TIGERS HURT: Three Tigers out ahead of Roos blockbuster

Simpson’s Mick Salmon faced a fitness test to determine whether he would be fit for tomorrow’s clash.

Simpson’s Mick Salmon faced a fitness test to determine whether he would be fit for tomorrow’s clash.

SIMPSON football officials have confirmed the team will have three definite outs for tomorrow’s blockbuster clash against South Colac.

Tigers coach Adam Courtney said yesterday that injuries would keep Sam Mason, knee, and premiership players Brenton de Jong, knee, and Tom Spokes, pectoral muscle, from playing in tomorrow’s semi-final rematch.

But Courtney confirmed that he was fit to return from general soreness, while forward Ben Harding would make his senior debut and defender Ricky Nelson would play his second senior game.

Harding’s older brother and star forward Nick Harding, sore ribs, and Mick Salmon, ankle, faced fitness tests last night.

The Roos, coming off their fourth-straight 100-point victory, will be at full strength with midfielder Tim Speirs returning from calf soreness.

South Colac coach Tim Foley said he expected a competitive hit-out despite the Tigers’ injury concerns.

“They’re a good side and we expect them to come back firing after their loss last week,” he said.

“I’m not sure what the circumstances were in their game last week, if they had injuries and were down at half time they may have rested guys up to get them ready for this week.

“Adam’s a good coach and knows his squad, sometimes you’ve got to wrap guys in cottonwool and prepare for next week.

“Their twos are undefeated, so they’ve got some good depth there, so even if they have a few outs they’ll have a fair squad to play.”

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