JACK Hollmer and Gary Robinson will bolster Port Fairy’s forward line against North Warrnambool Eagles tomorrow.
The Seagulls are also waiting on a clearance for Portland goalkicker Jaydon Stiles, who will join the Gardens Oval-based club after a short stint in the SANFL reserves.
Stiles’ clearance is pending and he wasn’t named to play against the Eagles.
Port Fairy coach Sam Rudolph expects Stiles, a former North Ballarat Rebel, to be free to make his Seagulls’ debut against Warrnambool in round eight.
Rudolph said the Seagulls were surprised to pick up Stiles mid-season.
He said the club did not actively seek out the medium-sized forward.
“It is an interesting one, he fell into our lap,” he said. “He is friends with Sam Anson, who came over from Portland way last year.
Stiles declined to comment when contacted by The Standard yesterday.
Rudolph said Port Fairy was thrilled Hollmer, Geelong’s VFL vice-captain, put his hand up to play during the VFL’s bye round.
“I spoke to him earlier in the week about that and I said ‘I won’t be offended if you want the week off and that I understand at that level if you want the bye off’ and he said he’d love to play,” Rudolph said.
Hollmer and Robinson will play alongside each other for the first time.
Robinson missed Hollmer’s Seagulls debut against South Warrnambool in round five with injury.
North Warrnambool Eagles made one change, replacing injured key defender Brendan Murfett (calf) with Matt Brophy, who missed the Eagles’ round six win against Portland with illness.
Portland onballer Jake Dignan heads the Tigers’ changes for their clash against Warrnambool at Hanlon Park.
Dignan injured his finger in Hampden’s interleague loss to Ovens and Murray.Stiles, Tom Gordon and Nathan Haylock, who are unavailable, will also miss.
Warrnambool added ruckman Rob Bright and promising teenager Otto Opperman for North Ballarat Rebels’ Tom Schnerring and Tom Ludeman.
Cobden strengthened its line-up for the top-five clash with Koroit, welcoming back VFL-listed duo Daniel Watson and Daniel Semmens among four changes.
Watson, who is managing a corkie, comes into the Bombers’ line-up fresh from an impressive performance for Northern Blues’ senior side.
Hamilton Kangaroos brought in experienced pair Lachie Crawford, Jayden Riddle and defender Lee Pye, who has missed two weeks with a back injury, for their home game against Camperdown.
Josh Pepper (ankle), Roger Morris (thumb) and Adrian Linke (omitted) make way.
Kangaroos coach Jarrod Holt said Morris was injured at training on Tuesday and would have scans.
“He had the ball land on a funny angle,” he said.
“He was sore tonight and couldn’t mark or catch the footy and was in a bit of discomfort.”
Camperdown welcomes back half-back Luke Clarke and full-forward Luke Mahony from hamstring injuries.
Key defender Nick Bateman will miss after injuring himself at work and ruckman Marcus Powling is out with general soreness.
Terang Mortlake veteran Michael Sargeant returns from a hamstring strain for the clash with South Warrnambool, which was boosted by Sam Thompson’s return from injury.