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Bombers and Cats set for HDFL showdown

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

Bombers

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

Cats

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

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