NORTH Warrnambool Eagles ruckman Jordan Dillon will line-up for the club in its first Hampden league senior grand final despite suffering an injury scare.
The important Eagle was sent for precautionary scans after rolling his ankle at training last week but is recovering well and will front up against Koroit duo Jeremy Hausler and Ethyn Zimmer in Saturday’s decider at Reid Oval.
Eagles co-coach Graeme Twaddle said Dillon, who will team with Ben Mugavin in the ruck, was recovering well.
“He’s got a bit of a sore ankle but he’s fine to play,” he said.
“We have to look after him at training and make sure he’s cherry ripe on Saturday.
“Both of our rucks are going to be crucial on the weekend, certainly having our big men getting the ball to our midfield brigade will be important.”
The Eagles, who will also feature in the reserves and under 18 grand finals, face a selection headache.
TAC Cup-listed teenager Dion Johnstone is available after his commitments with Oakleigh Chargers ended following their preliminary final loss.
“Dion will definitely come into consideration – we’d be mad not to look at him," Twaddle said.
The second-year mentor believes the Eagles are well prepared for their premiership tilt, having learned from three preliminary final losses in the past five years.
Twaddle said there was a stronger resolve among the group than in past seasons.
“The fact is we’ve got to preliminary finals and crumbled,” he said.
“There is certainly a different dynamic at the club now. A few of the boys who played in that era have a lot of determination.”