Domic gets first outing with Rebels

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AIDEN Domic will join the list of 2016 first-gamers with North Ballarat Rebels in the TAC Cup on Saturday.
Nanjing Night Net

He has come through an interrupted start to the season to earn selection for the round six encounter with Oakleigh Chargers at Eureka Stadium.

Domic missed the latter part of the pre-season owing to rowing commitments with St Patrick’s College and travelled to Ireland and England with theschool.

He was then struck down by illness on returning home.

Domic, who has been named as 23rd man, has moved up from Mt Clear.

He also represented Vic Country under-16 last year.

The Rebels are pursuing a hattrick of wins after a slow start to the season in which they lost the opening three games.

They have turned their fortunes around against Calder and Bendigo –teams which have also been doing it tough.

Oakleighwill be a much more difficult assignment, with the Chargers boasting four wins in six matches. Their form-line is certainly stronger.

Hugh McCluggage (31 disposals),Jamaine Jones (31), Jarrod Berrty (29), Willem Drew (27) and Tom Williamson (23) were all big possession-getters against Bendigo Pioneers, but coach Gerard FitzGerald will be eager to see better use of the ball across the team through four quarters.

It took the Rebels a quarter to get their game on track in the battle of the Goldfields.

FitzGerald was impressed with the way they took stock and adjusted.

However,the Rebels cannot afford to start so slowly and have a lapse against the stronger Chargers.

REBELS LINE-UPB: Clay Bilney, Hasker Dawborn, Charlie Lee HB: Callan Wellings, Jarrod Korewha,Tom WilliamsonC: Lachlan Huppatz,Jarrod Berry,Naish McRoberts HF: Jacob Wheelahan,Sam White,Jamaine JonesF: Jordan Johnston,Shannon Beks,Izaac JohnsonR: Lloyd Meek,Willem Drew,Hugh McCluggageINTER from: Riley Taylor,James Gow,Jake McQueen,Todd Lawrence,Aiden Domic (23rd player),Zac Urquhart,Nick Hausler,Todd Clode DEBUT: Aidan Domic will make his TAC Cup debut at Eureka Stadium on Saturday after a disjointed start to the season.

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