North Ballarat Roosters have brought in two Greater Western Victoria Rebels as it continues to provide the region’s youth with opportunities at Victorian Football League level.
Flynn Appleby and Callan Wellings come into the side, joining fellow Rebel Lloyd Meek, while Nick Hausler, who was a late withdrawal last week, returns for the clash with Collingwood.
Out of the side is Keegan Mellington, who looks likely to miss the rest of the season with a hamstring injury. Lochie Huppatz has been replaced as 23rd man by Appleby while Jacob Cooke-Harrison has been omitted.
Roosters coach Marc Greig said it was important to expose some of the talented youngsters.
“We have got our own guys, but it’s just as important to give opportunity to the TAC Cup boys when we can, keep giving them exposure against high quality opposition,” Greig said.
Given Collingwood’s depth through the midfield, Greig said it was crucial his group were strong in the contest.
“We know they’ve got a pretty good midfield group...as simple as it sounds, we need to try and get our hands on it first around the stoppage.”
While quelling its “firepower” in attack would also be a key element.
The likes of VFL leading goalkicker Kayle Kirby, newly retired Jesse White and Chris Mayne are sure to keep the Roosters defenders busy.
“Our good’s really good, we’ve just got to try and get that balance right for the last three games.”