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
Brownlow medallist Kevin Murray, who enjoyed a decorated career with Fitzroy Lions, is putting his medals from his playing days on display to help raise funds for Arcadia Country Fire Authority.
The Australian Cricket Association has made the decision to postpone the Masters events scheduled for Yarrawonga this weekend in light of the serious injury to Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes.
Last week Victorian Collections passed a major milestone, with the 50000th historical object record from the state’s heritage collections uploaded to the site.
On Saturday voters will head to the polls to decide what shape the new Victorian Government will take. The Riv asked each of our six candidates to provide 300 words on what their number one issue is for the seat of Murray Plains.
Rochester Elmore District Health Service’s board of management chair Tim Fulton has presented Gayle McConnell and Heather Oliver with long service awards.
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Dr John Alexander is 101-yrs-old and has many fond memories of working with the Benalla migrant camp residents from its opening in 1949.
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