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McMahon set to play

Star Torquay forward Paul McMahon in action during the first semi-final win over Anglesea. (Sports Media Image

TORQUAY coach Dom Gleeson has declared star forward Paul McMahon an almost certain starter for Saturday’s BFL Grand Final against Barwon Heads.

The BFL Coaches’ Team of the Year member missed the seven-point preliminary final win over Geelong Amateur with a corkie in his arm, which prevented him from lifting the arm above his head.

“We’re 95 per cent sure he’ll play, and no foxing with that,” Gleeson told K rock’s The Wash-Up.

“We feel like he’s so important to our game. It was just unfortunate that he just wasn’t confident enough if he copped a knock it.

“A lot would have to go wrong if he’s not going to play.”

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However, 2017 grand final best-on-ground Billy Henderson is less likely to get a recall for his first senior game since the Round 10 win over Portarlington on June 15.

“Unfortunately he just had that lingering injury that went on too long,” Gleeson said.

“As I’ve said to a number of people, I think we’re all rooting for him to get up.

“But, being 14 weeks out of senior footy and bringing him for a grand final, I think is a bit to ask; it would throw him to the wolves a bit.

“I know he’d be wanting the challenge, but I think it’s a little unfair on the other players that have been playing a role, too.

“At this stage, probably a “no” for Bill.”

Torquay overcame inaccuracy in front of goal in the 12.20 (92) to 13.7 (85) victory.

“The pressure Ammos put on us around goal was incredible,” Gleeson said.

“It’s certainly something we’ll address during the week, our inaccuracy.

“But, certainly, credit to Geelong Ammos how they really made us work for our goals.”

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