• North Geelong coach Daniel Kee. Picture: AL PACKER

    Lessons to be learned for North

    NORTH Geelong coach Daniel Kee has been around football long enough to know you can’t change the past. He also knows that if you don’t learn from it you are doomed...

  • North Geelong's Steve Richert at training last month. Picture: AL PACKER

    Richert ready to go one better

    FOR both team and individual, the post-mortem following any humiliating grand final defeat can be confronting. In fact, very few within the four walls of a football club are immune from...

  • Is Anthony Klisby the man to fill the void left by Jamie Pitman? Picture: AL PACKER

    Magpies add key forward

    NORTH Geelong may have gone some of the way to filling the void left by star forward Jamie Pitman after signing South Australian Anthony Kilsby. The athletic Kilsby arrives at Osborne...

  • Page puts pain behind him

    FOR Joel Page, the image above is one of mixed emotions. Taken just minutes after Bell Post Hill claimed its fifth premiership in six seasons following the Panthers systematic dismantling of...

  • Steve Lewry's impact as coach is already being felt at Bell Post Hill. Picture: AL PACKER

    Fresh voice excites Panthers

    THE man they affectionately call ‘Stoofa’ may have the toughest gig in local football. Steven Lewry was announced in November as club legend Brent Grgic’s coaching replacement at Bell Post Hill...

  • North Geelong's Lachie Wright has joined Grovedale. Picture: ARJ GIESE

    GDFL Ins & Outs

    Here is the player movement confirmed by each club and the GDFL clearance list. Clearances officially opened on February 1. Twitter: @tom_king79 ANAKIE IN: OUT: Luke Wilson (Lara), Brayden Cotter (Lara),...

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    GDFL Practice Matches

    Here is a list of confirmed practice matches for GDFL clubs.         March 5: vs. Tarneit @ TBA March 19: vs. Parkside @ TBA        ...

  • Geelong West coach Andrew Clark looks on at training. Picture: AL PACKER

    Cheetahs keep it real

    GEELONG West coach Andrew Clark is keeping his expectations for 2016 simple; “to win more than we did last year”. After narrowly missing the finals in 2013 and winning seven games...

  • Tom Parsons is looking forward to running out with Bannockburn after overcoming a serious injury suffered in 2015. Picture: AL PACKER

    “I did think about dying”

    FOR a split second, Tom Parsons thought he was going to die. The then Anakie skipper had found himself in the back of ambulance after an o- field collision against Winchelsea...

  • GDFL president Neville Whitley arrives at last week's AFL Barwon restructure meeting. Picture: AL PACKER

    Give us more time – GDFL

    GDFL clubs want an extra six months to respond to the proposed restructure of local football. All 34 local clubs were given until February 29 to have their say on the...

  • CDFL - Sean O'Neill (Colac Herald)

    Tigers top-up with talent

    THE return of Sean O’Neill is among a number of handy signings confirmed by GDFL club Thomson. O’Neill, who last played with the Tigers in 2012, has spent the last three...

  • Picture: DARREN PHILLIPS

    Community to have say on Devils position

    CORIO will give its local community a chance to shape its response to the planned shake-up of local football and netball. The Devils have called a public meeting for next week...

  • Star North Geelong forward Paul Breguet watches on during last year's qualifying final loss to Inverleigh. Picture: AL PACKER

    Froggy to leap again?

    NORTH Geelong hasn’t ruled out star forward Paul Breguet playing some role in the 2016 season. The veteran high-flyer ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament for the second time in less than...

  • GDFL president Neville Whitley arrives at last week's AFL Barwon restructure meeting. Picture: AL PACKER

    Over to the clubs – Whitley

    GDFL clubs will meet with the league executive next Wednesday to formulate a response to the proposed restructure of local football and netball. Long-serving president Neville Whitley says they received the...

  • New Corio captain Corey Collins (right) and deputy vice-captain Josh Foster are part of a five-man leadership group at Corio. Picture: AL PACKER

    Devils defensive mindset

    NEW Corio coach Nathan Boyd will instill a defensive mindset into his playing group in 2016. Boyd, who has taken charge of Devils outfit that went winless in 2015, conceding an...

  • Thomson co-coach Brent Taylor won't rush his return from ongoing hamstring problems. Picture: VICKI KING

    Taylor to take his time

    THOMSON co-coach Brent Taylor is taking a safety-first approach to pre-season after his 2015 was marred by repeated hamstring problems. The former Drysdale star played just seven games – and finished...

  • Former Garfield forward Ash Brown is among some handy additions at East Geelong. Picture: AL PACKER

    Recruits boost Eagles

    SOME handy January recruiting has resulted in renewed optimism at East Geelong ahead of the GDFL season. The Eagles, who missed the finals for the first time since 2006 last year,...

  • Thomson co-coach Reece Holwell addresses his players at training. Picture: AL PACKER

    Tigers put focus on fitness

    THOMSON co-coach Reece Holwell hopes a pre-season focus on fitness will help it take the next step and back into the GDFL finals in 2016. The Tigers were the competition’s big...

  • Junior co-ordinator Melissa Gilham (centre), Youth Girls coach George Sheppard and assistant coach Brooke Sheppard with players from Bell Post Hill's junior section. Picture: AL PACKER

    Creating a path for the future

    FOR all its recent success on the field in recent years, there has been one area of the club off-field Bell Post Hill has fallen short in. Despite winning five of...

  • Darren Milburn trains with his new Bannockburn teammates. Picture: AL PACKER

    Dasher down to business

    HE might turn 39 in the opening fortnight of the new GDFL season, and not kicked a ball in anger since 2011, but Geelong great Darren Milburn isn’t easing himself back...

  • Geelong West coach Mark Hounslow is looking forward to the Cheetahs notching up their second win of the season. Picture: DARREN PHILLIPS

    Hounslow steps down at West

    GEELONG West president Simon Cavallo is confident the club’s build-up to season 2016 won’t be hampered by Mark Hounslow’s decision to step down as coach. Hounslow, who had been in the...

  • Ricky O'Toole will remain at East Geelong and extend his playing career into a 24th season in 2016 Picture: VICKI KING

    Ricky remains at East

    RICKY O’Toole has rejected numerous offers from across Geelong and beyond to re-sign with East Geelong for a 24th, and possibly last, season of local football. Speculation about O’Toole’s future had...

  • Werribee Centrals best and fairest Stephen Morgan delivers his acceptance speech at this year's presentation night. Picture:

    Morgan stays true to Centrals

    WITH the departure of three pivotal on-field components from Galvin Park, Werribee Centrals coach Peter Mark would be breathing a sigh of relief that Stephen Morgan won’t be a fourth key...

  • Former Geelong star Darren Milburn has joined GDFL club Bannockburn as playing assistant coach. Picture: AFL MEDIA

    Milburn commits to Tigers

    GEELONG great Darren Milburn has joined GDFL club Bannockburn as co-coach. A good friend and teammate at the Cats of already appointed Tigers coach Peter Riccardi, the addition of the 38-year-old...

  • Former Bannockburn forward Jordyn Burke has been appointed coach of North Ballarat City. Picture: VICKI KING

    Burke not returning to Banno

    BANNOCKBURN’s hopes of Jordyn Burke returning from Horsham have been dashed following his appointment as coach of North Ballarat City. The Tigers had hoped the former Vic Country representative would be...

  • Thomson's Nick Martuni climbs high to mark over Bannockburn's Ned Grant and Matthew Hoe this year. The two Tigers will meet just once in 2016. Picture: VICKI KING

    Breaking down the GDFL draw

    The GDFL fixture has been finalised for 2016. Here’s who your team plays once and what impact the draw will have. Twitter: @tom_king79 CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL GDFL FIXTURE ANAKIE...

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