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Big names boost Tigers

James Darke will return for Saturday’s clash with Barwon Heads. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

THREE-time Ash medalist James Darke, versatile big man Weylin Doyle, 2022 addition Liam Findlay, and veteran trio Paul McMahon, Roscoe Holmes and Dom Gleeson will all return to the Torquay team for Saturday’s blockbuster meeting with Barwon Heads.

A win for the second-placed Tigers will all but confirm the double-chance and keep alive their hopes of snatching the minor premiership from the unbeaten Drysdale in the final third of the season.

In Round 2, Torquay had the better of Barwon Heads by 48 points

However, the Seagulls are unbeaten in the nine rounds since and are coming off an impressive 102-point result against Anglesea.

“It seems like a lifetime ago since we played each other at home at Torquay,” Gleeson said. “Both teams are in a good situation.

“I know our boys are certainly looking forward to it.”

Ankle issues will keep Nathan Mifsud and Pierson Bennett sidelined, while Lucas Anderson’s return from a knee injury is likely on either side of the bye.

“He wanted to push for this week,” Gleeson said.

“Like every good player, you don’t want to rush them back.

“But it would be nice to have him, for sure.”

Limiting the influence of Barwon Heads star Nathan Brown will be a key for Torquay, with Ben McNamara set for the role.

The Collingwood premiership star kicked three goals in the Round 2 meeting.

“Looking at some footage, it looks like he’s pretty settled up forward,” Gleeson said.

“I’d like to put our best on him. McNamara locks down pretty well and has done in the past.

“They had a good battle in Round 2, and I’m looking forward to seeing that.”

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