Dennington tops up midfield for grand final rematch

DENNINGTON has added experience, class and grunt to its midfield for the grand final rematch at Dennington Recreation Reserve tomorrow.

Dennington’s Jordan Scott strides out at interleague training before turning his focus to club commitments this weekend.

Dennington’s Jordan Scott strides out at interleague training before turning his focus to club commitments this weekend.

Former Warrnambool premiership player Dustin McCorkell will line up for the Dogs for the third time this season, one of two big inclusions.

Onballer Shane Graham also makes a timely return. Graham broke an ankle last season but has impressed in the reserves the past fortnight.

Jyles Lebler injured an ankle last week and will miss — but could play reserves — while Luke Moutray has a corked thigh.

Reigning premier Panmure named an unchanged side, keeping faith with the 22 players which accounted for Russells Creek last weekend.

Alex White (broken fingers) and James Keane (jarred knee) remain sidelined and are unlikely to be back before the interleague break.

Match-winning onballer Braden Hotker is the key inclusion at South Rovers for their clash with Russells Creek at Mack Oval.

Hotker is one of two additions to the side which was competitive against Allansford six days ago, with teen Lachlan Cowell coming in as the sub.

But for what the Lions gain in midfield strength, they lose in height, with ruckman Lucas Wilson sidelined with a back injury. Sandon Williams is also omitted.

Russells Creek made five changes. Brad Everall, Marcus Askew and Justin Harzmeyer are the pick of the inclusions, while Tahi Pompey will miss.

A knee injury has sidelined experienced onballer Matt Lynch when Old Collegians take on Timboon Demons at Timboon Recreation Reserve.

Warriors selectors have also omitted Marcus Shaw in favour of Jake O’Flynn and Josh Walsh.

Timboon Demons made one change, welcoming back defender Dean Whitehead but losing forward Neil Gowland.

Premiership favourite Merrivale will field one of its strongest sides for the season when it takes on Deakin University at The Pond.

The Tigers have named onballers Sam Gleeson and Al Porter and ruckman Manny Sandow, with all three back after being unavailable last weekend.

Josh Keilar is unavailable, robbing the side of pace up forward, while Kyle Dwyer and teenager Joe Adams are omitted.

Deakin University made six changes, continuing a frustrating pattern for coach Trent Anderson.

Ball-winner Luke Fronsko, key defender Aiden Bourke and utility Jed Rodgers are the pick of the additions for the Sharks.

But they will be undersized in a big way without ruckman Mitch Hodgson and key forward James Crawford. Josh Van Heugten will also miss.

Nirranda and Kolora-Noorat each made one change for their match at Noorat Recreation Reserve — transferred due to redevelopment works at Nirranda.

The Blues included Craig Murrell at the expense of Jack Irving, while the Power will be without Mitch Elford, naming a straight 21.

East Warrnambool has taken a cautious approach with onballer Ash Sumner, who suffered concussion against Merrivale last weekend.

Sumner is among five changes to the Bombers side, which hosts Allansford at Reid Oval. Jayson Millet will also be sidelined with a leg injury.

Ruckman Jordan Collins returns after being a late withdrawal last weekend. Jacob Taylor and Jayden Millet have also overcome injury.

Teenagers Cody Mailes and Tyler Shaw are the other inclusions and will play their first senior matches for the club.

Allansford has made three changes, losing Nick Mills (groin) and Paul Thornton (omitted) and adding Matt Lloyd and Shaun Watson.

The Cats have rotated their substitutes, handing a chance to Jed Katsaros and omitting Sam Byron.

afawkes@fairfaxmedia.com.au

Smartphone
Tablet - Narrow
Tablet - Wide
Desktop