Glenelg v Adelaide
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Glenelg forward Lewis Hender will play his first league match since undergoing a knee reconstruction last year when he lines up against Adelaide at Gliderol Stadium on Friday night.
Hender, a crafty half-forward with a lovely left-foot kick, has made a steady comeback through the reserves this season.
‘’He’s been good in the reserves the last couple of weeks which has allowed him to get some more confidence in his knee,’’ Glenelg football manager Matt Lokan said.
‘’We would have liked to bring him back a couple of weeks ago but we decided to hold him back. He’s really excited to play.’’
Another excited Tiger is Darcy Bailey, who will tackle the Crows despite lining up for Adelaide as a top-up player against Sturt in Round 2.
The son of former Crows assistant Dean Bailey, who tragically passed away earlier this year, Darcy Bailey has been named at half-forward.
‘’It’s his first league game this year and it will be a special day for him obviously playing the Crows,’’ Lokan said.
Talented midfielder Billy Stretch – the son of Melbourne great Steven – will make his league debut on a wing after returning from an overseas camp with the AFL/AIS Academy.
Tough midfielder Josh Woodall (19, 180cm and 76kg) from Dartmore near Mount Gambier could join Stretch (17, 179cm and 68kg) in playing his first league match.
Ruckman Lachlan Button returns from a back ailment while veteran forward Ruory Kirkby should play after a shoulder complaint. Hayden Jolly and Josh Scott have also been recalled to the 23-man squad.
Promising young Tigers Nathan Stark (knee), Alex Neal-Bullen (foot) and Cory Gregson (foot) couldn’t be considered due to minor injuries.
Josh Miller, Riley McFarlane, Waylon Johncock and Wade Hancock were all dropped after the club’s loss to South on Good Friday.
F: Kirkby, Thorp, Muir
HF: Bailey, Button, Hooper
C: Hender, Lonergan, Stretch
HB: Underwood, McGinty, Bradley
B: Proud, McCarthy, Agnew
R: Alleway, Joseph, C. Pitt
INT: Earl, Jolly, Woodall, Scott, McNeil
IN: Kirkby, Bailey, Hender, Stretch, Agnew, Jolly, Button, Woodall, Scott
OUT: Stark (knee) , Neal-Bullen (foot) , Gregson (foot), Miller, McFarlane, Johncock, Hancock
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BRADLEY, ALLEN CAPTAIN BAYS
By ZAC MILBANK | Twitter @zacmilbank
Rising Glenelg star Andrew Bradley will join veteran Ty Allen as co-captain of the Bays in season 2014.
Last year’s Best-and-Fairest with the Tigers, Bradley is being groomed as the club’s long-term leader given his exceptional consistency and ability to communicate with his team-mates.
Allen, who has been restricted during summer due to knee surgery, will effectively act as a torch-bearer to Bradley while he makes his way back to full fitness.
‘’Ty has had a restricted pre-season so we thought to be able to have someone in Andrew, who Ty can work with this year, would be the way to go,’’ Glenelg football manager Matt Lokan said.
‘’Ty might not be ready to play senior footy until round five or six so he can help mould Andrew into the role. It is no secret that Ty is nearing the end of his career so we think we need to have someone ready to go for that when he does decide to retire.
‘’We thought Braddles was suited for that role, he is the Best-and-Fairest winner from last year and pretty respected within our group so we thought it was a good fit to have both of them.’’
Carlton recruit Aaron Joseph and emerging defender Craig Pitt will act as joint vice-captains while key forward Ruory Kirkby, ruckman Lachlan Button and goalsneak Andrew Hooper round out the Tigers’ leadership group.