Panmure welcome back star duo as it chases first win of season

Welcome back: The return of Panmure star Joe Kenna could see the Bulldogs record their first victory of the season against Allansford. Picture: Morgan Hancock
Welcome back: The return of Panmure star Joe Kenna could see the Bulldogs record their first victory of the season against Allansford. Picture: Morgan Hancock

Panmure’s chances of recording its first win of the season have received a timely boost.

The winless Bulldogs welcome back Joe Kenna and Josh Parsons for their clash with Allansford.

Coach Tim Condon said he was rapt with the key inclusions.

“They are both two really goods ins for us,” he said.

“Josh had been in good form and will play on the wing and give us heaps of run.

“He is probably our best runner.

“And Joe is just a gun player really and his leadership will be very important.”

Shaun Griffin and Finn Roche are the unlucky pair omitted to make way.

Allansford also made several changes with Brady Croft and Shaun Watson omitted.

The unavoidable change sees Josh Monaghan miss with a knee injury, which is likely to end his season.

Allansford coach Ben Price said it was disappointing to see the forward suffer another injury.

“Josh only came in last week as we were looking for another forward target,” he said.

“He had been training well and played really well, but his body couldn’t handle it and his knee gave way and he was pretty crook after the game.

“As a coach you kind of feel bad, because he didn’t want to play at the start of the season then we talked him into it.

“He pushed himself to play for the club and for his teammates, so it’s just disappointing he couldn’t get more out of it for himself.”

The Cats bring in Will Ruddle and Dylan Hare, with Noah Keane going from sub to a starting player.

It was a tough night at the selection table for South Rovers and coach Adam Matheson.

The Lions are without five important players for Saturday’s contest against Russells Creek.

Josh Brown is expected to miss six weeks with a shoulder injury, a broken hand will sideline Luke Paine for a month and Kerry Tarbolton will miss with a broken nose.

Matt Dennis is likely to miss one week with a knee injury, while Tyler O’Sullivan-Kirchner is unavailable.

South Rovers do however bring in Sandy Williams, Corey McLaren, Matt McMillan, Josh Malone and young gun Jackson Dalton.

Nirranda has also been bolstered after selecting Mitch Couch, Jack Primmer, Nathan Couch, Jason Lee and Dylan Lees.

Dennington has named trio Chris Paton, Darcy Johnstone and Leigh Evans.

The Dogs are confident the three will help them win more contested football.

Timboon Demons coach Mick Hunt confirmed utility Cam Mitchell was the man to replace the injured Jack Osborne.

Mitchell was set to return last week but couldn’t overcome a groin complaint.