Injury cloud over Walker, Ayres

Old Scotch's George Walker is fighting to overcome an injury to be fit to play the Suns this week.
Old Scotch's George Walker is fighting to overcome an injury to be fit to play the Suns this week.

OLD SCOTCH will unfurl its 2013 senior and reserves premiership pennants at its first home game of the NTFA division 2 season tomorrow against Meander Valley at the NTCA Ground.

The club is inviting all premiership players to attend a big day for the Thistles, with a barbecue planned.

Coach Kim Curtis said the Suns were an unknown quantity, but the reigning premier aimed to continue its unbeaten form.

George Walker and Cale Ayres were under injury clouds, with Sam Burrill unavailable and Chris Hughes out injured.

MEANDER VALLEY pushed OL's all the way last week in an improved performance that pleased coach Josh Bennett.

Bennett hoped his young side could continue to improve and said playing the reigning premier would be a good test.

Will Shipp should return along with Jacob Crowden, with Bennett facing a fitness test on his injured ankle.

ST PATS went down to Fingal by 13 points in a high-standard clash at Cressy last week and will look to rebound against Uni-Mowbray.

"It was a real good contest and we took a lot of positives out of it," Saints coach Jake Lowe said.

"We didn't get any injuries out of it and while we were disappointed to lose they are a good side."

Lowe said it was several seasons since the Saints had won at University Oval, but he thought they were in with a good chance of victory.

"They're a young side like us and move the ball well, but the big ground should suit us and if we can play a consistent four quarters we have a good chance."

Josh Illingworth and Andrew Scolyer faced fitness tests with Chris Hay, Josh Matthews and Tom Hilder in contention for selection.

TAMAR CATS host Evandale at Beauty Point.

The undefeated Cats have been impressive with wins over Meander Valley and Lilydale and David Wickham kicking plenty of goals.

Coach Kent Wright said there were encouraging signs around the club.

"You can't kick goals unless you can get it down there and our inside 50s have been really good and our backs and midfield playing well," he said.

EVANDALE is coming off a big loss to Old Scotch in what coach James Conroy described as a "very disappointing day for the club."

Conroy said the 182-point margin was unacceptable and hoped to see a big turnaround in form and a more competitive and accountable response from the playing group this week.

He said the Cats would be hard to beat at home and they would need to lock down on some of their key players.

PERTH hosts Lilydale with the struggling Magpies rebuilding with a young list and coach Simon Gibson going back to teaching the fundamentals.

Gibson said there were some positive signs with some up and coming players in the squad.

"We've been working hard on our fitness and ball skills over the past couple of weeks and hopefully we can come away with a win."

LILYDALE has been hit by injury with seven players out after a competitive effort against the Tamar Cats last week.

"We played well for half a game of football and the young boys were running and handballing and the way we moved the footy around the ground was good," Demons coach Kade Dwyer said.

Dwyer and Andrew McLean are among the missing, as is full-forward Kevin Avent who broke an ankle last week.

PROSPECT will play Fingal at Prospect Park with Hawks coach Danny Hall saying his side aimed to produce a competitive four-quarter effort each week.

"They have been one of the teams to beat and we will look to matching it with them and it will be a good test to see where we are at," he said.

Nathan Tubb faced a fitness test, while Hall said wet weather could necessitate a couple of changes.


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