Timely return for key players

Colac footballers Ged Leersen, left, and Darcy Howard are both unlikely to play in tomorrow’s reserves qualifying final due to knee injuries. The Tigers take on St Joseph’s at Geelong’s GMHBA Stadium tomorrow.

Colac Tigers trio Matt Garner, Tom Rieniets and Jack Barrow are likely to make a timely return to the club’s reserves side as finals kick off tomorrow.

Colac coach Colin Hammond said the players were likely to return from the senior ranks, with the top side having a week off in the first round of Geelong Football League finals.

He said the inclusions came at a good time with key-position player Darcy Howard, knee, forward Pat Seal, ankle, and utility Ged Leersen, knee, all likely to miss tomorrow’s qualifying final against St Joseph’s.

“We’ll have a couple out this weekend,” Hammond said.

“Darcy hurt his knee against Joeys a few weeks ago, Sealy’s got a crook ankle, and Ged’s hurt his knee, so he’s getting an MRI this week,” he said.

Garner will fill the ruck void left by Howard, while key tall Rieniets and ball magnet Barrow will slot into the forward line.

The Tigers finished the home-and-away season in second spot, just one win behind minor premier Newtown and Chilwell.

Colac dominated the start of the season, winning its first 12 games by an average of 102.3 points.

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