THE heavy artillery is being rolled out at Sunbury, with some sweeping changes to the Lions’ line-up.
Sunbury coach Rick Horwood said dominant trio Ross Sleight, Simon Clarke and Jay Cheep were 100 per cent chances to play.
Clarke was rested last week, every precaution was taken with Sleight’s minor injury and Cheep went off at quarter time with a broken nose against North Ballarat City.
All will play this week, with Horwood hoping a further five players would get the nod to run out tomorrow.
Dale Cuinik yesterday received positive news from a brain scan he underwent earlier in the week, cleared of any major damage.
Cuinik will run the water for the Eastern Lions tomorrow, in what will be somewhat of a fitness test to see if he is able to run out a game of football without suffering headaches and illness.
“We’ve heard Ballarat is close to full-strength so we will certainly have to be switched on,” said Horwood.
Michael Coleman, Adam Short, Ryan Monzell, Jack Sheahan, Matthew Parker and Andrew Gill all re-enter the side.
For the Swans, Mitch Rodd is among the valuable inclusions that will see the red and white field their strongest team of the year, having not played since round 11 with groin problems.
Rodd has been named on the wing Luke Brennan in the forward pocket, while Jacob Werts and Lachlan Cassidy will prove to be more than handy inclusions.
PREDICTION: Sunbury will be desperate not to drop out in week one.