), Round 18: St Joseph’s

Verdict: The draw has given St Albans have every chance to play finals for the first time since 2003. Play three of the 2015 finalists twice, but they avoid Bell Park until Round 16 and St Joseph’s until Round 18. Destiny is in the hands of Nick Daffy’s men.

ST JOSEPH’S

St-Joeys-Football-Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

Play once: Round 8: St Mary’s (h), Round 9: Leopold (a), Round 17: GWSP (a), Round 18: St Albans (h)

Verdict: Not surprisingly, St Joseph’s will be made to work to defend its 2015 title. Heath Jamieson’s charges will play every finalist twice, but also get return meetings with Lara and North Shore.  Grand final re-match with Newtown & Chilwell in Round 7 before meeting again in Round 13.

ST MARY’S

St-Marys-Football-Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

Play once: Round 8: St Joseph’s (a), Round 9: Grovedale (h), Round 11: South Barwon (h), Round 17: Bell Park (a)

Verdict: An ideal draw for the Saints after a disappointing 2015. Play just two of the five finalists (Newtown & Chilwell and Colac) twice. Will have two cracks at the likes of North Shore, Lara and Geelong West-St Peter’s.



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