NORTH Ballarat City star forward Derick Micallef remains a chance to play in his side’s first ever Ballarat Football League grand final on Saturday.
Despite initial thoughts from North that Micallef would miss the entire finals campaign with a lower back injury, he is looming more likely to run against Sunbury as time goes on.
Coach Rob Waters said Micallef considered himself an 80-per-cent chance of playing, but insisted he would wait until tomorrow morning to see if the goal kicker was fit enough.
Micallef has missed the past two finals after landing awkwardly against Redan in the qualifying final.
“He thinks he’s 80-20 but we just can’t afford to take blokes in that aren’t 100 per cent fit, or aRt least close to 95 per cent,” Waters said.
“We don’t want to be showing up with a bloke sore or injured in the second half. Derick’s a very, very good player for our footy club but he’s got to be right.”
For Sunbury, coach Rick Horwood said both Jack Sullivan and Andrew Duhau had passed fitness tests on Tuesday night with flying colours and were certainties to play.
However, their inclusion means there will be some players who will have to bear the unwanted pain of being dropped for a grand final.
“The headache I’ll have is there are probably three or four players vying for one spot, that’s the disappointing part of the grand final for a coach,” he said.
However, it is almost certain that Tim Hill, who was dropped for last year’s grand final, will play.