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
Shepparton businesses The Windscreen Savers and Makar Automotive were severely damaged in a blaze that was started by a welding operation.
Police investigating a break and enter at a Mulwala club more than 10 years ago are renewing their appeal for public assistance by releasing an image of a person they believe has information to assist them.
Tatura’s Victory Hall is set for a big year as preparations get under way to celebrate the hall’s 90th birthday in September.
Former district resident and award-winning television producer Joanna Werner will no doubt be shopping for a glitzy gown ahead of the Emmy Awards in New York on February 20.
Rochester Secondary College school captains Dom Atley and Tim Poole have been accepted to study biomedical science in the first step towards becoming doctors.
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Fire destroys key public buildings in Seymour
Finley Henry Matheson was bestowed one of the highest Australia Day honours.
Heathcote Hostel residents were treated to a visit from Heathcote’s favourite horse, Sub Zero, as part of Australia Day celebrations.
Recent weather conditions have come as a mixed blessing for farmers, with high rainfall and humidity providing a respite for irrigators as well as difficult growing and picking conditions for fruit growers.
Darren McLoughlin only started playing croquet seven years ago.
From orchards to harvest to shelves, a new exhibition will celebrate the Goulburn Valley’s iconic fruit industry. The Photos of the Fruit Industry exhibition will run as part of the SheppARTon Festival in March and aims to share memories and history of an industry that has shaped the region.
Former Benalla footballer Tom Rockliff has been named captain of the Brisbane Lions Football Club.
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