Around the grounds: Nott's comeback

Big man Nick Nott made his regular season playing return at local level on the weekend almost 15 months after rupturing his ACL.

Nott crossed from North Ballarat at the end of 2017, and made an instant impression in the opening month of the 2018 season, before cruelly being cut down with a significant knee injury that has seen him out of action for well over a year.

The ruck/forward played a pre-season match at local level but suffered a setback which has cost him a chunk of his 2019 campaign.

After a gruelling rehab program, Nott was cleared to play managed minutes for St Mary’s reserves side in the Geelong Football League on Saturday, and got through successfully.

He was one of 12 Werribee-listed players to feature at local level on the weekend – here’s how they fared.


Developing ruckman Darcy Bennett continued his promising form for Lara, helping his side defeat North Shore by 17 points. At Monday’s Local League Review he received the Player of the Round award from the development coaches who highlighted his leadership as a feature of his game on Saturday.

18-year-old key forward Hudson Garoni took his season goal tally to 20 from just nine games with another pleasing display in Grovedale’s thrilling four-point loss to Geelong West Giants. Once again he impressed with his contested marking.

After a late reprieve against Frankston, experienced runner Dane McFarlane found himself back at Newtown & Chilwell and put in a solid day’s work in his side’s 46-point loss to St Mary’s. The speedster racked up 29 disposals and 10 marks playing on the wing.

Reliable defender Ben McNamara was once again in St Joseph’s best in their 45-point win over Leopold, while ruckman Jack Berry competed well for the Lions in a losing cause.

Impressive youngster Aiden Domic was important for Bell Park in its six-goal win over St Albans with his run and carry, tackling pressure and leadership.


Western Jets duo Hamish Murphy and Jack Watkins were reunited at senior level for Avondale Heights on Saturday, but it was in a heavy defeat at the hands of Strathmore.

In his second game back from a long layoff with a foot injury, Watkins kicked one of his side’s three goals and was awarded best on ground honours from the opposition coach. Murphy worked tirelessly down back in the 68-point loss, with his pressure and one percenters highlights of his game.


Rebounding defender Scott Carlin made a successful return from injury for Lake Wendouree, and picked up 20 disposals in his side’s hefty loss to Melton.
Ball-winner Nick Stuhldreier was clean and provided good spread from stoppages for Bacchus Marsh in its 35-point defeat to Sebastopol.


Baxter Norton continued his solid local form, contributing to Spotswood’s 37-point win over St Albans. The crafty left-footer was strong at the contest and had a hand in multiple scores. Once again he lined up alongside former Western Bulldogs and Essendon star Adam Cooney, who kicked four goals.


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