CAMERON Thurley will line up for the Roos in today's State League first semi-final against Burnie after the club yesterday successfully argued for a downgrade in his charge, which meant an avoidance of suspension.
Thurley was charged by the TSL match review panel for striking Lauderdale's Danny Flood in last week's elimination final.
Clarence employed the services of high-profile lawyer and Nelson MLC Jim Wilkinson to argue his case at a special tribunal hearing yesterday to try to reduce the penalty below 100 points, which equates to a one-match ban.
"Initially he was charged with a level 3 offence but they successfully had it downgraded to level 2 (125-point penalty) and with a guilty plea and good record reduction it came down to a 62.5-point penalty, which meant he did not have to serve any match penalty," AFL Tasmania operations manager Wayne Povey said.
Thurley's availability is a major boost for Clarence as it faces a cut- throat first semi-final against the Dockers at West Park.
Roos coach Matthew Drury said his side was feeling confident of the challenge ahead.
"We played some good footy up there earlier in the year and went down by three points and we took a lot of confidence out of the game we played last weekend and we just have to continue that form now and it should hold us in good stead to win the game," he said.
"Everyone is good to go and the squad will be unchanged from last week and I don't think too many changes will be happening after a win.
"They've obviously got some very good players and I think a big part of it is trying to curb the influence of Jason (Laycock) as much as possible - but they also have some quality young stars in Templeton and Brady Grey so they are pretty strong across the board.
"It may sound a bit of a cliche but I think it will come down to a battle of the midfields and if we can get on top in that area and give our forwards plenty of supply and kick a winning score."
Burnie coach Brent Plant will have both Nick McKenna and Andrew Lee available to add some much-needed height with Lee successfully getting through training on Thursday night.
"We've got our backs to the wall and need to perform at our best to get over a side like Clarence," Plant said.
"If the home ground advantage works for us so be it - but I think irrespective of the ground the opposition we're playing against is one of the best units going around in Tasmania anywhere they play."
Plant said both sides boasted strong midfields, forwards that could kick bags of five or six goals and tough defenders who were hard and willing to run in a straight line."What we have got to do is use the football a lot better than we have been and if we do that we will be a chance."