Hall returns for final round clash

August 11, 2017

Brayden Hall (left) with fellow assistant coach Jack Tyndall,

Blighty will have some big returns when they travel to take on Yarroweyah in round 18 of the Picola League tomorrow.

Redeyes assistant coach Brayden Hall will return from what was first thought to be a season ending knee injury, along with key defender Jack Bunnett.

Blighty will also see midfielder Tom Druitt play reserves after three months on the sidelines due to an ankle injury, while experienced onballer Ryan Chadderton (working away) and reigning best and fairest winner Josh Peers (injured) will also play twos after missing several games.

Coming out of the side this week will be key defender Matt Barker, who reaggravated an existing foot injury at training on Tuesday night.

Redeyes assistant coach Jack Tyndall said onballer Tom Draffin will also be rested for another week before returning for finals.

‘‘Tom is still a bit sore so there’s no point in risking him,’’ he said.

‘‘It will be fantastic to see Hally back out there ... we’ve missed him a bit down back.

‘‘The key for tomorrow is to try and get our best side in and keep our match fitness up for finals.

‘‘We don’t want to underestimate Yarroweyah though. They’ll be up and about and looking to close their season with at least one win.

‘‘Being in Yarroweyah, we expect them to put on a strong showing for their supporters too.’’

Tyndall is hopeful that his side can pick up some form tomorrow, saying that winning form is important before Blighty face Strathmerton in a qualifying final next week.

‘‘We’d love to have a game against a tough opponent heading into finals but a big win will boost our confidence a bit,’’ he said.

‘‘Our main hope is for all of us to come out of the game unscathed and primed for finals footy.

‘‘Last year we had a few blokes out injured when the finals came round, so if we can get through this week we’ll be much stronger throughout finals.

‘‘Our depth will be quite important throughout the post season and with the reserves not making it (finals), we’ll have a group of 30 or more blokes to choose from.’’

With Yarroweyah celebrating 40 years since their 1977 premiership win, playing-coach Paul Massingham will be looking for a strong showing in front of a big home crowd.

Massingham is likely to play deep in defence in an attempt to chop off the delivery to Blighty forward Lenny Clarke.

Redeyes’ Drew Plattfuss will contend with Paul Iskov in the ruck, while Blighty onballers Jed Brain and Sam Singleton will look to get on top of Andrew Jones and Nick Macheda early.

Selection: Blighty by 100+ points.

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