STAR Sebastopol forward Michael Powell has been ruled out of Ballarat Football League interleague calculations after getting called up to make his debut for North Ballarat Roosters in the VFL.
Powell, who has been a shining light for the struggling Kookaburras this year, was added to the Roosters’ list on Thursday as a replacement for Ash Simpson, who has been put on the long-term injury list.
The high-flying full forward has kicked 19 out of Sebastopol’s 31 goals in five matches this year and has been without doubt his side’s best player for the year.
He had been named to play for Ballarat in its crucial AFL Victoria Country Championship match against Goulburn Valley Football League in Shepparton on Sunday, but will instead pull on a Roosters’ jumper for the first time in Sunday’s match against Bendigo Gold.
BFL interleague coach Shane Skontra said it was disappointing not to have Powell available in the side any more, but felt there were suitable replacements for the star player.
Angus Kirby was the late inclusion into the side and was named on the forward flank.
“It was a bit of a sting last night but it’s great for Powelly, he’s a terrific young kid and I really think he’ll acquit himself well and VFL level,” Skontra said.
“I think he’s a super footballer and would’ve had a great impact for us at interleague level this week but it’s a really great opportunity for
It is unclear how long Powell will remain on the Roosters’ list, with an indefinite time frame put on Simpson’s injury.
Simpson, who injured his ankle against Bacchus Marsh two weeks ago, had not played with North Ballarat this year but was still on the playing list.
In a further blow for Ballarat, Melton coach Brad Murphy failed a fitness test on Thursday and was forced to withdraw with a knee injury.
Ballarat will travel to Shepparton on Saturday to meet the GVFL, with the winner to earn a shot to be crowned the best country football league in Victoria next year.
The match will be played at 2.30pm.