BUNINYONG experienced duo Simon Crowe and Daniel Gunn are expected to put up their hands for selection for Saturday’s Central Highlands Football League grand final after missing the Bombers’ preliminary final.
Crowe was sidelined for the win over Waubra with a hamstring injury.
Veteran Gunn was ruled out of that game after contracting a stomach bug.
Buninyong coach Joe Gilbert told The Courier that each would be in the mix for selection to face Hepburn after the week off.
Gunn has plenty to prove as well as having unfinished business when it comes to chasing a flag with Buninyong.
He was a late call-up to the Bombers’ grand final line-up last year to meet Daylesford, and was then yellow-carded for a high bump on Bulldogs coach Andrew Button.
This left the Bombers with 17 players on field for the last seven minutes of the match, which Daylesford won by nine points.
Gilbert will take all available players into consideration ahead of tomorrow night’s selections.
“They’re all in the mix and probably one or two in the reserves are in the mix, too,” Gilbert said.
“Injury-wise, everyone got through the (preliminary final) game well.”
Hepburn coach Clive Raak seems spoilt for choice, with no major injury concerns troubling the Burras’ squad.
Burras’ ruckman Salesi Uhi played a solid game in a 35-point preliminary final win against Bungaree last week and was recovering well.
The match was Uhi’s first back after four weeks sidelined with injury.
Uhi has only played nine matches this year after a delayed start to the season due to a knee injury he sustained in the summer.
Raak said yesterday that there were about four to five players fighting to break into the team.
He was keen to survey players in training as the week panned out before ruling anyone out.