The Highlanders will take on Riddell District on Saturday.

Matt Dawson
Matt Dawson

The Central Highlands Football League has been dealt a couple of major blows just days out from its AFL Victoria Community Championships clash with Riddell District.

Newlyn joint-coach Dan Wehrung is out of consideration for the final team after suffering concussion in last Saturday’s win over Carngham-Linton, while Waubra’s Matt Dawson is unlikely to take his place after re-injuring an ankle in the warm-up before the Roos’ win over Buninyong.

Wehrung suffered a heavy knock in the early stages of the game against the Saints, and while playing through, had limited impact and told The Courier he was feeling unwell after the final siren.

The Cats onballer has played in two CHFL interleague campaigns, including last year’s narrow three-point loss to Southern Football League.

Roos coach Matt James said Dawson accidentally kicked the ground in the warm-up, and while he played in the side’s two-point victory against the Bombers, struggled with the same ankle he hurt in the first round of the season. Dawson, who was one of the CHFL’s best performers in last year’s interleague game, missed a month of football through that initial injury.

It is also understood Beaufort assistant coach and Geoff Taylor Medal winner Nick Sullivan is struggling with injury and illness and might not make himself available for final selection.

Last week, Highlanders coach Clive Raak revealed a squad of 30 players that will be whittled down to a final team by this Thursday’s last training session. He might add more names to that squad following the weekend’s round of matches.

Saturday’s senior game will be played at Buninyong, starting from 2.15pm.

This game will be preceded by an under-18 clash between the two leagues, which is set to begin at 12noon.