A number of high-quality players are back in action as the race for Hampden league finals ramps up.
Camperdown welcomes line-breaking midfielder Cam Spence (face) and key forward Jacob Mahony (foot) among five changes, onballers Josh Saunders and Liam Youl return for South Warrnambool, full-back Will Jacobs slots in for Warrnambool and Paul Hinkley is expected to make his much-awaited return for Cobden.
Magpies coach Phil Carse, who has named a four-man bench, said he was rapt to have Spence back in.
“He’s missed 10 weeks and I am really happy for him (that’s he’s fit again),” he said.
“He was well and truly our best player to that stage of the season. He’s kept his training standards high and got the good news from the doctor and dentist that he’s good to go."
Experienced trio Luke Mahony, Fraser Lucas and Jesse Gallichan all return from injury.
Camperdown’s opponent Portland has made one change, bringing in TAC Cup-listed Harris Jennings for injured coach Luke Crane (hamstring).
Crane is hopeful he will be fit to play in at least one of the Tigers’ final two games.
Saunders and Youl have overcome hamstring strains and will bolster the Roosters’ engine room.
Teenager Ethan Harvey also comes in due to Greater Western Victoria Rebels’ bye.
Heath Brennan, Peter Doukas and Brayden Beks were omitted.
Jacobs (hamstring) is the only addition to Warrnambool’s side, replacing Kurt Lenehan (wrist), to face Hamilton Kangaroos.
James Cleaver (TAC Cup) and Angus Noske (reserves) come into the Kangaroos’ line up.
Centre-half-back Hinkley is one of two in for Cobden, joining Nick Nieuwenhuizen.
But the Bombers are sweating on the fitness of Noah Mounsey, Joel Moriarty and Ryleigh McVilly.
Lincoln Dare (glute) and Patty Smith (groin) will miss the match against North Warrnambool Eagles, who will be without Matt Wines (broken hand) for the rest of the season.
Teenager Seamus Brady will make his senior debut for Koroit, joining Jayden Whitehead in the side to play Port Fairy.
Todd White (illness) and Ben Goodall (corked hip) are sidelined.
Port Fairy will be without Kurt Smith (leg soreness), Matt Pitt (firefighting) and Sam McCartney (workplace accident).
David West, Colin Harwood and Cam Pevitt all come into the Seagulls’ line up.