Benchmark challenge awaits South Colac

South Colac spearhead Clay Brewer is confident of playing in tomorrow’s blockbuster against Irrewarra-Beeac.

SOUTH Colac assistant coach Clay Brewer is confident he will play in tomorrow’s blockbuster clash with Irrewarra-Beeac.

The key position player is likely to return after missing the Roos’ 119-point win over Apollo Bay last round, as he overcomes a niggling foot injury.

He said he would have scans today, but was confident in making a return to Joiner Reserve tomorrow and would be vital in the Roos’ chances against the Bombers.

Brewer said he looked forward to tomorrow’s clash against the reigning premiers – presumably a different feeling to what he would have felt before meeting them last year.

The Bombers beat the Roos by an average of 123 points in their two encounters last season.

But with a host of new recruits, Brewer said the Roos were enjoying a new-found confidence in each other.

“Obviously we’ve got around eight or nine new faces in the side, and that’s including the juniors who now have a consistent spot in the team,” he said.

“We haven’t beaten any of these teams for about six or seven years so it’s really good to know that we’re finally in the hunt and we’re not going to get beaten by 10 goals and we can give a bit back.”

Brewer is yet to play alongside key forward recruit Ben Cox but coach Stephen Hammond said the spearhead’s inclusion was likely to push Brewer up the ground into the centre half-forward role, as well as assisting Ash Cole with the ruck duties.

Brewer said Cox had settled in well at Joiner Reserve and was looking forward to joining him in the forward line.

“He kicked nine goals six or seven on the weekend so you’ve got to be happy with that,” he said.

But despite the air of confidence at the Elliminyt-based club, Brewer conceded taking on the Bombers would be no easy task.

“The league has evened out this year so you can’t really take anything from past results,” he said.

Tigers turn heads back to football

by Ben Martin

SIMPSON co-coach Chris Walsh is unsure if his team will don mohawks in support of team-mate Nathan Van Someren’s right to a free hairstyle.

The club will meet with umpire officials next week to work out differences that occurred after an official sent Van Someren from the field for his pointed hairdo – making international headlines in the process.

But in the meantime, Simpson’s support base – well known for being one of the strongest in the league – will don mohawks at the Tigers’ clash with Western Eagles at Simpson tomorrow in support of the 25-year-old.

“I’m not sure if any of the players will get involved, some of the players would need a rug to get the spikes up – Brendan Hickey will be struggling to get a mohawk,” Walsh joked.

“He’s had it for three years, I don’t think he’ll change it now,” he said of Van Someren.

Walsh said his team was keen to turn its attention to tomorrow’s clash with Western Eagles.

Key forward Nick Harding is likely to return after missing the Tigers’ tussle with Otway Districts last round with muscle soreness, while his older brother Nathan and former junior Tiger Jeremy Spokes were pushing for senior selection after impressing in the reserves.

“We’ve really just talked about our structures at training and we’re happy to be back on our big ground,” Walsh said.

Western Eagles will be younger than ever for tomorrow’s clash, with Scott Pickett set to miss the first of two weeks with a groin strain.

Eagles co-coach Brian Inglis said the average age of the team was likely to drop from “a little over 22” to under 21 years old.

“We’ll have Jesse Cole and Paddy Ryan come in from the juniors – and Trent O’Dwyer has showed in past weeks that the pace of senior footy isn’t beyond him,” he said.

Lions to miss star midfielder

by Alex White

FORREST will be without its marquee midfielder when it tackles Otway Districts tomorrow.

Reigning Lions best and fairest Sean Calcedo will miss the next two games after a Football Geelong tribunal found him guilty of striking Colac Imperials youngster Callum Colvin during last week’s commanding win at Western Oval.

Forrest coach Dave McKiernan said he respected the decision of the tribunal but he defended his gun onballer’s character.

“I know you probably won’t get a more honest footballer so we’re disappointed to have him out for a couple of weeks,” McKiernan said.

He said that while Calcedo was a significant loss, his absence wouldn’t hinder the Lions’ midfield structure, with midfielder-forward Scott Wakeman returning to the side.

“It certainly doesn’t help losing a player of Sean’s ability but we’ve certainly got five or six that can rotate through,” he said.

McKiernan earmarked in-form Demons ruckman Scott Gage and sharp-shooting forward Tom Harriott as players to nullify in order to take the four points at Forrest Recreation Reserve.

Otway will be keen to bounce back after another disappointing second-half fade-out against Simpson last weekend.

The Demons have led at half time in both their losses this season and will be out to show more second-half spark.

Key forward Justin Robbins could return to the Demons’ line-up after a stint on the sidelines with a foot injury and would provide another crucial avenue to goal with Harriott.

Struggling Hawks face daunting task

by Alex White

An EVER-STRENGTHENING Birregurra side with one eye on a grand final re-match will be a daunting sight for a struggling Apollo Bay outfit.

The resurgent Saints are close to full strength and are starting to justify their pre-season tag of flag favourites.

Birregurra coach Paul Lynch said his side would be relatively unchanged for its clash with the bottom-placed Hawks at Birregurra Recreation Reserve tomorrow.

He said his team’s improving form and lack of injuries didn’t necessarily mean the rest of the competition should be on notice.

“We’re just going to keep going through the process and endeavour to get better and better each week and get our processes right,” he said.

While Lynch didn’t shirk the issue that each game was as important as the next, he said his team was building up to a round-six blockbuster against reigning premier Irrewarra-Beeac.

“You never know what can happen, we want to get the win this week and get everything right for next week,” Lynch said.

“Apollo Bay are struggling a little bit but we’ve got Irrewarra next week and we will be using this week to get structures right,” he said.

Apollo Bay will be hoping to retain a handful of Geelong recruits who debuted for the club last week for a road trip that looms as mission impossible.

The Hawks will also be keen to regain key forward Chris Canavan who missed last week’s heavy loss to South Colac, after booting seven goals the week before against Lorne.

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