WARRNAMBOOL and North Warrnambool Eagles have bolstered their midfields ahead of their final-round battle.
Reigning Maskell medallist Tim Hunt returns for the Blues after a precautionary one-week spell with a groin strain.
Ball winners Andy McMeel (calf) and Dean Gavin (flu) add to the Eagles’ midfield rotations.
Warrnambool coach Scott Carter said teenager Tom Schnerring, who has played 13 games straight since making his senior debut, was unlucky to miss out.
“It’s purely on weight of numbers,” he said.
“It’s unfortunate but he’s still very much a part of our plans.
“His form’s been solid but we’re bringing a Maskell medallist into the side.
“From our premiership 21 from last year we have 18 playing, which is virtually unheard of.”
North Warrnambool Eagles coach David Haynes said McMeel could have played last weekend but the club erred on the side of caution with finals approaching.
Koroit wingman James North will make his much-awaited return against Hamilton Kangaroos at Melville Oval.
North has overcome a persistent quad injury and will play his first senior game since round four and just his second of the season.
Koroit coach Adam Dowie said the smooth-moving left-footer had played two games in the reserves and was an integral part of the Saints’ set-up.
“It’s been a long road for James,” he said.
“He is a highly-regarded player at Koroit, so he’s come in at the right end of the season.”
Dowie said North was “a class above” in the reserves last weekend.
Hamilton Kangaroos will blood two more teenagers, elevating Wes Isles and Cameron Pepper for their final game of the season.
The pair will play half-forward-wing roles in their senior debuts.
The Kangaroos also brought in Damien Logan (ankle), Jayden Riddle (unavailable) and Matt Lowe (under 18s).
Cobden welcomes back creative forward Damon Delaney from a back injury for its road trip to Portland’s Hanlon Park.
Ben Robertson makes way after replacing Delaney in the Bombers’ line-up last weekend.
Portland brought in veteran Jaron Quinlivan for teenager Jay Moody.
Camperdown will be without key defender Nick Bateman for its clash against South Warrnambool at Leura Oval.
Eddy Lucas comes into the Magpies’ line-up after missing one week through injury.
Pies coach Bernard Moloney said Bateman was concussed against Terang Mortlake.
“He’ll be ready to go for the elimination final,” he said.
“The ground will be heavy, so we brought in a small rather than a tall.”
South Warrnambool brought in teenage defender Brad Parsons for Harry Ponting.
Mik McSween and Jake Crawley return from minor back injuries for Terang Mortlake’s game against Port Fairy at Gardens Oval.
Tom McKenzie (hamstring) and Matt Arundell (hip flexor) will miss the Bloods’ season-ending fixture.
Port Fairy has made three changes, with Mason Crosier, Jay Solomon and Colin Harwood coming in.
Cobden export Daniel Watson was named in Northern Blues’ senior VFL side for their final-round match against Williamstown this weekend.
If he plays, it will be his senior VFL debut after playing 17 games in the competition’s development league this season.