Werribee’s Harry Boyd, Matthew Brett, and Joel Bennett all returned to their interchange sides across a bumper Queen’s Birthday weekend of local football in regional Victoria.
While the metropolitan leagues enjoyed the long weekend off, the country leagues were in full swing, giving Boyd, Brett, and Bennett the chance to press their case for a return to the VFL ranks.
Lining up for Goulburn Valley Football League side Shepparton, Boyd and Brett enjoyed a 57-point win over Echuca, the former finishing with two goals after stints forward, back, and in the ruck and the latter producing a solid performance at both ends of the ground.
Meanwhile, in the Geelong Football League, Bennett starred in his return to the Geelong West Giants midfield, finishing best afield for his side as it went down to Charlie Francis’ South Barwon by 53 points.
Also of note in the GFL from a Werribee standpoint was the clash between Ben McNamara’s St Joseph’s side and Max Augerinos’ St Mary’s outfit, which saw the Joeys edge the Saints by eight points in Augerinos’ first senior game since returning from his knee reconstruction.
The Saints were far too strong in the corresponding reserves fixture, Isaac Miller producing his best game of the year with a best-on-ground midfield performance that netted him three goals.
A further six players Werribee players were in action across the country leagues over the Queen’s Birthday weekend:
• Still in the GFL, Jack Brauman and Keegan Gray produced strong games for Bell Park through the midfield and across half back as the Dragons notched up a 32-point win over Lara; Keelin Betson’s Grovedale side came from behind to edge North Shore by three points in a thriller; and Bevan Shelley’s Newtown & Chilwell side went down to Leopold by 88 points.
• Harrison King joined in on a Ballarat Football League scorefest as his Bacchus Marsh side romped to a 108-point win over Melton.
• Fabian Brancatisano managed to hit the scoreboard despite limited opportunities as his Castlemaine outfit slumped to a 128-point loss to Bendigo Football League rival Kyneton.
• Jade Cleeland kicked a goal and was among the best for Wangaratta’s reserves in its 85-point drubbing of crosstown rival Wangaratta Rovers.
With Werribee set for the VFL bye this weekend, a number of additional players could be released to return to their local clubs.