Tigers take top spot with key talls out

Colac’s Kody Spokes, right, passes on some words of wisdom to first-gamer Dylan Clissold during the Tigers’ win.

No Garner. No Zdybel. No Murnane. No worries.

The Colac Tigers have claimed top spot on the Geelong Football Ladder after overcoming St Joseph’s in a thrilling top-of-the-table clash despite being rocked by injuries in the lead-up.

Former Otway Districts young gun Dylan Clissold made his senior debut for the club in place of Murnane who injured an ankle, while Tom Rieniets impressed in Zach Zdybel’s forward-ruck role.

Midfielder Jarryn McCormack was second best-on-ground in a different role in defence in place of Adam Garner, who missed with turf toe.

Despite all the changes, the Tigers held on to beat the reigning premiers for the second time this year, 10.7 (67) to 9.11 (65).

“We had a couple of injuries from the North Shore game, Zach and Garns both probably could have played but we thought we’d be extra cautious with them,” Colac co-coach Rowan McSparron said.

“Zach copped a bit of a knee knock, and Garns had a bit of turf toe, but they should be right to play (against Grovedale) this weekend,” he said.

“Tyler’s in a moon boot, he rolled his ankle pretty badly, he won’t play this week but we’re trying to get him right for the first final.”

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