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
RACV data shows Mitchell Shire has the highest number of insurance claims lodged in the region for animal-related collisions.
In a day made for football at the sun-bathed Lavington Sports Club Oval the 2015 Yarrawonga Under 16 Pigeons showed their class with a comprehensive victory in the AWJFL Grand Final against Wodonga.
Saturday, August 22 saw the Harston Memorial Hall packed to capacity for the annual Reg Poole Concert.
HEATHER and Brian Parker never meant to spend 10 months cruising to Goolwa and back.
CHILDREN from across the district went crazy over Book Week last week.
Young Bombers pull off last quarter comeback to win under-16 premiership.
The Darley and Swettenham stallion parades attracted large numbers to the showpiece Northwood Rd properties on Sunday.
Berrigan public decides drainage works location
VICTORIA Police Homicide Squad detectives are investigating after a three-month-old baby girl died in Heathcote on the weekend.
Cobram Barooga leaders and tourism operators have welcomed the launch of a new tourism strategy focusing on events, which aims to attract more people to the Murray River.
Cancer claims one of its fiercest combatants.
Water allocations were increased in the Goulburn-Murray Water region today.
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