SOUTH Warrnambool and Camperdown are yet to finalise their respective semi-final sides.
The Roosters have named exciting teenager Ben Annett on an extended bench for their Hampden league first semi-final clash against Port Fairy at Mortlake’s DC Farran Oval on Sunday.
Skipper Sam Cunnington returns for the Magpies’ second semi-final against Koroit at Portland’s Hanlon Park on Saturday with coach Phil Carse still sweating on players’ fitness.
South Warrnambool coach Mat Buck said Annett had recovered from a knee complaint to be in the frame.
His TAC Cup teammate Isaac Thomas is in doubt with an injury.
Buck, who put his players through a light training run on Thursday before a more intense session on Friday night, said they would give Thomas time to prove his fitness.
“He’s been carrying a leg injury for a couple of weeks,” he said.
“He couldn’t train Tuesday.”
Carse said in-and-under midfielder Cunnington was refreshed from his forced layoff.
“In some ways it worked out all right for him – you never want to miss weeks but he plays a hard, contested brand so a week off will freshen him up,” he said.
“He is keen to get stuck in and have a big match. He’s the type of player made for finals.”
Koroit added four experienced players to its list.
Premiership-winning trio Ben Goodall (hip flexor), key defender Tim McPherson (hamstring tightness) and league leading goal-kicker Jarrod Korewha (concussion) return alongside impressive teenager Josh Chatfield.
Saints coach Chris McLaren said he was thrilled to include TAC Cup-listed Chatfield, a tall prospect who can play at either end of the ground.
“The games Josh has played for us this year have been super exciting,” he said.
McLaren said Goodall, McPherson and Korewha were 100 per cent.
He said the unassuming McPherson was “arguably one of our most important players”.
Injured best-22 regular Taylor Mulraney (shoulder) will miss as will omitted trio Hamish Gurry, Jack O’Sullivan and Jayden Whitehead.
Teenager O’Sullivan made his senior debut in round 18.
Port Fairy has made three changes, bringing in brothers Jake and Tyler Hetherington and defender John Anthony Bell, who has served a two-game suspension, for its cut-throat final.
Jake – the older of the two Hetheringtons – has not played in the senior side since June.