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
Four-time Central Park-St Brendan's premiership player Tim Kelly will captain-coach Tatura next season.
At the presentations located at the half-way mark of YMGCR's Lake Course, PGA Legends Co-Ordinator Andy Rogers said, "It's been a great three days.
Tatura’s rainfall for the last three months of 2015, 116.6mm, was marginally down on the long-term average for the same period, 120.8mm.
THE Mistress became the first locally owned boat in 26 years to win the Superclass in the Southern 80.
ROCHESTER has welcomed a new family into the community this year.
More of the districts newest preps
No end to V/Line's troubles
The Finley community will always remember the tremendous Trevor Hendy, who was friends with everyone.
TOOLLEEN Recreation Reserve Committee of Management presented three awards on Australia Day in front of 80 local residents.
%Cobram’s new, state-of-the-art library is a step closer to reality, with construction works expected to begin at the Punt Rd site within weeks.
World War II veteran Max Gunn reflects on town's historic recognition.
There’s been a big win for SPC and Australian tomato growers.
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