Around the grounds: May 29

Harrison King didn’t miss a beat in his return to football over the weekend, producing a best-on-ground performance for Bacchus Marsh in its 17-point win over East Point.

In his first game since undergoing hip surgery in the pre-season, King lined up alongside former Werribee teammates Scott Sherlock, Ben Speight, and Daniel Foley, booting three goals for the Cobras in a high-scoring affair that proved to be the Ballarat Football League’s game of the round.

Also making a long-awaited return to the field was Max Augerinos, who lined up for St Mary’s reserves side for his first game since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in Werribee’s round-10 clash with Footscray last year.

Playing alongside fellow midfielder Isaac Miller, Augerinos kicked a goal and turned out a solid first-up performance to help guide the Saints to an 82-point win over Geelong Football League rival South Barwon.

Making returns of a different kind, Cassidy Parish and Keegan Gray again donned the green guernseys of Vic Country for game two of the Young Guns series, both finishing among the best players in the 10-point loss to Vic Metro at North Port Oval.

Headlining the other noteworthy performances from Werribee players away from the VFL were those of Nathan Laracy and Keelin Betson, who both turned out their best games of the year playing in the Ovens & Murray Football League and GFL respectively.

Working alongside Brady Sharp, Laracy provided key drive off half back for Myrtleford in its 42-point loss to Wodonga Raiders, while Betson kicked two goals as one of Grovedale’s best in its 34-point win over Geelong West Giants.

Having played his first game back from a hamstring complaint last fortnight, Spiros Amarantidis also took a big step forward with a much-improved performance for Deer Park, booting four goals to finish among the Lions’ best in their 70-point Western Region Football League win over St Albans.

A further 13 Werribee players were in action away from the VFL over the weekend:

• Back in the GFL, Ben McNamara was strong in defence as St Joseph’s handed down a 104-point thumping to Jack Brauman’s Bell Park; Charlie Francis was among South Barwon’s best in its 51-point loss to St Mary’s; Bayley Cockerill kicked a goal for Lara in its 12-point loss to North Shore; and Bevan Shelley was a standout for Newtown & Chilwell’s reserves in their seven-point loss to Colac.
• Fresh from his best-on-ground performance for the WRFL under-19 interleague side, Josh Mould turned out a best-on-ground performance off half back for Wyndhamvale, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the undefeated Werribee Districts, Nick Buykx’s Tigers outfit prevailing by 18 points.
• Nick Weightman continued his outstanding WRFL form with yet another best-on-ground performance for Albion in its 53-point loss to Spotswood.
• In the Essendon District Football League, Charlie Bance lined up alongside Jack Irvine to turn out a solid midfield and defensive performance for Maribyrnong Park in a top-of-the-table clash with Greenvale, but it couldn’t prevent the Lions from falling by 10 points in their first defeat of the year; and Luke Hitch pitched in for Keilor at both ends of the ground as the Blues rolled Glenroy by 125 points.
• Further afield of the Geelong and metropolitan leagues, Jade Cleeland’s Wangaratta Magpies enjoyed a 68-point win over North Albury in the O&MFL, while Fabian Brancatisano’s Castlemaine side was forced to endure a 158-point hiding at the hands of Strathfieldsaye in the Bendigo Football League.

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