WDFNL teams round seven | Collegians regains key forward

BIG INCLUSION: Old Collegians forward Jimmy Crawford is set to boost the Warriors chances against Kolora-Noorat. Picture: Amy Paton

BIG INCLUSION: Old Collegians forward Jimmy Crawford is set to boost the Warriors chances against Kolora-Noorat. Picture: Amy Paton

BEATEN grand finalist Old Collegians has named a damaging full-forward to charge its attack leading into a top-of-the-ladder showdown with Kolora-Noorat.

Tall forward Jimmy Crawford has been named to return to the side after missing Collegians’ 120-point thumping of Allansford before the interleague bye.

Crawford, who crossed from Deakin University Sharks at the end of last season, has booted 20 majors from just four games as the focal point of the club’s forward line.

He will be joined by reliable backman Daniel Weel and youngster Jacob Brooks, while Zach Brooks and Jacob Malone drop out.

Meanwhile, Kolora-Noorat is set to be buoyed by the return of Will Carter.

Power coach Danny Finn said Carter had earned his place after a stint in the reserves.

“Will should come back in and Brad Lucas will be our substitute for this week,” he said.

Key defender Jack Downie is set to provide a welcome boost for South Rovers as the Lions gear up for home fixture against Dennington.

Downie will be joined by Jack Hancocks, who was a late withdrawal against East Warrnambool a fortnight ago, and Sydney recruit Michael Stacey.

“Outside of Ayden Bosse, who hurt his knee earlier on in the year, we’re probably at full-strength,” Rovers mentor Adam Matheson said.

Outside of Ayden Bosse, who hurt his knee earlier on in the year, we’re probably at full-strength. - Adam Matheson

“We have just about a full list to choose from.”

Matheson said his side was preparing to activate a substitute in the clash but was unsure who would don the green vest.

“We’ve spoken to two under 17.5 players but we’re not sure which way we’ll go just yet,” he said.

“We’ll have to wait and see what the weather does and things like that.”

Dennington has named Zeb McKenna, Jordan Greene and Joby Baker to replace John Vincent.

Merrivale will be without star ruckman Rhys Raymond following his interleague duties and has promoted Oliver Watson and Josh Keilar to its senior side.

Timboon has welcomed two medium-sized forwards back to its fold, with Dale Hood and Nick Robertson returning after overcoming injury. Allansford has named Brad Williams, David Finnigan and Brendan Chatfield to return.

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