Glenelg has named a squad of 23 to face South Adelaide on Good Friday as it gives star forward Ruory Kirkby every chance of proving his fitness for the Hickinbotham Oval clash.
A member of the Tigers’ leadership group, Kirkby was a late withdrawal - due to a shoulder ailment - from the club’s record-breaking loss to Port Adelaide at Alberton on Sunday.
‘’He’s a chance to come up but we won’t know that until tomorrow (Friday) morning,’’ Glenelg football manager Matt Lokan said.
‘’We’ve only named a squad at the moment because of a couple of concerns so we won’t finalise that until the morning.’’
Athletic ruckman Josh Miller (19, 196cm and 79kg) and skilful utility Waylon Johncock (26, 174cm and 69kg) are in line to make their league debut.
Miller was a member of last year’s SA Under-18 squad while Johncock is the first cousin of former Crows star Graham and ex-Sturt forward Jeremy.
Midfielder Lachlan Earl and defender Sam Underwood have had their form in the reserves rewarded with league selection while spring-heeled forward Wade Hancock could make a return after spending last year in the Hills Football League with Nairne-Bremer.
Backman Brad Agnew couldn’t be considered due to concussion while Carl Nicholson, Hayden Jolly and Josh Scott were all dropped to the reserves.
Co-captain Ty Allen will play his first match of the year in the reserves.
‘’Whether he plays a half or three quarters – we will just see how he is going,’’ Lokan said of Allen, who has recovered from knee surgery.
‘’With the reserves not playing next week because we play Adelaide, it was vital for him to have a run this weekend.’’
FF: Kirkby, Thorp, Miller
HFF: McNeil, Alleway, Hooper
C: Gregson, Lonergan, Neal-Bullen
HBF: Underwood, McGinty, Bradley
FB: Johncock, McCarthy, Proud
R: Jones, Joseph, C Pitt
INT FROM: Stark, McFarlane, Earl, Hancock, Muir
IN: Kirkby, Miller, Earl, Johncock, Underwood, Hancock
OUT: Nicholson, Agnew (Concussion), Jolly, Scott
FF: Nicholson, J Pitt, Scott
HFF: Hutchesson, Hinge, Snook
C: Merrett, Woodall, Bailey
HBF: Jolly, Tapp, Hender
FB: Spriggs, Galley, Harrap
R: Brooks, Carger, Allen
INT FROM: McIntyre, Hayes, Braendler Saunders
IN: Nicholson, Scott, Jolly, Hayes, Harrap, Brooks, Braendler, Saunders
OUT: Hancock, Miller, Earl, Johncock, Underwood, Roach, H Gill, E Gill, Craig
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