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facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappNew coach Mark Skuse wants his Terrigal Avoca squad to approach Saturday’s grand final replay against Newcastle City with a clean slate but knows some of his players still hurt.
The Panthers lost last year’s Black Diamond AFL decider to the Blues by 61 points and host the same opponentsin round two at Hylton Moore Oval with former NEFL representative Skuse now in charge.
“I didn’t play last year and we want to take it as a new season,” Skuse said.
“But I know a few of the blokes who played are still burning a bit.
“We’rejust looking forward to playing at home and building from last week.”
The likes of Peter Van Dam (rested), Austin Clark (calf),Jayson Van Dam (hand) andJames Webster (knee) remain sidelined for the Central Coast squad.
Newcastle City will not have the services of co-coach Mitch Knight, Aaron Seen, Jackson Crawford or Hamish Thomson but Patrick Gillingham, Brodie Jones, Abe Gibson and Jamie Cleaver come into the squad.
Elsewhere in round two on Saturday and first up winners Cardiff and Nelson Bay clash at Hillsborough Oval while both Killarney Vale and Warners Bay will chase their maiden victory of 2017 at Adelaide Street Oval.
All games kick off at 2pm.
Also on Saturday inthe Black Diamond AFL women’s competition Killarney Vale host Lake Macquarie, Cardiff are at home to Nelson Bay, Singleton travel to meet Gosford, Maitland tackle Warners Bay (10am) and Wyong Lakes take on Muswellbrook (12pm) while Newcastle City’s two teams were set to gohead-to-head at Tulkaba Ovalon Friday night (7.30pm).
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In other men’s team changes, Cardiff have named teenagerLucas Borrow to debut in the forward line with Jack Pratt suspendedfor two weeks.
Nelson Bay are down injured duo Tom Wood (dislocated shoulder) and Jordan Pritchett (broken arm) but gun forward Luke Price (bruised knee) passed afitness test this week.
Killarney Vale welcome Liam Hassel and Beau Cubilo aboard with Dane Amidy and Ben Simpson both out while coach Scott Reed is unavailable for a few weeks.
Adelaide recruit Ben Kernahan gets his first run with Warners Bay.