VFL Preview – Round 6

Updated: May 21, 2015
Jack Hollmer has retired Picture: ARJ GIESE


Jack Hollmer will make his first appearance of 2015 with the Geelong VFL team this weekend. Picture: ARJ GIESE

Jack Hollmer will make his first appearance of 2015 with the Geelong VFL team this weekend. Picture: ARJ GIESE

POPULAR clubman Jack Hollmer is set to make his first appearance of the VFL season when Geelong hosts Port Melbourne at Simonds Stadium on Saturday.

Hollmer got through his comeback match from a shoulder injury with his feeder club, the Hampden league’s Port Fairy last round and has been named in the Cats’ line-up for the clash against the Borough.

Hollmer, who was the Cats’ leading goalscorer in the VFL last season, had spent part of the off-season playing in Darwin where he was part of the Wanderers side that upset red hot favorites St Mary’s to win the NTFL premiership.

But Geelong coach Paul Hood said Hollmer, who is closing in on his 100-game milestone at VFL level, suffered the injury during the Grand Final and spent the next few weeks trying to get that right.

The Cats will be without George Horlin-Smith (groin) and Dawson Simpson (shoulder), who was injured in the loss to Footscray last round, but regain key big man Josh Walker and pacey midfielder Sam Blease from their AFL side.

It’s the Cats’ first home game since they beat Werribee under lights in the opening round of the season and they’ve had the wood over Port Melbourne in recent years.

Last season the Cats beat the Borough by three points in Geelong to end Port Melbourne’s unbeaten start to the season.

“They play a strong, proud brand of football which has been their strength for a long time and is a credit to them,” Hood said.

“So the job for our guys is to match the physicality and Port Melbourne are a great test for young guys wanting to play AFL footy.

“They’ve been the biggest and strongest side in the VFL most years so it’s a great chance to test ourselves against that type of player.”

The match will also be Geelong’s first to be shown live on Channel Seven.

MEANWHILE, Werribee skipper Michael Sodomaco has been named on the Tigers’ extended bench for Sunday’s clash against Frankston at Avalon Airport Oval.

Sodomaco has yet to play at all this season because of a hamstring injury. The Tigers will finalise their line-up tomorrow night and decide if the new captain plays in their development league (reserves) side or the seniors.

Mason Wood has returned to North Melbourne’s line-up.

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Geelong (13th) vs. Port Melbourne (5th) @ Simonds Stadium, Saturday 12.12pm

B Sheringham Kolodjashnij Ruggles
HB Jansen Read Raidme
C Maas Blease Cockatoo
HF Luxford Close Farrelly
F Tudor Walker Gibbs
R Lucey Paliouras Cunico
Int Sherman Hollmer Herbison
Burchell Fort Dixon*
McFarlane Rees Bensted


Werribee (1st) vs. Frankston (15th) @ Avalon Airport Oval, Sunday 2pm

Werribee Tigers

B McMahon Wilson Hussey
HB Laracy Mihocek Sherlock
C Sharp Conway Speight
HF Hanson Daw Fordham
F Turner Reid Norris
R Currie Bolton Crichton
Int Holman* Munro E. Wales
Sodomaco Redfern Helliwell
Porter Iles Robinson

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