Big names boost Tigers and Grubbers

April 12, 2024 3:15 pm in by
Lucas Anderson (middle) flies for a mark in Torquay's 70-point win over Ocean Grove at McCartney Oval. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

Torquay and Ocean Grove have made three key inclusions ahead of tomorrow’s Round 3 clash at George McCartney Oval.

The Tigers welcome back star forward Lucas Anderson and experienced defender Michael Croxford after missing last week’s narrow win over Newcomb.

Former North Melbourne-listed midfielder Charlie Ham will play his first game of the season.

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They replace Will Tamassy, Cooper Patton and Seamus Doyle.

The Grubbers welcome back reigning best-and-fairest Max Sutton, South Barwon recruit Harry Cashin, and Brady Pritchard to strengthen the team beaten by Portarlington.

Campbell Snookes and Grady Slocombe are missing, with Lachie Bedendo dropped.

Drysdale has named one star but lost another for a mouthwatering meeting with Anglesea at Drysdale Recreation Reserve.

Former North Melbourne player and Geelong-listed Cam Delaney will make his first appearance in the brown and yellow after crossing from Grovedale.

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However, an ankle injury will sideline reigning best-and-fairest Ben Fennell.

Ricky Reid, who debuted in the opening-round loss to Torquay, has been named on an extended bench.

The unbeaten Roos welcome back ruck Fergus Huntington and dynamic forward Dylan Pettingill.

Ash Caldwell will play his first game of the season.

Ash Caldwell will play his first game of the season, while teenager Charlie Lawless is in the mix to make his debut.

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Nick Swain (groin) and Myles Brinkworth go out of the team that made light work of Modewarre.

Barwon Heads will be without gun midfielder Reid Adams for at least the next two games.

Adams entered the concussion protocol following a tackle in last week’s loss to Drysdale.

The former St Joseph’s star will miss this week’s clash against Newcomb at Howard Harmer Oval and next round’s Battle of the Bridge at Ocean Grove.

Also going out of the team narrowly defeated by the Hawks is big man Brock Close (adductor).

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He is likely to be sidelined until after the bye in mid-May.

Geelong Falcons duo Cooper Ward and Jack Henderson will make their first appearances of the season.

Co-coach Sam Schaller said veteran Matt Dyer (back) is closing in on a return, with Jimmy Allen (concussion), Charlie Walter (foot), Lachie Slorach (hamstring) and Finn Cornell (fingers) also working back to full fitness.

The Seagulls will have extra motivation to avoid slipping to 0-3 with co-coach Mitch Herbison playing his 150th game for the club.


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Geelong Amateur is still waiting for confirmation of the severity of Tom Gribble’s ankle injury, but he won’t play against Portarlington this weekend.

In two changes for the Pegs, Jackson Williams has been dropped, with Zac Nelson returning and Geelong Falcon Archer Hanegraaf to make his senior debut.

As reported earlier this week, Connor Menadue and Daniel Riosa have been added to the Demons’ growing injury list.

To make matters worse, key defender James Goetz will also be absent as Portarlington chases its first win at Queens Park.

James Cummins, Josh Jones and Kruze Goedemoed have been elevated from the reserves for the first time this year.

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Lachie Kidd is back, vice-captain Jordy McIvor-Clark will play his first game of the season, and Jasper Blair has earned a call-up from the reserves as Queenscliff prepares for a twilight meeting with Modewarre at Mt Moriac.

However, former Adelaide and Hawthorn AFL player Kyle Hartigan is unavailable due to coaching commitments with VFL club Werribee, with GFNL recruits Jai McGough and Lachie McKane also missing.

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