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Tyquin clears first hurdle

Bannockburn star Matt Tyquin. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

MATT Tyquin has taken a giant step towards being fit for Sunday’s GDFL Grand Final after getting through Bannockburn training on Wednesday night.

The star midfielder hasn’t played since suffering a calf injury in the Tigers’ final round win over Anakie.

Coach Peter Riccardi says Tyquin didn’t put a foot wrong.

“We trained for a good hour-and-a-half, did some match simulation, so, at this stage, he’s ticked the box,” Riccardi said.

“I messaged him this (Thursday) morning, and he’s pulled up fine.

“He’s got to get through Friday night and then a little bit of a fitness test after training.

“If he doesn’t pass that, he doesn’t play.”

Riccardi admits he is more confident now the GDFL Team of the Year member will be right to take on Thomson than what he was before training.

“100 per cent,” he said.

“And just seeing what he did at training, filled me with confidence that he’ll get through.”

Alex Hyslop, who missed the preliminary final win over Werribee Centrals with hamstring tightness, also trained well on Wednesday night.

“He could have played last week; it was probably my call not to play him,” Riccardi said.

“He’s got to go through a little fitness test as well.

“But he’s 95 per cent playing on the Wednesday, where Tikka’s probably 75 per cent.”

“The physio’s ticked him off. He trained fully last night and didn’t look hampered.

“It all depends on how he pulls up today and tomorrow and Saturday morning.”

However, Michael Stevenson is unlikely to be recalled having not played at senior level since Round 14.

Bannockburn’s reserve grade elimination final loss on August 25 is the only match he’s played in that time.

“To bring back three from injury’s probably a little bit too much when we have got fit blokes there,” Riccardi said.

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