Nathan O'Brien returns for Cats while questions remain over injured forward Kahl Oliver.LUKE MCMANUS August 29, 2014 10:30am
Leitchville-Gunbower's Hoby Bussey and LBU's Lachie Collins will go head-to-head at tomorrow's preliminary final
Leitchville-Gunbower stands to upset Lockington-Bamawm United’s HDFL premiership defence.
The traditional rivals meet in tomorrow’s preliminary final at Elmore — the clubs’ fourth encounter this season.
LBU earned the points in both home and away fixtures, but slipped up after conceding four unanswered goals late in the final term during a thrilling qualifying final at Toolleen two weeks ago.
Back on the winners list against Mt Pleasant on Saturday, the Cats have one final hurdle to overcome for a crack at North Bendigo and a fourth consecutive flag.
The reigning premier boasts experience while Leitchville-Gunbower’s youth should provide the necessary run to overcome the Cats at the death yet again.
Kade Merlo and Joel Donehue have been rushed back into the side while Riley Keath has been called up to play his ninth senior game.
Travers McNaught, Randy Munzel and Matt Hawken are set to miss.
Questions remain unanswered on Kahl Oliver’s replacement after the Cats forward suffered a groin injury in last week’s semi-final win.
Jonathan Hay remained a 50-50 chance last week and could be a surprise inclusion pending training last night.
Nathan O’Brien is a confirmed starter and will replace Jarrod Monaghan, while John Halloran could be a late withdrawal with a sore ankle.
HDFL Seniors Preliminary Final, Leitchville-Gunbower v Lockington-Bamawm United, 2.10pm at Elmore Recreation Reserve
B: H Bussey, S Hawkins, J McEwan
HB: J Keath, M Shadbolt, M Hore
C: J. Williams, J Donehue, W Brereton
HF: B Walsh, R Hocking, J Truefeldt
F: R Keath, L Pollock, J Helman
R: C Ross, S Pretty, R Lee
INT: K Merlo, J Lunghusen, S Douglas, B Embleton
In: K Merlo, J Donehue, R Keath
Out: M Hawken, R Munzel, T McNaught
B: C Moon, C Treacy, J Ireland
HB: S Keleher, D Lucas, C Broad
C: L Main. M Dobson, N Bacon
HF: M Deledio, K Oliver, T Bacon
F: R Woodland, L Collins, R Jensen
R: C Hudson, M Angove, M Bongiovanni
INT: N O’Brien, J Woodland, W Hobbs, P Hudson
In: N O’Brien
Out: J Monaghan
Students from St Mary's Primary School put in a great effort on Monday for the school's Clean Up Australia Day event.
Perfect weather forecasted this weekend will please the many boating enthusiasts registered for the inaugural Lake Mulwala Boat Muster to be held on Saturday.
A dairy cow has died from the disease anthrax in the Tatura region.
Campaspe Shire still does not have an alternative to the Moama slipway more than two years after obtaining permits to build a dry dock at the Port of Echuca.
There was a sentence doing the rounds at the weekend’s Great Northern Show.
Vic Govt issues alert after dairy cow death in Tatura
Two local teenagers have formally apologised to the Finley community for destroying 14 trees in Finley's Railway Park.
St Mary’s Catholic Church in Heathcote has undergone extensive roof repairs due to increasing water damage.
Cobram and District Toy Library secretary Liz Stronge said she was ‘‘really happy’’ with the turnout of more than 100 people to the 25th birthday Playfest at Mivo Park on Saturday.
2014 audit report reveals improved finances.
New Victorian minister for agriculture, Jaala Pulford, should bring funds for the Queensland Fruit Fly fight when she visits the region for the first time, Member for Northern Victoria, Wendy Lovell says.
Betty Summer walks 6 kms in a round trip, three times a week to go to the gym. She hates people asking her age, but couldn't keep it secret when she hit the big nine-oh.
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