NORTH Warrnambool Eagles have brought in VFL-listed swingman Marcus Darmody for their elimination final against Camperdown at Victoria Park on Sunday.
Darmody, who was under an injury cloud with a knee concern, got through the Eagles’ training session last night.
The Eagles also welcomed back teenage defender Mitch Bowman from the TAC Cup.
Herb Barlow is a chance to come in for his first senior game since breaking his leg in 2012.
Barlow, who has played four games in the reserves, was named on an extended bench.
Midfielder Nathan Murphy is out with a knee injury, while Tim Sheldon is unavailable.
North Warrnambool Eagles coach David Haynes said he would finalise the side tonight.
Haynes said Murphy “tweaked” his knee in the Eagles’ thrilling one-point final round win against Warrnambool.
“It’s a slight medial strain, I think. It’s nothing too serious but not quite good enough for this week,” he said.
“He’d be a chance next week if we got through.”
Camperdown brought in defender Nick Bateman, who missed the Pies’ 115-point drubbing of South Warrnambool with concussion.
Eddie Lucas was the casualty.
Magpies coach Bernard Moloney said he was content with his line-up.
“It is as good a team as we have. We are going to front up with a really strong team, so it’s all about performing now,” he said.
Cobden and Warrnambool both named unchanged line-ups for their qualifying final at Terang Recreation Reserve tomorrow.
It is the first time Cobden will go in unchanged all season.
The Bombers, coming off a resounding 80-point belting of Portland at Hanlon Park, are searching for their first win against Warrnambool in 14 attempts.
Warrnambool coach Scott Carter said Maskell medallist Tim Hunt would play.
“Tim is OK. He has a sore groin and we tried to manage him a bit last week,” he said.
Carter said VFL-listed Liam Hoy snr wouldn’t play finals.
“He needs a rest. He’s carrying a few injuries,” he said.
“He actually got knocked out last week.”
Cobden coach Wayne Robertson said the Bombers considered bringing up players from the reserves but opted to go into the qualifying final with a settled line-up.
“There are blokes in red-hot form in the reserves and we ran a few names,” he said.
“We’d have been quite comfortable to bring any one of half a dozen blokes into the side and still be happy with what we’ve got.”
Meanwhile, minor premier Koroit will train at Victoria Park tomorrow morning.
Coach Adam Dowie said the Saints wouldn’t play a practice match on their weekend off.
“We have a pretty good run with injuries, so we don’t want to push our luck,” he said.
“It’s more about training with red footballs during the day time.”
Dowie said Koroit had trained in Warrnambool on Tuesday night and last night at its home base.
“We trained on Tuesday night at Mack Oval,” he said.
“The lights there are good and the surface is really good. We trained there for an hour-and-a-half, so it was pretty solid.”
Dowie said the Saints would have a lighter week on the track ahead of their second semi-final against either Cobden or Warrnambool.
The first-year Saints leader said his list was healthy.
“Karl Dwyer is up and moving around and he trained at half-pace the other night,” he said.
“We have niggles and fatigue but nothing acute.
“They might be sore and tired but at this time of the year injuries miraculously disappear and everyone is up and about.”
Dowie said North Ballarat Rebels-listed teenager Jayden Brennan would be available for selection next week, while the availability of Northern Blues defender Haydn Drew would depend on how the VFL development side fared in its elimination final this weekend.