Hind gets late call-up to CHFL team as injured Dufty exits

CLUNES young gun Nick Hind has been given a late call-up for Central Highlands Football League’s country championships showdown with Loddon Valley.

Hind looked as though he would miss the final cut for selection but was named in the starting 22 because of an injury to Bungaree’s Marty Dufty.

Dufty was forced to pull out of the side with a back problem he sustained late in last weekend’s big win over Carngham-Linton.

The star Demon made the decision at training on Thursday night, leaving Hind to fill a vacant spot on the Highlanders’ half-back line.

From the squad of 26, Springbank onballer Luke Fisher is out with a hamstring injury, while Learmonth’s Jacob Werts and Hind’s brother Jayden are the first two emergencies.

Beaufort veteran Damien Day will skipper the side, with Bungaree big man Shaun Finlayson named as vice captain.

The Central Highlands are shooting for three-straight interleague wins after beating Ellinbank and District and Ovens and King since joining the country championships in 2012.

Saturday’s clash will take place at Bungaree from 2pm.

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