SIX TEAMS will benefit from the Greater Western Victoria Rebels bye in the NAB League this weekend with players flooding back to suit up for their home clubs.
Koroit's Connor Hinkley, Warrnambool's Mitch Burgess, Portland's Connor Giddings, Port Fairy's Josh Dwyer, Hamilton's Harry Waters and South Warrnambool trio - Flynn Atchison, Emmanuel Ajang and Fraser Marris - all return for round nine.
Burgess and Giddings go from teammates to rivals when the Tigers host the Blues, while it's a similar scenario for Dwyer and Waters in the Kangaroos-Seagulls clash.
Giddings is one of four changes for Portland with Harris Jennings (Vic Country), Tom Sharp (strained peck), Aaron Shepherd (unavailable) returning.
Hinkley strengthens the Saints' side alongside Tom Couch (unavailable), Todd White (Vic Country) and Tim McPherson (back) for their clash with Terang Mortlake.
The Roosters trio are joined by returning pair Tom Wilson and Jock Blair.
A number of the coaches with returning Rebels were pleased to strengthen their respective outfits with what the eight players bring.
"We're excited by what Josh gives us and we'll look to use his strengths in his speed, aerial capabilities and his skills," Port Fairy assistant coach Winis Imbi said.
Dwyer is joined by Dougall Hamilton, Tom Sullivan (corked thigh), Sandy Robinson (unavailable) and Samuel McCartney (calf), while Richard Bamblett (hamstring), Adam McCosh (suspended), Darcy Smith, Matt Pitt (work) and Matt Sully (sore) are out.
Warrnambool's Matt O'Brien said he would utilise the pace and skills of Burgess, who replaces Martin van Rooy, through his half-back line against the Tigers, who beat the Blues last season in round one by a point.
Hamilton's Matt Dunn was also excited to see Waters back in his side along with Jack Pertzel, Luke Uebergang, Jandre Slabbert and Taine Morris.
"Harry is a good small forward who provides good pressure and is pretty dangerous around goal," he said.
"He has had a taste of Rebels now with two games under his belt and hopefully he can bring that experience on Saturday."
Camperdown will unveil a son of a gun when 17-year-old Zac Sinnott makes his debut against Cobden. He replaces the injured Lachie Bone (calf), who is expected to miss at least two weeks.
The Bombers welcome back Tomas Lindquist (calf) and Ash Rosolin with Chris Paatsch (corked calf) out.
North Warrnambool Eagles coach Adam Dowie said his team had not been finalised on Thursday night but confirmed Michael Barlow had returned to VFL duties with Werribee.
Terang Mortlake welcomes back Tyson Densley (quad), Dom Kenna, Declan O'Connor (reserves) with Dylan Jones, harry Williams (unavailable) Paul O'Connor (hip flexor) out.
B: Christopher Quinn, Jack Hickey, Sean Barnes
HB: Brad Thomas, Jandre Slabbert, Jarrod O'Brien
C: Jack English, Tyrone Ross, Brady Hicks
HF: Charles Murrie, Hugh Douglas, Dylan Starkie
F: Harry Waters, Darcy Russell, Joshua Pepper
R: Levi Dare, Rory Gill, Hamish Waldron
Int: Joshua Meulendyks, Taine Morris, Dylan Godwin, Jack Pertzel, Luke Uebergang, Angus Noske
In: Jack Pertzel, Luke Uebergang, Jandre Slabbert, Taine Morris, Harry Waters
Out: Lachy Dawson, Sam Brewer
B: Xavier McCartney, John Anthony Bell, Joseph Forrest
HB: Dylan Gunning, Colin Harwood, Josh Dwyer
C: George Macdonald, Kaine Mercovich, Tyler Hetherington
HF: Samuel McCartney, Sandy Robinson, Tom Sullivan
F: James Imbi, Daniel Nicholson, Lachlan Glare
R: Dougall Hamilton, Isaac Martin, Kurt Smith
Int: Dylan Herbertson, Edward Purvis, Jim Conlan
In: Dougall Hamilton, Tom Sullivan, Sandy Robinson, Josh Dwyer, Samuel McCartney
Out: Richard Bamblett, Adam McCosh, Darcy Smith, Matthew Pitt, Matthew Sully
B: Harrison Lee, Tom Wilson, Heath Brennan
HB: Sam Thompson, Patrick Anderson, Brayden Beks
C: Nick Thompson, Ethan-Jon Harvey, Emmanuel Ajang
HF: Corey Gallichan, Shannon Beks, Jesse Gallichan
F: Jock Blair, Fraser Marris, Archie Stevens
R: Jed Henderson, Liam Youl, Brad Miller
Int: Flynn Atchison, Charlie Bradshaw, Manny Sandow
In: Flynn Atchison, Jock Blair, Emmanuel Ajang, Tom Wilson, Fraser Marris
Out: Tanna Blackney-Noter, Noah Kol, Charlie Lee, Isaac Thomas, Zacc Struth
North Warrnambool Eagles
B: Jackson Grundy, Darcy Keast , Mitchell Bowman
HB: Luke Wines, Joseph McKinnon, Bailey Jenkinson
C: Harrison Sinclair, Sam McLachlan, Alexander Jennings
HF: Thomas O'Leary, Adam Wines, Tom Keast
F: Jordan Dillon, Billie Smedts, Jarryd Lewis
R: Benjamin Mugavin, Matthew Wines, Sam James
Int: Xavier Mills, Thomas Batten, Sam Slattery
In: Xavier Mills
Out: Michael Barlow
B: Rhys Egan, Tannar Stone, Patrick Pekin
HB: Jake Wilson, Sam Hampshire, David Denboer
C: Patrick Haylock, Daniel Jackson, Taylor Murrell
HF: Dylan Barr, Tylar Watts, Connor Giddings
F: Toby Jennings, Thomas Sharp, Zane Barker
R: Toby Oakley, Daniel Falcone, Aaron Shepherd
Int: Thomas Haylock, Edmund Pritchard, Harris Jennings
In: Connor Giddings, Harris Jennings, Thomas Sharp, Aaron Shepherd
Out: Ben Malcolm, Jackson Dunlop, Tanner Lovell, James Roberts Warrnambool
B: Bradley Bull, William Jacobs, Matthew Colbert
HB: Samuel Wilson, Jordan Foott, Alexander Shipard
C: Wil Fleming, Damien McCorkell, Austin Steere
HF: Jye Turland, Travis Graham, Luke Cody
F: Kurt Lenehan, Darren Ewing, Jackson Bell
R: Daniel Weymouth, Mitch Bidmade, Thomas Ludeman
Int: Jed Turland, Mitchell Burgess, Zacc Dwyer
In: Mitchell Burgess
Out: Martin Van Rooy
B: Lachlan Davis, Jack Hutt, Nicholas Nieuwenhuizen
HB: Tarj Anderson, Jack McGlade, Grady Rooke
C: Patrick Smith, Charlie Darcy, Jesse Williamson
HF: Jia Anderson, Christian Koroneos, Tomas Lindquist
F: Ryleigh Mcvilly, Damon Symes, Ben Berry
R: Toby Hawkins, Louis Cahill, Zac Green
Int: Ashley Rosolin, thomas spokes, Luke Pekin, Joshua Hickey
In: Tomas Lindquist, Ashley Rosolin
Out: Chris Paatsch
B: Mitchell Danahay, Billy Arnold, Devon Coates
HB: Jason Robinson, jack williams, Luke O'Neil
C: Sidney Bradshaw, Luke Clarke Zac Sinnott
HF: Joshua Bone, Jacob Mahony, Bayley Thompson
F: Pele Manivong, Luke Mahony, William Lord
R: William Rowbottom, Charlie Lucas, Fraser Lucas
Int: Timothy Fitzgerald, James Byrne, Tom Place
In: Zac Sinnott
Out: Lachlan Bone
B: James North, Dallas Mooney, Alex Pulling
HB: Thomas Couch, Daniel Harrington, Liam Hoy
C: Jack Gleeson, Lachlan Rhook, Seamus Brady
HF: Brett Harrington, William Couch, Connor Hinkley
F: Timothy McPherson, Jarrod Korewha, James Gow
R: Jeremy Hausler, Liam M O'Sullivan, Tim Martin
Int: Todd White, Sam Dobson, Benjamin Dobson
In: Todd White, Timothy McPherson, Thomas Couch, Connor Hinkley
Out: Frazer Robb, Clem Nagorcka, Thomas Mugavin, Mac Petersen
B: Tyson Densley , Harrison Hobbs, Declan O'Connor
HB: Joseph Arundell, Ryan Tanner, Isaac Kenna
C: Tom McKenzie, Daniel Kenna, Dom Kenna
HF: Matthew Baxter, Christopher Baxter, Lachlan Wareham
F: Gus Bourke, Stephen Staunton, Mitchell Carlin
R: Matthew Arundell, Nicholas Couch, Samuel Crawley
Int: Samual McLean, Jack Lehmann,
In Tyson Densley, Dom Kenna, Declan O'Connor
Out: Paul O'Connor, Dylan Jones, Harry Williams
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