Rodman set to return

JUSTIN Rodman will make his long- awaited return for Ulverstone tomorrow.

The 29-year-old sharpshooter has been named in the forward pocket against East Devonport in his comeback game.

Rodman started his career with Ulverstone before joining Devonport in the State League, but a shoulder reconstruction has kept him on the sidelines for much of the past two years, and over summer he decided to return to play in the NTFL.

It was a mixed night at the selection table for the Robins, as apart from being able to name Rodman they were also able to include captain Jarryd Chatwin, Jack Dilger and Jacob Campbell. On the flip side, they lost recruit Hector Lenton, Jade Hughes, Jarrod Martin and Mitchell Parker, who are all sidelined with injury.

After two one-sided defeats, EAST DEVONPORT was able to pick its strongest team of the year.

Full-forward Michael Bloomfield, vice-captain Chris Poole, Jake McDermott, Dalton Murfett and Cody Walker all return to the team after being injured or unavailable last week.

Promising forward Sam Greaves is unavailable.

It is frightening for the opposition teams to think that WYNYARD could get stronger as the season goes on, but that is the case for tomorrow night's game against Smithton.

The Cats picked key forward Cameron Betts for his first game of the year, and also returning is defender Craig Stretton, who missed the 196-point win over Ulverstone because of work commitments.

SMITHTON has been hard hit by injuries ahead of the clash with unbeaten Wynyard.

The Saints have lost ruckman Deon Pyke, Rhys Morrison, Chris Smith and Mark Kearnes, which has allowed for the promotion of Caleb Enniss from the under 19s for his debut along with Jackson Smith, Nathan Drake and Sam Poke.

Former captain Gavin Woodcock returns to the LATROBE team for the clash against Penguin.

Woodcock's inclusion was one of three changes made by the Latrobe selectors, with Oliver Beston promoted from the reserves for his first senior game of the season.

The Demons lost Evandale recruit Michael Routledge and Nick Freeman along with former Collingwood champion Alan Didak after his one- off appearance.

PENGUIN has regained three of its top players for the clash with Latrobe.

Daniel Oates and Randall Hardy have both recovered from injuries suffered in the first game of the season, and Jacob Brown returns after being unavailable last week.

Unfortunately the Two Blues couldn't consider Nick Cann after his fine game against East Devonport.


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