SIDELINED forward Robbie Gregg has left a gaping hole in Nirranda’s attack, but the Blues’ firepower has received a boost with the return of luckless goalkicker Jack Primmer.
Gregg weaved his magic to slot seven majors in the Blues’ stunning 45-point triumph over Merrivale last week, cementing his status as the Warrnambool and District Football Netball League’s most in-form spearhead.
The former South Warrnambool man will be joined by defensive forward Jason Lee on the sidelines, with both expected to miss two weeks with minor injuries.
Blues co-coach Shane Threlfall said Primmer and returning midfielder Justin Chalmers would be “straight swaps” for the outgoing duo.
“We’ve sort of lost one and gained one in both positions,” he said.
“Jack Primmer will come back in and give us a target.”
Their opponent, Dennington, has lost tall target Scott Nicolson, while coach Jake Rhodes has also dropped out of the side.
They’ve regained full-back Michael Phillips and another key position prospect in Geoff Keane, while Chris Keilar and Luke Duncan remain sidelined.
Old Collegians, meanwhile, will be without ever-reliable full-back Daryl Beechey.
Playing coach Josh Reichman has moved out of the side, while Nathan Forth will also miss for returning wingman Sam Thomas and sub Jack McCutcheon.
Panmure will be bolstered by the return of tall timber in the form of ruckman Dan Ryan. The youngster was ever-present for the Bulldogs last season but spent the summer in a knee brace following surgery.
“We have a few tall players getting around – we’ve obviously used Sam Melican and Sam Negrello in the ruck this year,” coach Joe Kenna said.
“Hopefully with Dan (Ryan) back in the side it’ll let us use him and Michael Boyd in a different position.”
South Rovers’ mainstay Matt McMillan is out with a hamstring injury, while Tom Bowman, Jaxen Dalton and Josh Moloney are in.
James Plant and Matt Whitehead miss for Timboon.