Windy conditions awaited the Bankers on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

A stacked side with 15 AFL listed players took the field against a Coburg side that showed they were ready for a challenge.

Geelong falling to Coburg 6.9 (45) to 10.7 (67).

Coburg kept the ball in their forward 50 early, only scoring one goal while the Bankers held up well in defense.

Cooper Stephens was getting involved early with some nice touches, while Quinton Narkle found plenty of it through the middle.

Sam De Koning kicked Geelong’s first after a strong contested mark and a beautiful finish off a set shot.

Jack Henry was named in Geelong's best to push his claims for an immediate AFL recall.

Coburg dominated the contested ball count through the first while Geelong kept turning the ball over through the middle.

Darcy Fort scored Geelong’s first in the second quarter with a brilliant snap around the corner from a throw-in.

Geelong found another goal soon through Cameron Taheny but Coburg soon replied, putting eleven points between the two sides.

As the wind picked up it made things even harder going forward.

Coburg managed another major in the final minutes, bringing the half-time score to 3.4 (22) to 6.3 (39).

The second half started with a few entries inside 50 for the Bankers, but they just couldn't convert early.

Three goals came within five minutes after this low period, thanks to Fort, Ben Jarvis and Max Holmes.

Cooper Stephens suffered a right ankle injury late in the third and was ruled out for the remainder of the match.

Coburg barely had any forward entries until they got a few looks late, eventually scoring one for a five-point lead to finish the quarter.

Heading into the fourth both sides were fighting hard for the win.

Coburg scored the first goal after eight long scoreless minutes.

Geelong had their opportunities late but just couldn't make things work while the ball was stuck going back-and-forth on the right wing.

The match finished with Coburg kicking two in a row.

After a tough loss the Bankers will be able to take a few lessons out of this match and make some tweaks before the season opener against North Melbourne on 18 April.

Geelong        1.1    3.4    6.7  6.9  (45)
Coburg      4.3    6.3    7.6    10.7    (67)

Goals: Fort 2, Holmes, Jarvis, DeKoning, Taheny

Best: Holmes, Tuohy, Henry, Harris, Fort, Johnston

Reports: Nil 

Injuries: Cooper Stephens (Ankle)

@ Deakin Uni Oval