Golden Square’s Ryan Herring.THE BFNL’s key forward stocks continue to dwindle ahead of this month’s inter-league clash with Gippsland at Warragul.
Golden Square’s Ryan Herring informed coach Brett Fitzpatrick this week that he was unavailable for the May 21 clash.
Kangaroo Flat duo Corey Greer and Tom Holman have also pulled out of the 53-man training squad.
“Ryan, Corey and Tom all had prior commitments booked for that weekend and can’t play,’’ Fitzpatrick said.
“It’s not a case of them not wanting to play, they have legitimate reasons as to why they can’t play.”
Kangaroo Flat’s Corey Greer.
Herring looked to be a strong chance to fill one of the key position posts inside forward 50.
“We don’t have a lot of depth in our key forwards, but I’m not too concerned… we’ll get around that,’’ Fitzpatrick said.
The squad had its first training session at Castlemaine on Wednesday night and Fitzpatrick was impressed with what he saw.
“We had more than 30 players on the track and it was great to see a young, enthusiastic group out there,’’ Fitzpatrick said.
“It was a light, 45-minute session and the boys gelled really well.”
Golden Square’s Hamish Morcom was promoted to the squad earlier in the week to replace injured Strathfieldsaye forward Lachlan Sharp.
Fitzpatrick said more players will come under notice this weekend.
“Players like (Strathfieldsaye’s) Tom Bartholomew and (Kangaroo Flat’s) Lance Oswald are only playing their second games this weekend,’’ Fitzpatrick said.
“We’ll keep an eye on them and see how they go.
“I’m sure there’s going to be injuries pop up in the next couple of weeks, so we’ll be constantly looking at the make-up of the squad.”
Castlemaine:Justin Dorward, Jarryd Graham, Kal Huntly
Eaglehawk:Brodie Collins, Jesse Collins, Brenton Conforti, Glenn Daly, Tim Hill, Tyler Miles, Ben McPhee
Golden Square:Adam Baird, Travis Baird, Jon Coe, Brayden Dorrington, Jack Geary, Dylan Johnstone, Hamish Morcom, Chris Ryan, Thomas Toma
Kangaroo Flat: Rhys Healey,Nic Lang, Hunter Lloyd, Marty Kelly
Kyneton:Dan Davie, Ethan Foreman, Max O’Sullivan, Ben Weightman
Maryborough:Ethan Crackel, Coby Perry
Sandhurst:Lee Coghlan, Kristan Height, Blair Holmes, Codie Price, Lachlan Ross, Nicholas Stagg, Matt Thornton, JoelWharton
South Bendigo:Liam Bartels, Isaiah Miller, Blair Whelan
Strathfieldsaye:Harry Conway, Bryce Curnow, Jayden Donaldson, Trent Donnan, Kallen Geary, Jake Hall, SamHeavyside, Jake Moorhead, Michael Pilcher
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