Availability still a Gray area

June 30, 2017

Dislocating his elbow last week has ruled Brant Anselmi out of Mansfield's clash with Mooroopna tomorrow.

Mansfield will make the trip from the high country tomorrow to face Mooroopna with only one win and two places separating the two sides.

The two clubs have only mustered a combined three wins this season and the visitors, who sit in ninth, that will be looking to widen the gap.

Eagles coach Cameron Hotton was unaware if Collingwood VFL player Nick Gray would be available, but he knew he would be without Ari Croxford-Demasi and Brant Anselmi.

Croxford-Demasi has spent the past few days in hospital after puncturing his lung last week, while Anselmi also dislocated his elbow in the Eagles’ loss to Rochester.

‘‘It’s been a busy week in the medical room,’’ Hotton said.

‘‘Ari (Croxford-Demasi) and Anselmi won’t play, but we are hopeful on having Gray, but we have to still get confirmation on what he (Gray) is doing this weekend.’’

Meanwhile, Cats coach Dale Osborne sees tomorrow’s clash as a good opportunity to claim four points, despite their recent run of injuries.

The depth at Mooroopna Main Oval is running thin with a consistent stream of players rotating through the medical room.

‘‘It has been a great year for injuries down at Mooroopna.’’ Osborne said.

‘‘Every week we seem to have a few players go down, but then again it creates opportunity for others.’’

Ajak Dang is likely to return with the TAC Cup’s bye, while Osborne is sweating on the availability of Laitham Vandermeer.

Vandermeer, who plays for the Murray Bushrangers and Xavier College, is an emergency for Victoria Country tonight in its under-18 National Championships clash against Western Australia.

‘‘Hopefully he plays for Victoria, but if he doesn’t hopefully we can get him down to play for us,’’ Osborne said.

‘‘Vic Country play again on Wednesday, so we will just have to wait and see what the go is.’’

The Eagles’ last win came three weeks ago at home to Shepparton Swans, while the wait has been a little longer for the Cats, who last tasted success in round five.

Osborne’s side has struggled offensively of late, having scored just five goals in each of their past three matches.

Kyabram, Rochester and Euroa have all kept the Cats to less than 40 points this season, while their equal biggest score (80) was in rounds four and five against Shepparton Swans and Shepparton United.

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