TIMELY RETURN: Gun City all-rounder in mix for grand final

Kane Leersen

Kane Leersen

CITY UNITED could unleash star all-rounder Kane Leersen for his first top-grade match of the season in tomorrow’s grand final.

The talented sportsman is in the selection mix with City Division Two regulars Lachie Serle and Billy Oggero for the clash with Stoneyford at Eastern Reserve.

Leersen is one of the CDCA’s premier cricketers when up-and-going, but was sidelined for most of

the season with an injured shoulder before returning to play six lower-grade games as a batsman.

The Geelong-listed VFL footballer then had his appendix removed last month in another setback.

But City skipper Sam Cardinal said Leersen was fully fit and had been bowling at training.

Cardinal said the luxury of having the club’s Division One and Two sides in grand finals allowed United to make changes to its team ahead of the decider.

He said the side was supportive of the possibility of bringing in Leersen, who is City’s club secretary.

“We’ll see what happens, but he’s got over his shoulder and his appendix, so he could be a chance for selection,” Cardinal said.

“He’s been at the club a long time and he’s been around all season even though he’s been injured.

“He’s been training the last couple of weeks, he’s put his hand up for selection in either the ones or the twos, so we can play him in either game.”

Leersen is a former Country Week representative who helped City snap a 31-year premiership drought in 2010-11.

The seamer has taken 128 Division One wickets since 2007, and made two half centuries batting down the order.

“If he did come in it would definitely be a boost for the side, but we’ll have to decide that at selection,” Cardinal said.

“If we play 12 or whatnot, there are a fair few factors we have to weigh up.”

Oggero has had a stellar season in the Division Two ranks, producing 464 runs, while Serle played five Division One matches this season and has taken an impressive 21 wickets in Division Two.

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