There were mixed fortunes for Launceston footballers when teams were named for Friday’s preliminary final between Sydney and Geelong.
Kurt Tippett’s swift return from the fractured jaw he sustained against Greater Western Sydney came at the expense of 22-year-old former Northern Bomber Toby Nankervis.
The 199-centimetre George Town product, who played forward and in the ruck in the victory over Adelaide, finishing with career-high disposals in just the 12th game of his AFL career, was omitted from the Swans team but named as an emergency.
However, there was better news for former Launceston player Jake Kolodjashnij .
The 21-year-old, who played in the qualifying final victory over Hawthorn, retained his place despite the return of Lachie Henderson to the back-half.
Cats Daniel Menzel (groin) and Tom Ruggles (omitted) and Sydney’s Jarrad McVeigh (calf) missed out.