BFL: Sebastopol secures former AFL-listed player for one-off game

SEBASTOPOL has secured two high-profile footballers for tomorrow's season opener round against Melton.

Former AFL-listed player Lucas Cook and Coleman Schache from the North Ballarat Roosters were both cleared late today to play for the Burras, having missed out on selection for the VFL senior side.

Originally from Hopetoun, the pair has both nominated the Mallee Football Club side as their home team, meaning they would play there when not selected for the Roosters.

However, Hopetoun faces the bye this week, meaning the duo would not be able to play anywhere today if not cleared to play for another team.

Sebastopol football manager Ken Norman said the deal was not struck until just after 6pm today, with Hopetoun agreeing to let the pair play on a one-off basis.

It is expected they will take the place of Daniel Baxter and Tyler O'Sullivan-Kirchner.

"It's always a bonus to get two players of that quality across to the club, even if it is just for one week," Norman said.

Cook was drafted to Melbourne as a key forward with the Demons' first round selection in 2010 after he received under-18 All Australian honours.

He spent two years on Melbourne's list, but failed to play an AFL game.

Both he and Schache were named on the extended interchange bench for the Roosters' match against Essendon, but did not make the final cut.

Sebastopol will travel to Melton tomorrow, in what is a clash of last year's cellar dwellars.

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