North Ballarat City v Melton South at Eureka Stadium, tomorrow, 2.10pm
A SAFETY first policy will see North Ballarat City ruckman Tristan Cartledge out of action for three weeks beginning with against Melton South at Eureka Stadium.
The ex-AFL and VFL big man suffered a hamstring strain and will miss matches against Melton and Sebastopol, in addition to tomorrow’s game between the fifth and seventh teams on the BFL ladder.
“We’ll try to give (Cartledge) the 21 days’ recovery,” Peach’s North City coach Rob Waters says.
“It’s not too bad, but we need him playing well at the end of the year.”
With showers forecast tomorrow, and North City’s abundance of tall players including Michael Williams, Scott Howard and Ryan Hobbs, Waters says Cartledge’s will not be as badly felt as may have otherwise been the case.
The black and whites regain Kal Young from an elbow injury, into a team that flattened finals hopeful Bacchus Marsh last weekend.
“We played pretty well last week but we can still improve,” Waters says.
“We finally got some reward for our effort last weekend. The boys have kept persisting and they’ve been improving. It shows we’re on the right track.
“It will be a tough game (against Melton South). Our history suggests it should be a close game. We beat them by five points at home last year and lost to them by 10 points down there.
“They are a good team and have been unlucky against some of the top sides. They could have beaten Redan last weekend.”
For Melton South Shaun White has called back by Werribee, with Johnathan Doran returning among three changes.
Antonio Reardon, younger brother of Manuel, will play his first senior game.
PREDICTION: North Ballarat City by 17 points