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Roos to make late call on stars

Anglesea ruckman Zane Vail. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

ANGLESEA was last night finalising its team to take on Modewarre in tomorrow’s elimination final at Portarlington Recreation Reserve.

The Roos could make up to six changes for the cutthroat clash with the Warriors, with Zane Vail, Jordan Harrison, Joel Donaldson, Ash Caldwell Jacob Nolan and Tom Steven all possible inclusions.

Veteran forward Marcus Smith will definitely miss after suffering a broken wrist in just his second appearance for the season last week in the loss to Drysdale.

If veteran ruckman Vail does play, coach Paul Nigro is confident it’s an area Angelsea could get on top of the Warriors.

Modewarre will be relying on the makeshift combination of Nathan Ablett and Hasker Dawborn in the absence of playing co-coach John Meesen.

Meesen was dominant as the Warriors defeated the Roos twice in last year’s finals series.

“It’s something we felt hurt us in finals last year, and Meesen did have an impact in both those finals we lost to them,” Nigro said.

“It’s one area we have addressed through the course of this year, and Zane will make a difference, absolutely.

“It just gives us a different look through the middle, as it has most of the year.

“We’re excited about that prospect, yes.”

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The meeting with the Warriors will be the third meeting between the two clubs in 2019, with the honours shared.

“They got us by a couple of kicks (14 points) out there in the end (in Round 2), but that could have gone either way late in the game,”  Nigro said.

“Both clubs had ascendency at different times.

“And the one at our ground, that was a thriller with a kick after the siren.

“It’s fair to say, there’s not much between the two (teams) at all.”

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