TAC Cup: Rebels  prepare for  tough  Queensland assignment

NORTH Ballarat Rebels face one of their toughest assignments of the TAC Cup under-18 football season on Sunday.

The Rebels make their only interstate trip of the year to face Queensland in Brisbane.

This will be Queensland’s fifth clash with a TAC Cup team.

The Rebels were on the end of a sound 39-point loss when the teams last played on July 12.

That ended an eight-game winning streak and the David Loader-led Rebels will be eager to make amends.

North Ballarat makes the trip north without All-Australian under-18 player Darcy Tucker, who has played his last game for the season because of an ankle injury.

Bailey Veale (Wickliffe-Lake Bolac) will make his debut as 23rd player. He has been added to squad with Jacob Hopper, who is set to play his fourth game of the season and first in a month, Sam McClure, Sam Glover, Jonathon Neville and Jarrod Berry.

OTHER TAC CUP GAMES

SATURDAY: Calder v Oakleigh, Western v NSW/ACT, Geelong v Eastern, Murray v Tasmania, Gippsland v Northern, Sandringham v Dandenong

SUNDAY: Bendigo v Northern Territory

NORTH Ballarat Roosters have a bye in the VFL this weekend.

Only VFL matches this weekend: Richmond v Port Melbourne, Box Hill v Coburg, Williamstown v Bendigo, Frankston v Collingwood

david.brehaut@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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