Key inclusions bolster Lions for top-of-table blockbuster

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Royals' Declan McNamara is back at the Lions.
Camera IconRoyals' Declan McNamara is back at the Lions. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Royals will regain a number of key players for their top-of-the-table home clash with Railways on Saturday in round 8 of the Great Southern Football League.

The Lions have been hit hard by injury in the first half of the regular season and lost Andrew Ruck and Brody Ogle in the warm-up in their first meeting with the Tigers, which was their only loss so far this year.

Declan McNamara, who played for the Lions before spending three seasons with WAFL club Claremont, will also play in Saturday’s fixture after being transferred back to his home club.

McNamara has this season been playing for Beverley in the Avon Football Association and has been in terrific form, kicking 14 goals in seven league appearances.

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The Lions are a chance to regain ex-WAFL star Steven Edwards, Ogle, Michael McGlade and Poch Amores, who all missed their most recent outing against Albany.

“Edwards will be close to getting back and Ogle should be right to go as well,” Lions coach Andrew Ruck said. “Poch Amores will come back in along with McGlade and Coel Hunter after some good reserves form will be in the chop-up.”

Ruck said his side was feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the challenge of the Tigers after losing to them by 28 points in round 3.

“It’s a good opportunity for us to see where we are at,” he said.

“Declan McNamara has a couple of byes up there, so he’s come back to play a couple of games at home.

“It’s a big three weeks — we play the best three teams at the moment.

“If we drop two of them, then we are in a spot of bother.”

The Tigers have won six games on the trot since losing their season opener on Anzac Day but face their first test at Centennial Stadium this season, a ground that has caused them some trouble in the past.

Meanwhile, North Albany’s bid to secure a record-equalling sixth premiership has been dealt a major blow, with star Michael Trevenen ruled out for the rest of 2019.

North Albany's Michael Trevenen has a season ending injury.
Camera IconNorth Albany's Michael Trevenen has a season ending injury. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Trevenen seriously injured his hand in a work accident and requires surgery. Kangas coach Craig Dew said it was season over for his ace midfielder, who won last year’s Alan Barnett Medal in their winning grand final side.

The Kangas host the Sharks on Sunday in a bid to avoid a fourth straight home loss while Saturday’s other match has plenty of interest, with Mt Barker taking on the in-form Denmark-Walpole.

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