Warrnambool picks Bill Quinlivan for first Hampden league senior game

KEY INCLUSION: Koroit is pleased to welcome premiership player Damian O'Connor back for its clash against South Warrnambool. Picture: Morgan Hancock
KEY INCLUSION: Koroit is pleased to welcome premiership player Damian O'Connor back for its clash against South Warrnambool. Picture: Morgan Hancock

WARRNAMBOOL will unveil a ruckman when it hosts Port Fairy on Saturday, picking Bill Quinlivan for his Hampden league senior debut.

Quinlivan joins defender Marty van Rooy and midfielder Ben Fleming as the Blues’ additions for the must-win clash at Reid Oval.

Key forward Sam Cowling and ruckman Andrew McCarthy are both out with hamstring injuries and Matt Schnerring has returned to TAC Cup ranks.

Warrnambool coach Matt O’Brien said Quinlivan deserved his chance.

“It’s his first senior game for Warrnambool but he’s played senior footy in Ballarat,” he said.

“He’s very strong, more your body-on-body type. He’ll start at full-forward and give Dan (Weymouth) a chop out in the ruck.”

Port Fairy has made one change with midfielder Kaine Mercovich (representative duties) replacing defender Lachlan Chapman (head knock).

Cobden has named Paul Hinkley but will assess his fitness again on Friday following an injury layoff. The Bombers have also added Jesse Williamson, Toby Hawkins and Patty Smith for their crucial fixture against Terang Mortlake.

Mark Clissold (injury) and Isaac Wareham (TAC Cup) are the Bloods’ omissions.

Camperdown has added to its forward line, bringing in Nick Bateman and Eddie Lucas to face North Warrnambool Eagles.

Midfielder Jesse Gallichan (hamstring tightness) will bolster the Magpies’ midfield. Forward Grant Place is out with a broken leg.

The Eagles added three youngsters – Liam Stow, Will Scriven and Tom James.

South Warrnambool welcomed back Shannon Beks (representative commitments), Sam Thompson and Ben Annett to face Koroit.

Isaac Thomas and Ethan Harvey will play TAC Cup and Liam Youl is sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Damian O’Connor, James North and Todd McLean will add experience to the Saints’ line up.

Connor Hinkley and Levi Nagorcka (calf) are out with one more change to be confirmed.

Hamilton Kangaroos brought in Mick McMeel and Jordan Murphy for their clash against Portland which has regained coach Luke Crane but lost the experienced Tom Sharp.