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Stacked forward line for Tigers

Dan Freeman (left) celebrates one of his nine goals in last week’s win over Belmont Lions. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

THOMSON looks set to feature one of the most talented forward lines seen in recent GDFL history with the inclusion of Luke Forbes and Jared Matheson for Saturday’s clash with Geelong West at West Oval.

Forbes, who last played a senior game for the Tigers in 2013 before successful stints at Newtown & Chilwell and Modewarre, was close to playing in last week’s win over Belmont Lions before being ruled out due to illness.

Matheson has spent the past two weeks in the reserves after an interrupted pre-season.

Throw them in with the likes of Dan Freeman, Jackson Macleod, Brendan Wall and the Westwood brothers, Jarrod and Josh, and you wonder how the Giants can stop Thomson from kicking a winning score.

“It looks quite good on paper, but whether or not it clicks is still to be seen,” Tigers coach Reece Holwell.

“We’ve done some work at training and managed to be able to adjust certain things.

“Hopefully it comes together sooner than later.”

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The Tigers have made three changes for the clash with premiership player Matt Tunbridge earning his first senior game of 2019 alongside Forbes and Matheson.

Troy Fenyvesi, Alex Bowles and Aaron Hutchinson have been squeezed out of the side that took care of the Lions by 79 points.

Recent clashes between Thomson and Geelong West have been close with two of the last three meetings decided by a single-figure margin.

And Holwell is expecting similar on Saturday.

“We’ve got a good little rivalry going against West; we both seem to get up to play against each other,” he said.

“Last year they were quite young. They’ve added some experience on top of the list they had last year.

“We’re looking forward to a good contest, and we’ll have to be really careful of their outside run.”

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