Beaufort coach Rohan Brown has declared captain Michael Foster a certain starter in Saturday’s Central Highlands Football League grand final.
Foster copped a heavy knock to the head during the third quarter of the preliminary final showdown with Waubra and left the ground shortly after with the blood rule.
He quickly headed for the sheds and then off to Melbourne for dental treatment.
Brown said Foster had displaced two teeth, but had escaped anything more serious and would take his place in the Crows’ side.
Foster is the senior captain and an influential player and leader for the group.
He will play an important role in trying to lift Beaufort to its first premiership since 1996.
Brown also confirmed top defender Brendan Howard would be right to play in the decider.
The coach said Howard missed the two-point win over Waubra with an ankle issue and moved quickly to guarantee his place in the team to take on Buninyong.
The Bombers prevailed by 31 points in their preliminary final encounter with Gordon on Sunday and had some sore bodies following the triumph.
Buninyong coach Jarrod Morgan said backmen Lachlan Baker and Beau Guest had knee complaints, but expected both to be right to take on the Crows.
The Bombers are shooting for their first senior flag since the 2002 season.
Saturday’s grand final will be played at Mars Stadium in Ballarat.