WILL Nick Suban get the nod to line up for Fremantle against Sydney Swans in an AFL preliminary final in Perth on Saturday?
Everything points to Suban being passed fit to play. In his first game back from a hamstring strain, Suban injured an ankle and was substituted out against Geelong in a qualifying final at Simonds Stadium.
The Dockers’ win meant a week off, and the Bacchus Marsh graduate has made the most of it. Fremantle have reported Suban trained strongly on Tuesday.
Drafted from North Ballarat Rebels, Suban has played 20 games this season to take his AFL career tally to 85 since making his debut in 2009. The 23-year-old has averaged 10.4 kicks and 4.8 handballs a game, and, not surprisingly with the Fremantle player’s defensive powers, 3.5 tackles a game.
The Hawthorn duo of Brad Sewell and Isaac Smith, and Sydney Swans veteran Jude Bolton, are the other players of Ballarat’s AFL Tracker team with chances of playing in the grand final.
All should be walk-up starts if their teams make it through this week’s knockout preliminary finals.
Kyle Cheney would be an outside chance at best for the Hawks. He will line up though for Box Hill Hawks against Geelong in Sunday’s VFL grand final. While Cheney has only played four AFL games this year as one of Box Hill’s best is never far off the mark.
Of course Bolton, for the second week in a row, knows he could be making his last appearance for the Swans. Bolton, who grew up in Ballarat and played his early football with Gold Point, has announced he is retiring. He will be playing his 325th game against Fremantle.
Bolton spoke to afl.com.au about life after football this week.
“I’m accredited as a player agent so I’ll do some work with my manager,” he said. “I’m looking forward to that, as well as a bit of media and also some corporate work with the Swans.
“I really just want to stay involved in footy. I love it and I love that analysis of it.”
And on the future of the Swans?
“I’m really confident in the list we’ve recruited and blooded,” he said. “It augurs well for the future and we’ve still got plenty of experience there as well who have played in big games.”
Nick Suban (calf) test
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