Fary adds bite to Tigers'attack

MERRIVALE has added to its already potent forward line with another key addition.

Josh Stapleton proves hard to catch at Old Collegians training, turning two pursuers. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

Josh Stapleton proves hard to catch at Old Collegians training, turning two pursuers. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

The Tigers welcome back key forward James Fary for their round six clash with East Warrnambool at Merrivale.

Fary was unavailable last week with a wedding commitment but has 11 goals from his four appearances this season.

After losing their first game of the season against Allansford, the Tigers are on a four-game winning streak.

Like many clubs across the region this week, training has been altered around the May races, with the Tigers training tonight.

“James is a definite in for us and we will decide on our final line-up after training,” Merrivale coach Karl Dwyer said.

Also included in the squad for tomorrow are Jack Neave and Dwyer, while Sam Gleeson and Manny Sandow were not among 23 players named last night.

One player still missing from the Tigers line-up is veteran recruit Matthew Peake.

Dwyer said Peake injured his hamstring in round one and would be given plenty of time to recover before being considered for a return.

East Warrnambool has had plenty of movement at the selection table, with three changes.

Out of the side for the clash with the Tigers are Blake Rudland-Castles, who will miss a couple of weeks with a knee injury.

Jayden Millet is out with shin splints, while Jonah Hughson is unavailable.

Coming in for the Bombers are the experienced Brendan Rhyne and Jayson Millet, who was unavailable last week.

James Reid is back in for his first game since round one and he will give the Bombers a tall option.

Kolora-Noorat will take in an unchanged team for its Super Saturday clash with the Timboon Demons at Terang.

The Demons have made three changes, with defender Ben Mitchell (knee) to miss.

Cody Noonan and Dean Whitehead are also out, while in comes Tom Westmore, Tom Smith and Luke Smith.

It has been a busy week at selection for Allansford,  with the final line-up for the clash with South Rovers this Saturday to be confirmed tonight.

Nathan Wilson is  out with a hamstring injury, while Ben Lenehan will miss the next two to three weeks with an AC injury.

The good news for the Cats is the return of Leatham Robe, Travis Membrey, Matthew Lloyd, Matthew Dwyer and Joel Cornelissen, while South Rovers has named a 26-man squad to be picked from.

Additions from last week include Stuart McAlpine, Josh Brown, Shane Hart and Tom Hirst.

Dennington coach Ben Parkinson said the Dogs would finalise their team to play Nirranda after training tonight.

“With the races we changed to Friday night and at this stage there could be one change,” Parkinson said.

“Kurt Smith has come across this year from Russells Creek and he has had some injury worries but has played well in the reserves, so he will come into the team.”

Parkinson said experienced onballer Sam Lewis was still a few weeks away from returning from a calf injury.

At Nirranda there are three changes,  with Corey Lambert (omitted), Craig Murrell (concussion) and Ben Ludeman (returned to Uni Blues) out.

In come Brad Smith, Nick Walsh and Jack Spokes.

Deakin University made two changes, with Jake Zippel and Brenton Faltum coming in for Luke Fronsko and Aiden Bourke.

Its opponent Old Collegians named a squad of 23, with Joe Kenna and Jake O’Flynn the additions.

Panmure and Russells Creek are unchanged for their clash at Panmure tomorrow.


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