HAMILTON Kangaroos coach Jarrod Holt will miss his side’s important game against Terang Mortlake with a minor hamstring strain.
Holt expects the injury to sideline him for one week.
Roger Morris replaces Holt for the round five fixture at Mortlake’s D.C Farran Oval.
Holt said Morris, who was unavailable for the Kangaroos’ win against Port Fairy, was a valuable inclusion.
“He gives us good run and carry and he played a really good game against Portland the other week,” he said.
Terang Mortlake welcomes back defender Chris Baxter, fresh from his VFL debut, and elevated teenagers Zac Newson and Dylan Jones for their senior debuts.
Experienced trio Damian O’Connor (groin), Michael Sargeant (hamstring) and Stephen Staunton (shoulder) were forced omissions.
Bloods coach Matt Irving is pleased with the inclusions.
“Zac was an under 18s premiership player the past two years and played the first four games in the reserves and acquitted himself well, so he brings pace and excitement, and Dylan is a key position back and with Sarge out was the obvious replacement,” Irving said.
Boom Port Fairy recruit Jackson Hollmer will make his Hampden league debut, filling the void in attack left by injured full-forward Gary Robinson (ribs) for the must-win game against South Warrnambool.
The Geelong VFL vice-captain was one of three changes to the Seagulls’ line-up.
Jake Hetherington and Andrew McCartney replaced Sam Martin (concussion) and Michael Sheehan (arm).
Seagulls coach Sam Rudolph said Sheehan had soreness in the arm he broke in the 2013 pre-season — a serious injury which forced him to miss the year.
“We’re not sure if it’s soreness or more damage,” he said. “I think he needs to get it scanned to rule anything out.
“It was a horrific injury at the start of last year and you don’t want to take chances.”
Rudolph said Martin would miss as the Seagulls took a no-risk approach with concussion.
Geelong VFL defender Matt Sully heads four changes at South Warrnambool. Zacc Struth (ankle), Sam Thomas (unavailable) and Jayden Askew (concussion) were recalled.
Teenager Kyden Jarvis, who kicked five goals on debut, will miss due to Vic Country under 16 training.
South coach Matthew Monk said Sully would likely start forward and could potentially play on his Cats teammate Jackson Hollmer in defence if required.
“Naturally you think they’d pair up but Matt can be an asset for us and might start deep forward and that will give him a freshen up too,” Monk said.
“He’s played a high level of footy with high demands and it’s his first game since the 2011 premiership for us so we want it to be fun for him.”
Portland coach Jake Myles was named for the Tigers’ clash with Camperdown at Hanlon Park but is still under an injury cloud with a calf complaint.
Myles said he “should be fine” to play.
Tigers goal sneak Jay Moody was a surprise inclusion, weeks after he thought his season was over due to a finger injury.
Teenager Haydon Telfer was named for his senior debut after strong under 18½ performances.
“He’s a strongly-built under 18, very clever and uses the footy well and makes good decisions,” Myles said.
Camperdown recalled defender Clinton Fitz-gerald after a hip injury.
North Warrnambool Eagles captain Herb Barlow will make his long-awaited senior comeback against Koroit at Victoria Park.
Barlow, who hasn’t played seniors since breaking his leg in 2012, played in the reserves last weekend after his return from an overseas trip.
Eagles coach Bernard Moloney said Barlow would give the side a versatile dynamic, playing either as a ruck rover forward or back-up ruckman.
Barlow joins midfielder Andy McMeel (suspension) and defender Brendan Murfett (knee) as key inclusions for the Eagles.
Warrnambool brought in John Paulin (suspension) to replace his brother Will for the clash against Cobden.
Blues coach Scott Carter said Will expected to miss between six to eight weeks with a collarbone injury.
Forward Chris Paatsch headed Cobden’s inclusions.